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Ruling says theater not racist for telling black people to be quiet before a Tyler Perry film

03.02.2011

It sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s most definitely true. A white theater manager in Delaware was deemed a racist by the Human Relations Commission when he used a “condescending tone” to tell an almost entirely black audience to get off their phones and be quiet before a Tyler Perry movie.

The Delaware Supreme Court has now ruled that this was in fact NOT racist, despite allegations of humiliation, which also cited that the theater had extra security and were double checking ticket stubs on that opening night.

"The warning about cell phones was shown on the screen and then was delivered in person in the largest of the three auditoriums by Stewart, according to court papers. Some patrons later said Stewart's tone "was offensive and condescending, as if he were speaking to children." And because the crowd, which had been well-behaved to that point, was "90 to 95 percent" black, some felt it was racist because it implied that blacks did not know how to behave in a movie theater."

I wasn’t there, so I can’t comment on either the behavior of the patrons or the tone of the manager, but I think the issue is that the warning was given preemptively before any actual offenses were taking place, which is not standard procedure in any theater I've been to, nor this one according to patrons. Is it stereotyping by giving such an announcement in a movie you know is going to have an almost entirely black audience? I think if they were in the act of texting or talking, it would be different, but assuming that would be the case is a bit dickish.

Yes, I have encountered groups of black moviegoers who have demonstrated this behavior, but I can say the same thing has happened with any other racial group in a movie at some point, including my own dumbass friends, who I always scowl at until they stop asking me questions or texting.

Read more details of the story at Delaware Online. Do you think the manager was in the right here? And let’s keep things civil. 

Extra Tidbit: They also need to invent packaging for movie theater candy that doesn't crinkle.
Source: Delaware Online

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10:00AM on 03/04/2011

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It's not about race people. And it isn't even about age. It's about respect. People need to learn to start with respect until someone gives you a reason not to respect them. I've always said someday if I ever go to prison it will be because I strangled some dipshit in a movie theatre. Nothing pisses me off more than when you’re in a nearly empty theatre and some idiots come in and sit down right behind you and proceed to annoy the shit out of you with their jabbering. If you ever do get so
It's not about race people. And it isn't even about age. It's about respect. People need to learn to start with respect until someone gives you a reason not to respect them. I've always said someday if I ever go to prison it will be because I strangled some dipshit in a movie theatre. Nothing pisses me off more than when you’re in a nearly empty theatre and some idiots come in and sit down right behind you and proceed to annoy the shit out of you with their jabbering. If you ever do get so pissed you want to say something. Just turn around and say, "Have some respect for other people!" It works. I've had someone apologize to me before. If only they knew how close they came to getting strangled.
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8:45AM on 03/04/2011
At my local Rave theaters, they ALWAYS do this for midnight releases, something that I am very thankful for.

Also, although any age/race can be obnoxious during films, you'd honestly just have to be either naive or lying to yourself to not admit that black people tip the scales in that regard.

From my movie-going experiences, and of just about everyone I know in person (meaning my area, so mileage could vary, I suppose), it's probably about a 60/40 split.
At my local Rave theaters, they ALWAYS do this for midnight releases, something that I am very thankful for.

Also, although any age/race can be obnoxious during films, you'd honestly just have to be either naive or lying to yourself to not admit that black people tip the scales in that regard.

From my movie-going experiences, and of just about everyone I know in person (meaning my area, so mileage could vary, I suppose), it's probably about a 60/40 split.
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6:45AM on 03/03/2011

Ignorance

Anyone who talks loud and on cell phones in the cinema deserves to die a horrible death. I don't care if your the Queen, President or Dalai Lama. Just shut the fuck up and watch the movie. Race has nothing to do with it, its down to bad manners and ignorance.
Anyone who talks loud and on cell phones in the cinema deserves to die a horrible death. I don't care if your the Queen, President or Dalai Lama. Just shut the fuck up and watch the movie. Race has nothing to do with it, its down to bad manners and ignorance.
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2:28PM on 03/03/2011
Race has everything to do with it, especially if the movie hasn't started, or the fact that there hasn't been an incident before the show, or the fact that it was not mentioned to the other people watching other movies...

