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Harvey Weinstein plans on terrorizing the NRA with The Senator's Wife starring Meryl Streep

Jan. 16, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Harvey Weinstein is not a guy who is shy about giving his opinion. He definitely didn't hold back when it came to discussing his new project with Meryl Streep, THE SENATOR'S WIFE.

When Weinstein went on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show, he was ready to ruffle more than a few feathers within the National Rifle Association. This is what he said:

Were going to take this issue head on, and theyre going to wish they werent alive after Im done with them. Its going to be like crash and burn."

As you may have guessed, Weinstein isn't exactly the gun toting type:

I never want to have a gun. I dont think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area.

I believe that film can be used as a very powerful voice. I mean, look at a documentary like BLACKFISH that's caused an uproar over the treatment of orcas at Sea World. But can a non-doc like THE SENATOR'S WIFE make a splash with a group like the NRA?

Currently, no director or writer is attached to the project.

Source: THR

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9:27PM on 01/17/2014

Actually Excited for this

Preachy or not I love a good political movie, particularly one that has no problem being controversial and taking on a divisive issue. Cant wait to see it and the firestorm of debate that will ensue.
Preachy or not I love a good political movie, particularly one that has no problem being controversial and taking on a divisive issue. Cant wait to see it and the firestorm of debate that will ensue.
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7:48PM on 01/17/2014
James Holmes and Adam Lanza were big fans Mr. Weinstein.
James Holmes and Adam Lanza were big fans Mr. Weinstein.
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3:11PM on 01/17/2014
Please stop with the Liberals want to tske all guns away nonsense. They asked for more firm background checks and people went crazy. Most of the U.S. wanted it but crazy conservatives and the NRA's wallet made sure it didn't happen. I'm all for owning guns, but more regulation isn't a bad thing. This one guy was blind and got upset because of this screaming about his second amendment rights....you really want him to have a gun?
Please stop with the Liberals want to tske all guns away nonsense. They asked for more firm background checks and people went crazy. Most of the U.S. wanted it but crazy conservatives and the NRA's wallet made sure it didn't happen. I'm all for owning guns, but more regulation isn't a bad thing. This one guy was blind and got upset because of this screaming about his second amendment rights....you really want him to have a gun?
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3:05PM on 01/17/2014
Please stop with the Liberals want to tske all guns away nonsense. They asked for more firm background checks and people went crazy. Most of the U.S. wanted it but crazy conservatives and the NRA's wallet made sure it didn't happen. I'm all for owning guns, but more regulation isn't a bad thing. This one guy was blind and got upset because of this screaming about his second amendment rights....you really want him to have a gun?
Please stop with the Liberals want to tske all guns away nonsense. They asked for more firm background checks and people went crazy. Most of the U.S. wanted it but crazy conservatives and the NRA's wallet made sure it didn't happen. I'm all for owning guns, but more regulation isn't a bad thing. This one guy was blind and got upset because of this screaming about his second amendment rights....you really want him to have a gun?
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3:19PM on 01/17/2014
I don't think that "all liberals are trying to take our guns away." But that is the knee-jerk response defensive liberals go to. I believe this particular liberal has an agenda to take down the NRA, as he stated in the comments above.
I don't think that "all liberals are trying to take our guns away." But that is the knee-jerk response defensive liberals go to. I believe this particular liberal has an agenda to take down the NRA, as he stated in the comments above.
8:48AM on 01/17/2014

The only time I hear about the NRA...

