With TV ratings for "woke" awards shows sinking like the Titanic, the producers of Sunday’s Oscarcast are begging celebrities to keep their politics to themselves. Still, there are sure to be plenty of political statements, particularly on gun control and the NRA. But do celebrity promotions of gun control laws really help make them more popular?
Zogby poll the public on that topic, and the results may surprise you (unless you read my newsletter, and then they won’t surprise you at all.) It turned out that hearing Hollywood celebrities endorse gun control makes more people want to support the Second Amendment than oppose it.
Hearing actors and actresses push gun control laws makes 34% of Americans want to strongly support the Second Amendment and 22% somewhat support the Second Amendment. Celebrity anti-gun statements make only 16% strongly oppose the Second Amendment and 12% somewhat oppose it (16% weren’t sure).
This lopsided negative reaction to celebrity anti-gun activism doesn’t affect only Republicans. Independents, African-Americans, Hispanics and, yes, even Democrats all prefer the Second Amendment to being hectored by anti-gun celebrities. Zogby notes that it could be due to the stench of hypocrisy wafting from rich celebrities who denounce guns for self-defense for the “little people,” but are surrounded by armed guards as they make movies glorifying gun violence.
So maybe gun rights supporters who get upset over anti-gun lectures from Hollywood celebrities should just chill out. Turns out the stars are doing more to popularize the Second Amendment than the NRA, just by shooting their mouths off. And if any of those stars are reading this (fat chance!), maybe it will encourage them to devote their Oscar speeches to something else, like, say, I don’t know…how about movies?
PS – Speaking of major narrative fails, the poll also found that, contrary to the current media theme that youth are demanding gun control laws, the demographic that most strongly supports the Second Amendment is Millennials aged 18 to 29 (65% support/23% oppose). Say, isn’t that the same demographic that Hollywood is always trying to appeal to? No wonder so many movies flop.
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