Tarantino: Blaming movies for massacre 'disrespectful' to victims

Quentin Tarantino was annoyed by the suggestion that violent movies could be to blame for violence such as the Connecticut school massacre.

Quentin Tarantino has fired back at movie violence critics who are blaming bloody blockbusters for the recent Connecticut school massacre, insisting such comments are disrespectful to the victims.

Tarantino's films have often been targeted following tragedies as pundits attempt to make sense of them, and he was again on the lips of those seeking reason and cause for last month's Sandy Hook Elementary School murders in Newtown. Critics have suggested the glorification of violence in movies encourages sick individuals to live-out real-life massacres, but the director is convinced there is no link.

Growing frustrated on the subject of violence in movies in a recent NPR interview, Tarantino raged, "I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful... to the memory... of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health."

Tarantino's latest film, blood-soaked, shoot-em-up western "Django Unchained," was released just days after the Newtown massacre, during which 20 children were killed.


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