...is when fat liberals like Harvey Weinstein are trying to dismantle it.
...is when fat liberals like Harvey Weinstein are trying to dismantle it.
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4:25PM on 01/17/2014
I know right? If it wasn't for those pesky mass murders wiping out a bunch of kids in a school, how dare they give teh NRA such a good name!
I know right? If it wasn't for those pesky mass murders wiping out a bunch of kids in a school, how dare they give teh NRA such a good name!
10:59AM on 01/21/2014
You're right, cricker. It was the NRA's fault, and not the fault of his mother for neglecting to get him the proper mental help and for showing a person with subnormal human intelligence how to use a weapon. It was certainly not a reason to open up the dialogue on mental care in this country to aid people suffering to express themselves and be treated. Gump!
You're right, cricker. It was the NRA's fault, and not the fault of his mother for neglecting to get him the proper mental help and for showing a person with subnormal human intelligence how to use a weapon. It was certainly not a reason to open up the dialogue on mental care in this country to aid people suffering to express themselves and be treated. Gump!
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8:06AM on 01/17/2014
The fuck is this fat hypocrite thinking? Of course it's hypocritical for him to do this when his films have featured lots of guns. And don't use some bullshit explanation about how he doesn't use them in real life when he's entertaining Millions of people with violent imagery. Films don't leave an impression on you? Bullshit.
Oh, I'm also betting this film will result in Streep's 47th nomination.
The fuck is this fat hypocrite thinking? Of course it's hypocritical for him to do this when his films have featured lots of guns. And don't use some bullshit explanation about how he doesn't use them in real life when he's entertaining Millions of people with violent imagery. Films don't leave an impression on you? Bullshit.
Oh, I'm also betting this film will result in Streep's 47th nomination.
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4:27PM on 01/17/2014
We should arrest every kid pretending to play cops and robbers if they grow up not liking guns because hey you didnt mind it when you were sensationalizing it as a kid which had an effect on you growing up!
We should arrest every kid pretending to play cops and robbers if they grow up not liking guns because hey you didnt mind it when you were sensationalizing it as a kid which had an effect on you growing up!
3:03AM on 01/17/2014
Whichever way you feel on the issue - it's not hypocrisy for Weinstein to be opposed to guns in real life and still feature gunplay in his movies. David Cronenberg's movies have a lot of rape in them - does that mean he's not allowed to be against rape in real life? Tarantino's films feature a lot of racist characters - does that mean he's not allowed to be against racist people in real life?

In fact, I'd like to see more gunplay in Weinstein films. Philomena woulda been awesome if Judi
Whichever way you feel on the issue - it's not hypocrisy for Weinstein to be opposed to guns in real life and still feature gunplay in his movies. David Cronenberg's movies have a lot of rape in them - does that mean he's not allowed to be against rape in real life? Tarantino's films feature a lot of racist characters - does that mean he's not allowed to be against racist people in real life?

In fact, I'd like to see more gunplay in Weinstein films. Philomena woulda been awesome if Judi Dench was searching for a her son while fisting a couple of Uzis.
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3:19AM on 01/17/2014
"This fall...M is operational."
"This fall...M is operational."
7:35AM on 01/17/2014
I probably would caught Philomena in theaters had that been the case.
I probably would caught Philomena in theaters had that been the case.
10:49AM on 01/17/2014
You do make a good case for the gun violence in his films. However he is still a two face for saying we need to ban guns yet is perfectly fine with him and his friends being protected by armed bodyguards.
You do make a good case for the gun violence in his films. However he is still a two face for saying we need to ban guns yet is perfectly fine with him and his friends being protected by armed bodyguards.
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11:47PM on 01/16/2014

Ehhh...

