"Keith didn’t personally write to ME and make a joke about my brother dying. He wrote a silly joke about the situation in general."
New York, New York (PRWEB) July 27, 2012
In the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting, many people used Twitter to spread the news, express condolences and, for some, to make jokes. Keith Malley, host of the comedy talk show Keith and The Girls, followed suit.
When Malley tweeted, "Maybe he knew how bad the movie was and wanted to save others from the same disappointment?" he was immediately criticized for being insensitive and even received death threats.
One Twitter user, @WickedNemesis, tweeted "@Keithmalley is def a stupid f**k. Can't wait for him to get AIDS & die. Slowly."
Keith then took to the Keith and The Girl podcast to discuss the incident, when a listener named Shaun wrote in claiming to be the brother of one of the 12 victims killed in the shooting. Malley read the letter aloud on his show.
The letter read, in part:
"Keith didn’t personally write to ME and make a joke about my brother dying. He wrote a silly joke about the situation in general.
Keith twittered something along the lines of, “Maybe the shooter did it because he wanted to save people from a disappointing movie.” And then people treated Keith like he was the murderer. Let me say something on behalf of the loved ones of the victims of the theater shooting, as we’ve been in contact with each other: We don’t need sensitivity like this. It’s misplaced and ridiculous. And, in fact, it’s offensive.
Stop being self-righteous, certainly don’t be righteous for our sake – we can speak for ourselves – and if you really want to make a difference, do what you can to ban assault weapons, which have no practical purpose whatsoever. Or just let out your frustration at Keith. After all, that’s so much easier than trying to do something real.
Thank you Keith, and thank you Chemda. I think you both are very caring people... You help and you heal."
Further coverage of the story can be found in International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/366843/20120725/colorado-shooting-victim.htm
Keith and The Girl is a popular Comedy Podcast. It has previously been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The AV Club.
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