FLINT - High on cocaine, movie gangster Tony "Scarface" Montana dramatically perishes in a gun battle not long after an ode to his favorite machine gun/grenade launcher.
""Scarface" memorabilia depicting actor Al Pacino have turned up everywhere. There are Scarface bobbleheads, dart board cabinets and action figures.
That upsets Poplar, who is trying to work with community leaders on stopping the violence plaguing Flint residents, especially young people.
She said she'd like to ask merchants, "How can you sleep at night?""""
I grew up watching Steven Seagal movies. I never threw a knife at anybody. I never shot anyone and yelled "Yippee Kai Aye" (bleep) after watching the Die Hard movies. Goodfellas, Casino and Tombstone were three of the most popular movies when I was a teenager. We all saw that. We didn't shoot each other. Scarface was around then too - for 10 years. We all saw that too - and never shot anyone while telling them to "say hello to my little friend." They are movies. They are entertainment. Escapism from the real world.
"""""The only true part is you're going to die," Poplar said. "A lot of parents in the city need to realize the preacher and the teacher is not the role model, it's a movie, and if you haven't seen the jacket, they're all over town.""""
What happened to Tony in the end? Who won? Sorry for the spoiler to those who haven't seen the movie, but I'll just say that if there's a "Scarface II" someday, it will be a prequel and not a sequel.
"""Poplar would like to see Flint schools ban the clothing and merchants sell the items only behind the counter with an age limit. She said parents and grandparents need to know the message "Scarface" presents.
"This is causing a lot of the shooting in our city," she said. "This is their role model. It's not Martin Luther King. It's not even Elvis Presley. It's Al Pacino. They weren't even born (when the movie came out). " It's absolutely crazy.""""
Yeah....Al Pacino left the Miami TV screen and shot everyone in Flint. Riiiiiiight. Movies don't kill people, people kill people. The way to stop shootings is to stop the shooters - people.
In response to this nanny state feel good motion, I have this quote from Tony Montana.
"I kill a Communist for fun, but for a greencard I'm gonna carve'm up real nice"
I had to get that quote in there somewhere.