“Show him the strap,” said one tall disruptive idiot surrounded by a group of his buddies. The herd of them had congregated at the end of one of the aisles with the objective of trying to intimidate some guy who was sitting in the theatre watching Hunger Games. A few rows back and smack dab in the middle sat my friend and I. This was happening during the part in the movie where the protagonist finds out the partner from her “district” likes her and they’re talking the night before the games begin. A crucial scene! And I didn’t hear a damn thing. Instead, I had to listen to these tall shadows speak profanity for almost 10 minutes. I had the urge to get up and start throwing punches, but I am a lady so instead I yelled, “Thanks for ruining the movie for the rest of us.” It was a good thing they were too preoccupied to hear me because my friend later explained to me that “strap” is the slang term for “gun”. Fantastico, now you can’t even enjoy a movie without worrying about getting shot right in the middle of a really good scene. You would think with the outrageous price we pay to watch a film on the public big screen ($12.50 CAN), safety would be included with our ticket. The bigger problem is these immature, low-pant-wearing thugs who think the world is a stage. No one paid to see ACT I of: What to do to feel cool… while actually looking incredibly ignorant and foolish. We most certainly DO NOT pay to be a part of ACT II: Bang Bang.
Everyone sits around to watch the 11 o’clock news scratching their heads wondering why there are so many young people shooting each other and their families. Have you seen the latest video games? Have you been introduced to the wonderful world of CSI Miami, Las Vegas, NY (amongst the 900 other gruesome police shows on the telly)? What about the latest music videos? Artists trying to come out with more shocking subject matter than their competitors (i.e. not exactly a music video, but Nikki Minaj having an exorcism performed on her at the Grammys); oblivious to the fact most of their fans are underage and taking everything they do as gospel… or are they? Artists, including actors, love to say that they are just ordinary people like everyone else to absolve themselves from the responsibilities of being public icons. Whether they like it or not, their examples are followed. All of the above is what’s making our society a nice and shitty place. Keep it up folks! The end results: Boys who grow up to be men who have to swing around a gun to feel powerful (occasionally killing a person or two) and girls who grow up to be women who experiment with different drugs and genders solely to keep up with what’s “in”.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.”
“My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.”
In all the world there is only one of you. It would be a waste to throw yourself into one of society’s general templates. After all, being different is what gets you noticed and we all know there is no such thing as bad publicity 😉