GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems
July 27th, 2011
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GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee went after Republicans for using a violent movie clip to incite unity at a House Conference meeting Tuesday.

In the scene, from "The Town," actors Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner hold a short pep talk, where one tells the other that he needs his help as they go "hurt some people." They then drive off to an apartment and bludgeon two men.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the use of the clip a "sad metaphor" of how Republicans have acted during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.

"They could have used 'Hoosiers,' 'Rudy' or 'Band of Brothers'," Wasserman Schultz said in a press conference Wednesday. "But this was the choice they made."

Affleck, who also wrote and directed "The Town," responded to the incident Wednesday from Turkey, where he's working on his next movie, "Argo."

"I don't know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation– but if they're going to be watching movies, I think 'The Company Men' is more appropriate," Affleck said in a statement.

In 2010's "The Company Men," Affleck stars as a white-collar worker who loses his job when the recession forces his corporation to downsize.

The Florida congresswoman interpreted Tuesday's movie clip as Republicans wanting to hurt either the Democrats and President Obama in the debt talks–or the American people through entitlement cuts.

"Now is the time for compromise, not for pain," Wasserman Schultz said.

Republicans, meanwhile, brushed off the attacks and said the DNC is focused on the wrong issue.

"With our country in the midst of a debt crisis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz should spend more time pushing her president to put forth a debt ceiling plan and less time holding press conferences about movies," said Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

Schultz was joined by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who said Americans deserve better behavior among lawmakers.

But when asked by a reporter if Democrats had ever shown violent movies to "fire up the troops," Clyburn recalled a time when "Braveheart" was shown at a caucus meeting after Republicans took over the House majority.

Clyburn said the clip was used "as a metaphor for us maintaining our own faith in the process."

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. harry

    god i hate republicans right now. like really, really loathe them. don't worry. i'm a democrat. i won't do ANYTHING to stand in the way of their bigoted, extremist policies. i'll just stand on the side and criticize BOTH parties. because that's what we spineless democrats do so often when repubs light the american flag on fire.

    July 28, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. jimbo

    Rediculous and sad to see people bickering about a little thing like a movie clip. Both sides are always at eachothers throats like it's a college rivalry. You are a complete idiot if you think just one side represents your interested and the other is completly wrong.

    July 28, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Josh

    Shows once again that Republicans don't understand context. Reminds me of when Reagan wanted to use "Born in the USA" for his campaign...

    July 28, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. djwazu

    @Cooler heads the republican party of the civil war era is long gone buddy. I am sure the current republican party would vote for slavery now, after all their policies aren't to far from it!
    On what this post is about, it's a typical conservative thing no matter what they say they don't care about the Arizona senator who got shot and they're probably applauding Anders Behring Breivik behind closed doors.

    July 28, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Kisha from Houston

    "hurt some people" that the Republican that what they want to do to the American terribly sad. I am blown away by how inappropriate this is. I thought you got elected to office because you wanted to try and help people.

    July 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Ahhh the double talk out of this Florida politician amuses me. So does the comment about politicians not learning from the Gabriel Giffords incident. First this idiot politician... just yesterday she was accusing Republicans of wanting to create a dictatorship. Is that not inflammatory and just plain idiotic? This is the same moron who stands in Florida and says she is appalled that medicare cuts are on the table. Really? Hmmm. This is the same woman, from the same party, who chose to pillage medicare and cut $500 billion dollars from the program so they could make America choke on Obamacare. Also, Sen. Franken spoke on the senate floor with a giant blue sign calling Republicans terrorists. Is that not inflammatory? Next, the idiot to commented on republicans using inflammatory rhetoric... do you only pick and choose what you "facts" support your comment while turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to members of the left?

    July 28, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What would Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords say about this or the 9 year girl and others who were killed or injured. This is straight from the Palin's hateful playbook and it's disturbing that the GOP would do this.

    July 28, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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