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