Bruce Willis is taking on accusations he’s a member of the alt-right this week, following Thursday’s release of the trailer for his new movie, “Death Wish.”
Among the criticisms of the trailer, which depicts Willis’s character “taking the law into his owns hands” after his family is murdered, are that it is “nakedly fascist,” “a tone-deaf idea,” and “alt-right fan fiction.”
While observations that the movie is violent are warranted, claims that it is meant to be alt-right are in question by the fact that it is directed by Eli Roth, who is Jewish and starred as the Bear Jew in the film “Inglorious Bastards.”
“Just watched the DEATH WISH trailer. Definitely won’t be any controversy surrounding the release of that one. Jesus.” one onlooker wrote on Twitter.
Another critic wrote, “Maybe it’s the marketing, but seems a strange time to give a high-five to an older angry white dude going vigilante with lots of guns.”
The Associated Press denominated in November that the term alt-right should be used carefully, as it can have multiple meanings and associations.
“Avoid using the term generically and without definition because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience,” the AP’s Guide advised. “In the past, we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.”
Furthermore, the movie is merely a remake from the popular 1974 version of the film, starring Charles Bronson.
“Death Wish” comes out on November 22. See the full trailer below:
Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake is so nakedly fascist that alt-righters will have an erection before the trailer ends https://t.co/sDY5fQXR9W
— Alan Zilberman (@alanzilberman) August 3, 2017
Fair or not, I can’t think of a more tone-deaf idea in this political/social environment than white filmmakers remaking #DEATHWISH…
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) August 3, 2017
Just watched the DEATH WISH trailer. Definitely won’t be any controversy surrounding the release of that one. Jesus.
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) August 3, 2017
Maybe it’s the marketing, but seems a strange time to give a high-five to an older angry white dude going vigilante with lots of guns.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 3, 2017
Angry, old white man becomes an armed vigilante against Chicago civilians. That’s a dangerous message. Is Death Wish alt-right fan fiction? pic.twitter.com/7VIrMbLWXv
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 3, 2017
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