Hollywood film Jason Bourne’s movie poster, featuring Matt Damon, has courted controversy in the wake of gun deaths in the US, including the recent shooting of five police officers in Dallas.
The ads, which are plastered all over New York subways, show Damon pointing a gun in full glory. Posters displayed on subways have already had the part featuring the ‘gun’ peeled away. Since the past week, the anti-gun protest has gathered momentum with celebs like American TV series ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham lending her support to the removal of the firearm from all Jason Bourne movie posters. Previously, Girls co-producer Tami Sagher had said, “Hey New Yorkers, what if we do some peeling & get rid of the guns in the Jason Bourne subway ads. So tired of guns.”
Hey New Yorkers, what if we just peel off the guns in the Jason Bourne ads. So tired of guns. pic.twitter.com/SrjjRsyPCB
— Tami Sagher (@Tambone) July 12, 2016
In a show of support, Dunham responded on Instagram: “Good idea…let’s go.”
Dunham is quite vocal about social justice issues like gun control and sexism in the US entertainment industry.
The protest follows Hollywood actor Matt Damon’s own gun control statements in the media during the promotion of spy thriller Jason Bourne. In an interview to The Sydney Morning Herald, Damon had spoken passionately against America’s gun culture saying the US should really follow Australia’s example in implementing strict gun control legislation. “You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can’t.”
“People get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK47s to people on terror watch lists, that’s a non-starter. I don’t know what needs to happen,” Damon had said.
The gun control issue is hot in the US in the wake of the recent mass shootings with the Democrats demanding a strict gun control legislation while Republican lawmakers say discussions aimed at finding compromise are continuing.
Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan have been under pressure to act on gun legislation since the June 12 mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Clearly, Damon is in support of strict gun control legislation, but is America ready for the change?