This morning, a sociopath with miserable intentions walked into a Kindergarten classroom and murdered almost thirty people. There’s no rulebook for how to properly respond to a tragedy like this. There’s some who think life should be put on pause to deal with the fallout, and there’s others who think life needs to hurdle forward in order for people to cope and actually move on. Let the record show, at least in this instance, Paramount Pictures finds itself in the former category.
This afternoon, the studio announced it has decided to postpone Saturday’s Jack Reacher premiere in Pittsburgh in order to show empathy for the victims. Here’s a look at the official statement…
"Due to the terrible tragedy...and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."
I really get where the studio is coming from. It seems weird to celebrate something like a movie premiere after so many lives were zealously ripped away in one tragic instant, but just because something is weird doesn’t necessarily mean it shouldn’t be done. The massacre didn’t happen in Pittsburgh, and there’s no clear reason why one should have to impact the other.
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