I am not here to debate whether this is Hollywood's fault, a gun-control issue, a rogue /b/tard going psycho or what. I am here to point out what has gone down over the last few days.
I am talking about the internet groundswell to get Christian Bale to visit the victims, his response, and then the internet's reaction to it.
As the shock subsided, social media sites saw a 'call to action' to petition Christian Bale to visit the victims as Batman:
|This photo received 170,000 'likes' in under 24 hours|
While the intention was sincere, the thought of him dressing up as Batman seemed more of a publicity stunt to me. It'd be too commercial, too cheezy.
...and for ME to say 'too cheezy' it's gotta be hella cheezy...
...as discreetly as a box-office celeb can, of course...
Naturally, people wanted their pictures taken with the star, and of course those pictures were posted on Facebook. Those pictures were shared and shared until they reached news sources.
Now, on the Tuesday night news, every station is heralding the class and support from Christian Bale, and how he is helping lift the spirits of the victims.
...but wait... the internet hasn't spoken yet...
"Why didn't he dress up as Batman?"
"Shameless publicity stunt. Look at him posing for the cameras..."
"Is he doing this for the victims, or is he doing this because the movie didn't meet box office projections?"
"Hollywood whoring at its finest."
And more, with colorful language and spelling/grammar errors galore...
The internet can say "Give me 5 dollars" and you react by giving it 5 dollars. It will come right back to you and say "bitch, if that were so easy for you, why didn't you give me 10?"
I say bravo for Christian Bale for visiting these victims. The police and first-responders are the heroes for minimizing this tragedy as much as they could, but a simple visit by Batman can bring a smile to a lot of faces.
Even if it is just shaking hands, signing autographs, and showing that he cares. They came to the movies to see him, and now he's showing his support by visiting them. Well done, Batman.
But, as the title states, you can't please all of the internet all of the time. Hate on, haters!