There have been plenty of movies that rub people the wrong way or outright offend them. More often than not, it’s chalked up to nothing more than people complaining because the film didn’t meet their expectations. But a recent film, “The Hunt,” is facing immense backlash that may very well be warranted as it focuses on hunting a group of “deplorables” for sport.
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The film, which is being released by NBC Universal on September 27 of this year, seemingly drops 12 strangers from all different parts of the United States into an open field, leaving them confused and unsure how they got there. Apparently, these individuals have been chosen to be hunted for sport and must protect themselves by any means necessary.
The film has been touted as privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables,” a term made infamous by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. In light of recent events, many have argued that the film does not need to be released as it is pitting certain Americans against each other in an already volatile political climate.
A source at NBC Universal spoke to Fox News and claimed the film will still be released despite the backlash. “There are no plans to not release the movie. No plans to move the release,” the source said.
After the string of mass shootings that took place a week ago, NBC Universal has decided to “temporarily pause” the advertisement of the film. This comes after ESPN pulled the trailer themselves following the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
The Hollywood Reporter published an article Tuesday that stated the “violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.”
Mark Steyn, who is a Canadian author and cultural commentator, gave his take of the film to Fox News. “It is actually the liberal Twitterstorm fantasy taken to the next level,” he said. “On Twitter, they just destroy your career, get you fired, close down your restaurant — but this so-called satire actually wants to take it to the next level… take the cold civil war and make it a hot civil war.”
It’s clear if NBC Universal will truly released the film, given the ever-growing backlash.