James Holmes Facebook tribute pages: Should person behind largest be sterilized?

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Surprising? No. Repulsive? Hell, yeah. In recent days, we've seen the rise of numerous Facebook pages paying de facto tribute to James Holmes, the alleged Aurora theater massacre shooter.

Most of these efforts are being ignored, or close to it -- but one has collected hundreds of "likes" at this writing, as well as becoming a repository for memes that make light of slaughter.

A cursory Facebook search this morning turned up somewhere in the range of thirty pages minimum devoted to Holmes. Some of them are negative, like one titled "I Would Give Up Batman For James Holmes To Get The Death Penalty," but the majority appear to be focused on shock value, as witnessed by descriptions of Holmes as a "monarch," an "entertainer" and a "comedian" -- this last designation being among the most popular.

Many of these pages have attracted likes in the single digits, with a few in the forty or fifty range. However, the largest one I've found -- it was shared over the weekend by a clearly disgusted fan of the Westword Facebook page -- has 417 likes.

Most of the posts have been written in what the page's creator seems to believe is Holmes's authorial voice. Here's the latest:

I want you guys to understand this. Whatever you have to say to me, I don't care. Whenever you report me. This page isn't affected. (I've been reported over like a billion times and nothing has happened). And if you are going to try and report me, stop wasting your time by telling me and others. I don't give a shit. Also, I don't believe in karma, and I don't believe in hell. Please keep this in mind when you post. Unless its something smart or funny, Please know; I'm just going to laugh at you and all you're doing is wasting your time. Thanks.

Also on view are a number of photos and memes attempting to extract the blackest of black humor from this horrific situation. Some examples:

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As for the comments generated by these images, they vary between delight and censure, with the latter ahead right now. Here's an example of one juxtaposition:

Zane C. Price lived in Aurora for 8 years. if this happened in your town, you wouldn't find it so funny. if you were supposed to be there, you wouldn't find it so funny. if you had friends hurt, you wouldn't find it so funny. ever think of it like that?

China Carbon: Well Zane, I'm sure we all wish you WERE there, then you'd really have something to fuss about....

David Morales: China you are a fucking idiot, I was there at the shooting. One of my friends died in that theater, a few of my friends are injured. Does being at the shooting give me a good enough reason to fuss about it or are you going to say something smart to me too? Why don't you shut your mouth and show some respect. Don't go around making smart comments if you weren't there.

Still, this one is our favorite:

The amount of comments against this kind of humor is actually a positive thing. I'm glad that although many people cannot spell or use grammar, they are still not as fucked up as I thought Americans were. ♥ oh and whoever made this page needs to be sterilized.

More from our Television & Film archive: "Aurora theater shooting: Seeing The Dark Knight Rises the day after."

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Cynical666
Cynical666

I never understood why people react to things like this the way they do. Millions of people die everday from war, starvation, accidents, crime, and various other causes, many that are much more gruesome than being shot by a random nutbag in a theater. What makes these people so special? And before you call me ignorant, actually take the time to think about the magnitude of the Aurora shooting in the grand scheme of things. Or, you could tell starving children in a third-world country or victims of an ethnic cleansing operation that the people in that theater were more important than them.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If ANYTHING,

Bush should be the one in the photo

presenting the medal !...

Dieu
Dieu

The people who make these sort of things are alone and live a sad, sad life. So they lash out and try to get some attention by taking a piss at someone elses misery. They should absolutely be sterilized, we can not allow stupid to roam free and spread itself, anyone dumb enugh to spend time on making this must be sterilized, think about it, do you really want these people to have kids? Do you really want to deal with all this stupid again as soon as they grow up?   I dont, stupid must be stopped.

detsandytrappie
detsandytrappie

It's interesting the comment you feature does not have a name attached to it.  Did they ask you not to publish it?  Calling for the sterilization of people they don't know and then not wanting to be identified, the true mark of a coward.  Anyone who makes a judgment that others shoudl be sterlized should be sterilized themselves b/c we sure as hell don't need more stupid people in this country!

realityinwords
realityinwords

Try looking up "Sand Creek Massacre" and "Wounded Knee Massacre" you'll see the largest massacres in US history. I have a lot of sympathy for the relatives of those killed and wounded in Aurora and also do for the killer and his family but this was NOT the largest massacre by any means...learn some history. 

smallaxe
smallaxe

well you know guys people should really do some more research and try to see more angles than just one.. i mean why/what is that "medal of honor" even look like a pentagram for ? oh wait because they are pentagrams, but why are they pentagrams in the first place..? well like i said do a little research and you might actually see the connection president obama has with mr. holmes it just might spook ya..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=384MuLdLW6s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

klansman
klansman

Nice headline writting, buddy.  Are you a knee grow?  Because you sure write like one.  Anyways, you don't like what someone says, go back to Russia you damn commie!  Free Speech also means putting up with a lot of BS and/or stupid comments - like yours for instance.

tjames250
tjames250

this page is never going down... its been attacked and couterpages have been launched and instabanned after reports of more attacks...

 

this is freedom of speech and NOT against FB policy....

 

we control the jimmies... we control the rustling...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I heard his penis is a member of the Klan......

Guest said so right after removing it from his mouth.

Or bottom...

tjames250
tjames250

LOL people be ragin' hard. everyone just wants a reason to get their panties in a bunch...

 

all i see is QQ

kriscuster
kriscuster

When is the article about the Deadmau5 and Hollywood Tricia fight coming out? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Mikey, 

 

Where are the Paris Hilton twitter updates on this tragedy ??

 

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

And in other news ... monkeys  throw excrement at zoo visitors.

kriscuster
kriscuster

and you posted his meme's no less. You got trolled hard Michael Roberts

kriscuster
kriscuster

Why give them attention? You are just giving them what they want. I mean really. This kid, and it probably is a kid, is going to cream his shorts cause he trolled you so hard you wrote an article about them. 

Cynical666
Cynical666

FYI, I actually do think that the memes are rather humorous. And if you think that I deserve to be sterilized, well f*ck you too, buddy.

streetknight
streetknight

 @detsandytrappie Really? How about killing people you don't know? And shooting up a movie theater is the true mark of a coward, punk! Not trash talking a monster! Too bad your parents weren't sterilized, you serial killer loving scumbag! You're proof there are too many stupid people around!! But as for the sterilization idea, don't worry, I only think Holmes should be sterilized if it involves outright castration with a rusty knife!

IcePick
IcePick

 @realityinwords When the media says things like that they mean against the "white man".  Nobody in the media cares about dead Indians as their history was separate and distinct from the "white man".

IcePick
IcePick

@klansman You meant "writing".  Maybe you should put down the hate and pick up a book?  Nah, then you might learn of all the killings performed by the ignorant members of the KU.  

 

You write like an eight year old. What's the matter, didn't finish elementary school? 

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