Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Batman Comes Through (heroes can be real too): Christian Bale Visits Victims of the Colorado Theater Shooting; ALSO: The Media and "Don't Give a Shit" Syndrome


Soon after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado during the Batman "Dark Knight Rises" movie, a fairly nifty idea to help the victims was spreading across the internets...

"Heroes can be real too."


Christian Bale
At first, I really didn't know if this was the world's greatest idear.  It would definitely lift the spirits of not only the victims, but the entire country.

But would Christian Bale do it?  We have all heard about his notorious rant...

Did he have the proper temperament to deal with such a sensitive situation?

Would he even be interested in involving himself?










I'm sorry for posting the above video, Mr. Bale.  It was just too good not to.  But in fairness to Christian Bale, he has apologized for his infamous rant many times.  Christian Bale's apology live on KROQ 106.7

As many of you have already heard, the actor who plays Batman came through, visiting the hospital to meet with victims of the horrific shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.  See the photographs below:

Christian Bale visiting  Carey Rottman (via 7Marshall @ twitter)


Christian Bale with staff at Aurora hospital (via facebook and/or the internets)

How unbelievably awesome was it, for Christian Bale to do this?  I have to say, I am really impressed, and it lifted our spirits to see this, but more importantly, lifted the spirits of the victims.  If this mass shooting was a graphic display of how someone can be totally devoid of any empathy or concern for the fellow human beings, this act of kindness, gives us hope that there are people who still care about others.


As for the media in general, they are once again doing absolutely everything wrong, as far as preventing future horrific acts.  Listen to the recommendations of a forensic psychiatrist, on the proper way for the media to handle these events, in the video below:








Forensic psychiatrists tell us that when the media turns the perpetrator of one of these murderous acts into a famous "anti-hero", plasters their face across the news 24/7, and sensationalizes death, and violence, it will just encourage copy cats who seek to be the next famous super villain, by giving them both the incentive, and the motivation, to do the unspeakable.  So, why does the media keep doing exactly the opposite of what experts on the subject tell them they should do??







"Don't Give a Shit" Syndrome


Simply in a quest for higher ratings, and to make more money, the media will sensationalize stories like this, despite the facts of being warned of the dire consequences of their actions.  Ironically, they have the same attitude the mass murderer who committed this atrocity has...  they simply don't give a shit.  And this sorry ass attitude has permeated American society, from the top to the bottom.  If the people with the most power, and influence, don't care, and they have the biggest stake in society...then why should the average Joe Bagadonuts, just struggling to survive, give a rat's ass about making the world a better place?  I think Independent presidential candidate Abraham Fungus Jr. put it best in his "Don't Give a Shit Syndrome: The High Price of Doritos" speech...

Abraham Fungus Jr.'s the "Don't Give a Shit Syndrome: The High Price of Doritos" Speech


 I know Independent presidential candidate Abraham Fungus Jr. sounds like he's really giving us hell in this speech, but to paraphrase what Harry Truman once said...  he's telling us the truth, and we just think it's hell.  And not even Satan himself, could have done a better job of that!

Well, in the words of the immortal Forrest Gump... that's all i've got to say about that.

Once again, God bless you, and thank you for your support.

Ralph waving bye gif (via garota-desconectada.tumblr)







Bye.

31 comments:

  1. I heard Bale went to the hospital, it did make me feel pretty good. I didn't know the original campaign was for him to wear the suit though. It's a real shame he didn't :( I guess he had his reasons though. I think that this news needs to be reported, people need to know what happened, but sensationalising it IS a bad thing. Making the guy famous is a terrible thing to do. It really may just encourage others who just want to "make a name for themselves" and "go out famous". Not giving a shit is the worst thing a person can do really. Especially when it's such a serious situation.

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  2. Very good post.

    I was extremely impressed with the fact that Bale went to comfort the victims. The 'I don't give a fuck syndrome' is the scariest shit I've ever heard.

    I once watched an NCIS episode where this serial killer was playing mind games with the agents and at the end of the episode when he was being arrested he said something along the lines of, "Going to jail will be worth it because at least everyone will know my name. I'll be infamous."

    And then in the next scene it showed the agents watching a news clip and laughing because they had withheld the killer's name and picture.

    If only stuff like that actually happened.

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    1. That episode of NCIS had the right idea. Too bad the rest of the media is completely clueless.

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    2. I think that happened in an episode of Criminal Minds as well!

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  3. You left the funniest comment on Aguilar Elliot's blog, so I had to come over and take a look. Impressive! Love the "Elmo Red" alert status.

    I'd like to agree the media's being irresponsible, but I think they're just giving the audience what it wants. People are interested in the perpetrator. They want to know why. Trying to muzzle the media because it might spark more violence is like censoring violent movies, TV, and video games. Crazy people who want to do crazy stuff are going to. Censoring won't get to the root cause - undiagnosed (or untreated) psychological problems.

    Only my opinion though. :-)

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    1. Well, I would never support censorship. I am saying the media should just be responsible on it's own, because it's the right thing to do. Which is not going to happen anyway. But just because it's not going to happen, doesn't mean we should not ask them to be more responsible, or at least expect better behavior from them.

