EDITORIAL: Response To Colorado Shooting and A Message To All Of CBM

EDITORIAL: Response To Colorado Shooting and A Message To All Of CBM

It's time to stop the madness.

When I woke up today, I expected to hear about a summer blockbuster that pleased many fans around the world. I was expecting to see people happy and the reactions of happy, mid-night attenders to appear online for everyone to see. I expected a day that I would always remember for good reasons.

However, like many of you, I was shocked and horrified at the tragedy that occurred today. I didn't wake up to happiness, or fans cheering, or people celebrating another day or a special premier day. No, I woke up to hear about a summer blockbuster premier, where fans of all ages were murdered in cold blood. I woke up to see people on the news crying and traumatized from the events of a sick act of what can only be described as evil. I didn't wake up to see as many mid-night reactions because more than one dozen of them didn't make it home to write about it. Adults, teens, children, even babies were injured and killed. But the thing that sickens me almost as much as this horrible tragedy, were the reactions I saw from some CBM members today.

I won't name names because I don't have all of the people. However, the fact that there are names to name is just sad and pathetic. When I clicked on the article about the shooting and scrolled down to comment, some of the comments I saw made me sick. People talking about how this was great for The Avengers, users making jokes about this tragic event, and others who just went on to troll with a complete disregard to what had occurred. However there were many that stood up against it. People like myself, Hawkeyesblue, Teabag, and many, many more members who decided it was ridiculous that people could go on here just to piss others off, or to state their own selfish comments that related to them being fanboy scum. To this I say I have had enough.

I know that many who read this may think that it's pointless to try to tone down, or stop the fanboy arguments, but to the people that actually care about something like this: we need to stop with the "ites" wars. Many speculate that the shooter may have been some sick, deranged fanboy and it honestly wouldn't surprise me with the countless comments and articles that had the sole purpose of simply pissing other people off and bashing their opinions.

To put it simply, my message is this: If we can band together to try and stop the arguing, or if you are like me and respect others opinions, then we can all become a better community that was founded upon the one thing that we all love (whether you are a DC, Marvel, Image, etc...): The foundation of comic book movies.

Once again my heart goes out to all the victims families and loved ones and I hope this man is put to justice. This is Hal Jordan, signing off.
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ElShumway - 7/20/2012, 7:23 AM

thebamf - 7/20/2012, 7:24 AM
My condolences to the families of the victims. Something needs to be done about all of these insensitive users. Arguing and debating are one thing, but this is on a whole other level. I say ban them. This shit is getting ridiculous.
Asterisk - 7/20/2012, 7:25 AM
Well put.
Ha1frican - 7/20/2012, 7:25 AM
Great article, very well said. However whie i am not doubting tose things were said, i was very suprised that in the articles i did catch today that many (almost all) were very respectful and very considerate. Sure there are always those assholes that don't get it because to them its just a story on a page or for whatever reason but many here banded togetherand expressed their well wishes towards those who were affected by this tragedy. Personally i find myself proud to be part of suc community with you fine gentlemen, and to those of you who did not react in such a way.... May god have mercy on the steaming pile of shit that is your soul.
ksommer - 7/20/2012, 7:26 AM
Well said good sir. Enough is enough.
GreenHalJordan - 7/20/2012, 7:27 AM
@shawnb, I agree it is ridiculous. I have debates with my friend, who prefers Marvel comics, all the time and we go back and forth. But we never bash eachothers opinions, we respect them because they arent doing anybody any harm and some people act like other opinions are idiotic and offensive. It's stupid.
GreenHalJordan - 7/20/2012, 7:29 AM
I am glad, however, that there were many more people who banded together and thats what is supposed to make this community so unique.
ElDuce74 - 7/20/2012, 7:37 AM
The act itself is disgusting. For some idiot fanboy to try and make fun of it or make a shooting a "pro" Marvel/Avengers thing is disturbing and they have no place on this site. Personally, I feel they should all be banned. Sorry...That's just disturbing to me that someone would make fun of a tragedy like this.

Great article.

Really, this is just sickening on so many levels.
thebamf - 7/20/2012, 7:43 AM
I agree. I am a Marvel guy myself and my friend prefers DC. We always have discussions over which character would beat the other. But, just because I prefer Marvel over DC doesn't give me the right to insult and belittle other users on here because their opinion is different than mine. I guess that is just a maturity issue. The past decade has been awesome for CBM fans and I look forward to more.
Marxman12 - 7/20/2012, 7:55 AM
Great heartfelt article. Thank you for posting this.
Intothepoop - 7/20/2012, 8:05 AM
i was really hoping to see an article like this pop up today. Great job.
MisterNiceGuy - 7/20/2012, 8:06 AM
much respect for putting this out there. i couldnt agree more. i love you guys. well most of ya ;)
Mego - 7/20/2012, 8:07 AM
There are reports that the shooter was an Occupy Black Bloc Member and that this was his motivation but it could be a rumor.
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 7/20/2012, 8:07 AM
Completely agree.
DalyBear - 7/20/2012, 8:07 AM
Fantastic article Hal. That was perfect
jimharvey - 7/20/2012, 8:08 AM
The best CBM article in quite some time. Poignant and needed, especially given how terrible the fan community has become as of late. Great job on the article. I truly hope people take it to heart. My condolences and prayers to those who suffered in this tragic event.
RamonSuarez - 7/20/2012, 8:08 AM
Isn't this article a bit presumptuous? Do we even know if he was a comic fanboy? Isn't it arrogant to even believe these stupid fire wars have ANYTHING to do with this nutjob's murder spree?
Hawksblueyes - 7/20/2012, 8:09 AM
Great article Green. I agree 100%.

