Does 'The Punisher' promote gun violence? | The Tylt
Does 'The Punisher' promote gun violence?
Below is the synopsis of "The Punisher," per IMDB.
After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as "The Punisher" with only one goal in mind - to avenge them. With his revenge now complete, Frank's war-time past comes back to haunt him.
Check out the trailer below, and tell us by voting if you think the series promotes gun violence.
Some critics complained the series is too long, but there's no denying Jon Bernthal's charisma as the Punisher and how badass fans find the character to be. The Wrap's Phil Owen writes:
Like all good noir stories, “The Punisher” can be very dense at times, but in a surprising twist for a Marvel show it does all come together in a way that makes sense. It keeps a handle on its various plot threads, paying all of them off — this is nothing like “The Defenders,” a show full of threads that don’t go anywhere, or “Daredevil,” which creates threads all over and never attempts to reconcile them. “The Punisher” actually holds itself together as a thematically cohesive unit.
Some critics have been calling out the Punisher's exact depiction of white male privilege. Only a white dude can become a vigilante who shoots up bad guys in the name of justice.
Regardless if his victims are criminals, many would agree the Punisher shouldn't be taking such violent "justice" into his own hands. And more importantly, some argue the Punisher speaks to the mental illness narrative that American society uses to justify white male shooters. "The Punisher" is just bad timing, and the series may never be appropriate in an America that struggles with gun reform. The Wired's Gaeme McMillan writes:
More time has passed since the Las Vegas shooting, but the tragedies haven’t stopped. Less than two weeks ago, a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas left 26 dead and another 20 wounded. Five people were killed by a gunman in Northern California earlier this week, and the US has averaged about one mass shooting incident per day in 2017. All of which is to say, if it wasn't appropriate to promote Netflix's latest Marvel adaptation at a comic book convention because it was in the wake of a horrific incident of gun violence, is it right to release the show itself after another one? Moreover, if there are always mass shootings in America, will there ever be a suitable time to release The Punisher?