Apparently, there are theater owners who feel they need extra security in order to show the new film, Straight Outta Compton.
“We are hiring a little extra security in a couple of our theaters,” said Phil Zacheretti, chief executive of Phoenix Theatres Entertainment, a Knoxville, Tenn. chain with 10 theaters in Maryland, Kansas and several other states. “We don’t expect any major issues, we just want to make sure everybody feels comfortable coming to the theater to see the film.”
Wait, you don’t expect any issues, yet need you need extra security? Well, that’s odd … or is it. This sounds more like another case of perceived danger from minorities than anything else. Yes, we know NWA rapped “F*ck The Police”, but what’s really ironic is that the main consumer of N.W.A music was actually suburban teenagers (yup that’s right, just check Soundscan). And while NWA’s lyric may come off as aggressive, it was only in response to the unjust and racist treatment they received from the police (sound familiar?). We suggest actually seeing Straight Outta Compton first before passing judgement and determining that only trouble-seeking, cop-hating hoodlums are interested in seeing the film.
Futhermore, it’s quite concerning that theater owners feel Straight Outta Compton needs more security, but aren’t looking to amp up the manpower for Trainwreck, even though a man opened fire in a crowded Lafayette, Louisiana screening of the film. And they probably won’t seek more police presence for the upcoming Batman v Superman flick although The Dark Knight screening was the site for the horrific Colorado theater shooting. Hmmmm.
While Phil in Phoenix is the only theater owner that has gone on record as requesting extra security, a spokesperson for Universal Pictures has revealed that the company will reimburse any theaters choosing to the same plan of action. “We’re not soliciting enhanced security for theaters, but Universal is partnering with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations,” said a spokesman for the studio.
As Kanye would say, “racism’s still alive, they just be concealing it.”