BizzaroNumber1: As tragic as this situation is, as far as gun control or stopping things like this from happening in the future, I can only say the following.

There is absolutely no way to be prepared or to stop...a crazy person who intends to do people harm. Not without strip searching every individual at every event. No one who has ever perpetrated a crime of this sort has ever "been in their right mind," therefore, they are NEVER concerned with "gun laws" or what will happen to them as far as personal consequences are concerned. Most of them usually take their own life once they feel they have killed enough people.

Crazy can't be stopped, only dealt with, unless you take away almost every personal freedom enjoyed by the public. I don't see any solution to this problem other than more police, in more places, in order to have a quicker response time to any situation. Which leads us into another problem. Most police forces are downsizing as we speak due to funding. Are you prepared to pay more taxes to increase the police force? Are you prepared to be frisked everywhere you go? I doubt it.
AsianVersionOfET - 7/20/2012, 8:09 AM
Ahhg. Shit like this makes me sick. This whole deal just sucks. Great article by the way. And those users should most definitely be banned. I'm not gonna go sifting through the comments to find out who they are, mostly because I'll probably get banned for what I'll say to them.
Ranger14 - 7/20/2012, 8:09 AM
Nice article and well said, GreenHalJordan. I never got the whole us vs. them mentality that this site has developed over the past year or so. It never used to be an issue here. I hope the site takes this opportunity (as tragic and sad as this is) to separate some more of the wheat from the chaff and get rid of some of the annoying wankers.
TheBigBoss917 - 7/20/2012, 8:11 AM
It is awful, this movie for some people will now forever be associated with the death of family members.
Nubase - 7/20/2012, 8:11 AM
agreed, its time for the hate to stop, l only joined this site at the beginning of this year but knew about this site for almost 3 years and the thing that prevented me from joining for a long time is the hate between some people, l just did'nt want to be a part of it but l had things to say so l eventually joined.

But now as GreenHalJordan said the hating needs to end.

As for the posters who posted pathetic posts about todays events, they should be banned from this site forever, if l see any posts thats offensive from now l will report them!
GreenHalJordan - 7/20/2012, 8:12 AM
@Ramon, it was a rumor, but I simply said I would not be surprised if he was. Shooting at CBM's have happened before (like watchmen) and just last year a man was stabbed with a pun for a seat at Hall H at SDCC.
Thank you all for the comments and I'm glad we can come together like this.
Tevii - 7/20/2012, 8:13 AM
Well said, but I highly doubt this is a fanboy thing. Im pretty sure if a fanboy thing could get to this level the Twilighters would have gotten there long ago. Their fanaticism is unparalleled. And still they are practically harmless.

Fans, fanboys even the people on each side of the "-ite" camps, are basically harmless. They talk a lot of garbage because that is the extent of their lives worth and they are unable to see the good in both.

This is the act of a crazy POS that knew there would be huge crowds in the theater. If it wasnt a Batman movie, it wouldve been some other large event.

Its a very tragic thing and my condolences go out to the families of the victims.
NateHawk89 - 7/20/2012, 8:14 AM
first off, i'd like to share my status this morning on facebook: the shooting at the Dark Knight Rises premiere in Colorado is just horrible. reading the comments, the news reports, all of it on who all was shot and killed or hurt, including a baby and a 6 year old, is just totally heart-breaking. i respect Warner Bros for canceling the premieres this weekend due to the shooting and my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims' families. why anyone would do something like this is beyond me, but it's sickening that someone would take an event that people have been waiting MONTHS for and ruin it by threatening their lives. and apparently, the theater was pretty close to Columbine High School, which that in itself is kind of scary. its showing that that part of the state is dangerous and should be avoided, and that's bad for the state. x.x gah, i'll never understand heartless and cruel people like this. it breaks my heart for the victims and their familes and it severely infuriates me that someone would cause this great pain. Victims of the shooting and the families involved, you have my heart, my deepest condolences, and sincere prayers. May God be with all of you in this time of tragedy and may He bring you peace.