I, for one, would like to see a little more gun control in America... Before you jump to conclusions, I'm not one of those crazy liberal nutjobs, nor am I a conservative nutjob. I think gun ownership is a privilege, and there are some who should not have that privilege. Just today in Detroit, for example, a 4 year old killed her cousin when she was left unattended, and they left a loaded gun in the room with the kids... These people shouldn't own firearms. If you can't pass the same
I, for one, would like to see a little more gun control in America... Before you jump to conclusions, I'm not one of those crazy liberal nutjobs, nor am I a conservative nutjob. I think gun ownership is a privilege, and there are some who should not have that privilege. Just today in Detroit, for example, a 4 year old killed her cousin when she was left unattended, and they left a loaded gun in the room with the kids... These people shouldn't own firearms. If you can't pass the same psychological tests that Law Enforcement and Military personnel have to pass to carry, you shouldn't have a gun... That Colorado shooter wouldn't have been able to stockpile legally obtained weapons if he'd been tested beforehand. I'm not against owning a weapon... I'm for responsible gun ownership. Now, I don't personally like the NRA or some of the arguments they make... But they have that right. Weinstein has that same right to speak out against them... But why make a film that won't sway anyone? People who agree will love this, people who don't will hate it... But I can almost guarantee no one's opinion will change because of this film.
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12:02AM on 01/17/2014
You make some good points, however owning a gun is not a privilege nor should it be. It is a Constitutional right. Private companies have a right to background check its employees for reason to not employ them with a gun. The government does not have that right over the people.
You make some good points, however owning a gun is not a privilege nor should it be. It is a Constitutional right. Private companies have a right to background check its employees for reason to not employ them with a gun. The government does not have that right over the people.
12:03AM on 01/17/2014
I think you make a lot of sense.
I think you make a lot of sense.
12:03AM on 01/17/2014
Sorry, double post. A can of worms is always opened when this is up for discussion and I'm far from qualified to comment on it but I do think a psychological test of some kind that you've proposed is very sensible.
Sorry, double post. A can of worms is always opened when this is up for discussion and I'm far from qualified to comment on it but I do think a psychological test of some kind that you've proposed is very sensible.
7:34AM on 01/17/2014
@ Thedude1989 - You make a good point. It actually wouldn't be right to exclude any citizens for any reason. Despite the fact that I think keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, the 2nd Amendment does say that the "right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"... But I really can't think of an alternative anymore... Hardcore liberals want to take all the guns away; Hardcore conservatives think everyone should be armed... All the while blaming each other over every
@ Thedude1989 - You make a good point. It actually wouldn't be right to exclude any citizens for any reason. Despite the fact that I think keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, the 2nd Amendment does say that the "right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"... But I really can't think of an alternative anymore... Hardcore liberals want to take all the guns away; Hardcore conservatives think everyone should be armed... All the while blaming each other over every school or mass shooting. Neither willing to meet each other half way. The Bi-Partisan system was built to keep each other in check and encourage comprise between differing opinions, but that's not what it's become. It's turned into two parties who will do anything and everything to get their own way, and will make no concessions. It doesn't work. It's doing nothing but dividing us, and it's breeding nothing but hate.
10:47AM on 01/17/2014
You don't want to get me started on the so called two party system. We could talk for hours on that. On this issue I think the only real common sense middle ground is we have a serious discussion on mental health. So many of these shooters today are on mind altering drugs. Yet no word on the news about it. Want to know why? Its because these media outlets and our politicians get money from these drug companies. The war on drugs is another problem. The failed war on drugs is responsible for most
You don't want to get me started on the so called two party system. We could talk for hours on that. On this issue I think the only real common sense middle ground is we have a serious discussion on mental health. So many of these shooters today are on mind altering drugs. Yet no word on the news about it. Want to know why? Its because these media outlets and our politicians get money from these drug companies. The war on drugs is another problem. The failed war on drugs is responsible for most gun related deaths in the US.
10:44PM on 01/16/2014
Let me guess: more propagated, uninformed bullshit which will endeavor to demonize those in animate objects known as guns, instead of focusing on the issues of mental health, criminal mindsets, as well as accountability and responsibility of those who commit crimes. There are so many countless ways of killing multiple people at the same time. I'm so sick to death of people trying to use the argument that guns are intended for killing. First of all, that isn't entirely true, but furthermore
Let me guess: more propagated, uninformed bullshit which will endeavor to demonize those in animate objects known as guns, instead of focusing on the issues of mental health, criminal mindsets, as well as accountability and responsibility of those who commit crimes. There are so many countless ways of killing multiple people at the same time. I'm so sick to death of people trying to use the argument that guns are intended for killing. First of all, that isn't entirely true, but furthermore that's not The point. I wish people who are against gun ownership would explain how banning them, which seems to be what they want, would fix anything. It's not going to disarm the criminals. Are you telling me that every game member in the country is going to give up his and her guns? It only affects the law-abiding citizens.
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10:45PM on 01/16/2014
Inanimate*
Inanimate*
10:47PM on 01/16/2014
Gang member. Seriously why don't they just call it auto incorrect?
Gang member. Seriously why don't they just call it auto incorrect?
11:18PM on 01/16/2014
Don't forget the drug war as well. That useless fight causes most gun related deaths in the US.
Don't forget the drug war as well. That useless fight causes most gun related deaths in the US.
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10:09PM on 01/16/2014
Who needs a gun when you can hire armed bodyguards?
Who needs a gun when you can hire armed bodyguards?
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9:55PM on 01/16/2014
First off his company makes millions from films that have high levels of gun violence. Secondly he nor any of his friends will ever give up their armed bodyguards. He is just your typical two faced liar.
First off his company makes millions from films that have high levels of gun violence. Secondly he nor any of his friends will ever give up their armed bodyguards. He is just your typical two faced liar.
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9:45PM on 01/16/2014
Someone should tell Mr. Weinstein that the police have no constitutional duty to defend anyone's life. So yes, there is a need for guns in this country.
Someone should tell Mr. Weinstein that the police have no constitutional duty to defend anyone's life. So yes, there is a need for guns in this country.
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8:40PM on 01/16/2014
I'm not a fan of the NRA. Say what you will about the Second Amendment, but the NRA is a bully that has prevented us from having a rational dialogue about gun control (and they profit from every mass shooting, when gun-nuts are afraid the government's gonna try to get serious about the issue). Having said that, Harvey Weinstein is also a bully. Now, he's not nearly the bully that the National Rifle Association is, but he's also exactly the kind of person they don't care about. A Hollywood
I'm not a fan of the NRA. Say what you will about the Second Amendment, but the NRA is a bully that has prevented us from having a rational dialogue about gun control (and they profit from every mass shooting, when gun-nuts are afraid the government's gonna try to get serious about the issue). Having said that, Harvey Weinstein is also a bully. Now, he's not nearly the bully that the National Rifle Association is, but he's also exactly the kind of person they don't care about. A Hollywood producer intends to make a movie criticizing Your Right to Bear Arms. More left-wing propaganda they'll say. And they won't be wrong. And the rest of us who'd just as well not be preached to will have another great Meryl Streep performance in a movie that's about as subtle as a wrecking ball.

