President Obama, who Wednesday appointed a task force to try to reduce gun violence, accepted millions during the campaign from Hollywood donors who made their fortunes in part by purveying extraordinarily violent entertainment to American and international audiences.
Obama’s substantial debt to Hollywood calls into question the seriousness of his claim Wednesday that he wants to “look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.”
The list of Obama backers in Hollywood who have been associated with violent entertainment products is long, but a few supporters stand out.
Obama’s second ranking “bundlers” of cash for his reelection effort were, according to the latest figures from OpenSecrets.org, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer and his wife Wendy. They not only raised some $2 million for the Obama campaign but hosted a fundraiser featuring Michelle Obama at their Los Angeles home.
Warner Bros. has had a hand in producing and distributing many disturbingly violent films, most notoriously The Dark Knight Rises, the ultra-violent Batman thriller at which – during a screening this summer – 24 people were murdered. Coming early next year from Warner Bros: The Sylvester Stallone vehicle Bullet to the Head.
Warner Bros. is also the parent company of Warner Brothers’ Interactive Entertianment, which makes violent video games like Mortal Kombat 2011 and F.E.A.R.
Another top bundler for Obama was film mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. film studio has had a hand over the past few years in several violence-strewn epics, including another Stallone special, the 2008 film “Rambo,” as well as Scream 4, Killshot, Halloween, and Halloween 2.
One of Obama’s most influential Hollywood backers is George Clooney, a personal friend of Obama’s who hosted a fundraiser at his home that featured the president himself. Clooney has taken paycheck for several violent productions, including the 1999 killfest Three Kings.