Movie Rowdiness Turns Pride To Shame

Movie Rowdiness Turns Pride To Shame

There are 52 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 29, 2009, titled Movie Rowdiness Turns Pride To Shame. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

So this is supposed to be a historic time for this country. Black people especially.

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doug

Manchester, CT

#1 Jan 30, 2009
"It's OK in my book for today's urban generation to look up to a Biggie Smalls, the same way I, being a literary buff, might look up to Langston Hughes or W.E.B. DuBois."

Well, you got your wish. Your fellow movie goers "look up to" a drug dealing rap superstar who died in a hail of bullets. How inspirational.

You obviously haven't been to the movies in a while. Cellphones ringing and the light of texting fill the theater, and everyone is commenting to each other about the action on the screen.

The undisciplined behavior you witnessed is the result of 40 years of broken homes aided by a welfare entitlement state. These "citizens" think they can do whatever they want and F everybody else. I am sure if you complained out loud you would have been shouted out of the theater.

That you expected something else shows how out of touch with your own culture you are.
tfs

AOL

#2 Jan 30, 2009
obama would be so proud !!

i have a dream...

i dream of viewing a movie like an adult !!

(good luck with that)
sternly now

New York, NY

#3 Jan 30, 2009
This is a suprise?
sternly now

New York, NY

#4 Jan 30, 2009
These are feral barbarians, people. Get real.
not surprised

Wallingford, CT

#5 Jan 30, 2009
Just continuing to keep themselves down.

Sad.

They only do it to themselves and wonder why it is the way it is.
From East

New York, NY

#6 Jan 30, 2009
This has to be one of the funniest articles I have ever read. And they want equality? They dont even know how to behave in public. Take a drive around Hartford some time.
back then

New York, NY

#7 Jan 30, 2009
This writer actually said the movie ranks right up with the inauguration. That many people still look up to that bloated drug thug rapper who thank god died before he could influence any more. This has got to be the downfall of society. This is truly sad.
The green door

New York, NY

#8 Jan 30, 2009
A sad sad non human situation we have here.
Ed Boch

Johnston, RI

#9 Jan 30, 2009
I think these comments so far have missed the point of this opinion/commentary.
People can go see Biggie Smalls movie or the Godfather or Scarface or whatever flicks we flock to that seem to idolized criminal behavior or mindset. That wasn't the point.
What I got from this writer was an attempt to post at actions at this movie against the backdrop of an Obama presidency. It was an attempt to ask, are we going to continue to fail to take advantage of our time in the spotlight? Are people long on the bottom of the ladder in our society going to learn from mistakes and errors of those given a chance (like Biggie) to have more? Can we rise to the occasion and embrace opportunities that others have fought for us to have.
People marched for the right to go to integrate movie theaters; yet some young black youth act in a manner that makes any responsible black adults not want to be there.
It doesn't matter WHY you want to see the movie. When Coppola releases the next "Godfather," no one will quiz Italians if they support the mafia when they go to see it. And on a day when black America took center stage during the inauguration, this writer seemed to say, some of us still have a ways to go.

That's what I got from you letter.
White Boy

Hartford, CT

#10 Jan 30, 2009
Wonder why black youths are the way they are nowdadys? They sure as heck didn't behave like barbarians in the Dark Ages, you know, before liberals gave us the Great Society.

Liberalize removed the father from the home. In their place, a new phalange of marauding sexual predators gained status by siring the most babies. Before liberals destryed the balck family, barely 20% of babies were born to out of wedlock teenagers. Today the figure is 70%.

Before liberals indoctrinated blacks that white racism was the cause of their low economic status, blacks looked at education as their passport out of the ghetto. Nowadays, they want to remain in the hood and deal drugs. Now that will really stick it to whitey, won't it?

