Hollywood offered a touching response to a horrible crime this past weekend.
Saturday night's showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater was understandably NOT your typical film screening.
The theater which is reserved for Academy members is often half-empty for even some of the most critically anticipated films.
On this night, however, the theater was packed. Members were relegated to standing room only. And the entire crowed participated in a moment of silence before the film began.
Clearly, audiences refuse to be intimidated by the senseless crimes in Aurora, CO.
Academy President Tom Sherak provided reassuring words to his audience before the film began.
"… (this was) such a thankless act of violence by a deranged individual who took the lives of so many innocent people and wounded so many others. The movie-going experience is one which we should be able to enjoy with others in our community in an environment that is safe. We should be able to go to our local theatres and leave our problems behind and allow the movie to transport us to a place that entertains us and captures our imagination. For now though, we understandably feel angst and uneasiness with this tragic event and question the why and the how. Let us take a moment of silence before we begin to hold those innocent people and their families in our hearts and in our prayers. Our condolences surely go out to all of them.”
If there is any sort of silver lining to the needlessly terrible events that took 12 lives early Friday morning, it's in watching the world transform into a smaller and more compassionate place.
This past weekend wasn't about receipts or Oscar buzz or thumbs up and thumbs down.
It was about banding together, as friends and as neighbors. It was about honoring the memories of those lost, and refusing to let the actions of one severely misguided individual extinguish the flame of the human spirit.
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