But I do agree its just rude in general...
Race has everything to do with it, especially if the movie hasn't started, or the fact that there hasn't been an incident before the show, or the fact that it was not mentioned to the other people watching other movies...

But I do agree its just rude in general...
3:35AM on 03/03/2011
This is like the best thing I have ever read!! The town I used to live in (because of the military) was full of black people who would talk non-stop on their phone or to each other.Even when the theater was empty they would sit right next to my friends and I and bitch through the whole movie.If you wanna call me racist then go to the theater in Beaufort,SC and then come back to me.

P.S. Atleast in this case they didn't talk through a good movie hahaha
This is like the best thing I have ever read!! The town I used to live in (because of the military) was full of black people who would talk non-stop on their phone or to each other.Even when the theater was empty they would sit right next to my friends and I and bitch through the whole movie.If you wanna call me racist then go to the theater in Beaufort,SC and then come back to me.

P.S. Atleast in this case they didn't talk through a good movie hahaha
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1:53AM on 03/03/2011
The title of this article is fallacious.
The title of this article is fallacious.
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12:50AM on 03/03/2011

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Yeah, black folks are loud. And in public its difficult to deal with them, because they dont see themselves as loud. thats them.
Yeah, black folks are loud. And in public its difficult to deal with them, because they dont see themselves as loud. thats them.
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5:30PM on 03/03/2011
A nice, sweeping generalization.

Idiot.
A nice, sweeping generalization.

Idiot.
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11:53PM on 03/02/2011
Having worked at a movie theatre, giving an "in person" announcement after the onscreen announcement was standard operating procedure. This way, if there are customer complaints, the offender can't claim they didn't know it was a rule, which many have tried.

And, having worked at the same theatre for over 4 years, I can't recall any single director's body of work leading to more complaints/people sneaking in/etc. than Tyler Perry. It isn't racist, but being put on crowd control on a weekly
Having worked at a movie theatre, giving an "in person" announcement after the onscreen announcement was standard operating procedure. This way, if there are customer complaints, the offender can't claim they didn't know it was a rule, which many have tried.

And, having worked at the same theatre for over 4 years, I can't recall any single director's body of work leading to more complaints/people sneaking in/etc. than Tyler Perry. It isn't racist, but being put on crowd control on a weekly basis, one tends to notice trends. The "____ Movie" parodies, Hard R rated gore porn, and Tyler Perry Movies tend to have the most work for guys in that position of handling customer complaints and having to deal with unruly customers. It's not racist, just an observation from someone who's dealt with many customers all races, all ages.
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10:38PM on 03/02/2011
Tassi is clearly racist because he used the term "black people" in the title instead of African Americans.
Tassi is clearly racist because he used the term "black people" in the title instead of African Americans.
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8:42PM on 03/02/2011
id talk angry at them too if the audience showed up for a tyler perry movie and werent dressed in drag.
id talk angry at them too if the audience showed up for a tyler perry movie and werent dressed in drag.
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8:27PM on 03/02/2011
The ruling is not racist. (The folks who filed the lawsuit are assholes.) Paul's article is not racist.

But some of these comments I have read here are stereotyping black people. Do all black people talk in movie theaters? No. Do some black people talk in the movie theater? Yes. Is it just black people who talk in movie theaters? Hell No.

I went and saw Zombieland opening night and it was almost an all white audience. They yelled, screamed, and added commentary through the whole movie.
The ruling is not racist. (The folks who filed the lawsuit are assholes.) Paul's article is not racist.

But some of these comments I have read here are stereotyping black people. Do all black people talk in movie theaters? No. Do some black people talk in the movie theater? Yes. Is it just black people who talk in movie theaters? Hell No.

I went and saw Zombieland opening night and it was almost an all white audience. They yelled, screamed, and added commentary through the whole movie. Teenagers do the same thing, no matter the race. If you go to the theaters during the weekend showing a horror flick, and the audience has plenty of teenagers.. your movie experience might get ruined.

