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Stop Reading This and Go to the Movies!

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Stop Reading This and Go to the Movies!This past week the cinema-loving world suffered a completely senseless and vicious tragedy. To lots of people, including myself, the movie theatre is a sacred place. Hallowed ground. We go there to escape the horrors of the real world, and now is a very important time to do just that.

In the days following the tragic shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado, in which an absolutely insane cretin took the lives of several people and injured dozens more, it seems as if everyone has gone wild. People are afraid of going to the movies for fear of copycats. The usual vultures are looking to politicize the situation and point fingers, as if doing so could somehow start healing the wound left by this terrible incident. This has to stop.

The person who committed these heinous crimes didn’t do so for any reason other than he’s a mentally unstable and sick individual. Trying to blame things like The Dark Knight Rises, horror movies, heavy metal, or video games is pointless and in the end really doesn’t accomplish anything or matter. We’ll never know the genesis of this man’s lunacy. So let’s move past that and concentrate on realizing how fragile life truly is and make every day count.

I was in Manhattan at the time of 9/11. I had to walk from the city to my home in Brooklyn. For all the horrors that I witnessed on that day, I also saw a lot of beauty. Everyone seemed to have shed their skin of hatred, bias, and baggage. Everyone the whole walk home was just trying to help each other. Black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight – it just didn’t matter. We were all looking out for one another every step of the way, and that’s something I consider myself lucky to have witnessed. We need more times like this independent of tragedy.

People who commit crimes like this thrive on causing people to live in fear, and every second that we spend doing so contributes to their twisted cause… whatever that cause may be. They don’t ever think about the possibility that the repercussions of their actions could serve the opposite purpose of what they were intending. It’s time once again to let go of yourself and your ideals. Time to just be human and have compassion for one another. We’re all the same. Movie lovers. Don’t let this son of a bitch take that away from you. Go out. Head to the theatre. Be safe, and have a great time.

“Only love can conquer hate” – Marvin Gaye

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  • dante_demon_angel

    This is a horrible thing to happened in colorado since that huge high school shooting that took place there a couple of years ago but Im not letting it spoil my time at the movies and honestly i don’t think a copy cat well appear at least not after this hole thing has blown over and batman is ou on blu ray and dvd you know so i am not worried and i will be seeing that movie on thursday but creepy this is a nice article you have written and im sure that the guy well get what he deserves in the long run

  • JB Demented

    That dude is a complete moron. And nothing could keep Me away from the theatre. If this wouldve happend in the 80s people wouldve tried to ban the movie blaming the Joker for turning people into psychos. But You cant let one idiot ruin it for the rest of the world. I love Heath Leadgers performance as Joker and its a shame He had to die because Im sure He wouldve been in the new film. But I honestly cant figure out what was going through the guys mind. But dont let it make You not see the new movie or any other movie for that matter. Some people are just screwed up from the get go.

  • X-Count

    Been ages since I been on here but Creepy is right. I went and saw The Dark Knight Rises Friday and showed that it’s ok to go to the movies. Don’t let one looney ruin that for you.

  • PrairieGhost

    Good read UC.

  • Rottenjesus

    Excellent piece Creepy. I agree 100%, in fact I’m taking my Dad to the movies this Tuesday to see DKR. I’m not going to let the actions of one insane and cowardly douchebag affect one of the things that my Dad and I enjoy together.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Thanks for the kind words, guys.

  • LifeMi

    Well done, Steve, Well done.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Fantastic Writing, Amen.

  • Katsumi

    I agree with you on most of this, just because something bad happens in one place doesn’t mean we should let it effect every where this was wonderfully written the only reason I don’t find myself at the movies right now is because Batman broke me but I was at a midnight movie premier of that

    Its funny you say to go anyway like I know some theaters are bulking up on security in stuff you know just incase not here they arnt one of our local places said their not upping their security because they don’t fear an ‘isolated’ incident and so they don’t need to nore care to..

    I think saying they didn’t care on the news was a bit silly but if this was just some nut job I can see why they didn’t beef up security or anything like that

    • Uncle Creepy

      I never said the news didn’t care. I said that the speculation of motive and finger pointing was useless, which it is as we’ll never know what was cooking in that dude’s head.

      • Katsumi

        I didn’t mean you said the news said they didn’t care sorry if I worded it badly I mean here where I’m at the news intervied our big main theater and they said that they didn’t care about it and that it could never happen here, sorry for the confusion

  • MonsterMash

    Well said.

  • FleshyHeadedMutant

    Yes , lets not blame the things you mentioned above , and instead be like the news media and immediately jump to conclusions about this scumbags political leanings , and try no blame the Tea Party and talk radio !

    • Uncle Creepy

      I didn’t jump to any conclusions above. In fact I plead for people to stop jumping to conclusions.

      The politicizing of this event, on either side is wrong. I don’t belong to the dems, the repubs, the liberals, the conservatives or any of their ilk. There are good and bad on every side. I subscribe to the common sense party. Unfortunately there are very few of us out there.

      • FleshyHeadedMutant

        Oh yeah , I didnt mean that you had done that at all . I was just trying to add an exclamation point to what you had written , actually.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Must have been distracted by that stunning photo of The Missing Link. Lord how I loved that guy!

  • James Coker

    an Incredible Piece Steve, I myself shall be going to the theater tomorrow to show that I wont let that monster make me afraid of the very place I love. Thank You Steve

  • Vanvance1

    Arm yourselves before you hit the theatre. Kevlar vests, a shotgun and a pistol for everyone!

    Skip the flamethrower, too much collateral damage.

  • Terminal

    Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing piece, Uncle Creepy. Hear Hear.