Sly Stallone: Just Another Hollywood Hypocrite Elitist

February 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Word around the social network water cooler is that Sylvester Stallone is a huge hypocrite regarding gun control.  On the silver screen, he routinely plays rough and tough characters that use guns at every turn in order to get things done.  It’s all make-believe to Stallone, I’m sure, or at least, this is what he would like the public to believe.

Let’s also not forget that most people have swallowed the false belief that there is absolutely no connection between on-screen violence in TV, movies, or video games and real life.  They believe that people see the violence (and the gore), understand it to be make-believe and that’s where it ends.

I’ll take just a moment to remind my readers that this is really not the case at all, as evidenced by an article I wrote detailing the fact that smoking in movies accounts for nearly half of all smoking. [1]  This fact is backed up by a number of studies to the extent that there has been tremendous pressure placed on filmmakers to eliminate the presence of smoking and tobacco-related products in movies in general.

Obviously, if studies show conclusively that people are affected by smoking and smokers in movies enough to make them want to smoke, then it should go without saying that the same applies to the effect of violence seen in movies.  After all, violence and gore in American movies has been a steady diet for numerous decades.

But let’s get back to Stallone for a few minutes.  If you consider his IMDB page, you’ll see a long list of action-oriented movies. [2]  Now, as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a good action movie.  I was raised with them and then they were called “westerns.”  Of course, the huge difference between the westerns I watched growing up and many of the movies today is that the morality has been skewed so that, quite often in today’s movies, the “good” guy is really a “bad” guy, but presented in such a way as to cause the audience to root for him anyway.

In many of Stallone’s movies, the main character lives (or dies) by the gun.  The ethics and morality are questionable and the underlying theme is violence.  That’s the general way in which Stallone’s movie persona gets the job done.  Shoot first and don’t even worry about asking questions.

The general impact of Stallone’s movies is that a type of vigilantism is fine, even if the main character exists on the other side of the law.  A perfect case in point is Stallone’s most recently released movie titled “A Bullet to the Head.”  Great title, eh?

In this movie, “a hitman (Sylvester Stallone) teams with a young Washington D.C. detective (Sung Kang) in a high-stakes investigation that leads from dingy back alleys all the way to the power corridors of New Orleans. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.” [3]

So, Stallone’s character is a hitman who obviously lives by the gun.  The movie reflects street justice where morality is a moving palate.  I have not seen the movie, but I would bet that Stallone’s hitman becomes someone the audience roots for and wants to see win.  Even though Stallone’s character in the movie takes the law into his own hands, ostensibly going after “bad” guys, in most people’s minds, this type of vigilantism is completely acceptable today.

I would say that most of Stallone’s films are heavily action-oriented with gun-violence underpinning the plot at every turn.  People like action and Stallone gives it to them.  Whether it’s Rambo or Expendables, gun-violence is often used by Stallone to sell the plot and entertain the audience.

This is far different from the way things were in westerns of decades gone by.  In those movies, right was right and wrong was wrong.  Guns were only used when needed to counteract the efforts of the bad guys.  Not so today.  Guns have become a staple within the American movie industry.  It’s not just guns through.  Violence of all kinds and gore are woven throughout many movies because apparently, that’s what the American public wants to see.

I say take some time and go to the theater where you can take in a theatrical production of “Flashdance” or “The Producers” or something.  We need to stop sitting in darkened movie theaters for two hours being bombarded with one violent act after another, all in the name of entertainment.  It’s demeaning, debilitating and all it has done is teach people in society that violence is a great way to solve problems.  Don’t believe me?  Then the studies they’ve done that connect smoking with movies are all bunk too…

What is most troubling about Stallone (and others like him) is the amount of hypocrisy that often bubbles up within them.  Yet, they either don’t see it, or don’t care.  For instance,in 1995 and 98, Sylvester Stallone made statements detailing his thoughts on guns and gun-control.  He stated, “Look at what’s happening in America’s inner-cities.  If our hopeless legal system continues going the same liberal direction, there will be anarchy before long.  We need one person in an influential position to stand up and tell the truth about gun control lobbies, the death penalty and that our criminal justice system basically stinks.” (as quoted Sylvester Stallone, interview in Cinefantastique magazine, June 1995).

A few years later, Stallone stated, “until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you’re gonna have… It really is pathetic… We’re livin’ in the Dark Ages over there.” Sylvester Stallone, March 28, 1998

Really, Stallone?  The Dark Ages?  Whose fault is that?  Your characters use guns like people eat candy.  That’s how problems are solved in your movies.  Do you think there is any connection between what you portray on the screen and what people do in real life?  If not, I suggest you think again.

Here’s more from Sly.  “I know we use guns in films,” but insisted the time has come “to be a little more accountable and realize that this is an escalating problem that’s eventually going to lead to, I think, urban warfare.” Sylvester Stallone on Access Hollywood, June 8, 1998

Really?  You want to be a “little more accountable”?  So, since 1998, when you make that statement, you’ve cut back on gun-related violence in your movies?  Uh, not according to your IMDB page.  If anything, things have gotten worse.

