Bill Murray is currently making the press rounds supporting Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” but the actor took a break from talking about his role in the stop-motion movie to praise the Parkland high school students advocating for stricter gun control laws. Speaking to NBC’s THINK editor Megan Carpentier, Murray compared the teenagers, all survivors of the February high school shooting that left 17 people dead, to the students who protested the Vietnam War.
“I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Florida who have started these anti-gun protests, that it really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War,” Murray said. “It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn’t stop. I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature.”
Murray explains that students are such a powerful force as protesters because their idealism hasn’t been broken yet. The students have a clear message and are not confused about what goal they are trying to achieve.
“The thing that’s so powerful about students is that, when you haven’t had your idealism broken yet, you’re able to speak from a place that has no confusion, where there is a clear set of values,” Murray said. “Idealism is a voice that’s inside of you; it’s your conscience. That can really deteriorate along the way, depending on the road that you follow, and it can become almost dysfunctional, but it’s there. Everyone has it. Sometimes it’s just a whisper, but, in some people, it’s a shout.”
The Parkland students from Stoneman Douglas High School have been spearheading the March for Our Lives campaign under their “Never Again MSD” gun control organization. Marches are scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 24, in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States to advocate for stronger gun control laws.
Murray’s voice can be heard in “Isle of Dogs” this Friday, March 23.