New Film Satirizing Murder Of ‘Deplorables’ Ripped On Social Media After Mass Shootings

A movie that won’t hit theaters until Sept. 27 is already making waves.

The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes describes the plot of “The Hunt” this way: “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose… The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of globalist elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar (R) winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.”

Well, so much for spoilers. There’s the whole movie in one paragraph.

 

But the movie, a satire that used ultraviolence as its main vehicle that was initially set to be titled “Red State vs. Blue State,” has prompted outrage after two mass shootings over the weekend left 32 dead and 57 wounded. One major topic is the fact that the “globalist elites” are hunting down and killing “deplorables” — a term Hillary Clinton used to describe supporters of President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The hubbub prompted some networks to stop airing ads for the movie. And social media exploded over the topic.

“Universal is releasing a horrific movie about hunting down people called The Hunt. They pulled the ads but they have not stopped its release. Absolutely irresponsible movie and fosters hate and killing of people who don’t believe the same as the hunters. Hollywood be shamed,” one Twitterer wrote.

Another wrote: “I just read a report on the movie ‘The Hunt’ that comes out soon. this is why I can’t pick a side. A movie about rounding up a group of ‘deplorables’ and HUNTING them is ok? Put all the gun laws on the books but we’re entertained by a movie about killing Trump supporters.”


“Really @UniversalPics, you greenlit a movie like this in this era of political violence and mass murder. I will no longer pay to watch your movies if you release this movie,” wrote another.

Others joined in.

Commercials for an ultraviolent political satire called “The Hunt” were reportedly been pulled after the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.

The movie features “elites” stalking and killing “deplorables,” a term Hillary Clinton called supporters of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Over the Aug. 3 weekend, ESPN pulled an ad for the film that it had previously cleared, while AMC ran the spot during the season premiere of its drama The Preacher. It’s unclear whether the ads were identical, but the one yanked by ESPN opened with a sound resembling an emergency broadcast signal. A rep for ESPN parent Disney declined to comment on the move, but an ESPN source says no spots for the film will appear on the network in the coming weeks.

Watch the trailer below.

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