Good bye and good riddance to BIG. Too bad the Puff Daddy's, 50 cent, and the other scumbag miasma of pimps, thugs and gangsters of the same ilk won't soon be joining in. Preferably 12 feet under,
tfs

AOL

#11 Jan 30, 2009
it takes the right kind of upbringing to know how to act while out in public
which means having both parents there to form a family and take the time to raise their kids the right way.
but of course with 70% of black females having kids out of wedlock--its going to be a uphill climb--if not impossible
stopit

East Hartford, CT

#12 Jan 30, 2009
And they wonder why we (white people) don't want to be around them. Black youth for the most part are rude and barbaric, their neighborhoods are filthy and rap and weed comes first in many of their lives. When they behave like this is destroys the progress hard working African Americans have achieved. But when your fathering bastard children to the tune of 70% I don't think it should come as a surprise.
thuglife

East Hartford, CT

#13 Jan 30, 2009
"Yes we can". Pssssttt......no you can't.
Brian Fox

Cheshire, CT

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Ed Boch wrote:
I think these comments so far have missed the point of this opinion/commentary.
People can go see Biggie Smalls movie or the Godfather or Scarface or whatever flicks we flock to that seem to idolized criminal behavior or mindset. That wasn't the point.
What I got from this writer was an attempt to post at actions at this movie against the backdrop of an Obama presidency. It was an attempt to ask, are we going to continue to fail to take advantage of our time in the spotlight? Are people long on the bottom of the ladder in our society going to learn from mistakes and errors of those given a chance (like Biggie) to have more? Can we rise to the occasion and embrace opportunities that others have fought for us to have.
People marched for the right to go to integrate movie theaters; yet some young black youth act in a manner that makes any responsible black adults not want to be there.
It doesn't matter WHY you want to see the movie. When Coppola releases the next "Godfather," no one will quiz Italians if they support the mafia when they go to see it. And on a day when black America took center stage during the inauguration, this writer seemed to say, some of us still have a ways to go.
That's what I got from you letter.
Finally an intelligent response. Well said.
The green door

Warren, NJ

#15 Jan 30, 2009
Brian Fox wrote:
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Finally an intelligent response. Well said.
Not really, just another excuse for non accountability.
Rara

Salt Lake City, UT

#16 Jan 30, 2009
I completely agree. I used to live in SJ. I went to the Cherry Hill movie theater thinking it would be different than that of Jersey Gardens theater but I was mistaken. Weed being lit up, teens acting stupid and idiots starting fights. My wife was with me along with her little brother and we had to leave because of the behavior. The police came in and a fight broke out. I will have to say I am disgusted with the so called African Americans in the US inner cities. No pride. No education. No future. Sorry but this is how I feel.
greenie

Madison, CT

#17 Jan 30, 2009
go for it.
Shame

Salt Lake City, UT

#18 Jan 30, 2009
On the other hand. It is not all "Black Americans" who act like this. True, the inner city individuals do have their share of problems and they are more publicized than the rest but if you drive out west you will see the same thing. It doesn't matter if you are white or black. I speak about black because I am black and I live with my brothers and I am truly disgusted but please don't point fingers and say it is all blacks and only blacks. I do recall warefare was not created for blacks so watch what you say and learn something before you type. Also, what about those in white people who act the same? Where are your barbaric comments and your finger pointing in disgust for them? Just remember how this happened. I do strongly agree that one should take responsibility for their own actions and you guys should also.
You can tell me to shut up and I don't know what I am talking about without grounds and that's fine. I have heard this from both sides. And when you prove them wrong they get defensive and extremely offensive, just typing anything to make a point when they only make themselves look dumber. Case in point, From East of New York, NY. I don't know who to pity more. I hope you don't have any kids because it is that thinking that caused the mess we are in now.
I will be honest with you. I am half native american and half african american. I have heard all of the jokes at my expense regarding my background and how it was influenced by the so call white americans. Sit on your high hourse and judge. Your hands are stained just a little more and it is being shown throughout the planet earth. "One Party stalwart told me flatly that America was too racist to elect him" regarding Obama, BBC interveiw. And this feelign is shared by other countries. THat's all I have to say.

“Hello, I must be going.”

Since: Nov 08

Pomfret

#19 Jan 30, 2009
The author should drive the extra distance needed to get to a movie theater far away from urban areas. Crowds there are much more respectful of other moviegoers. Not perfect, but much more respectful.

Ize Back

“Quality is no accident”

Since: Jan 09

Smallville

#20 Jan 30, 2009
semper39 wrote:
The author should drive the extra distance needed to get to a movie theater far away from urban areas. Crowds there are much more respectful of other moviegoers. Not perfect, but much more respectful.
That's true and less tolerant of unruly behavior.

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