Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"It Was Him And Him Alone."

The title quotation is said to a young Bruce Wayne by Alfred Pennyworth in the film Batman Begins. After Bruce cries out, blaming himself and not his parents murderer for their death, Alfred, through the words of writer/director Christopher Nolan, understands and explains where the blame truly lies. 

Now, can you imagine a newspaper columnist comparing director Christopher Nolan to mass murderer Osama bin Laden? It would be like me comparing a newspaper columnist to mass murderer James Holmes. Yet that’s just what Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt did in his piece, "An Open Letter to Christopher Nolan, Sean Penn and Warner Brothers", where he blamed those named in the title for the massacre at the Colorado movie theater showing Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight Rises.

There are many things I can call this Charles Hurt character, as I did when I first read his outrageous piece this morning, but here I’ll just say that he’s the James Holmes of newspaper columnists, using his words as bullets to character assassinate the innocent for the actions of a guilty murderer. (My drawing is of Charles Hurt with Holmes' hair in order to visualize the absurdity of Hurt's piece.)

After the massacre, the politically obsessed began blaming anything and anyone but the actual murderer. The left blamed guns and the right blamed Hollywood. What would they do, ban Movies? Ban Nolan? Ban the depiction of Evil in popular art? 

Here’s an excellent response to this disgusting piece of you know what:
Hurt comes off like he hasn't seen the film. Was he afraid he'd commit murder if he did watch it? Millions of people have seen Nolan's Batman films, so why haven't the films spawned more real life violence? Because movies don't "make" people commit murder, murderers have their own reasons.

As Bruce Wayne says in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns:
"Nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do..."

And to Christopher Nolan, although this shouldn't have to be said
It Was Nothing You Did, It was James Holmes and him alone.


AE said...

Keeping in line with Hurt's deeply philosophical take on a mass murderer and why he did what he did, blaming a heroic story, where good destroys evil, I'd like to blame "Freedom" for spawning the Founding Fathers; I'd like to damn "Reason" for generating Ayn Rand and I'd like to blame James Holmes' actions for begetting Charles Hurt's comments.

Bosch Fawstin said...

.....and don't forget we have to blame planes for 9/11.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Continuing that "logic", a friend of mine writes:

"I blame Atlas Shrugged for the actions of our current politicians. They are just emulating Ayn Rand's villains."

TrueCraft said...

I can imagine a lot of them wearing a "What would Toohey do?" bracelet.