The only recent event less surprising than that of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” is Universal Pictures’ decision to at least temporarily shelve the release of the “satirical social thriller” The Hunt set to be seen in theaters in September. From trailers and early dissemination of the film’s subject matter, it would appear that the movie depicts elitist wealthy Americans hunting fellow Americans in rural America. Not quite the stuff our Founders envisioned.

To quote a press release from Universal, “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for ‘The Hunt,’ after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

Some have alluded to the huntees depicted in the film as deplorable Trump supporters and Pro Life advocates. Heaven forbid that these folks dare exist in our society. After all, the cultural elites have a better handle on what America should look like, right?

In light of this type of Hollywood carnage produced for our entertainment value, is it any wonder that the shooting incidents such as El Paso and Dayton occurred? Preservation of the family structure, respect for and upholding of the sanctity of precious human life and the realization that at the end of the day we are all Americans with families and bills and jobs to take care of should be of primary concern.

Maybe someday Hollywood will figure it out.

Rusty Washum


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