That's my prediction anyway.
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8:35PM on 01/16/2014
What a fucking moron.
What a fucking moron.
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8:23PM on 01/16/2014
Harvey Weinstein has never seemed like a good person and I don't think it's wise of him to try and make a gun control polemic. I live in a country with very strict gun control laws; civilians are prohibited to carry at all(I live in a country that's very strict in general) and thus can't comment on the situation in the States, but this just seems like Weinstein trying to unnecessarily push some buttons.
Harvey Weinstein has never seemed like a good person and I don't think it's wise of him to try and make a gun control polemic. I live in a country with very strict gun control laws; civilians are prohibited to carry at all(I live in a country that's very strict in general) and thus can't comment on the situation in the States, but this just seems like Weinstein trying to unnecessarily push some buttons.
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8:21PM on 01/16/2014
Stop fucking with us and give us Snowpiercer already!! The cut that the director intended us to see.
Stop fucking with us and give us Snowpiercer already!! The cut that the director intended us to see.
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8:18PM on 01/16/2014
I'm pretty sure later on (don't know when) he'll regret making this statement.
I'm pretty sure later on (don't know when) he'll regret making this statement.
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8:16PM on 01/16/2014

im all for free speech and his right to make this movie.

But what will it take for some people to understand its not the tool that is doing the damage, but the person that is behind it, wielding it, thst is doing the harm. Im a law abiding citizen gun oener that has a concealed carry permit, as well as a lifetime membership to the NRA. Is there some stupid people that are in the power structure of the NRA that use it for their own mesns?
But what will it take for some people to understand its not the tool that is doing the damage, but the person that is behind it, wielding it, thst is doing the harm. Im a law abiding citizen gun oener that has a concealed carry permit, as well as a lifetime membership to the NRA. Is there some stupid people that are in the power structure of the NRA that use it for their own mesns?
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8:02PM on 01/16/2014

Hypocrite

Just how many of his and his brother's movies involve gunplay?
Just how many of his and his brother's movies involve gunplay?
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7:47PM on 01/16/2014
This seems a tad unnecessary...I can't see it playing out well. Also, the whole interview he gave about this was shockingly ignorant.
This seems a tad unnecessary...I can't see it playing out well. Also, the whole interview he gave about this was shockingly ignorant.
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