Talking in the theater is not a strictly black thing.
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7:59PM on 03/02/2011
To clarify my earlier comment, it just sucks to think that people would have a laundry list of negative beliefs about me, based only on my skin color. It's just as foolish to expect all black people to be disruptive during movies, as it is to think all southerners are racist, all Americans are fat and lazy, or all girls are bad at math. In today's society, I just expect people to be intelligent enough to see individuals and not herds of similarly-pigmented lemmings that all act exactly the
To clarify my earlier comment, it just sucks to think that people would have a laundry list of negative beliefs about me, based only on my skin color. It's just as foolish to expect all black people to be disruptive during movies, as it is to think all southerners are racist, all Americans are fat and lazy, or all girls are bad at math. In today's society, I just expect people to be intelligent enough to see individuals and not herds of similarly-pigmented lemmings that all act exactly the same.
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7:46PM on 03/02/2011
Whomever the fucking morons are that filed the lawsuit and their attorney need to be shot in the fucking face.....
Whomever the fucking morons are that filed the lawsuit and their attorney need to be shot in the fucking face.....
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7:28PM on 03/02/2011

It can't be racist...

...because, as the article says, 90% of the audience was black, thus, if he was telling people to shut their traps it was so that the majority of the theater could enjoy the movie, meaning the BLACK people. So, there ya go, not racist. But, and I hate to stereotype because I am a minority, but if I am sitting and getting ready to enjoy a movie and I see a group of teenage black patrons walk in yelling obscenities and cracking jokes before the movie has even begun, you'd better believe I will
...because, as the article says, 90% of the audience was black, thus, if he was telling people to shut their traps it was so that the majority of the theater could enjoy the movie, meaning the BLACK people. So, there ya go, not racist. But, and I hate to stereotype because I am a minority, but if I am sitting and getting ready to enjoy a movie and I see a group of teenage black patrons walk in yelling obscenities and cracking jokes before the movie has even begun, you'd better believe I will not be happy, because chances are said group of individuals will continue with their disruptions throughout the film. The moral of the story is: movies are expensive. You have no right to ruin the experience for anyone regardless of your skin tone.
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7:17PM on 03/02/2011
A movie theater that checks ticket stubs and wants customers to be quiet during a movie? Yeah, that has racist written all over it. What's next? Did they tell them to throw away their garbage after the show? OMG!
A movie theater that checks ticket stubs and wants customers to be quiet during a movie? Yeah, that has racist written all over it. What's next? Did they tell them to throw away their garbage after the show? OMG!
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7:16PM on 03/02/2011
I think that if something is true, no matter how offensive some people may view it, then it isn't news. People talking in the theater is a curse enough as it is, but yes, I've noticed that black people tend to be more talkative. It isn't racist, it's just an observation. The best experience I ever had was at SDCC, we went to see Dark Knight in IMAX. Before the show started, a manager came in and told everyone to keep quiet and that ticket prices would happily be refunded to rude people with
I think that if something is true, no matter how offensive some people may view it, then it isn't news. People talking in the theater is a curse enough as it is, but yes, I've noticed that black people tend to be more talkative. It isn't racist, it's just an observation. The best experience I ever had was at SDCC, we went to see Dark Knight in IMAX. Before the show started, a manager came in and told everyone to keep quiet and that ticket prices would happily be refunded to rude people with talkative children and this was their last chance to leave on their own terms. He said that tickets are too expensive to just have the experience ruined by people running their mouth and screwing it up for everyone else. We applauded him and everyone remained quiet and respectful throughout the show. It was great.
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7:12PM on 03/02/2011
A movie theater that checks ticket stubs and wants customers to be quiet during a movie? Yeah, that has racist written all over it. What's next? Did they tell them to throw away their garbage after the show? OMG!
A movie theater that checks ticket stubs and wants customers to be quiet during a movie? Yeah, that has racist written all over it. What's next? Did they tell them to throw away their garbage after the show? OMG!
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7:10PM on 03/02/2011
people over the age of 18 seemed to have wised up as far as i'm concerned, racial or otherwise. its been a rather long time since i even heard or saw a cell phone during a movie screening. my big things now are two fold:

1. FUCKING KIDS. I hate that I can never enjoy a pixar movie in the theatre without a room full goddamn kids. this little girl next to me completely ruined wall-e for me on opening weekend because she played the damn video game before going and wouldn't shut her damn
people over the age of 18 seemed to have wised up as far as i'm concerned, racial or otherwise. its been a rather long time since i even heard or saw a cell phone during a movie screening. my big things now are two fold:

1. FUCKING KIDS. I hate that I can never enjoy a pixar movie in the theatre without a room full goddamn kids. this little girl next to me completely ruined wall-e for me on opening weekend because she played the damn video game before going and wouldn't shut her damn mouth about it. parents, please, beat your kids.

