A few days ago the Fox News network published a very ill-advised article about actor Jamie Lee Curtis and her stance on guns.

The intention of the article was to show that despite campaigning for stricter gun legislation, Curtis is still happy to play a character in Halloween that brandishes a gun.

It was a paper-thin argument that basically forgot that sometimes actors play characters that don't necessarily configure with their own personal views.

The article got torn to shreds on Twitter with people making tons of jokes at Fox's expense. It was all very amusing unless you were the writer of that article or Fox's social media manager.

Now in response to the bizarre criticism, Curtis has said that what Fox did was nonsense. Speaking to USA Today, she said:

It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think. And what I think might surprise them.

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.

She continues by adding that she is in favour of the Second Amendment but wishes for firmer checks to be put in place for those that want to use firearms.

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.

As has already been pointed out, in Halloween Curtis uses a gun to protect herself from the serial killer Michael Myers, which is a lot different to the type of gun use that she has been campaigning against.

Before making the new movie, she wanted to make it clear to the filmmakers that she was only prepared to be seen in the film with weapons that would be used for self-defence for her and her family.

The Fox article also cited other actors like George Clooney and Julianne Moore, who have a similar stance to Curtis but have also played characters who use guns on screen.

To this Curtis says that she is just doing her job but is proud to represent women who are willing to fight back:

I’m an actress who’s in slasher movies. I have to be responsible for my own personal choices in my own personal life.

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.

But I have always been proud to represent women who fight back and fight back with intelligence, cunning and creativity, and who fight for their lives and their families’ lives.

HT Business Insider

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