Academy member calls for Oscar boycott of Zero Dark Thirty

Academy member calls for Oscars boycott of Zero Dark Thirty | Film | guardian.co.uk.

David Glennon

David Clennon

This tidbit of trash happened to show up on the front page of imdb.com on Monday when I was reading about Ben Affleck winning a Golden Globe for Argo.

A few posts back, I wrote about Argo and posted a link to the article that was the story behind the movie. In the past few weeks I’ve read several arguments where others have compared Argo to Zero Dark Thirty (ZD30), mostly because they both deal with our enemy(ies) in the Middle East.

This particular article (link) really pissed me off (please excuse my language). So much so that I actually posted a comment at imdb.com, which I don’t do often. [Comment: What about all the films that condone senseless gun violence that no doubt led to some of the nuts committing mass murder? It’s okay to show those but not to see ZD30? What a hypocrite!]

David Clennon is an American actor, who has an extensive resume of TV and movie work. He, as an Ampas member, would not be voting for Kathryn Bigelow’s film, which has been nominated for five Oscars, because it “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”

Many, including other Ampas members are outraged that he would use his status as an Ampas member to speak out this way against a film and attempt to influence the voting process.

His comment has seriously offended me, not near as much as seeing thousands of Americans die at the hands of TERRORists on September 11. (Which was real and not being portrayed in a film.)

With Newtown, CT just passing its one month anniversary and President Obama already in a skirmish with the Washington elected officials regarding new laws on gun control, I commented on imdb.com that David Clennon should have been exercising his “veto”  long ago and boycott films that promote and glorify films with blatant gun violence (the 2012 films alone are way too long to list).

What do you think?

Nancy Lanza – Mother to Adam Lanza – Is Key to THIS Violence

Of course I have the luxury of sitting on my couch, being an arm-chair profiler as this horror in Newtown, CT plays out. But I’ve gone through more than a half a box of kleenex, watching the coverage on MSNBC. This makes eleven senseless mass shootings in 2012. Two of those mass shootings where in my hometown: the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek and the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield.

I’m relying on the profiling classes I’ve taken (not criminal profiling, just human profiling) and this is why I’m offering you this theory.

1) His mother was his first victim and killing her was very personal; 2) He shot her in the face, point-blank and she was so badly disfigured, the authorities had to make positive identification some other way; 3) Adam tried to buy a rifle, but was refused, so instead, he went after his mother’s guns and she was passionate about guns. She took both her kids to gun ranges and her passion rubbed off on, if not both of her sons, at least on Adam. She probably taught Adam all about guns and probably taught him how to shoot and care for weapons. In the end, it was her downfall. 4) She had issues with the school district, her sister-in-law said and even home schooled Adam; 5) Out of the 26 victims, only 8 of them were male. All of the adult victims were female. 6) I believe the authorities have Ryan Lanza cloistered somewhere and are using the interviews to build a psychological profile of Adam; 7) We have not heard anything about the father of Adam Lanza; 8) I’m not sure why he would be caring his brother’s ID on him except that he was offering a clue as to who knew him and the reasons behind what he was about to do.

Now here are some facts about mass shootings: 

According to the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City “mass shootings are a unique feature of American life” and the increased lethality of the incidents are made possible “by the use of large capacity ammunition magazines … which enable a shooter to rapidly fire off as many as 100-rounds without having to reload…”

What irritated me was within minutes on Friday, someone had created a Facebook page under Ryan Lanza‘s name, associated an incorrect picture with it and people had already started to praise him or call him a coward. Facebook will not take this page down and will not use its powerful software tools to block it or stop it. If telephone companies can monitor a phone number and make a “challenge” when someone continues to misdial it, then Facebook should be able to rise above their billions in stock earnings and become a good citizen and start taking down tasteless pages made for mass murders, stop child pornographers from finding victims and keep people from using breasts of 14 years old girls as their profile picture.