2. FUCKING SLEEPERS. I don't what it is, but every time i go to a movie now there is always someone that falls asleep and this someone always sounds like a goddamn lawnmower giving birth to a megaphone. AND PEOPLE REFUSE TO WAKE THEM UP. i've resorted to throwing food scraps. it's fun and they never know who did it because the surrounding people remain as silent as they were when he was sleeping.
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6:55PM on 03/02/2011
Dude, seriously. Man up black people and shut yo mouth. Stop talking to the girl that's about to die in the horror movie. She can't hear you. I'm asian and I can't drive, I accept that. So man up.
Dude, seriously. Man up black people and shut yo mouth. Stop talking to the girl that's about to die in the horror movie. She can't hear you. I'm asian and I can't drive, I accept that. So man up.
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6:47PM on 03/02/2011

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Everybody knows, the worst "movie theater offenders" are French Canadian-Hawaiian Americans...


...they are also shitty tippers, and deadbeat parents
Everybody knows, the worst "movie theater offenders" are French Canadian-Hawaiian Americans...


...they are also shitty tippers, and deadbeat parents
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6:23PM on 03/02/2011

God, do I hate the race card

Coming from someone who's worked at a theater for over three years, there's always a manager or some employee that makes announcements to near or sold out theaters. We did it for Iron Man 2, we did it for Eclipse, we did it for Paranormal Activity 2, etc. Every movie that's busy, we do it.

Fucking A, people need to grow a pair of nuts and shut the fuck up.
Coming from someone who's worked at a theater for over three years, there's always a manager or some employee that makes announcements to near or sold out theaters. We did it for Iron Man 2, we did it for Eclipse, we did it for Paranormal Activity 2, etc. Every movie that's busy, we do it.

Fucking A, people need to grow a pair of nuts and shut the fuck up.
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6:18PM on 03/02/2011

Best. Story. Ever.

Shut up during the movies black people. Srsly.
Shut up during the movies black people. Srsly.
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6:14PM on 03/02/2011
As a theater employee in terms of 'warnings' we give out to our patrons we have given the warning to an audience before the movie starts. Generally though they're teen oriented films (God forbid they act mature) or concert/special event films.

Though in some honesty, telling folks to get off their cell phones is worthless sometimes. Some folks are perfectly content to lay down $10 to sit in a large room and text. Shoot, think I'll go into business myself.

"Sit in an auditorium and
As a theater employee in terms of 'warnings' we give out to our patrons we have given the warning to an audience before the movie starts. Generally though they're teen oriented films (God forbid they act mature) or concert/special event films.

Though in some honesty, telling folks to get off their cell phones is worthless sometimes. Some folks are perfectly content to lay down $10 to sit in a large room and text. Shoot, think I'll go into business myself.

"Sit in an auditorium and send all the texts you want $10"

I'll be rich.
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5:16PM on 03/02/2011
i hate to be stereotypical, but lets just say when I want to see a movie, there is one theater I always strike off the list because I know I won't be able to enjoy the film. I've been to this theater SOOooo many times, and frankly I just called it quits. And folks, I'm not picky.

That being said, if I were the theater owner in this situation, I wouldn't make a public announcement unless I had a few people comment on the fact.
i hate to be stereotypical, but lets just say when I want to see a movie, there is one theater I always strike off the list because I know I won't be able to enjoy the film. I've been to this theater SOOooo many times, and frankly I just called it quits. And folks, I'm not picky.

