‘Taken 3’ Gun Company Calls for Boycott of Liam Neeson Films
A gun company is calling for a boycott of Liam Neeson movies, but not for safety reasons. Rather, they’re up in arms over Neeson’s comments concerning guns themselves.
PARA USA, the company that provided firearms for use in Taken 3, is completely cutting ties with Neeson after he made a series of anti-gun comments in a recent interview.
“There’s too many f***ing guns out there,” Neeson said in the interview. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America.”
He would go on to add, “I think it’s a f***ing disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
The comments made their way back to PARA USA, and it left them so upset that they’re now vowing to never again provide firearms for any movie in which Neeson stars.
In a post to their official Facebook page, PARA USA made a statement addressing the controversy:
PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film “Taken 3”. While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties. We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects. Further, we encourage our partners and friends in the firearms industry to do the same.
So while the Taken franchise may be finished, it seems Neeson isn’t done making enemies of people with guns. Still, I can certainly see where he’s coming from, regarding the obscene amount of gun violence portrayed on film in the United States. But this is hardly a new phenomenon, and you’d think if he were to bring up this sort of point, it wouldn’t be at a time where he’s starring in a new, gun-heavy blockbuster.
Of course, while I can see why PARA USA is mad, since it amounts to using their product and then dissing the product itself after the fact, I think they’re basically making a mountain out of a molehill. Being an actor means you often do things you don’t agree with for the sake of character. Neeson may not be big on guns, but the script calls for his character to use one, so he does. There’s no written agreement for Neeson to believe in the merit of guns, or keep his mouth shut regarding their overuse in media. He’s simply expressing an opinion, and while PARA USA has that exact same right, I’m not sure it does their business any favors to boycott Neeson. I expect this all to blow over at some point, but this all seems like a silly thing to have gotten worked up over in the first place.
Via: The Blaze