James Holmes memes: New low in online response to Aurora theater shootings

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We all process tragedy differently, which may explain the attempts to wring humor from the Aurora theater shooting. But like the James Holmes Facebook tribute pages, or tweets about how the suspected killer is hot, the proliferation of James Holmes memes is mondo-disturbing. Under the theory that this stuff shrivels in the light, we share ten examples from a collection that's up to 181 at this writing. And believe us, the following are far from the worst.

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Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

Eh, Wanebo. The job of the media is to report -- even on things that you may personally find distasteful or silly. Remember, this is an alternative weekly, not an established professional daily like DP (lol) or NYT, so yes, from time to time, they will focus on the inanities of a particular case or situation where the Establishment media largely refrain from. It is clear that you find offense to a bunch of kiddies in cyberspace having a few sh!tz & giggles over the entire episode. Of course, if you even bothered to the actually read the fucking article instead of getting all butthurt over the promo photo, you'd realize the author of the page is actually criticizing those making light of the tragedy, not "glorifying" the murderer simply by reporting on him or other related content. Get over yourself. Have another Kleenex.

Noah Wanebo
Noah Wanebo

Because we respect the quality journalism and insight Westword has from time to time. But this is just dumb. Not edgy or interesting—just dumb.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

"sorry to offend you with truth" And please pray tell, Gabe, what truth(iness) is that you refer to? Frankly, I doubt that you even know what the hell to heap your scorn upon anymore, Gabe. You seem mostly content spewing pointless obscenities to accentuate your own otherwise misplaced moral indignation or to merely act as an Internet Tough Guy to compensate for your own possible physical and/or mental deficiencies. " and a collection of stupid fucks walking around thinking they know more than the next" Once again: Pot, say hello to Kettle. "It makes me get off" Well, you certainly take the term "moralfag" to a whole new level, Gabe. @ Noah Wanebo: You and about several hundred others have been crying about this; yet, you still remain. Have a Kleenex.

Noah Wanebo
Noah Wanebo

C'mon, Westword, give it a rest. Even Gawker doesn't do this. You're simply milking this tragedy now, and it's pissing off your fan base.

Gabe Gonzalez
Gabe Gonzalez

let me correct myself " our society is becoming doomed faster and faster due to government issues with control , media corruption , loss of resources , and a collection of stupid fucks walking around thinking they know more than the next , not willing to further expand themselves mentally ... like i said before FTW ... Im done with you man , you aren't worth my time anymore :/

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

"Our society is becoming doomed faster and faster due to the over populated source of a stupid species like yourself" Right, Gabe. The US of A is going to collapse solely because some guy/gal on 4chan "did it for the Lulz." Nah, it couldn't be the doctrine of "American Exceptionalism" that much of the American population adheres to and is used as a rational for supporting a much more egregious foreign policy, further fermenting terrorist elements and leading to other forms of "blowback." Nah, it couldn't be the financial malfeseance that leads to the devaluation of the national currency and has major adverse economic ramfications across the globe. Nah, it couldn't be American society's own appetite for finite resources to support its otherwise unsustainable consumerist culture, leading to widespread environmental degradation or its obsession with "gun culture" that justifies violent retribution as the first, last, and only means of resolving conflict. Nope. All of society's ills can be pointed directly at a bunch of kiddies on the Interwebz who create a bunch of silly image macros for cheap thrills. *rolling of eyes* Epic Fail, Gabe.

DonkeyHotay
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Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

Oh, your own tastes in entertainment are very much relevant, Gabe. It just demonstrates how much of a fucking hypocrite you are for finding humor in other tragic events (real or theoretical) when they don't hit nearly as close to home. By the way, you do not even know whether or not I personally find humor in the actual memes. I am just laughing at everyone else's knee-jerk reactions to their mere presence and you're simply offended by me not being so offended. However, I do have to admit the cleverness of the photo-shopped "Holmes Medal of Honor" meme which illustrates American hypocrisy at its finest: the outrage over the deaths of a dozen at a movie theater by a lone gunman but the indifference (and even encouragement) of Endless War that has led to the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents elsewhere in the world.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

By the way, Gabe, I noticed you like Daniel Tosh (a comedian notorious for sick & twisted humor) as well as certain gangster rappers and death metal bands who glamorize violence in their music. Pot, I'd like you to meet Kettle. Fucking idiot.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ Gabe Gonzalez. My childhood is irrelevant. Unlike you, I have learned to mature enough to not let such photos or other forms of sick humor affect me emotionally, nor would I need to personalize each and every negative occurrence to understand the severity. FYI: I don't believe in silly superstitions as "karma." I consider such circumstances to be mere coincidence. Try again, imbecile.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ Dean Hinrichs: You and many others who threatened to unsubscribe are still here, spewing your moral indignation over some cheap dark humor created by anonymous /b/-tards.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

Frances Marianna Hodges: "maybe instead of poking fun at the situation you all could be helping some of the victims families or survivors..." Funny you should suggest that since Westword has been doing exactly that: linking to organizations whose sole purpose is to help the survivors and the deceased's families. Of course, had you been paying attention to the news feed this past week (instead of being so fixated upon JAMES EAGAN HOLMES's likeness, yourself), you'd already know this. Moron.

