In an age of often ludicrous headlines, Fox News’ decision to run a story slamming actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who returns as long-suffering horror heroine Laurie Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel/reboot, for playing a character “who wields firearms… despite advocating for gun control” offscreen takes the cake today.
Jamie Lee Curtis wields firearms in new 'Halloween' movie despite advocating for gun control https://t.co/OL2q5nXtUx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 10, 2018
Fox News reporter Louis Casiano takes the absurdity to greater levels, writing that “Curtis’s on-screen actions stand in contrast to her real-life persona as an advocate for gun control — one of several Hollywood actors who use firearms in their films while preaching against them away from the set.”
These comments didn’t go over very well with many people who pointed out that Curtis is an actress, that she’s the star of a horror film in which she plays a traumatized woman who once escaped a serial killer who––for the second time––breaks out of a mental institution and stalks her and her loved ones, and that her personal views on gun control and the characters she’s played onscreen are not mutually exclusive.
“Actor does job.”
— Garfroid (@Liam_Savvy) October 10, 2018
Have you heard of acting? It's very similar to what your presenters do when they fake outrage about things like this.
— David (@PermaConfused) October 10, 2018
Hey Fox do you not realize the difference between fantasy/fiction and reality?
— AltNSA (@AltNatSecAgency) October 10, 2018
The Newtown Action Group, a grassroots organization founded after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which resulted in 27 deaths, most of them young children, also took the network to task, writing, “Weak gun laws in America is what should scare us-not movies.”
The NRA & @FoxNews have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction. The “fair & balanced” news station is going after actors like @jamieleecurtis who portray a fictional character with a gun in a scary movie. Weak gun laws in America is what should scare us-not movies. #NoRA https://t.co/V5zj08uvLg
— Newtown Action (@NewtownAction) October 10, 2018
The article also lent itself to parody: some people responded by purposely conflating actors with some of the famous roles they’ve played.
Like this person, who pointed out that Leonardo DiCaprio champions environmental causes despite, you know, succumbing to hypothermia after surviving the sinking of an ill-fated ocean liner in Titanic…
Leonardo DiCaprio crusades for the environment despite battling the sea in Titanic. https://t.co/8btc5b1rqU
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) October 10, 2018
…and this person, who notes that Ralph Fiennes is nothing like Nazi war criminal Amon Göth, who was the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in Płaszów in German-occupied Poland. (Fiennes is a UNICEF UK ambassador who has done work in India and Rwanda, and is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.)
Don’t even get me started on Ralph fiennes pic.twitter.com/VUo7opgvxh
— Deej (@djx1984) October 10, 2018
But back to Curtis.