That didn’t take long.

After a significant uproar condemned Universal Studio’s new movie, “The Hunt”, which showed wealthy vacationers hunting ‘deplorables’ for sport, the famous production company has confirmed that they’ve cancelled the upcoming release of the film.

A Universal Pictures spokesperson confirmed the decision on Saturday.

“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” the studio said.

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“The Hunt” isn’t being released in September, but there is no word on the future of the film. (Screenshot – YouTube)

 

They called the film a “satirical social thriller,” and pulled the film because of the current political climate.

“We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

In case you haven’t seen the trailer for the upcoming Universal Studios movie, “The Hunt,” the movie features a plot line where people capture and hunt citizens that appear to hail from red states. In fact, it glorifies the killing, even going so far as to saying their victims, “aren’t people,” while viciously gunning them down.

“Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables,” one character says in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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“The Hunt” follows travelers as they embark on a special ‘hunting’ trip. (Screenshot – YouTube)

 

Let’s recap. Days after multiple mass shootings… we have a major motion picture to be released that features people hunting a specific group of people for sport.

Even if those shootings hadn’t just happened… how could we possibly advocate for killing people that we disagree with politically? Even if it’s just a ‘joke’?

There’s no other word for it. It’s madness. 

Veteran officer Chris Kelley, who is running for office against Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020, had publicly asked her to put aside their differences and come together to condemn this movie for what it is – hate speech.

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Military veteran and police officer Chris Kelley is running against Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020. (Wikipedia/Flickr/Adobe Stock)

 

Chris Kelley’s office released the following statement this week in regards to the controversial film:

The Universal Studios Film, which satirizes the killing of “Deplorables” from “red states” is slated to be released in mid-September. Upon hearing of the production and existence of the movie, Congressional candidate Chris Kelley, a full-time Minneapolis Police Officer and retired Army Veteran expressed both disgust and outrage. “This is beyond offensive, especially in light of current events. How Hollywood can condemn the 2nd Amendment, demand gun- control measures be put in place, and then promote and profit from this is unthinkable, hypocritical and divisive.”

 

Kelley continued, “As a police officer, I can say without any hesitation that this will not help gun violence on the street or the political divide in this country. In fact, it will only serve to inspire more hate crimes, dissention and fear.”

“I am asking my opponent Rep. Ilhan Omar, to put aside our political differences for one day and agree on this. This movie should NOT be released. It will do nothing to serve the common good. It will do nothing to help heal America. I am asking for Rep. Omar and her colleagues to ask Universal Pictures to reconsider the distribution of this inflammatory film, and that the theater owners in the 5th Congressional District do not to show this propaganda. THIS IS HATE SPEECH!” said Kelley.

 

At a time of so much political divide #TheHunt will only contribute to the already awful political environment. It’s not “satire” when you are talking about killing political opponents you disagree with. We need more unity and kindness in our country, not less. Don’t release it.

 

Officer Chris Kelley has served with the Minneapolis Police Department for the last two decades. Now he’s taking a stand for his brothers and sisters in blue and is taking aim at bringing real change to his city… and well as support those that risk their lives to protect and defend it.

“I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day.”

“Universal insiders feel that doing the right thing was more important than releasing the movie because of the current climate,” the studio said.

Trump commented on the film, calling the movie dangerous.

“What they’re doing, with the kind of movie they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Fox reported that there are no official plans for the future release of “The Hunt”, though it may hit a streaming 

 
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