An email warning went out last week to Atlanta area malls that the new thug movie ATL could cause violence.
In the memo, Valor Security Service Perimeter Mall security director W. Mark Crowell warns: "On March 31, the movie 'ATL' will be released in theaters. A theater manager at one of our properties has alerted the mall team that this movie could cause potential behavior problems. The movie trailer indicates that themes in the movie include moral choices and narcotics trafficking... Please appropriately prepare your security staffs for the release of this movie."
Perhaps a larger warning should have been issued to the entire downtown area of MPLS:
A movie depicting thug lifestyles and drug dealing will premiere on Friday in downtown MPLS. Oh yes, we understand the movie is about getting out of this culture, but that won't stop a ton of thugs showing up and causing a ruckus. You probably don't want to be within 20 blocks of the place as there could very well be serious violence.
The Star Tribune is now downplaying the connection between the brawls that broke out at the movie theater and the death of the 31 year-old-man from Minnetonka, but it is pretty obvious that one directly caused the other.
It's amazing that the difference between a fun night out with the guys and a bullet to the head was one movie.
But who am I to say anything about someone else's culture?
John McWhorter from a few years ago on how destructive and ingrained the thug culture is.