That being said, if I were the theater owner in this situation, I wouldn't make a public announcement unless I had a few people comment on the fact.
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5:15PM on 03/02/2011
"Ruling says theater not racist"

Buildings can't be racist, silly.
"Ruling says theater not racist"

Buildings can't be racist, silly.
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6:36PM on 03/02/2011
White Castle. Need I say more...?
White Castle. Need I say more...?
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5:15PM on 03/02/2011

HERE'S THE TRUTH

I live in Harlem and often see my movies on 125th street at the magic johnson theater. There, 100% of the people complaining about loud black people are other black people who came to actually watch a movie... not have a conversation with it. Like myself. I have no problem shutting a bitch up.

That theater owner should be personally thanked by Tyler Perry!

That said, when i saw the Hangover in Times Square there was a super loud-laughing group of Japanese people who insisted on
I live in Harlem and often see my movies on 125th street at the magic johnson theater. There, 100% of the people complaining about loud black people are other black people who came to actually watch a movie... not have a conversation with it. Like myself. I have no problem shutting a bitch up.

That theater owner should be personally thanked by Tyler Perry!

That said, when i saw the Hangover in Times Square there was a super loud-laughing group of Japanese people who insisted on repeating every funny line right after it was said. And whenever i see a superhero movie there are always nerds yapping and playing on their iphones. And there is always some inconsiderate fuck kicking the back of my chair. Or some POS fucking with an extra loud wrapper of some sort. Don't even get me started on the cavemen i had to watch Jackass 3D with. I rarely watch movies outside of my living room because the theater experience, to me, is like war.
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5:13PM on 03/02/2011
Regardless of this specific situation, some of the comments below make me sick. I've seen just as many loud whites, asians, etc. as I have blacks in movie theaters. Even if YOU'RE experiences are different, it's just untrue and extremely rude to say that most black audience members in movie theaters are loud. If you believe that stereotype, you probably don't understand how offensive a phrase it is to black people because you're probably not black.
Regardless of this specific situation, some of the comments below make me sick. I've seen just as many loud whites, asians, etc. as I have blacks in movie theaters. Even if YOU'RE experiences are different, it's just untrue and extremely rude to say that most black audience members in movie theaters are loud. If you believe that stereotype, you probably don't understand how offensive a phrase it is to black people because you're probably not black.
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5:05PM on 03/02/2011

cell phones are worse

anyone talking is annoying, but ppl and their damn texting during a movie is just as bad! I "accidently" dumped my soda on some bitch's phone cause of the damn screen blaring in front of me. in a dark theater its like a flood light.
anyone talking is annoying, but ppl and their damn texting during a movie is just as bad! I "accidently" dumped my soda on some bitch's phone cause of the damn screen blaring in front of me. in a dark theater its like a flood light.
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4:55PM on 03/02/2011
"Talk as much as you want, it's just a Tyler Perry movie"
"Talk as much as you want, it's just a Tyler Perry movie"
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4:53PM on 03/02/2011
This is the reason I no longer go to movie theaters after 4pm on Fri-Sun. An Urban mindset has beset people as of late which is either a commentary on the dumbing of society as a whole or a complete lack in parental guidance in teaching manners. Its not a stereotype if the actual action is true, and unfortunately this one proves true when dealing with inner city audiences. I would rather go out of my way driving to a theater where I don't have to be worried about rude and annoying teenagers
This is the reason I no longer go to movie theaters after 4pm on Fri-Sun. An Urban mindset has beset people as of late which is either a commentary on the dumbing of society as a whole or a complete lack in parental guidance in teaching manners. Its not a stereotype if the actual action is true, and unfortunately this one proves true when dealing with inner city audiences. I would rather go out of my way driving to a theater where I don't have to be worried about rude and annoying teenagers and mindset like adults.
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4:49PM on 03/02/2011
So let me get something straight here. If a black theater patron came in and told them all to shut up, would it still be quote unquote "racist"?

Glad the Delaware courts had the balls to make this ruling
So let me get something straight here. If a black theater patron came in and told them all to shut up, would it still be quote unquote "racist"?

