Rush Limbaugh ties college town killings to ‘Hunger Games’

 

BY LUCY MCCALMONT

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the left is politicizing the murders that occurred last week near the University of California Santa Barbara and questioned whether the suspect’s father’s work on “The Hunger Games” had any influence on what happened.

On his radio show, Limbaugh discussed how the suspect’s father, Peter Rodger, was an assistant director on the first installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise.

“Do you know what the Hunger Games movies are about?” Limbaugh asked.

He continued, “This is crucial! This is what this guy’s dad did. It’s teenagers killing other teenagers.”

Limbaugh said despite the obvious tie-in, the movie industry will not face any scrutiny.

“Why not blame Hollywood movies here? Oh, we can never, ever go there,” he said, sarcastically.

Limbaugh’s comments came amid an uproar over a column by Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday that linked the Santa Barbara murders to movies from actor Seth Rogen and director Judd Apatow. Hornaday said their films were sexist and misogynistic.

“How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like “Neighbors” and feel, as [suspect Elliot] Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of “sex and fun and pleasure”?” Hornaday wrote over the weekend. “How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them…”

Both Rogen and Apatow slammed Hornaday and said the critic was misinformed, with Apatow adding that she “milked tragedy.”

Limbaugh also warned that the left is trying to politicize the murders by Rodger that left six people dead from stabbing and shooting attacks and 13 wounded, before he took his own life.

“Everybody on the left is taking another real human tragedy and converting it into a political issue, the purpose of which is to advance their political agenda,” Limbaugh said on his radio program “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” according to a transcript.

Limbaugh said that while all the deaths and injuries were not reportedly caused by gunshot wounds, the left is “trying to make the case” that the killings in California again raise the debate over gun control.

“Just keep a sharp eye on the left politicizing this to try to convert this into something that can advance their agenda,” Limbaugh said. “And they’ll probably get into the socioeconomic aspects of this, too, by blaming this somehow on rigid, moralistic and judgmental conservatives or Tea Party types.”

Lucy McCalmont writes for Politico.

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