When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot and seriously wounded in January 2011 celebrities rushed to blame conservatives for the attack.
Several, including The Hunger Games co-star Elizabeth Banks, Jane Fonda and Patton Oswalt linked former Gov. Sarah Palin’s political map to the shooting.
It was instantaneous, utterly incorrect and, frankly, despicable.
That’s why Hollywood’s reaction to yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon deserves praise. Celebrities once more rushed to Twitter to comment on the tragedy, but rather than exploiting it for partisan points they mainly sent prayers, condolences and a much needed tribute to the city of Boston.
Boston native Mark Wahlberg struggled with his emotions while fulfilling an obligation to appear at his latest movie premiere for the upcoming film Pain and Gain.
“You try to put everything in God’s hands and whatever happens here is out of our control and there’s a bigger picture. But it’s still obviously upsetting,” the 41-year old actor said on the red carpet before going into the premiere hosted by The Cinema Society.
Oswalt penned an elegant post on Facebook that quickly went viral regarding the attack.
“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.”
Twitter brimmed with celebrities paying tribute to Boston, its citizens and the American way yesterday. Far-left filmmaker Michael Moore proved an exception, sending out a callous tweet wondering if yesterday’s celebration of Patriots Day had any connection to the attack–without an iota of evidence.
Most Hollywood denizens did the right thing yesterday, and whether that’s due to New Media pressure of just common decency it deserves to be applauded.