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Ted Cruz cites ‘Kill Bill’ against Harvey Weinstein
Politico ^ | 1/17/14 6:22 AM EST | LUCY MCCALMONT

Posted on 01/17/2014 7:23:52 AM PST by SoConPubbie

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is taking aim at movie producer Harvey Weinstein, calling the studio head a hypocrite for slamming the NRA, but using violence in his own films.

Citing Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film “Kill Bill” — which Weinstein produced — the Texas senator said the sword fight at the end of the movie is “one of the most epically violent scenes.”

“But you don’t see people wanting to ban knives,” Cruz said Thursday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

Cruz’s comments follow news that Weinstein — who co-heads The Weinstein Company production house with his brother — wants to target the NRA in a new film.

(PHOTOS: Political movie cameos)

“I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this issue head on, and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them,” Weinstein told Howard Stern on the latter’s radio show Wednesday, according to audio from Mediaite.

Cruz slammed Weinstein for living in “a fancy neighborhood with all sorts of police protection.”

“He says he doesn’t own a gun, but I bet you there’s a good odd that he has armed security around him,” Cruz said.

Cruz called Weinstein’s movies “left-wing propaganda,” and said “Hollywood liberal elites, they have their view of things.”

“We have a right to protect ourselves. It’s protected in the Constitution. Even if liberal Hollywood types want to take it away, it isn’t going anywhere,” Cruz said.

Cruz added that he sees the similarities between Washington and the West Coast.

“It’s the same pattern we see in Washington. It’s a double standard. It’s one rule for thee and one rule for me. So liberals love to live by special rules,” he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; killbill; nramovie; weinstein
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1 posted on 01/17/2014 7:23:52 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Alissa; ontap; Finny; kitkat; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; Fiddlstix; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


2 posted on 01/17/2014 7:24:26 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz bump!

:D


3 posted on 01/17/2014 7:25:18 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SoConPubbie

This is the wrong hill to die on. Kill Bill was a spoof. An homage film. The violence was purposely exaggerated for effect.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 7:26:59 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SoConPubbie

Perfect! Sen. Cruz knows that Alinsky’s tools work both ways, and what better way to show the hypocrisy of Hollywood than to use their own creations against them.


5 posted on 01/17/2014 7:27:12 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: facedown

...and she used a sword, not a gun all the time!


6 posted on 01/17/2014 7:27:59 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: facedown

So what?


7 posted on 01/17/2014 7:29:23 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: facedown
This is the wrong hill to die on. Kill Bill was a spoof. An homage film. The violence was purposely exaggerated for effect.

The analogy was spot-on. Even if the film was a spoof, the cited scene with swordplay was ultra-violent - yet no one watching it would be so stupid as to call for "knife control."

Regards,

8 posted on 01/17/2014 7:31:04 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: facedown

He also was the executive producer of: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Inglourious Basterds, and Grindhouse. There’s plenty of gun violence in each of those movies. He has no problem profiting off of gun violence, yet wants to make a propaganda movie about the NRA. Hypocrisy be thy name.


9 posted on 01/17/2014 7:31:30 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: SoConPubbie

please add my name to your ping list.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 7:31:45 AM PST by warsaw44
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To: SoConPubbie

The Kill Bill movies were total crap!


11 posted on 01/17/2014 7:32:37 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: facedown
The violence was purposely exaggerated for effect.

12 posted on 01/17/2014 7:35:57 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SoConPubbie

We need 534 more just like Ted Cruz.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 7:37:01 AM PST by defconw (Cibco's my spouse)
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To: facedown
So - the left's "outrage" is purposely exaggerated for effect.

Ban knives!!

The bigger point here is that wise guy Weinstein - and all of the leftist anti-gun hypocrites - protect themselves with armed security, yet they want to take away our right to protect ourselves.

14 posted on 01/17/2014 7:37:22 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: sickoflibs
"The Kill Bill movies were total crap!"

Agree totally. Tarantino's "ninja/samauri" phase was the low point of his career. The only good part of Kill Bill was the Japaneese girl band singing the "whoo-whoo" song.

15 posted on 01/17/2014 7:37:34 AM PST by circlecity
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To: facedown

I agree. Who cares if Weinstein is a hypocrite. It’s more important to know that he’s a depraved idiot. His opinion on the constitution should be ignored.


16 posted on 01/17/2014 7:37:43 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I saw the claim of hypocrisy on FoxnFriends this morning, I think it was. I agree with that, but there’s a bit of me that says it’s a wrong-headed argument.

Because Weinstein uses violence then he shouldn’t gripe about gun-owners who also use violence.

