New Jack City: Was the Audience Profiled at ‘THE BUTLER’ Screenings?

THE BUTLERWhile “Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER” certainly did not set the box office on fire this weekend, it did come in # 1 in North American theaters with estimated ticket sales of $25 million…

The film also scored an impressive ‘A’ CinemaScore which should translate into good word-of-mouth and a long and successful theatrical life.

My beef?

Claims by some moviegoers that theaters employed more than routine security on their premises specifically for this film.

129057_baThe trade press reports that an east coast couple attending the movie at a Regal theater near Washington, DC Saturday evening felt that seeing a increased police presence “Led them to feel racially profiled.”

The crowd in attendance was reportedly largely African-American.

Since I wasn’t there I can’t comment on the security situation taken by the theater, but after what went down at the Cinemark in Aurora, Colorado last year, I welcome police security ANYTIME I see it—even at Whole Foods in Overland Park.

Was it a particularly rowdy crowd that had come to see THE BUTLER over the weekend?

Probably not.

Still in my book—when it comes to public events these days—better safe than sorry.
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10 Responses to New Jack City: Was the Audience Profiled at ‘THE BUTLER’ Screenings?

  1. expat says:

    A Raisin in the Sun: Part 524

  2. Cheech Lifting Weights says:

    holy ships, imagine all the talking at the screen! Went to see a matinee today, the area outside of the Butler smelled like coco butter- hand to god truth.

  3. paulwilsonkc says:

    Funny thing, the Mayor hosts a blast for the end of summer at Union Station. Outcome? Fights and rumors of bullets flying.
    If you owned a retail store and realized 90% of your shrinkage came from blonde, teenage blue eyed girls, wouldn’t you keep your eye out when blonde, blue eyed teenage girls came in your store?
    Profiling has a place when backed with evidence.

  4. Enough Already! says:

    Just get it over with and say you hate black people, Paul. Jesus.

    • rkcal says:

      As near as I can figure, most of the commentators on this site live in deathly fear of 12% of the population.

  5. Harry Stone says:

    Yeah, I don’t know whats wrong with these guys.

  6. paulwilsonkc says:

    (You guys are too easy)

  7. rkcal is right, ya just gotta go with the flow and experience diversity at a street level. Here at the Cheesecake Factory, we have a plaque in front of the bush where the mayor took cover during one of our many flash mob experiences last summer. On it, a little prayer for all of us to remember when the bullets fly.

    Now I lay me down to hide.
    While many others may have died,
    Dr. Dre will show me the way,
    Lil Wayne will stop my pain,
    When I come here for the cake,
    I pray that 12% not my life to take.

    Indeed, we tip our hats to our more intrepid customers and with tongue planted in cheek offer 50% off on “Shots” for 30 minutes after any Cinemark movie lets out.

    While lighenting up what could be, for those idiots who keep whining about danger and their families, blah, blah, blah…, we do take our resposibilities seriously and have kevlar available for all members of the family who wish to sit outside and enjoy those summer evenings. Ear plugs and night vision goggles are extra.

    Hope to see you soon!

  8. After enjoying your desert in the bushes, you could come visit me!!

  9. Patriot says:

    The time has come that people have to quit hiding behind political correctness and call problems out for what they are. Trouble/crime follow blacks like a moth to a flame, and anyone that says that’s not true is just in denial. They need to grow up and start acting like civilized humans if they don’t want to be treated in a suspect way.

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