You probably recall that Jim Carrey — he of Dumb and Dumber fame — has announced he would not promote Kick-Ass 2, which opens Aug. 16, because the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre made him fear the film is too violent.
Well, Hit-Girl herself, 16-year-old action star Chloë Grace Moretz has a message for co-star Carrey — and anyone else stupid enough to think kids (or anyone) can be mind-controlled by movies (violent or otherwise):
“It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess. If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid…. I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”
Chloe has played pint-sized purple assassin Hit-Girl twice, a child vampire in Let Me In, and has a reboot of the telekinetic bloodbath Carrie coming out this fall, so I’m pretty sure she knows what’s she’s talking about.
And, by the way, I still haven’t heard whether Jim Carrey gave back his Kick-Ass 2 paycheck — or donated it to a kids’ charity.
However, this is an important issue. If you’re a parent concerned about violence (or sex, or whatever) in movies, then it’s up to you to talk about it with your child. Explain your values and why you think your child — and only yours! — should adopt those values. It’s your responsibility as a parent to instill your morals in your child, but if you’re too busy to do it, don’t whine and insist that Hollywood cover for you. It’s your job; do it or shut the hell up!