That’s not true. Gun-owners do not glorify violence, by and large. They are trained, thoughtful, and have an excellent record in only using their weapons when protecting life.

Comparing ourselves to gratuitous violence is not solid ground to stand on.

The argument should be: we do not advocate violence, but this guy advocates gratuitous violence.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 7:40:27 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: facedown

IMHO that actually makes it better as an example.

It’s not just that Harv is presenting gratuitous violence, he’s doing so as a joke. Conclusion: Harv thinks gratuitous violence is a joking matter.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 7:42:43 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: SoConPubbie

Will you add me to your Cruz ping list, please?


19 posted on 01/17/2014 7:44:23 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: oh8eleven

As of this morning when I last check my voice mail, Harvey had not called asking for my opinion so, I don’t need his either.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 7:44:43 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: xzins

“Comparing ourselves to gratuitous violence is not solid ground to stand on.The point”

The point is point out hypocrisy In this case I see very firm ground


21 posted on 01/17/2014 7:44:50 AM PST by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: facedown
This is the wrong hill to die on. Kill Bill was a spoof. An homage film. The violence was purposely exaggerated for effect.

ugh! i so agree with you... i am glad that Ted Cruz is taking on Hollywood... but i do not think this film works in this scenario... i am glad you said it! i have to admit, i was afraid to bring it up... i do think he is right in calling out on Weinstein's hypocrisy--likely having armed security...

22 posted on 01/17/2014 7:45:32 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SoConPubbie
I predict that Weinstein’s anti-NRA film will be a total bust. A complete money loser. But this is America and he is entitled to throw his money away however he chooses. And, he's a liberal, so he is expected to be a hypocrite who make billions from movies portraying guns while claiming to be anti-gun himself.

Pffft... whatever. Weinstein is delusionally self important.

23 posted on 01/17/2014 7:47:41 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Old Harv and Skanky Meryl want to make money.


24 posted on 01/17/2014 7:49:35 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: VA_Gentleman
He also was the executive producer of: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Inglourious Basterds, and Grindhouse.

yes! i wish Ted Cruz would have used any one of these instead of Kill Bill... Harvey Weinstein, like his liberal Hollywood cohorts, is a hypocrite... actually, like all liberals... Hollywood, DC... it doesn't matter...

25 posted on 01/17/2014 7:50:20 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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26 posted on 01/17/2014 7:54:13 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: facedown

A live action fantasy Manga comic book. But it was pretty neat how Kiddo was able to carry her Hattori Hanzo sword alongside her on her trans-Pacific flights.


27 posted on 01/17/2014 7:57:55 AM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: SoConPubbie

The film will undoubtedly be nothing bout a propaganda piece without a shred of proof. And they will conveniently forget the fact that far less than 1% of murders are committed with so-called assault weapons.


28 posted on 01/17/2014 7:57:58 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: VA_Gentleman

Does Weinstein have some kind of guilt complex?

I can watch Band of Brothers, have seen Lone survivor twice just so far, Shooter, and a favorite Allegory, and an honest spoof, Killers, numerous times, for theme and character/virtue inspiration.

I was told I would love Reservoir Dogs, and finally gave in.

It is a disgusting, depraved Hell movie, with not one redeeming character, nor character trait. It has no theme. The violence is needles, gratuitous and over the top.

The box office guy told me, when I visited my elderly aunt and we went to see the movie, the box office guy, who knew her - she was a film buff- “no, you two do not want to see “Pulp Fiction”.

I never have, and I never will.

Disgusting.


29 posted on 01/17/2014 7:59:53 AM PST by stanne
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To: latina4dubya

Can conservatives just stop opining on what these guys ought to be saying?

The biggest bunch of, “oh oh don’t rock the boat” ers out there.

He has a valid opinion and view and he’s willin gto back it up in every way.

Weinstein is like a disgusting pig, and Meryl Streep calls him ‘god’

Pigs.

Talk about it. Geeze


30 posted on 01/17/2014 8:04:03 AM PST by stanne
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To: bigbob

The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals always have them.


31 posted on 01/17/2014 8:07:56 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SoConPubbie

What a truly great and fearless man Ted Cruz is. A giant of a man. A true statesman.

If we had 10,000 of these guys we would be unstoppable.


32 posted on 01/17/2014 8:10:37 AM PST by crusader71
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To: alexander_busek
the cited scene with swordplay was ultra-violent

"Which is a first in movie-making.... righty right ?"


