The mass murder in Newtown has shocked the conscience of our country. The horror of it is incomprehensible. The pain of the families who have lost their loved ones is unimaginable. In this time of their grieving we can only pray for them and offer our sympathy and solace.
There are those on the greater stage in society who recognize this. The movie world, for instance. Several movie premieres have been cancelled or postponed out of respect for the victims of the shooting and from a sense of decency. "Jack Reacher" which opens with a sniper killing five people, and "Django Unchained", a sphagetti-western type film by Quentin Tarantino with the typical violence and gore that are his trademarks.
Even without the bad karma of opening within days of the Newtown tragedy, the premieres of these lurid movies during the Christmas season would seem to be the epitome of bad taste.
Nonetheless, I believe both production companies made the right decision in a display of sensitivity and good judgment. It simply would have been inappropriate to offer such entertainment at this moment--- no matter what the artistic merit.
But Mr. Tarantino does not seem to get the point. "I just think, you know, there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. It's a western. Give me a break."
Well, Mr. Tarantino, don't worry. We'll give you a break. But you don't deserve one.