Last weekend, one of the most highly anticipated movies of the Summer hit theaters nationwide, and while some people were really excited (ME), others were just waiting for something bad to happen. “Straight Outta Compton”, a biopic based on the lives of the iconic West coast group, NWA, was apparently supposed to hit theaters, and cause Black people to lose their damn minds..well at least that’s what the media thought.
"Jurassic Park film had long lines, no dinosaurs." pic.twitter.com/zvlomh2GOQ
— jon avery (@j_avery) August 18, 2015
Ahhhhh yes. The puzzled look on her face. The distress. You mean to tell me that there were long lines of Blacks at a Hip Hop film and nobody got shot?! My goodness! Call an ambulance! And not because someone got shot, but because these people over at CNN are gonna have a heart attack!
CNN shocked to discover that people can listen to the hippity hop without breaking out into a gun fight. pic.twitter.com/dzbzCgqr7T
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) August 17, 2015
Sigh. For once I just wish CNN wouldn’t be so predictable. It’s tiring. To add insult to injury, theaters all over had an unprecedented amount of security in place for the film. CNN reported on that too.
Invited guests had to navigate various barricades and pass through metal detectors before picking up their tickets for Monday night’s world premiere at the Microsoft Theatre at LA Live.
Universal Pictures, which will release the film nationwide Friday, did not say what prompted the additional security measures.
Well maybe they won’t say what prompted the additional security measures, but I will:
John Houser and James Holmes are probably some of the most recognizable faces and names that I can think of whenever theater shootings are the topic of discussion. As you may remember, Holmes killed several people back in 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, and Houser did the same recently at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.
White men with guns are the most severe terrorist threat to this country. How many more times do we let this happen? #Lafayette
— jess (@jessicalynne) July 24, 2015
Compromise on gun control: Everyone can have as many guns as they want…………. except for white guys. #Lafayette
— Erica Spates (@EtotheRica321) July 24, 2015
— Caitlin Hu (@husca) July 24, 2015
Via NBC News:
White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Here’s the thing: While I know people of all races commit all kinds of crimes, I think it’s kinda strange that everybody was so surprised by the fact that no one died, they felt it needed to be a headline.
So to go along with the terrible logic of the fine people over at CNN, here are 5 Movies with non-Black characters That Should Have Had Security:
1. 8 Mile
Talk about somebody with a chip on their shoulder! Ummmm…Eminem has some of the most violent, sadistic lyrics in rap history. Any fan of Eminem is probably very violent and more prone to shoot up a place, right?
2. American Sniper
This is literally a movie about a sniper. Do you know how triggering this can be for military veterans? Do you know how many military veterans suffer from mental illness and PTSD? Do you know how many trigger happy self proclaimed patriots there are walking around out here?
Trigger Warning: Contains violent war scene
3. Natural Born Killers
A typical Quentin Tarantino film…violence, violence, and more violence.
Via the NY Times:
That film, released in 1994, was about a pair of lovers, played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, whose murderous spree was egged on by the media. Amid a flurry of crimes that were described as having copycat elements, Patsy Byers, a Louisiana store clerk, was shot and paralyzed by a couple, one of whom said she and her boyfriend had been influenced by the film.
They could’ve definitely used some security.
4. Good Fellas
I mean, this is a movie about gangsters. Period. A good movie. One of my favorites. About gangsters, nonetheless.
5. The Devil’s Rejects
This is random, I know, but I saw it and I was horrified. I think the name says it all, but listen, this is a group of people that you never wanna meet in a dark alley. Or anywhere, for that matter. Murderous. Vile. Terrifying. *Screams* Security?!
Basically, the fear-mongering has to end. This irrational fear of Black people is what bothers me the most. If we’re going to “buckle down” on security, let’s do it all around. Let’s not single out “Compton” because you anticipate a bunch of “gangsters” showing up at the theater to remake their own version of the movie right there in the parking lot.
An “unexpected box office star” as Yahoo News so offensively put it, “Compton” raked in over $60 mil its opening weekend. To me, it just goes to show you what people really think of Black men in Hip Hop. Suggesting that their success was “unexpected”, while acts of violence were not, is really very insulting, and I’m glad to say that all of them will now have to eat crow.