“Taxi Driver” causes dead presidents.

History lesson about presidential assassins, y’all. At some point in the last two centuries, a man tried to kill President Reagan. He kinda ruined all presidential assassinations by missing trying. I would never wish death on anyone, regardless of what I think about their policies or acting ability. It’s just that at some point in the far future, someone’s going to have to kill our evil Robo-President-Magistrate when he gets too tough with the food rations, and if John F. Hinckley hadn’t tried to kill Reagan, perhaps there would be a few less guard droids to deal with when that happens.

Nonstop Karate’s totally on some FBI monitoring list now, aren’t we?Listen, FBI, we mostly write about celebrities and why they won’t bang us. You have nothing to fear from us. Also, hi FBI! I liked that movie Smoking Aces where Ryan Reynolds was FBI and he killed your crime lord witness because you guys let a bunch of people be murdered. Suck it.

Here’s the fascinating part about the whole thing, apart from the murder attempt; this entire thing was inspired by Taxi Driver. In the movie, Robert Deniro is angry because he has a mohawk and can’t take it anymore. He befriends a young child prostitute played by Ms. Foster AND IT IS WRONG IF YOU FOUND HER ATTRACTIVE IN THIS MOVIE. STOP IT. Deniro is spurned by a woman and decides to kill the presidential candidate she campaigned for to win her affections.

Hinckley was obsessed with Jodie Foster, and hoped this would impress her. Some people just make mix tapes, Hinckley.

I don’t know how that was supposed to work, Foster’s character is pretty repulsed by Deniro, and that’s when he shoots a john that’s going to do terrible things to her. I don’t know how Foster was expected to appreciate the gesture, but I feel the same way about guys burning messages into girls’ lawns.

The case has been documented, but never talked about. This should be in the history books. No parent group ever uses this in their campaigns on censorship. A movie made someone try to kill the president. That is a little bit worse than Mortal Kombat.


About Chad Quandt

Writer for videogames, animation, the webcomic Suffrage. Master blocker in dodgeball. Barbecued with Corey Haim before he died.

Posted on January 24, 2011, in Chad Quandt, History Lessons, Movies, Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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