Ten most offensive pop-culture reactions to the Aurora theater shooting

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While the state and country cope with the Aurora theater shooting, many have come together to aid the victims and their families. But others have turned their attentions in a completely different direction. Recently, a string of public, poorly timed jokes has attracted national attention for targeting the tragedy with humor, but the past month has been filled with similar attempts. Click through for a list of the ten most maligned reactions to the Aurora tragedy to date.

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10. Jeffrey Ross's gag
The well-known funny man admitted he "crossed a line" when he brought up the Colorado tragedy during a Comedy Central roast of Roseanne Barr. That night, the roastmaster general compared actor Seth Green to alleged shooter James Holmes, and while he later acknowledged that his peers have apologized for similar circumstances, he has not. Instead, Ross invoked his freedom of speech -- and the channel claimed its option not to air the joke.

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9. Conspiracy theories
Although many, if not most, questions about the motivations behind the shooting are still unanswered, spectators began formulating their own theories only hours after the event. Among the most prominent were unfounded rumors that Holmes took part in Occupy San Diego and that the entire shooting was staged by the FBI. Online, it's as easy to locate misinformation as it is verified information.

Page down to read more of the ten most offensive pop-culture reactions to the Aurora theater shooting.


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donna.mama.3
donna.mama.3

Sick are those who would use this tragedy as springboard to further their exposure

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ Chris Leos: Blow me! [Is that "dumbed down" enough for you to comprehend?] @ Jay Stooksberry: I haven't met a Stooksberry that I could take seriously.

konahoki
konahoki

I mean, the Obama billboard is just true though.

Chris Leos
Chris Leos

troll yourself out of this thread

Chris Leos
Chris Leos

you wish you knew how to use big words big guy

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

Westword forgot to include the whiny, indignant reactions by the Butthurt Contingent to these very James Holmes references, as is demonstrated by the majority of commenters on this thread.

Brian Quintana
Brian Quintana

Westword bothers me the most. Your SEO rankings must be through the roof with the "delusional, obsessed, wacko" demographic.

Ethan Hsieh
Ethan Hsieh

People if you dont like westword then why like them on Facebook

Chris Barrow
Chris Barrow

It bothers me that Dane Cook said something funny

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Hey Westword..are you getting the hint yet? You seem to be denser than a rock. Who the heck is putting this crap on your page over and over? Staff names please.

John Snyder
John Snyder

This post being on here is kinda bothersome.....really westword?

Chris Leos
Chris Leos

Westward, stop publishing the same fucking stories everyday.

Jay Stooksberry
Jay Stooksberry

What bothers me the most is that you treat all of these pieces like news.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Staged by the FBI? Where do people come up with this garbage?

Chris Portscheller
Chris Portscheller

Baffles me that the Westword would try to benefit from page views with these... shitty journalism is shitty...

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