Violence in movies and video games

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings, there’s been plenty of discussion about guns.  Violent video games and the role of Hollywood have also been mentioned as causes, with calls for restricting the amount of sex and violence.  My radar immediately pops up whenever I hear someone going down the censorship path- who would make those decisions and where does it end?  Frankly, I find Victoria Secret ads tasteless for their blatant sexual messages but I wouldn’t call for outlawing them.  This will cause some readers to roll their eyes but I think the lack of diversity is a big reason why this country has a  “culture of violence”.  The majority of the video game developers are young males, the powerful players in Hollywood are men, and we’re still a far way from true representation in Congress.  From my own experiences in the animation industry and the editorial cartooning profession I can tell you the lack of women and minority groups does color what is created and commented on.



  1. carol brown says:

    I agree wholeheartedly in your assessment of this current culture, political and entertainment wise. We were able to phase cigarette and smoking out of films and television. We can do the same with the excessive violence and gratuitous sex. I am grateful and happy to see better representation of the make up of my country through the newly elected Senate, and the 7or 8 women that were elected. I am always sad when people react to senselessness in emotional, knee jerk fashion. That’s what Bush did after 9/11 and the wars still drag on. It is time to step back, take a deep breath, and see ourselves in the narrative. We may not have pulled the trigger ourselves… but when we vote to cut necessary funding for troubled souls too much for an individual to take care of, and in need of institutions and facilities with people trained to deal with their needs and social shortcomings, it’s as if we purchased a bullet. I am trying to reconcile the mentality of the conservative white middle aged male who believes banning abortion will stop abortion, while arguing that banning guns will not keep people from owning them. I am not FOR gun control. I am for changing the hearts and minds of people intent on using them against our brothers and sisters. I enjoy your cartoons and political sensibilities, Ann Telnaes. Nice to see someone made it out of Reno High, and carved a niche for herself. Keep up the good work, Ann!

  2. Bob Scherer says:

    Comparing cigarettes & smoking with excessive violence & gratuitous sex are false equivalents. Cigarettes & smoking are clearly definable whereas “excessive” & “gratuitous” require judgment. And who is to judge, and how? The same goes for “troubled souls”. Cigarettes & smoking can be compared to guns though. They should be strictly controlled. Since so many guns are already in the hands of possibly troubled souls, the solution may be with controlling the distribution of bullets – even banning the sale of certain caliber bullets to the public. Something needs to be done. The second amendment does not apply here. We don’t let people walk around with hand grenades, so why should we allow assault weapons and high capacity magazines?