Glad the Delaware courts had the balls to make this ruling
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4:46PM on 03/02/2011
I would have left. I really hope that people don't cringe and expect me to be a nuisance when I walk into a theater just because I'm black, because nothing could be further from the truth. These comments are eye-opening, that's for sure. And a little depressing.
I would have left. I really hope that people don't cringe and expect me to be a nuisance when I walk into a theater just because I'm black, because nothing could be further from the truth. These comments are eye-opening, that's for sure. And a little depressing.
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5:02PM on 03/02/2011
don't be loud and obnoxious you'll be all set boss. I;m guessing you understand theater etiquette
don't be loud and obnoxious you'll be all set boss. I;m guessing you understand theater etiquette
7:31PM on 03/02/2011
I just have a problem with people deciding they already know what I'm like, when they know absolutely nothing about me. My skin color doesn't say anything about my personality, despite what other people might like to believe.
I just have a problem with people deciding they already know what I'm like, when they know absolutely nothing about me. My skin color doesn't say anything about my personality, despite what other people might like to believe.
4:32PM on 03/02/2011
When I went to see The Dark Knight for the 17th time (give or take) three black dudes sat in front of me. Behind me sat two black women. The black women were talking for the entire first half of the movie. About an hour or so in, one of the black guys stands up, turns around and says "SHUT THE FUCK UP LADIES."

The entire theater cheered, and the women didn't make a sound the rest of the movie.

In other words, it doesn't matter who you are or what you look like. No one gives a shit. Just
When I went to see The Dark Knight for the 17th time (give or take) three black dudes sat in front of me. Behind me sat two black women. The black women were talking for the entire first half of the movie. About an hour or so in, one of the black guys stands up, turns around and says "SHUT THE FUCK UP LADIES."

The entire theater cheered, and the women didn't make a sound the rest of the movie.

In other words, it doesn't matter who you are or what you look like. No one gives a shit. Just don't take others' $12 movie theater experiences away by being an inconsiderate asshole.
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7:17PM on 03/02/2011
But if a white person had said that, the women would have erupted with rage.
But if a white person had said that, the women would have erupted with rage.
4:30PM on 03/02/2011
It's like that thing your parents say when your a kid, "act like a child, get treated like a child", but some people just don't learn. It's common fuckin courtesy!

I don't blame the manager at all. I kinda get the same thing at my job. If I even look at a black dude suspiciously I'll get the ole white guilt stare to try and make me feel bad, meanwhile him and his buddy are filling their pockets full of cd/dvd's
It's like that thing your parents say when your a kid, "act like a child, get treated like a child", but some people just don't learn. It's common fuckin courtesy!

I don't blame the manager at all. I kinda get the same thing at my job. If I even look at a black dude suspiciously I'll get the ole white guilt stare to try and make me feel bad, meanwhile him and his buddy are filling their pockets full of cd/dvd's
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4:20PM on 03/02/2011
I've been to theaters where they warn you about talking and cellphones in person. I didn't mind for 2 reasons.

1. I don't mind cause I don't cause trouble.
2. Theres always that 1 who does cause trouble.
I've been to theaters where they warn you about talking and cellphones in person. I didn't mind for 2 reasons.

1. I don't mind cause I don't cause trouble.
2. Theres always that 1 who does cause trouble.
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4:14PM on 03/02/2011
Our society is really going to hell.

This is why going to the movies sucks now.
Our society is really going to hell.

This is why going to the movies sucks now.
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4:12PM on 03/02/2011

Brace yourselves for a revelation...

..but black people are crazy fucking loud in movie theaters. Also, ice cream is delicious and the surface of the sun is super hot.
..but black people are crazy fucking loud in movie theaters. Also, ice cream is delicious and the surface of the sun is super hot.
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8:09PM on 03/02/2011
Another revelation: you're an asshole.
Another revelation: you're an asshole.
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4:01PM on 03/02/2011

lol

I've gotta wonder...how many people talked about how disrespectful he was during the movie.
I've gotta wonder...how many people talked about how disrespectful he was during the movie.
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4:01PM on 03/02/2011

lol

I've gotta wonder...how many people talked about how disrespectful he was during the movie.
I've gotta wonder...how many people talked about how disrespectful he was during the movie.
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3:59PM on 03/02/2011
I wasn't at the trial but I can't imagine the judge having much more information about the case than we have now.

To accuse somebody of being racist, you need something considerably more substantial than "I didn't like the tone he used to talk to me".
I wasn't at the trial but I can't imagine the judge having much more information about the case than we have now.

