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Lyrhawn
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So I went to the movies today, twice actually. I went with my dad and grandpa to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith again because they both wanted to see it (my dad loved it, my grandpa didn't understand it).

The second movie I saw was at the cheap movies. There's a movie theater in a sorta bad area that only charges a dollar for older movies that have been out for awhile. My best friend and I went to see King's Ransom.

About the time the movie started some people behind us started throwing popcorn at us. Now, had it been at Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I would have immediately turned around and said something. But this was a different neighborhood, with different rules. And in this neighborhood, two white people in a theater full of black people keep their mouths shut when being harrassed.

So we went through the movie, getting more and more mad, but refusing to leave, or to move. At the end, my friend turned around and said something to them, I don't remember what. Then we walked out, right passed them, and they said something to the effect of "Damn, and they white too."

So no that it matters, but what do you think, black kids from a bad neighborhood picking on white kids from a better neighborhood? Or rude jackasses just being rude jackasses?

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Throwing popcorn is 2nd only in poor-form to actually purchasing it.

That being said, the more thrown, and the less eaten, the better.

kernel alluvion

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*gags on a kernel*
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Both?

Hobbes [Smile]

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Lyrhawn
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Actually I misspoke, they started by throwing it, later in the film they graduated to spitting it.
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Yuck. I hope it was worth the price discount to see it there!

Hobbes [Smile]

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Lyrhawn
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Maybe if it were a better movie it would have been. As such, I don't recommend King's Ransom.
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*taps foot*
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*Heimlichs Alluvion*

Hobbes [Smile]

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*bok-choy!!!*

thanks, hobbes.

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Definitely both. Which was the more important factor to them in deciding to act that way towards you-economic or racial-I dunno.
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Jerks, anyway you slice it.
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Both. Jerks, and racism. I'm sorry you had to experience it.
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ahhh......the splendor of th movies
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Belle
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I agree - it was both.

They were jerks and I'm sorry you went through it.

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I've had a similar experience. When I went to see Coach Carter, my cousin and I were the only white people there. We got there early and there were a bunch of black kids in the back who starting throwing pennies and cigarrete butts at us. The worst part was I almost got high just from sitting there, they were smoking so much.
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What jerks! I'd say say racist too.
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I'd say it's kids being kids, not racist, yes a little rude. Get over it.
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Lyrhawn
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"Get over it."

I wasn't planning on calling the five o'clock news to start an uproar over it, I am pretty much over it, just curious as to what people outside my point of view think about it.

Sorry, I should clarify something else that my friend reminded me of today when we were talking about it. These weren't young kids, they were at least my age (21) if not older.

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Under 30, still kids.
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I was a kid, and I never spit popcorn or anything else at other people at all, movie theater or otherwise.

Whether or not you were a rude little prick as a child has nothing to do with other children [Smile] .

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Oh, and also: do you think they spit on other people, black people from their neighborhood, when they see them in the movies? I somehow doubt it. Which contradicts your viewpoint.
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katharina
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Shepherd, that was rude. Are you a kid?
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This is surprising. Though I shouldn't say anything since I did once throw a candy box at a lady in a theater. She had been making inane comments throughout the film and then when the film reached its emotional climax she had to say she was going to vomit if what was about to happen happened. Mainly, I think, to illustrate how smart she was to know what was about to happen. I wish she was here right now so I could do it again.

I think that unless the black people want to be oppressed forever, they have to own up to parallel behavior being racist. Black people obviously are still oppressed. But I don't think treating the majority with scorn makes the oppression worthwhile. But maybe that's Asian talk, and why many of the blacks I grew up around disliked me worse than they did whites. I don't like the "model minority" concept, I'm not trying to promote it. I'm just mentioning that it exists and wondering how I am being influenced by it.

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Come on, everyone knows only white people can be racist.
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quote:
Under 30, still kids.
I'm under 30. And I'm definitely NOT a kid.
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Whereas I hope to remain a child well into my old age.
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Most of the time when somebody declares that they are an adult they are really showing how much they aren't.

There are exceptions, of course. [Smile]

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Lyrhawn
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Does that mean when you declare you are a young adult or kid you are really an adult before your time?
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alluvion
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Young or old, does it matter? Somebody's gonna lose an eye!

I say this only because I lost one, once (not really).

It's a sad story... *choke* *sniff*

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Lyrhawn, would you mind sharing the name of the theater chain you saw this at?

Loews? Cinemark? AMC?

(Not sure what they have in Michigan, but I am rather curious -- thanks)

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quote:
Under 30, still kids.
What an ignorant, condescending, simple-minded statement.

I'm only 28, but I'd wager that I've lived through more experiences than most people twice my age, and I certainly have the right to claim the mantle of adulthood if I choose to.

However, if being an adult means that I have to demean other people’s thoughts and ideas because they haven’t lived to some arbitrary age...well… then no thanks…I think I’ll pass.
[Taunt]

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Lyrhawn
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Cinemark.

But technically it's still an AMC theater, just not under the AMC name.

Edit to add: Most of the theaters around me though are Star Theaters, owned by Loews. Other than the Star theaters, and the cheap Cinemark theater which is in a mall, the only other theater around me is the Palladium, owned by Uptown Entertainment.

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