Jamie Lee Curtis is not here for Fox News' games. On Wednesday, a Fox News article went live that accused Curtis of being a hypocrite when it comes to her gun control activism, headlined: "Jamie Lee Curtis wields firearms in new 'Halloween' movie despite advocating for gun control." The article was widely mocked on Twitter, with even Dictionary.com chiming in to point out the dictionary definition of "acting." Curtis spoke to USA Today about the whole thing later Wednesday, saying: "It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think."
The Fox News article paints Curtis as a gun control advocate whose characters wield the same kind of weapons she's pushing for reform on. "Curtis’s on-screen actions stand in contrast to her real-life persona as an advocate for gun control—one of several Hollywood actors who use firearms in their films while preaching against them away from the set." The article adds: "In light of several high-profile mass shootings, Curtis has voiced her support for gun reform legislation. But she's also appeared in films such as "True Lies," "Virus," "Halloween II" and "Blue Steel" where she uses firearms multiple times."
Here's how Curtis responded, per USA Today:
I am vocal about common-sense gun safety and gun laws. For instance, I fully support an assault weapon ban, I fully support a bump stock ban. I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment. And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place. And they have to renew their license just like we do with automobiles—which are weapons also.
[Filmmakers] knew that [Halloween character] Laurie was going to be someone who used firearms. And I think there were myriad types of firearms that could have been used in the movie. I was very clear with the filmmakers that she used the weapons (that) were intended for self-defense for her and her family.
Which is a lot more calm and reasonable than my own response would have been, frankly, given that my own response would probably have just been a random outpouring of curse words.
On the bright side, the article sparked an entire subgenre of comedy on Twitter. Here are some of the best.
Curtis concluded to USA Today: "I’m an actress who’s in slasher movies. I have to be responsible for my own personal choices in my own personal life. But I am an actor for hire. And honestly, if I had made my career as a pacifist actor, I would never have worked, ever."