And finally, regarding the 2nd Amendment, Stallone proves that he is uneducated when he says, “It [2nd Amendment] has to be stopped, and someone really has to go on the line, a certain dauntless political figure, and say, ‘It’s ending, it’s over, all bets are off. It’s not 200 years ago, we don’t need this anymore, and the rest of the world doesn’t have it. Why should we?

Dude, if you do not want guns, then step up to the plate and get rid of yours!

Now these statements obviously speak for the man, the same man who leads a roster of action-oriented movie heroes who use guns as their main props.  Notice how he states “I know we use guns in films…” but if anything since 1998, he has used more guns and more violence and more blood and gore in movies all in an effort – he would say – to entertain people.  It’s obviously working because he makes tremendous amounts of money with those movies, yet he is also aligned with the Left when it comes to gun-control.  Maybe that’s why the Left allows him to continue making movies.

As if all of this were not enough, he apparently believes that the 2nd Amendment should be done away with because it has outlived its usefulness and purpose.  Who does Sylvester Stallone think he is?  You cannot simply eradicate an amendment you don’t like for any reason.  He is really advocating door-to-door confiscation of weapons whether he would admit to it or not because that’s what it would take, even if it were possible to eliminate the 2nd Amendment.  People will not give up their guns without a fight and the situation in New York is proof of that.

But even more interesting than all of this is the fact that Sylvester Stallone has a concealed weapons permit.  That’s right, he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and apparently sees absolutely no hypocrisy in having one.  Clicking on the link below will take you to a website of a person who has done his homework.  He has written to and requested information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding Stallone’s permit application and letters from the same department verifying that Stallone applied and was granted a permit to carry concealed.  Here’s the link:

http://blog.riflegear.com/articles/the-hypocrisy-of-sylvester-stallone.aspx

This is simply the case of another Hollywood elitist playing the hypocrisy card.  On screen, he presents himself consistently as an action-hero fighting all sorts of evil and he does so with just about every weapon he can lay his hands on.  That’s fine as far as he is concerned.  However, he clearly has stated his beliefs regarding the fact that he does not believe that guns should be allowed for the average citizen of the United States.

Like most on the Left, Stallone obviously believes that movies that consistently showcase guns in violent (often, over-the-top) situations has no effect on people or society.  I believe he is fully wrong.

Also like the Left, he believes it is fine to say one thing, while living another.  He portrays the violent, gun-toting action-hero in one movie after another, yet decries the tremendous violence in society.  Then, he has the nerve to call for the banning of the 2nd Amendment, while he himself holds a valid concealed carry permit.  The absolute audacity of some people seems to know no bounds.

So what do we do with people like Stallone?  First, we ignore them and by that I mean, we stop going to their movies.  Let him make more “Rocky” movies that actually have a plot to them involving relationships and drama.  We’ll see how far those types of movies go today after a steady diet of shoot-em-ups.

Second, we target his hypocritical way of thinking and his elitism that essentially positions him above the rest of us.  Those on the Left need to be aware that we are not stupid, as too many of them think.  We understand what they are attempting to do and we see and note their deception.  Like most elitists, they want one thing for society in general and another thing for themselves.

Fortunately for us lowly serfs, neither the 2nd Amendment, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights plays favorites.  The only ones who play favorites are those who believe that they are part of the elite.

The days when Sylvester Stallone was struggling to make it as an actor meant he appeared in porn. [4]  Eventually, he went more mainstream and broke into things with his movie Rocky, which he wrote and starred in.  That spawned several sequels and then came his Rambo series and other action-hero movies.  A star was born.

So once Stallone became established as a money-maker, largely using gun-violence to obtain it, he began speaking out against gun ownership and the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.  This duplicity may work well within the liberal Left, but for those of us who have not been drinking the Kool-Aid, we see what’s going on and we reject it.

People like elitist Sylvester Stallone need to stop being political mouthpieces.  Sure, they have a right to speak their minds.  But the problem is that their own lives highlight the duplicity that most of us at least try to avoid.

I have no need of Sylvester Stallone or his films.  I certainly have no need for his hypocrisy.  It’s funny, but the Left is first in line to point out hypocritical Christians, aren’t they?  They’re the first ones to point fingers when we make mistakes.  What they need to be doing is taking the board out of their own eyes first and then they will be able to see clearly enough to make a correct judgment (cf. Luke 6:42).  That is the definition of hypocrite.  It does not mean we cannot judge another person’s actions or words.  It simply means that before we do, we should ensure that we have removed things from our own life that keep us from making the best possible judgment.

I’ll wait for an apology from Stallone, but I won’t hold my breath.

[1] https://studygrowknowblog.com/2012/12/22/smoking-in-movies-accounts-for-nearly-half-of-all-smoking/

[2] http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000230/

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_to_the_Head

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Party_at_Kitty_and_Stud%27s

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