Friday, July 20, 2012

Some Thoughts on the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting

This site is about the celebration and critique of pop culture. It's not, and I cannot imagine it will ever be, a place for any sort of political debate or discussion of the latest current events in the world beyond the scope of television, movies, music, etc. This isn't to say that those things are not important or that I don't pay attention to them, but that's just not the intention and mission of this space.

That being said, I've been prepping my normal reviews of this week's So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway and every time I imagined posting, it didn't feel quite right without first discussing the horrific events that transpired last night at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. As anyone who pays attention to the news can tell you, bad things happen in this world every day. Hell, pretty much every second of every day. But something about this event truly shook me, and I have spent the majority of the day trying to wrap my head around even the most basic details.

A major part of my struggle with comprehending this incident has to do with the setting: a movie theater. Movies allow us to escape the outside world and surrender ourselves to a completely different universe. It's not always a happy place we are transported to, but there is no denying the powerful escapism that occurs between the opening and closing credits. And while we can do that in the comfort of our own homes, there has always been something magical about going to a movie theater and sharing the awe and joy with those around us. The palpable energy in a theater before a highly-anticipated movie, the roaring laughter of an audience during a brilliant comedic moment, the thrilling silence after an emotional scene: you cannot replicate these experiences, and it is maddening that someone would exploit that magic for sick, meaningless violence. The people in that Aurora theater were innocent fans who were there to enjoy two and a half hours of escape from the real world. It seems we cannot even be afforded those few hours in the dark anymore.

Finally, before we returning to our regularly scheduled posting, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible tragedy, as well as to their families and friends.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...