The shooting in Colorado is a terrible tragedy. I think we can all agree on that. The hailing and flailing of especially folks with microphones is a telling thing. Sometimes there is only so much to say.
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”
Pretty much takes care of it. There will be a fistful of knee jerk reactions to films with a costumed following, a few silly calls to suspend showings and more importantly people who have microphones at their disposal but an abundance of a lack of common sense. I thought Rush Lumbaugh’s attempts at linking Bain Capital to Bane the movie villian were weak, Brian Ross’s attempts to link the shooter to a tea party lineage were pointless and borderline insulting. It’s not the costumes, the film, etc.
Sometimes there isn’t a reason, horror just is…