To accuse somebody of being racist, you need something considerably more substantial than "I didn't like the tone he used to talk to me".
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3:42PM on 03/02/2011
"I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless." Words to live by. Thanks Gunnery Sarge!
"I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless." Words to live by. Thanks Gunnery Sarge!
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3:39PM on 03/02/2011

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This is crazy. First of all, being racist is not illegal. Sure, the guy was stereotyping some, but...a couple of things
1. I've seen this happen on opening nights of big films no matter the audience
2. Black people should stand up to the (many) people making this stereotype true so the manager doesn't have to
3. It's no different than a manager going into an opening night of a big PG-13 movie that's filled with teenagers saying the same thing Bc they have the same track record
4. And what
This is crazy. First of all, being racist is not illegal. Sure, the guy was stereotyping some, but...a couple of things
1. I've seen this happen on opening nights of big films no matter the audience
2. Black people should stand up to the (many) people making this stereotype true so the manager doesn't have to
3. It's no different than a manager going into an opening night of a big PG-13 movie that's filled with teenagers saying the same thing Bc they have the same track record
4. And what non-black ppl would go see a Tyler perry movie anyway? ESPECIALLY on opening weekend? I'd definitely miss it because I'd assume they would generally be loud.
5. And this announcement probably would have been better served at big mommas house 3

As a white male living in central ARkansas, Ive never been racist. But as a film buff (and waiter!!!) I try to avoid them in theaters and my tables. That may be politically incorrect, but it's not illegal
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3:32PM on 03/02/2011
I know at the Arclight theaters in LA they do make a friendly reminder to please be respectful of the other movie goers during the film. They also state that anyone who does not follow the rules will be asked to leave. All theaters should enforce these rules. In my experience...they do not.
I know at the Arclight theaters in LA they do make a friendly reminder to please be respectful of the other movie goers during the film. They also state that anyone who does not follow the rules will be asked to leave. All theaters should enforce these rules. In my experience...they do not.
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3:22PM on 03/02/2011
I've actually had a theater owner come out and remind the almost all white audience not to be too loud, and keep our cellphones off. The guys tone was very respectful though. You know if it's the truth though it doesn't matter what color you are. Better to give the warning before because it would be fucked to stop it somewhere in the middle.
I've actually had a theater owner come out and remind the almost all white audience not to be too loud, and keep our cellphones off. The guys tone was very respectful though. You know if it's the truth though it doesn't matter what color you are. Better to give the warning before because it would be fucked to stop it somewhere in the middle.
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3:22PM on 03/02/2011
It does sound a bit dickish to warn everyone without incident, though I somehow doubt the guy's tone would have been condescending, because who would be stupid enough to insult a full theater staring at you. The only time I cringe when taking a seat at the theater is when it's full of old people. "What do he say?" "What's going on?" "Why is it so loud?" "Where are my teeth?" "I need my diaper changed!" That is my nightmare. Kidding aside, being disrespectful during a movie doesn't have a color
It does sound a bit dickish to warn everyone without incident, though I somehow doubt the guy's tone would have been condescending, because who would be stupid enough to insult a full theater staring at you. The only time I cringe when taking a seat at the theater is when it's full of old people. "What do he say?" "What's going on?" "Why is it so loud?" "Where are my teeth?" "I need my diaper changed!" That is my nightmare. Kidding aside, being disrespectful during a movie doesn't have a color or a sex, it just makes you an asshole.
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3:05PM on 03/02/2011
I appreciate Paul's tact in writing this article, but it's not racist to say, "When I go to a movie, most of the time the people talking are African American" because you're stating a fact. You don't have to say "All blacks talk during movies" because THAT is a stereotype. But to say that "the same thing has happened with any other racial group" is probably not exactly true.
I appreciate Paul's tact in writing this article, but it's not racist to say, "When I go to a movie, most of the time the people talking are African American" because you're stating a fact. You don't have to say "All blacks talk during movies" because THAT is a stereotype. But to say that "the same thing has happened with any other racial group" is probably not exactly true.
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3:17PM on 03/02/2011
Wow. I don't agree at all. While I'm sure we haven't had the same experiences in a theater, I got to watch the third X-Men movie with a theater-full of white high school girls. It was hell (and that's not counting the movie).