33 posted on 01/17/2014 8:11:20 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: stanne
The biggest bunch of, “oh oh don’t rock the boat” ers out there.

i do not mind rocking the boat... i know Ted Cruz is on the right side of the argument... i like things to be done intelligently... i know Ted Cruz is intelligent... i think he could have entered this argument better... sheesh... there is little worse than a conservative being right about an issue but being wrong in his presenting it... i see it all the time... especially from hip-shooting conservative Christians... as a conservative Christian, i do not think it helps our cause... for what it is worth--i am not calling Ted Cruz a hip-shooting conservative Christian... i have the highest esteem for him... and i am talking about it...

34 posted on 01/17/2014 8:12:09 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SoConPubbie

“...and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

Such hatred for a group dedicated to protecting a Constitutional right.


35 posted on 01/17/2014 8:12:33 AM PST by mom.mom
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To: crusader71
If we had 10,000 of these guys we would be unstoppable.

if we had just 100 Ted Cruzes!

36 posted on 01/17/2014 8:14:54 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Ted Cruz just won’t care what libs (including those in the republican party) say about him.

That’s the only winning stance, by the way.


37 posted on 01/17/2014 8:15:53 AM PST by stanne
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To: circlecity

“”The Kill Bill movies were total crap!”
Agree totally. Tarantino’s “ninja/samauri” phase was the low point of his career. The only good part of Kill Bill was the Japaneese girl band singing the “whoo-whoo” song. “

Gee, sorry to learn that! I like both #1 and #2. Not exactly War and Peace for sure. As others have stated they’re a spoof with lots of satire and a comic book look them. But, nevertheless Weinstein is a hypocrite no doubt about it no matter how you slice it.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 8:16:22 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: edcoil
Milton Miteybad: "Mr. Weinstein...should the unlikely occasion ever arise where I find myself interested in your opinion, you may rest assured that I will have seen to it that an opinion is issued to you."

Heh, heh...heh, heh...
39 posted on 01/17/2014 8:17:28 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: SoConPubbie

meryl streep means chik flick means never watch it.

after her diatribe to target “saving mr. banks” as a petty cat fight stab, she pretty much put herself in the streisand lunatic camp.


40 posted on 01/17/2014 8:21:22 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Obadiah

it will be a gabby giffords BS story. Her “husband” has been trying to glom her tradgedy into a political carrer.


41 posted on 01/17/2014 8:22:51 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: snoringbear
"As others have stated they’re a spoof with lots of satire and a comic book look them."

You could say the same about lots of Tarantino movies, including Django which was a spoof/homage to the Serigo Lenoe spagetti westerns, but I thought the Kill Bill series were his worst spoofs. I agree it's purely subjective and you're just as "right" in liking them as I am in not liking them. I haven't really liked one of his flicks since Jackie Brown.

42 posted on 01/17/2014 8:28:27 AM PST by circlecity
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To: stanne
i know that... and i do like that about him... i think he could have done better... i do not see what is wrong with my bringing that up here with other conservatives... but like with some Freepers, if we voice one little bit of dissension, suddenly we are the enemy... suddenly we are seen as not on the same side... i am on his side... but we should not be like Obamabots who only say positive things about those we esteem if we disagree on something... at least, i do not want to be that way...

in any case, i thank God for Ted Cruz--his character... his intellect... his willing to be the lone voice in DC... God bless him and keep him... and make His face to shine upon him...

43 posted on 01/17/2014 8:28:45 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: sickoflibs
The Kill Bill movies were total crap!

A reflection of their director/producer.

44 posted on 01/17/2014 8:29:00 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: circlecity

I liked Pulp Fiction too. Great dialogue.


45 posted on 01/17/2014 8:29:28 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: snoringbear

Please note that although I didn’t really like them that much I thought the production values and directing on both Kill Bill movies and Django were excellent.


46 posted on 01/17/2014 8:31:49 AM PST by circlecity
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To: latina4dubya

People are cynical. Nothing but criticism to the point of loserness. What if conservatives decide they’re not going to be dictated to by liberals?

It’s not like libs are going to hand over authority, it will have to be taken.

If anyone has a better man, candidate than Cruz, let’s see him.


47 posted on 01/17/2014 8:37:13 AM PST by stanne
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To: SoConPubbie

Look at it this way,
The only ones that will make any money
from this movie are the gun dealers.


48 posted on 01/17/2014 8:38:22 AM PST by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: VA_Gentleman
He also was the executive producer of: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Inglourious Basterds, and Grindhouse. There’s plenty of gun violence in each of those movies.

Exactly. Any one of those movies, except perhaps Pulp Fiction because that also was supposed to be ridiculous, would have been a better example for the purpose.

49 posted on 01/17/2014 8:40:24 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown

So What?


50 posted on 01/17/2014 8:43:18 AM PST by gr8eman (How ya doin Bob?...Bitchen!)
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