OurView: Fox News foolishly forgets crucial element of being an actor: acting


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Curtis is set to reprise her role from the original “Halloween”

Perhaps the scariest thing about this Halloween season is our political climate, and the fact that Fox News hasn’t ceased it’s nonstop monster mash of nonsense just adds to the horror.

Recently Fox News released an article claiming Jamie Lee Curtis, one of many celebrities that’s pro-gun control, was a hypocrite for using guns in the upcoming “Halloween” film. Curtis was quick to respond to the article, saying Fox was being “ridiculous” for publishing the story without publishing her actual thoughts on the issue of gun control.

This claim is ridiculous enough, once you put it within the scope of other films it’s just outright funny. Most people are able to distinguish between an actor and the character that they play, but somehow Fox News believes that there is no distinction.

The best way to put this in perspective is by taking a look at other movies. Just because Hannibal Lecter eats people does not mean that Anthony Hopkins is a cannibal in real life. The same could be said for superhero movies; at the end of the day Hugh Jackman can’t actually expel claws from his hands.

The fact that Fox News can’t see past this simple fact of life is not that surprising. They are simply trying to pin conservative views on her and making it seem like she’s some hypocritical flip-flopper.

Curtis has also heavily spoken out about how much she is against guns. After the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas earlier this year, Curtis tweeted “Assault weapons ban now!”

Even though this clearly suggests that Curtis is against assault weapons, Fox News wants to spin it to make it seem like she’s hypocritical about the subject.

Local politicians have even decided to throw in their own two cents about the subject. Senator Ted Cruz said on the subject “Hollywood liberals on gun control is akin to Hollywood liberals on global warming, which is they fly their private jets to a conference, step out and say, ‘Global warming is terrible. Let’s take away everything from the working men and women.’ And then they get back on their private jet and fly back. Same thing on gun control. If you have a bevy of armed security officers protecting you, maybe you shouldn’t be trying to strip Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens.”

The funny thing about Cruz trying to step in and call out Hollywood’s hypocrisy is that it completely misses the point that Fox News was trying to make.

Fox News is trying to merge Curtis’s character and her into one while Cruz is only focusing on the actor herself, which is exactly the argument being made against Fox News.

Actors themselves can be hypocritical yes; but their personal actions should not be compared to ones the characters they play end up making. Hopefully Curtis will never have to face off against an actual masked serial killer on Halloween night. But if she decided that as a safely licensed gun owner to protect herself, without using a military grade assault rifle, then we wouldn’t blame her.