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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."

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Jessica Ghawi

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."

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "James Holmes: Post-its in courthouse bathroom promote film that says he was set up"

Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@Westword.com.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The theater should be limited to showing ONLY religious productions .

Religion has NOTHING to do w/ violence & promotes 'peace' among ALL men !.....

Chad Greenlees
Chad Greenlees

I just think it is poor taste on the Corporate Monster that is Cinamark. If you read the letter, it reads just like any other publicity pump. They put up some new paint, and marque at the site of the worst mass murder scene in colorado history, and they want you to have a good time sitting in a graveyard of pain, loss, and suffering eating popcorn? Just makes me sick! I fully support the boycott.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

I am sure they will find the theater faulty of not providing proper security as the rise in crime in Aurora is public record especially late at night.

Evan Lee
Evan Lee

Theaters don't have pause buttons.

Veronica Crowell
Veronica Crowell

The owners of the theater are also victims of this tragedy. Certainly not to the degree of people who were actually shot but they are entitled to open their business and run it and make a living from it. If I was shot there I probably wouldn't go back there or any other theater for that matter. But there is no legitimate reason to boycott the business.

Jeff Jxn Swaim
Jeff Jxn Swaim

Boycotting them would be ridiculous. They are as much "victims" of this idiots crime as anyone. They are creating jobs and providing entertainment to the community. #stophatin'

Tony Henriksen
Tony Henriksen

Dumb. I for one plan on going to that movies as soon as it opens

J Patrick McDuff
J Patrick McDuff

The theater is a legitimate business; not the cause of the insane killer on a rampage.

Art O'Fishel
Art O'Fishel

I would see a midnight showing of Dark Night Rises there just for the thrill, but with sentiment for the victims.

Tanya McAvoy
Tanya McAvoy

Necessary. This isnt about the theater culpability but about the fact that they sent invites to the victims families. Hey, sorry you lost your loved one, come see a free movie on us in the place your son, daughter, etc was murdered. Absurd and so utterly lacking in empathy its mindboggling as to why they would do this.

Jessica Watts
Jessica Watts

I signed that letter to Cinamark proudly that was sent from the 12 victims families. A permanent boycott not just for Aurora but all Cinamark theaters. They have treated us victims like dirt. No apology or condolences from them....no support from them. They should be ashamed.

Kevin Isaacson
Kevin Isaacson

Moronic. Cinemark did nothing wrong, they're victims in this too.

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

Unjustified, it's a business just like any other. Think about how many locals are employed.

Joe Matrone
Joe Matrone

I think boycotting Cinemark is up to each individual

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm glad there are some people with common sense. I'm concerned, however, that we're outnumbered by scared sheep.

Monkey
Monkey

Good for you Ghawi! I wish more people were like you."every second of everyday is a gift"

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