‘Django Unchained’ Star Jamie Foxx Reacts to Connecticut School Shooting: Violence in Films Can Influence People

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Since Friday’s tragic massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, a wave of reaction has erupted from some of Tinseltown’s biggest names.

Over the weekend, Jamie Foxx made it clear at a presser for his new film Django Unchained that the potential influence violence in films could have cannot be ignored.

“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” he told The Associated Press.

“It does.”

Like most of the films on his resume, Quentin Tarantino’s Django is filled with all sorts of violent situations.

But according to The AP, the Kill Bill director said he is “tired” of defending his projects each time gun violence makes headlines.

Kerry Washington, who stars in Djangoas Foxx’s character’s wife, said the film should serve as an educational tool more than anything.

“I do think that it’s important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills. 

On Friday morning, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and opened fire, killing 26 people (20 of them children) before taking his own life.

What do you think of Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington’s comments about violence and movies? Weigh in below.

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  • Diana

    Thank you

  • Joel Parkinson
    Joel Parkinson

    Its interesting to hear this view from jamie foxx. it is similar to my undersdtanding of the subject. there are so many views... as descirbed in this article i recently read - http://www.psychalive.org/2009/11/nerf-guns-%E2%80%93-what-are-we-afraid-of/

  • jessie ong
    jessie ong

    in one way or another, violence in the movies or television has something to do with it but if the guns are not that easy to acquire of the youngster did not have access to it then violence can be prevented. we cannot also discount the fact that the youngster has emotional issues which was not given attention by parents who themselves has their own issues especially before or after divorce.

  • Truth

    Of course movies and television influence people. Advertisers spend billions of dollars every year because they know it influnces people. You were influenced by a few printed words to respond. Some are able to resist acting on it and some are not. All people are affected by it, as repeated exposure to anything deadens the senses to it. Things you see in the movies now would have been unthinkable a few short years ago.

  • Jerome

    @Tony G...Jamie didn't make all his movie making money from Violent movies. Remember "Ray", the movie that garnered him an Academy Award?! Not to mention the movie he did with Tom Cruise, playing the role of a taxi driver forced to drive a killer (Tom Cruise). Get your facts straight!!

  • Just sayin'
    Just sayin'

    I figured Foxx would be all for this as they were mostly if not all white after reading some of his recent commentary about killing white people. So what if they are young?

  • hmm

    Most of the mass violence incidents were done by people with mental health issues. It's not about a broken home, or violence on TV. What we need to do is have a serious look/discussion on mental health in this country. When you have someone who has serious mental health issues, there really aren't that many options for parents, and THAT is the insane part.

  • never ending fight for freedom
    never ending fight for freedom

    I believe most of the dead are White, Jamie is a black racist bragging about killing whites, I dont see a problem, do you?

  • Shar Fleur
    Shar Fleur

    Typical Hollywood double-speak BS- he's in a movie promoting the wholesale murder of white people as stylized entertanment, and then picks up his pay check and pretends to give a damn. Why Americans respect these poorly educated, hypocritical rich actors is beyond me. Talent is not intelligence. This is almost as funny as watching Scarlett J give her political opinions as if she were some political science major who needs to advise us. They promote racism with their vitriol and they promote violence by their example. I refuse to go see anything with Samuel L Jackson in it either- he hates whites, therefore he hates me. Why should I give him a dime of my money? I won't go see this new travesty by the master of violence- Quentin Tarantino. More disgusting are the parents who bring their kids to this- and they do. Humans are violent enough- watch a 2 year old smack another kid- it's nature. But we don't need to listen to Hollywood hypocrites decry the very thing they celebrate on their way to the bank.

  • Jerome

    Of all the films that have been shown this year as well years before that have depicted violence of the highest order, why has Jamie Foxx's movie been chosen to represent all the violence in this country. Talk about hypocrites. Have you seen Al Pacino and Robert Deniro movies, not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger and Van Diesel! C'mon!!

  • ArchieB

    The left should be disarmed. Hollywood should be shut down from making any movies.

  • Steven

    It is about personal responsibility. I love to watch Dexter, which is about a serial killer. That doesn't make me feel like I want to go out and kill people. I had toy guns as a child but I have never shot anyone. I've watched plenty of violent movies and really have been "entertained". But that is it. I can't say that any movie has influenced me to commit violence against anyone. Stop blaming the movies and television. Parents need to be more engaged with their children and teach them right from wrong instead of letting the the video games and television raise them.

  • Tony G.
    Tony G.

    Violence can't be ignored . . . sure he has made all his money from VIOLENT movies . . . what a hypocrite. You have to add met that a bulk of this is driven by the crap shit coming out of Hollywood. Shame shame.

  • rawhoney

    BOYCOTT violent movies (like phoney Jamie Foxx & Quinten Tartintino film). I haven't seen much (if any) consideration about the broken home. This wacko's father said when he saw him in June (yes, 5 mos ago) he seemed ok. The parents must have divorced when he had all the difficulties of a teenager. A Dad sees his child what a few times a year ....?? Can't all be blamed on that, but, neither can 'gun control'. Selfish parents need to understand more the effects of broken homes on your kids.