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(This is obviously a piece not related to the adult industry, but I wished to share my thoughts on last Friday’s tragedy in Colorado)
By now, I’m sure we have all heard of the mass shootings which took place at an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre early Friday morning during a midnight premiere of the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, an attack that claimed 12 lives and wounded dozens of others, including a 4-month-old infant.
The killer was quickly apprehended and authorities are apparently still trying to figure out his motives.
There are a number of troubling aspects about this crime. One is the wide array of age groups harmed in the attack. Not only does this show the shooter’s complete lack of regard for human life, but it also gives the killings a feeling of being a true attack on the world.
Incidents such as the Colorado murders do more than cause us to mourn for the victims and their loved ones. They – albeit temporarily – rob people of their feelings of security.
Those who purchased tickets to that debut screening of The Dark Knight Rises were just there to enjoy a movie. Most of them had probably looked forward to it for weeks. Instead, a cretin chose to use that night as a way to piggyback off of a multi-million dollar franchise in a pathetic attempt to bring significance to his life.
The Aurora killings were an attack on our hobbies and passions – things designed to distract us from the problems of everyday life and provide us with enjoyment.
I think all of these factors are what makes this crime different from most others, at least for me.
Many Batman fans have publicly stated that they still plan to see The Dark Knight Rises in theatres and will not allow the Colorado tragedy to damper their excitement for the film. That’s good – they shouldn’t. The victims in Aurora were at that cinema for the very same reason – because they shared an appreciation for a good movie.
The Colorado incident was a painful reminder that none of us truly know what is going to happen when we step out of our homes. I suppose we have no other choice than to trust that we aren’t going to be in the presence of somebody who will intentionally try to harm us when we walk out that door. And truthfully, that is correct most of the time. Last Friday was a tragically rare exception.
SFGate.com has an excellent piece profiling the lives of the Colorado murder victims here.
2011 Playboy cover girl and former Charlie Sheen “goddess” Bree Olson caused a firestorm on Twitter this past Friday after posting a photo of a beggar and writing, “STOP giving then money Fort Wayne! The more you give them money this place is gonna start looking like Skid Row … Fort Wayne has PLENTY of room in the shelters and almost every church has food shelter and placement. No excuse for him or the others here.”
TMZ ran the story later that day and Olson was lambasted by members of the media and Twitter followers (she has since taken the Tweets down). One respondent reportedly wrote, “Some people are more comfortable asking for help than sucking dick for money,” a reference to Bree’s recent past as an adult film starlet.
I don’t harbor any dislike toward the homeless, but I also see absolutely nothing wrong with Bree’s statements. Contrary to the opposing Tweeter’s comment, I disagree that beggars are legitimately “asking for help” by requesting money from passersby.
Bree was essentially saying that those on the streets should make an honest attempt to help themselves and strive for a better life – or at the very least seek a publicly available roof over their heads – rather than remaining content with being destitute. Quite honestly, if more homeless people heeded her advice, they would likely discover a better quality of life.
In regard to Bree “sucking dick for money”: Performing in adult films is a legitimate occupation. Porn stars pay taxes and support themselves.
Unlike, you know … people who beg for money on the street.
(You can read my October 2010 interview with Bree Olson here)