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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Denzel Washington’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
Denzel Washington – 19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Denzel Washington and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Denzel Washington production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Denzel Washington’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Denzel Washington and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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Jaws Story 3: A man afraid to swim goes head-to-head with a killer shark on a sinking boat. Jaws almost wins, but in a twist of fate the man takes him out!
Jaws Story 2: A marine biologist disputes the capture of a killer great white shark after examining a shark carcass believed to be the culprit. A 3-man team is organized to catch the real killer. Jaws gets the final laugh when it appears he takes out the marine biologist and eats the boats captain. Storys over; the big-ass fish wins!
Denzel Washington – Jaws Story 1: A killer shark terrorizes a small ocean-front town. The shark is eventually caught by local fisherman who put it on display. The town is safe and everybodys happy.
To drive the point home, lets look at the classic film Jaws. Im using a classic film as an example instead of modern film because most you have probably seen this movie. But the three-story structure can be found in any film! Instead of breaking Jaws into Acts, Im going to break it into three stories so you can see what Im talking about.
But Brodys initial PLAN brings out a secondary antagonist: the town fathers, led by the mayor (and with a nice performance by co-screenwriter Carl Gottleib as the newspaper editor). They dont want the beaches closed because the summer months, particularly the Fourth of July weekend, represent seventy percent (or something like that) of the towns yearly income. The officials PLAN is to keep the beaches open, a direct conflict to Brodys plan. So the town fathers obliquely threaten new Sheriff Brody with the loss of his job if he closes the beaches, and Brody capitulates.
Denzel Washington – Brodys initial PLAN of closing the beaches might actually have solved his problem with the shark, because without a steady supply of food, the beast probably would have moved on to another beach with a better food supply.
Now, in Jaws, the primary antagonist is the shark. The sharks PLAN is to eat. Not just people, but whatever it can sink its teeth into. (Interestingly, that plan seems to evolve .)
So almost always, the initial plan fails. Or if it seems to succeed, its only to trick us for a moment before we realize how wretchedly the plan has failed. That weak initial effort is because its human nature to expend the least effort possible to get what we want. We only take greater and more desperate measures if we are forced to. And a hero/ine being forced to take greater and more desperate measures is one of the cornerstones of dramatic action.
by: Denzel Washington – Actor | Producer | Director, Fences (2016) | The Book of Eli (2010) | Antwone Fisher (2002)