Aurora shooting: Jordan Ghawi, brother of victim, says boycott of Cinemark is "ridiculous"
Jordan Ghawi added in follow-up tweets: "Most importantly, do not let emotion transcend reason," and, "The worst thing about this is that [Cinemark] could possibly donate opening weekend sales in Aurora to mental health centers if they...weren't being sued by some family members and victims."
Reached by e-mail, he said he would not be commenting further.
We did reach his stepfather, Lonnie Phillips, who said that he and his wife Sandy Phillips, Jessica's mother, do not agree with Ghawi's comments.
"Jordan's thinking and my thinking are not on the same lines," he says, pointing out that his wife Sandy expressed her frustration in a tweet back to him:
"The letter [that families sent] was about their insensitivity and their unwillingness to speak with us in the beginning," he says, adding that they had questions and concerns about the plans for the theater in the future. "They would not return calls. Now, when it's time to reopen the theater, they need publicity. They want victims' parents to help with reopening.... I'm very angry.... That was very insensitive and uncalled for."
Phillips adds that he doesn't agree with Ghawi's comparison of the shootings to a traffic accident. "It's illogical," he says. "If you're gonna use an analogy, use one that's gonna make sense."
The whole point of the letter, Phillips says, was to express outrage about how hurtful Cinemark's actions were.
"At a time when we were most vulnerable, in the deepest pain at Christmas, during the holidays, this was in bad, bad taste," he says. "I don't care what anyone says. That was insensitive."