John Hawkins brings attention to the disconnect that actors have between the message they send with their art (are we to believe that Foster's portrayal in The Brave One of a vigilante was ironic?) and the message they purport to live by. She actually said this:
I don't believe that any gun should be in the hand of a thinking, feeling, breathing human being. Americans are by nature filled with rage-slash-fear. And guns are a huge part of our culture. I know I'm crazy because I'm only supposed to say that in Europe. But violence corrupts absolutely.To which John Hawkins says:
Moreover, Foster grew up with bodyguards, undoubtedly armed bodyguards, who were protecting her from crazed nuts like John Hinckley, Jr. If you were looking for a celebrity who's a perfect example of why people should be allowed to carry guns, Foster's experience with John Hinckley, Jr would make her one of the first people you'd point towards.Ms. Foster is a mother now. I simply cannot believe that she would deny her homicidal feelings should her child be purposefully hurt. That's perfectly natural. The most docile cow will become fearsome to a bull when protecting her calf. I'm not saying she would pick up the gun, but to deny that instinct? And she would claim it immoral to protect that same child? Or would it be moral to use a gun in self or family defense?
In a way, you almost have to feel sorry for celebrities like Foster because they live in such a bubble that there probably isn't anyone that they talk to on a regular basis that will have the courage to tell them that they're spouting complete nonsense.
In Hollywood, the brain is on autopilot. I don't think that these people even think about what they're saying anymore.