Perhaps you recall back in the summer of 2012 there was a terrible shooting at the premiere opening night of the new Batman movie in Colorado. A gunman walked into the theater and started opening fire wounding over 50 people and killing 12. The media labeled it the worst shooting in US history by a single gunman. The amount of psychological damage not to mention the physical carnage will not easily be forgotten. Interestingly enough, that Batman movie grossed over $161 million in the first weekend. Okay so let's talk about this for second shall we?
Did the terrible events trigger a massive media blitz helping that big Hollywood movie make more money? Although it was a big budgeted movie, and expected to do extremely well, I believe the tragic event and media coverage actually did help the movie make more money. This causes a dilemma with what we as Americans think is right. It's not that we don't want Hollywood to make money on their movies, we want the industry to succeed so they can keep bringing us even better movies in the future.
Unfortunately such a tragic event was rewarded at the box office due to the media coverage which transpired. In many regards anti-violent movie advocates would say that we need less violence in movies to prevent future tragedies, but in this case the tragedy became a symbiotic relationship with the amount of revenue earned by the industry. That's a problem, and is something we now have to deal with. The movie reviews were good, and since it was such a high-revenue grossing movie there will also be actors and actresses win awards for their performances.
Will Hollywood be able to vote for their best-of-breed actors and actresses who performed in that movie in good faith? Will the Academy Awards consider the implication of pouring salt in the wounds of the victims by giving this movie "Best Picture" or awarding actors and actresses with best actor or best supporting role? That's a tough call isn't it?
Interestingly enough, the movie producers were hesitant on releasing the results for that first weekend because the movie grossed so much money, at a time when the country was in morning, and the President of the United States had actually declared the flags to be lowered for nearly a week to allow the country to heal and reflect on what had happened. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this on a philosophical and psychological level, and think on it
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