Dean Hinrichs
Dean Hinrichs

Like many other posters over the last few days, I will be "un" following Westword as well. Perhaps it's time to start a movement for everyone to boycott Westword all together.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

I'd like to personally thank Westword for reposting these memes just so I can have a cheap laugh at all of the butthurt reactions of overly-sensitive, self-aggrandizing douchebags across the Denver metro area, especially that meathead who is actually issuing direct threats to the creators of said memes and is therefore, not much different than the actual killer. (Oh, the irony!)

Dean Hinrichs
Dean Hinrichs

Does Westword not read the feedback from its followers?? Who is running your social media department?? Do you not hear the outcry of people telling you to stop posting stories about this guy???

Travis J Smith
Travis J Smith

Westword has had many epic fails in the past. This is by far the worst. Idiots.

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

So wait...is the new low that people have created these? Or that WW feels the need to collect & repost them?

Joe Batcheller
Joe Batcheller

Unfollowing WW as soon as I'm done posting. Yellow journalism had more cred than WW! You're pathetic!!!

Blake Gavaldon
Blake Gavaldon

I don't believe hateful memes need to be published. Just gives them more publicity which means more will come and it makes us sensible readers angry.

Josh Krochmal
Josh Krochmal

That's disgusting!! I'm actually shocked that the westword would share that out!! That's an embarrassment!!!!

Shanti Klemm
Shanti Klemm

This tragedy has brought out a new all time low in the media, Westword included. Reporting facts and information about the victims has come secondary to regurgitating speculation and sensationalizing any aspect of this tragedy, even going so far as speaking with someone who was in middle school gym class with the shooter and neighbors who on one channel says he doesn't believe for a second this guy could do something so horrifc and a day later, says, "oh yeah, he was kind of strange." Now you're going to cover some disgusting comments that idiots on the internet have posted as a way to what...shame them by giving them publicity for it? Let's not even talk about the "crazy" conspriacy theories that you posted. That's where we are at with this now?

Kelli Petersen
Kelli Petersen

I have been following new developments in this case every day and ignoring the "stop posting his picture!" people. However, this is too much for me now. "This is so wrong and disgusting that we're going to post it on our site too!" Right. This ranks up there with the "outlandish theories that are probably false, but we're going to talk about them anyways" post. Slow clap, Westword.

Erin Ann Whalen
Erin Ann Whalen

yes, yes, it's so horrible...so there you go keeping it viral. saying something is awful and then telling people to look at it doesn't make you any better.

Frances Marianna Hodges
Frances Marianna Hodges

did you really have to promote these Westword? why make this any bigger than it already is, why put his name in my news feed, why feed the attention starved lil fuck? maybe instead of poking fun at the situation you all could be helping some of the victims families or survivors...

Jeremy N Janell Trujillo
Jeremy N Janell Trujillo

Hey Westword you're doing exactly what they want you to do! Shame on you for reposting! This isn't newsworthy! You're just giving these jerks the publicity they're begging for and spreading it to the masses.

Chad Kopke
Chad Kopke

What would possess anyone to do this? How much damn free time do these people have? He's a killer, and by you doing this, glorifies him. Might want to stop this BS. Show so god damn respect for the victims and their families. Not funny.

Gabe Gonzalez
Gabe Gonzalez

keep posting the daily deals for mary jane ... that is actual fucking news :x ...

Gabe Gonzalez
Gabe Gonzalez

FUCKED ... get it together west word ... I am pretty sure people have this dudes face burned into there mental images ... preciate that for real ... now i can go to sleep counting James Holmes instead of sheep ... wake the fuck up America , West Word is just another sadistic part of the media contributing to this fucked up event ... keep it up West Word you guys are doing a superb job ! ... fuck off ! ... Have some God Damn respect !

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Nice job Westword, do think when 90% of the comments are telling you to stop posting all this crap you might listen? How about I just run around Aurora all day and take all the Westword papers I can find and have a big fire tonight? Anybody want to join me in a Westword bonfire tonight?

Hsing Tseng
Hsing Tseng

Didn't even click because WAY TO REPOST HIS PICTURE AGAIN. Especially for something as tasteless as this. People have been shot and you are perpetuating their suffering with humorless memes. Shame on you, Westword.

Lavonne Gonzales
Lavonne Gonzales

Yes, it's disguisting. However, sharing it on your news site doesn't make it any less disguisting. Shame on you.

GetOffMyLawn
GetOffMyLawn

Memo to Westword staffers: Quit trolling 4chan and get back to work!

Jake Shaffer
Jake Shaffer

No one gives a fuck its old news - not trying to be a dick my friend died - sick of hearing this

Poguemahone
Poguemahone

As if only sharing 10 exempts you from proliferating this garbage.  

Carl Wlodarczyk
Carl Wlodarczyk

"This is horrible, and to show you just how horrible we're going to show you 10 examples instead of just telling you about them". I call BS.

Melissa Minicozzi Sossich
Melissa Minicozzi Sossich

I find it more disturbing that Denver Westword is re-posting the actual memes in the guise of a news article/social commentary

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Why not spend 60 seconds in a room with the asshole from west word, who keeps perpetuating this crap?

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