second off: i've never taken anything that is said about Marvel/DC personally. yes, I prefer Marvel, but DC also has an enormous fanbase and i respect both companies and i respect both group of fans and their opinions. sure, people may get riled up in arguments and debates over the films and comics, but when its all said and done, it's just us bickering over silly things, just having fun. it's like i saw on a comment on here earlier, its our escape from the real world temporarily and its where we can go to just have fun and discuss that which is dear to our hearts. NONE of it is to be taken personal. i think it's time for all of us, as comic book fans, to put those differences aside. sure, we all have our preferences, but in the end of the day, the movies that are coming out are all under one category, and that category shares its name with this website: Comic Book Movie. sure, the debates may be petty and fun, but in the end, The Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, they're all out for one purpose: to entertain us, as fans, as the the things we deeply enjoy: a comic. book. movie.

i'm done now lol
wbrowning79 - 7/20/2012, 8:15 AM
Thank you so much for writing this article. You have a very good heart unlike some of the fools in this community. To the victims and families of this tragedy I say God bless you all and to the people who have passed on today I say rest in peace.
Sabconth - 7/20/2012, 8:16 AM
Teabag really is a stand up kind of guy.

jessepostal - 7/20/2012, 8:16 AM
I don't think a lot of these comments are from "fanboys" I think a lot of them come from kids who see it as "cool" or nothing to them. Some teenagers are warped and don't care what they say because in all reality they don't think it effects them until it hits them at home. It's a terrible thing that happend but don't i dont think it had anything to do with "fanboys" "conservatives" or any "ites" as for the people saying childish fd up things, grow up and think about if it was you or someone that ment anything to you
Starlight - 7/20/2012, 8:16 AM
I agree with your article though I think there has to be something seriously wrong with a person that commits these kind of cruel acts just because they "couldn't accept a joke" or "didn't like someone else's opinion or comment"... that is just SICK !
testamentsol - 7/20/2012, 8:17 AM
@Bizzaro its already happening, check out prisonplanet.com. Some are already using this as propaganda to make gun laws stricter or to just take them away period
ArtisticErotic - 7/20/2012, 8:17 AM
The owners of this site and other comic book related sites need to make articles like this.
NateHawk89 - 7/20/2012, 8:18 AM
and to the guy who wrote the article: thank you for this. i agree with you 100%. sorry if my comment seemed to copy everything u said, i was just sharing my opinion
brickwall - 7/20/2012, 8:21 AM
Well said GreenHaljordan!

Watching the news here in England, unfortunately the reporter on Sky News is trying to link the film to somehow influencing the killer.

The reporter is actually now calling him "The Batman Killer". Really can't believe what I'm hearing, the media are a disgrace.

Sloppy reporting like this really annoys me, each time a tragedy happens the meadia quickly blames music(typically rap or rock), films(horror or action) or computer games.

Society has bad people always will have, lets not blame their sick actions on enterntaiment that many other millions of people enjoy and don't go and commit these attrocities.

lukeCage2012 - 7/20/2012, 8:21 AM
Your absolutely right. The thing with people that post jokes is the don't have any [frick]ing decency or compassion for their fellow man. Before they post something they need to step back and think what if it was them in the theater or a love one then i bet they wouldn't think they are so [frick]ing funny. I have a 5 year old soon and we always go see all these CBMs when they come out I couldn't imagine being in the theater trying to have fun when some crazy shit like this goes down. I hope the guy responsible for this shooting gets his shit pushed-in in jail.
Marqy - 7/20/2012, 8:22 AM

BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/20/2012, 8:26 AM
Great article, this was very tragic news to hear about today and I just lost a cousin yesterday. I'm sick of this Marvel, DC, Nolan, Whedon, war shit. Man we are all NERDS so when somebody makes a great ass movie that betters the shit people use to make fun of us for. Really great article Hal Jordan seriously please let peace overtake
DanteSparda - 7/20/2012, 8:26 AM
LOL! Seriously you think it was a hater of Batman/DC/Nolan or a Marvel fan? Most surely it was just a guy who wanted to be famous, that's how crazy people is.

But I agree with you about stoping the flame wars, but I would like to point that we shouldn't stop the arguing, arguing is good, it's fun, it's what it makes a civilized debate, of course if we could do it like the adults we are, and avoid the trolling, bashing and hate, seriously some poeple here react worse than religious fanatics.
Hawksblueyes - 7/20/2012, 8:26 AM
BizzaroNumber1: You are spot on sir.
CharlesLord - 7/20/2012, 8:31 AM
I woke up to my friends talking on twitter about the "tragedy" in colorado. I ask, wat happened...turn on my tv and was informed. This is maddening and sickening and...I just dont understand. He even went as far to booby trap his apartment with explosives...My heart goes out to all the victims tho I do wonder why some of them took their very young children (youngest victim was 6 months old) to the movie that really isnt aimed for audiences that young (IMO). Nonetheless this is still sad and its shit like that this that makes me realize that we really are doomed as a society
Cyrusthecitrus - 7/20/2012, 8:45 AM
I'm in complete tears after listening to the audio, it's so disturbing. How can someone do such an emotionless heinous action. A child died for Christs sakes! It scares me so much that there are people out there that are capable of doing this and will do it. Condolences to all the families effected.
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