Star Gazing
Tragedy In 2012!
By Rose Quintiliano
Dec 22, 2012 - 4:46:22 PM

HOLLYWOOD—For some reason this year people have been extremely compassionate, especially the last few weeks. It has been a very disturbing year with the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the latest tragedy on December 14, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School with the massacre of 20 young school children and the adults who desperately tried to save them. We all have been struggling to find the words to express our condolences. Whether you are a parent or not you feel the horror.


Once again some turn to Hollywood to blame for producing violent movies and games. The year 2012 has brought in big blockbusters such as "The Avengers," “The Dark Knight Rises," and "The Hunger Games." It isn't Hollywood's fault that this tragedy occurred; the level of violence portrayed in film and TV is protected by the Constitution. Unfortunately, there are a lot of disturbed people out there who respond accordingly when they see acts of violence.

 


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Sandy Hook Memorial in Newtown,CT Credit: @ibclark/twitter

Tragedies like what we witnessed have occurred at movies, college campuses, high schools, fast food restaurants and now at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. As of press time, no one knows why the gunman Adam Lanza, 20, shot his own mother and went into a rampage. He destroyed the hard drive from his computer so we can only speculate at this point.

There must be some control over what our children see and we as parents should monitor the video games. Like I've mentioned in the past, violent films have been around for decades. Remember the old James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson gangster films? While, the films today are more violent, fans continue to watch them. We can't blame the films for people who are disturbed. The 1994 Oliver Stone movie "Natural Born Killers," is believed to have inspired deadly shootings.

 

Back in 1981, John Hinckley Jr., shot U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The gunman had sent many love letters to actress Jodi Foster professing his love for her. Jodi Foster was the child star of the 1970s classic "Taxi Driver," about a determined man set to kill the president. If a murderer has made his mind up to kill numerous people, there isn't much we can do to stop him, unless we have some kind of gun control. We are all so saddened and throughout the world so many of us have wept for the innocent. Millions of people turned to Twitter and Facebook to express their condolences.

Speaking of Facebook which owns Instagram, the company changed their minds quickly as stars including Rosario Dawson, Jordin Sparks and Kim Kardashian threatened to quit the picture sharing site over the company's controversial new photo ownership policy. The site on December 17 released a statement stating a new intellectual-property policy that would allow the site to sell users pictures without compensation or notification after January 16. Seriously?

The news traveled quickly around the celebrity-circuit and a number of celebrities who regularly post pictures and publish them on the site threatened they would shut their accounts if the changes are not reviewed. The celebrities took to Twitter and really pounded the site. After so many tweets, from Kim Kardashian, Pink and Mia Farrow among many more, Instagram bosses released yet another statement following the mass outcry to insist they had no intention of selling off users' photos. They finally came to their senses. Many Instagram users said they would give the site the benefit of the doubt-for now, however, I will also delete my account if they plan to sell in the future.

Rose's Scoop: In light of the tragedy of Newtown, TLC has postponed its new special segment, "Best Funeral Ever." The special which was to be aired on December 27, has now been rescheduled for January 6. In its place TLC will air an episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras."

Wishing everyone a Peaceful Christmas!



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