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Dane Cook Apologizes For Remarks

Submitted by on July 28, 2012 – 3:33 pm Comments

Dane Cook smilingComedian, Dane Cook recently made light of the Aurora, Colorado shootings with a less than humorous joke made during a performance in Los Angeles. At West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory Thursday night, Cook said, “So I heard a guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. Yea, spoiler alert,” he said. “And I know that if none of that had happened I’m pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh… shoot me.” A few audience members groaned, but they were quickly drowned out by laughter.

Last Friday, James Holmes killed twelve people and injured over 50 in the shooting that took place at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. James Holmes is currently being held in solitary confinement. He has been there since his arrest on July 20. Shortly after the shooting, Cook said in an interview, “Yeah, I mean this is just, it’s impossible to kind of piece it together when an experience like this happens. I just would say that my thoughts, prayers are to the families and the people that were devastated by this. It’s certainly unreal.”

Cook’s apology was lacking and came only after a Twitter backlash. Cook responded with his own post. “I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened,” Cook tweeted. “I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time.” Many celebrities have shown their support for the families affected by this tragedy. Warner Bros. Studios has donated money to the relief fund for the victims and their families. Hans Zimmer has released a song on Facebook dedicated to the victims. All the proceeds will benefit those affected. Christian Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne in the movie, visited Aurora himself and sat with many of the injured victims.

Dane Cook’s joke comes while the shock of this tragedy is still fresh in our minds. Not only is it bad timing, but also bad taste. A true apology requires more than a tweet. Actual remorse needs to be shown. Maybe Cook needs to follow the lead of some of Hollywood’s finest and show his own personal support for the victims and their families. At the very least, a more personal apology is needed for the victims.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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