I also had the pleasure of viewing Matrix Reloaded with two dozen mentally-challenged kids with CAPGUNS!

I took my niece to Twilight and it was just us and two guys over fifty who were not together. I would have rather watched a midnight showing of the Death at a
Wow. I don't agree at all. While I'm sure we haven't had the same experiences in a theater, I got to watch the third X-Men movie with a theater-full of white high school girls. It was hell (and that's not counting the movie).

I also had the pleasure of viewing Matrix Reloaded with two dozen mentally-challenged kids with CAPGUNS!

I took my niece to Twilight and it was just us and two guys over fifty who were not together. I would have rather watched a midnight showing of the Death at a Funeral remake in East St Louis.
3:27PM on 03/02/2011
To say the same thing has happened with any other racial group at a Tyler Perry movie is probably true. I hope you're not implying black people are especially disruptive at movies.
To say the same thing has happened with any other racial group at a Tyler Perry movie is probably true. I hope you're not implying black people are especially disruptive at movies.
3:00PM on 03/02/2011
It happens.
It happens.
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2:57PM on 03/02/2011
If I were the manager of a movie theater which ended up full of people who paid money to see a Tyler Perry movie, I'd barricade all the doors and burn the place to the ground. Then get an award for services to the community.
If I were the manager of a movie theater which ended up full of people who paid money to see a Tyler Perry movie, I'd barricade all the doors and burn the place to the ground. Then get an award for services to the community.
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3:44PM on 03/02/2011
I don't want black people to sit at my tables (I'm a waiter) or in my theater because of the experience I've collected in my life (and it's not just black people, there's other groups in there too). However, I certainly don't wish harm on them. Your comment is out of line and you are wrong
I don't want black people to sit at my tables (I'm a waiter) or in my theater because of the experience I've collected in my life (and it's not just black people, there's other groups in there too). However, I certainly don't wish harm on them. Your comment is out of line and you are wrong
5:04PM on 03/02/2011
I'm pretty sure he's talking about killing anyone with the poor taste to pay to see a Tyler Perry film, not because of their race.
I'm pretty sure he's talking about killing anyone with the poor taste to pay to see a Tyler Perry film, not because of their race.
2:00PM on 03/04/2011
Looks like someone can't take a joke.
Looks like someone can't take a joke.
2:56PM on 03/02/2011
Damn racists. Always acting as if the white man can't be loud and annoying. You think you own loud and annoying?
Damn racists. Always acting as if the white man can't be loud and annoying. You think you own loud and annoying?
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2:53PM on 03/02/2011

People are so dumb...

Bunch of idiots playing the race card. If you're loud, people are going to tell you to shut the fuck up. It's science.
Bunch of idiots playing the race card. If you're loud, people are going to tell you to shut the fuck up. It's science.
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2:53PM on 03/02/2011
I used to think that all theater patrons (myself included) were irritating in one way or another.

Now - with ticket prices being what they are - you have two distinct groups: People who are ultra-respectful, considering the small investment that they have made, and people who feel entitled to use the theater as their family room for the same reason. Either group is a melting pot.

Whether or not the theater manager used a condescending tone is irrelevant. You need to give every
I used to think that all theater patrons (myself included) were irritating in one way or another.

Now - with ticket prices being what they are - you have two distinct groups: People who are ultra-respectful, considering the small investment that they have made, and people who feel entitled to use the theater as their family room for the same reason. Either group is a melting pot.

Whether or not the theater manager used a condescending tone is irrelevant. You need to give every audience the benefit of the doubt. If it turns into the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs scene from Gremlins...that is when you stop the movie and warn the audience.
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2:47PM on 03/02/2011
Seriously, why has it taken so long for someone to finally get past the PC mode of life and actually just come out at say it. I totally agree.....the wrapping on candy is just too damn loud.
Seriously, why has it taken so long for someone to finally get past the PC mode of life and actually just come out at say it. I totally agree.....the wrapping on candy is just too damn loud.
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2:44PM on 03/02/2011

Waits for...

the first racially charged comment to send this strikeback into a tailspin.
the first racially charged comment to send this strikeback into a tailspin.
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