After his arrest for the movie theater murders in Aurora, Colorado, a number of James Holmes fangirls showed up on the internet, mostly Tumblr, because…well…it’s Tumblr. Having dealt with a murder groupie or two in my time I wrote about the self-proclaimed ‘Holmies’ here.
With his recent conviction this article from Slate by Amanda Hess revisits with the Holmies to see if their attitude has changed towards their mass-murdering heartthrob. Surprisingly it has but not necessarily for the better. A number of them now see him as some sort of martyr for mental illness in this country. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety on a daily basis let me make it clear that in no way, shape or form should this assclown be used as the poster boy for mental illnesses. To do so would be wrong for a number of different reasons.
First to portray him as some sort of sympathetic figure is akin to excusing him for the brutal murders of 12 innocent people. Secondly, there’s enough of a stigma against mental illnesses already that this would make people think that anyone with even the slightest psychological defect is a potential mass murderer. Lastly and most importantly it would further discourage people suffering from a mental illness from seeking treatment lest they be thought a danger to those around them.
If you want to make anyone the spokesperson for mental illness and treatment make it the person who suffers in silence since no one around them can understand how they’re feeling and who receive advice like “Have you tried not being depressed?” by people who don’t know any better.
Murder groupies are nothing new to me. I’ve been writing about them since roughly the first day I put keyboard to text field. I originally posted about the mutants. A term I use about the people who either idolize or sympathize with school shooters, mostly the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. Then a few years later I started writing about the fans of convicted tripe child murderer Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3. So it came as no shock to me that there are now fans of Aurora theater mass murdering scumbag James Holmes. They’ve even already named themselves. They call themselves “Holmies’.
Murder fandom is nothing new. I don’t know who the first murdering coward was that received a piece of fan mail but it’s been going on as long as I can remember. Women have written love letters to Ted Bundy. The Menendez brothers both got married while serving life terms for killing their parents. Also I’ve known way too many people who were really into Charles Manson. But just because it’s not new it doesn’t make it any less disturbing.
The ‘Holmies’ are mostly teenage girls who think that Holmes is hot. I guess if you’re into Ronald McDonald but whatever. Like most teenage girls they show their adoration for Holmes with pictures and letters that they’ve posted on the internet. They have group forums and chat rooms where they talk about the crushes that they have on him. It’s like how most teenage girls show their obsessions with their favorite pop star but instead their idol is a mass murdering psychopath. They also wear plaid and drink Slurpees in homage of Holmes since he was allegedly arrested in a plaid shirt and he talked about owning a Slurpee machine when he was younger. I would imagine some of them have even dyed their hair like Holmes.
Too many kids today in our society have no moral compass. They’re told that everyone is special and that there is no right or wrong. It’s all about what they want at any given time. And don’t give me any crap about these kids or even Holmes being an outcast. When I was a kid there wasn’t hardly anyone who was more of an outcast than I was and my attention was never drawn once to serial killers or mass murderers. To these kids I say this is wrong. This is not a good or even a safe thing to do. By proclaiming a public love for someone who took the lives of 12 innocent people and sent dozens more to the hospital will invite nothing but trouble on you. To their parents I say pay closer, or any, attention to your kids. If they’re a ‘Holmie’ do your damn job as a parent and put a stop to it. As I always like to say, you’re their parent first and their friend second.
I wonder how long it will be before one of these ‘Holmies’ gets locked up for plotting or committing their own crime.
Why is the media insistent on interviewing the entire cast and crew of Dark Knight Rises about the shooting? Have we become so shallow and celebrity obsessed in this country that we have to hang on every word that they utter?
While Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway may be talented in their respective field unless they have actually something to contribute to the conversation on Aurora I don’t care what they have to say about it. They weren’t there, they’re just actors, they have nothing to do with this tragedy other than being shown on a screen when it happened.
I’m not saying that they don’t have the right to offer their opinion on the tragedy, I’m saying that in a time like this the last people we or the media should be looking to are actors.
I’m not here to blog about the shooting per se. I’m waiting for one more crucial piece of evidence before doing so. Something that I wish more people and journalists would do. What I am going to blog about is the reaction by the media and others.
First off the media needs to stop comparing this tragedy to Columbine. I don’t see it. The only things that the two tragedies have in common is that a lot of people died and they happened in Colorado. To make that comparison is irresponsible journalism and is just tabloid tactics. Every time a shooting happens in Colorado you don’t have to immediately go and interview the families that were affected by Columbine. I bet some Denver area journalists have them on speed dial.
The second thing I want to talk about are all the people who say that if the citizens of Colorado were allowed to carry concealed firearms that this shooting would have been prevented and I say that’s a load of crap. First off the citizens of Colorado are allowed to carry concealed weapons. All they need to do is pay a fee, pass a background check and take a firearms training course. That does not make a person who qualifies for conceal and carry qualified on what to do in a high pressure situation like that.
James Holmes was equipped with a riot gear helmet and a bulletproof vest. Are you going to try to tell me that a few yahoos with C&C permits would have acted in such a manner that they would have been able to take down Holmes without injuring or killing civilians? In a perfect world maybe but this world is far from perfect.
I’m a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment even though I don’t choose to own guns myself. The problem with the 2nd Amendment isn’t the Amendment itself but the fact that the people who are its most vocal supporters usually barely have enough education on how to use firearms properly. It’s out there but too many people think they know it all already.
Colorado does have the death but I think they have only executed one person since 1976. I hope that changes for the cowardly scumbag James Holmes.