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  4. While I think that Christian Bale is an AMAZING actor (he killed it in Batman and Fighter), I always perceived him to be a jack as*. Well, to be relevant to your blog, he "rustled my jimmies"!! His outburst on the lighting crew and rumors about harsh fights with his mother made me wrinkle my nose. I have to say though, when I heard that he went to the hospital 100% on his own and took part in prayer groups outside the theater my feeling towards him have changed. That really was such a nice thing to do. (Although I'm still suspicious of other motives on his part...lol)

    As far as the media goes, they are trying to make money off of the situation. That's totally reflected by way they are putting out there. Sigh...

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    1. I admit, originally my feelings about Christian Bale were the same as yours, just based on what little I knew about him. But being that I am an investigative reporter, and my slogan is, "I investigate. YOU get informed!"...I did some research. If you listen to some of the interviews he did apologizing for his behavior, he at least takes responsibility, and seems genuinely contrite. But, yeah...he really showed us something special, by going to the hospital to meet with the victims.

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  5. I agree. He's really nice, going even when he wasn't directly related to the incident.
    I liked the speech. What is the world coming to?

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    1. "What is the world coming to?" Perhaps I could answer that in a future post.

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  6. I'm glad the victims appreciated the visit. I'm not sure I would have in their position, because Bale would have reminded me of American Psycho rather than Batman. It would be good if the kook could be denied publicity, but unfortunately the public are too interested in sorry kooks who carry out massacres. Lexa is right.

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    1. Well, Gorilla Bananas, if I ever have the chance of meeting Christian Bale, I will warn him not to visit you at the safari park...for you might get spooked and rip him limb from limb in one of your baboon rages.

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  7. I think that was really cool of Christian Bale to do that. Kudos to him! But as for him being a asshat cause of yelling at that guy on set: When I'm doing my reviews and acting/reading my lines I can get angry very easily! And even start yelling! I think its cause the part of the brain that acts and the part that gets mad are close and when someone use the acting part it bumps the anger part and they get mad. So I don't blame Bale for yelling at some dumbass on set, cause I know if I was in his shoes at that moment, I'd have yelled louder and harsher! (incompetent workers piss me off!!)

    As for the shoting bit as it relates to news coverage, Dr Park Dietz is right on! Each one seems to do it cause others did it before! Heck wasn't the Colombine shoting in the same state as this? And your right the news doesn't care! At the end of the video it sounds like the news reporter was gonna cut Dr Park Dietz off with some half ass comment!

    Its sad that news only wants higher ratings and people put up with news doing that kind of stuff cause there too lazy to get there info from more professional sources, like stuff on the internet! (which is sadly becoming more and more legit comparied to TV and magazines!)

    Sadly the thing that might make the rich richer is being cold hearted and not caring. So we'll get no love from them.

    Great post as usual. And though the problems seem severe, they have solutions, and one day we may move past them to better days!

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    1. Christian Bale actually made that point in his apology... the character he was playing was actually kind of teetering on the brink, so it seemed to carry over into reality. Any way, great comment, and I like how you end on a positive note, so we may feel hopeful about our future again.

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  8. This is a really great piece of writing Jimmy. I agree with you whole heartedly when it comes to Bale but if he had arrived dressed as Batman it would have been a step too far in my eyes anyway and an obvious publicity stunt. Bale really is the man and doing this has proven that, true writing dude.

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    1. I agree. Wearing the Batman suit would have been cheesy.

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  9. I was glad to hear Bale visited the hospital

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  10. It was a fine line that Bale had to walk in visiting the victims. He no doubt got accused of trying to generate publicity but I'm pretty sure he is not that kind of bloke. I just watched Harsh Times last night and as always his performance is first rate. I've been an admirer of his work since Empire of the Sun.

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    1. "Harsh Times" sounds interesting. I will look into it.

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  11. I don't mind the media coverage of the Aurora theater shootings and James Holmes. Mental illness has always intrigued me. I will confess to searching for news on James Holmes several times a day, and I have written him. This isn't a Richard Ramirez, Ted Bundy, or a Gacy. I'll stop there because I have a lot to say on the subject that will only bore you. Let's talk about Christian Bale instead. I haven't watched any Batman movie yet, but my brother and I made a date to do so this weekend. Of course, he's already viewed all things Batman. There were cartoons, if I remember correctly, in which Joker beat a girlfriend of his. Am I making this up? My point is, Christian Bale should always be naked.

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    1. I don't recall a cartoon where the Joker beat up Christian Bale's girlfriend. Isn't that the plot of a Sean Penn movie? You know which one I'm talking about. Ally Sheedy is in it.

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  12. The American media system is just that. They focus on whatever they want to get the most attention, which in turn gives them higher ratings. They are sensationalizing the news. IMHO not enough positivity comes form US media sources.

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  13. Great to see Bale helping out...

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  15. It was good of him to visit the victims in the hospital.

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  16. It was really good of him to do something like that. Kudos to him.

    Wish we could say the same about the media. Honestly.

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    1. DWei, my anti-virus software is giving me a warning that my computer's jimmies may get rustled, when I try to visit your site. I don't know if anyone else is having this problem. I will try back some other time, and see if the problem is resolved.

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  17. pretty cool of bale to do that. sucks about the media though.

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  18. Christian Bale has redeemed himself from his diva-ish tantrum on the Terminator salvation set now in my eyes. Was a sweet thing for him to do

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