Viewers question violent 'Gangster Squad' ad aired during NFL game


The violent movie “Gangster Squad,” starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn, was delayed this summer because of the Aurora movie theater shooting. The directors edited out a grisly scene in which the film’s actors shot up a movie theater in an eery echo of the real-life Aurora massacre. The movie is now scheduled to debut next month and ads have been running on television. Today, viewers saw a commercial for the bloody flick during the Colts-Texans game and questioned the timing in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre:

In this E Online interview, Brolin and the movie’s director defended the gratuitous violence and deflected any responsibility for influencing real-life events.

The movie theater sequence was cut from the film, the film’s release date was postponed and the scene was moved to the streets of Chinatown during reshoots.

“I’m proud of the fact that we did that and I think that we didn’t compromise the film,” Fleisher told reporters. “I think that we should all respect the tragedy and not draw associations to our film as a result of any of these types of tragedies.”

Plus, as Ruben himself says, this is a movie about heroes, not villains. “I think this movie is about people who are standing up for their beliefs,” he said. “And trying to do what’s right.”

And yet, peaceful Tea Party activists are blamed for every random act of violence because they have stood up for their beliefs.

Twitter users are calling out hypocritical, pro-gun control celebrities:


On point:

  • moonsbreath

    I want a ban on guns in movies and music videos.

  • Steve_J

    It’s an ad for a movie. If there were children in the room, and it upsets them, explain to them it’s fictional and not real.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Okay… so, you make guns fun in fantasy, but want to outlaw them in real life! *brain fart*

  • ron9598

    This is exactly what I’ve been preaching to family & friends for a long time already. We do not learn. American movies, TV, music and video games making violence look “cool”. Garbage in = garbage out. So much of it, that it numbs the conscience – and we wonder why this society is having issues. Blame the indecent media.

  • Joe W.

    If you do not pay to see the crap they produce, they will not be able to produce it. Don’t watch. I avoid anything Hollywood like an STD…..

  • Maxwell

    While I agree I think it’s hypocritical for Hollywood to glorify violence. I don’t think it’s that they always attack conservatives as warmongers (it’s been forever since I’ve seen a liberal movie that truly condemns war.) I also don’t think we can blame movies, video games, or music for the choices people make, in this case murdering others. Everyone is responsible for their own decisions.

  • scubaski00

    Seems to me the producers of said movie should just send it to DVD rental status…it’s obviously associated with a lot of bad karma!!

  • anonymus

    Violence has been decreasing for decades. What happened in Connecticut is vulgar and dispicable. But pointing the finger to violent movies and video games is preposterous. Do you think Mao killed 10s of millions because of movies? Hitler and his millions? I can continue to go on but it is pointless. Studies have been done that when a new popular ‘violent’ game is released murder crimes actually go down in the short-term. We need to understand what the media has done to exploit these horrendous incidents and trying to point fingers quickly for your ratings.

    • TexSizzle

      You missed the point – the hypocrisy of the left.

  • NoBoma2012

    Commendations to Twitchy Staff for this excellent journalism. Happy Warriors. ;]

  • Emjay Grakykat

    We should also outlaw lyrics about guns and gun violence including books or any other depiction that glorifies gun violence, this includes conversation in public. #howfaristoofar

  • $7610427

    Guns? What guns? Mmmm…is that Ryan Gosling??? Sorry, I lost focus for a minute. I think it’s high time we second amendment supporters start hitting back at Hollywood, the music industry, gaming industry, etc. We must call them out, and loudly, on their hypocritical views. This “do as I say” BS must end now!