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.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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