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The long term physical, psychological, economic, and social trauma the gun violence epidemic is having on the Black community in New Orleans addressed. Family, community, racism, gun violence, and generational deterioration is discussed. Tweens and teens disucss the impact the violence has on their lives in frank terms.
Positive Role Models
Freedia self-describes herself as a Black gay man who prefers the pronoun "she." The majority of perpetrators and victims of gun violence are male and Black. Many children treat gun violence as just a part of life. Freedia and other adults are shown speaking up against it and working with kids to help them acknowledge the widespread problem and find alternative paths.
Violence & Scariness
The series addresses systematic gun violence and how it's impacting generations of Black children. Crimes like car thefts -- as well as shootings, deaths, and horrific wounds and injuries -- are described. Children talk about watching parents and friends get shot and killed, as well as their decisions to carry guns and commit crimes. There are images of shooting victims on ventilators and simulated images of gun shots going through glass. References are made to suicide, and homophobia is discussed.
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Freedia refers to himself as a "sissy," which is what she and other members of the LGBTQ+ community have been called.
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Products & Purchases
Freedia's music is sometimes featured. While not offered in a commercial context, there are references to products like Coca-Cola and logos for Adidas and Nike. Luxury cars such as Mercedes-Benz are also shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is visible. Drug paraphernalia is visible on streets, and drug use and sales are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Freedia Got A Gun is a documentary that features musician Big Freedia exploring the gun violence epidemic in New Orleans and how gun violence is destroying the Black community. There are descriptions of gun shot wounds and deaths (including commentary by children), and video stills of shootings. Kids talk in frank terms about seeing friends and family get shot or killed, and some discuss their own intention to arm themselves as a means for survival. Freedia is a gay man who prefers the pronoun "she," and there are some conversations about homophobia. Cigarette smoking is visible, and drug use and sales are discussed. Big Freedia's music is sometimes audible, and random sportswear logos and other items are sometimes seen or referenced.
Is It Any Good?
This troubling documentary underscores how community gun violence is perpetuated by systematic racism and poverty while exploring how it's been normalized throughout generations of young men and women caught up in it. It highlights how the lack of male mentors, as a result of gun violence and incarceration, has contributed to a misguided desire to appear strong by shooting and killing people. The challenge to survive this system also motivates the violent behavior.
At times, the narrative in Freedia Got A Gun feels a little disorganized, and the presentation of some key ideas isn't always clear. But listening to middle and high school children talk nonchalantly about being shot at, watching family members being murdered, and being charged with crimes before making it to high school, is harrowing. However, these are the conversations that are the most powerful, and they show, first hand, how much far-reaching damage the gun violence epidemic continues to cause.
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