|The glow of my nightmares...|
Many of you know that I'm an acting major at my University, but I also work as a House Manager for many of our productions and am one of the go-to people for delivering the friendly (yet threatening) curtain speeches to ask audience members not to text during the performance. It's to be expected that in a collegiate environment there would be issues with students not following the rules but last year, the texting issue turned into an epidemic to the point where many professors are failing students taking theatre classes if they are caught texting during a performance. I'm dead serious. Just on my own watch, I've removed (and subsequently failed) over 20 students in the last year. I just want to know, WHY AREN'T USHERS IN MOVIE THEATERS DOING THE SAME?! Honestly. Do your fucking job. I haven't been to a movie theater in the better half of a decade where I actually saw an usher do more than grab a ticket stub and open the door when it was over. This lack of attention has given audiences this sense of freedom because there's no one telling them they're wrong. Audiences are left to fend for themselves and if anyone has witnessed a scuffle between audience members, it becomes a giant fight on the internet. Name calling, slurs, and Lord of the Flies-esque conflicts occur...and unless someone gets off of their ass to complain to the usher sitting outside the theater, nothing happens. That's another thing, why the hell are people getting so defensive when asked to put your phone away? If there were actual ushers/house managers enforcing the rules of keeping the cell phones in your pockets and your hands out of your partners, I think going to the movies would be far more enjoyable for everyone.
|"Excuse me, you're rude...and who the hell still uses phones like that?"|
Greg Foster is only promoting this idea because he wants a thicker pocket, not because he actually cares about the status of the theater. If he did, he'd understand that texting in the theater is abysmal and we should be teaching these ungrateful little snots some manners instead of catering to their poor behavior. Another issue I have with Foster's statement is “But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence.” Controlling your existence?! You live at home, your parents make your food, and you're not even paying the god damn bill for the miniature computer sitting in your palm riddled with improper uses of the word 'you're' and nudes of your underage ex girlfriend. I hate to break it to you, kid, but sometimes you have to play by other people’s rules. What is so god damn important that you feel it necessary to be using your phone? Movies are supposed to be an escape from reality, and people are deeming it acceptable to keep dragging it right back in. It honestly makes me sick to know that instead of holding these brats accountable for their actions, there are big wigs in the movie industry that would rather roll over and continue on giving these kids a false sense of entitlement. Keep it on up, Hollywood. You're just helping Maury Povich further his career with your constant enabling.
|Proper punishment for texting in the theater.|
Also: God Bless The Alamo Drafthouse.