Trying to write an article about comedy films on the day following a tragic event like the school massacre in Connecticut is one of those things about the writing life that is hard. What can you possibly write about funny movies that will have any meaning or even relevance? But you may not be reading this on the Saturday following that violent outburst. You may be reading this following another violent outburst, however, and it can still be relevant to that situation.
By now, many of you have been subjected to the wall of sound that is non-stop coverage of the inexplicable mass murders in the school. Or, perhaps you are coming to this article following yet another example of the National Rifle Association's worst nightmare: a crazy guy with guns who proves that just how ludicrously out of touch with reality the leaders of that "organization" really are. That wall of sound that is the 24 hour cable channel coverage of the latest mass shooting can only lead you to one thing eventually.
It may take a few hours worth of coverage. It may take a couple of days. But eventually, everyone reaches the point of saturation at which you just cannot take any more information. Or you cannot take hearing the same information again and again and again.
Sitting down to a comedy film is not going to take away the pain that you feel. Laughing at a movie is not going to undo the very real outrage that should by all rights have you ready to lynch those clueless morons that run the National Rifle Association.
But turning off the CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC or, god help you, Fox News just long enough to put the heartache aside temporarily is maybe the best thing you can do. Give yourself a two hour break. Let's face it, no real gun control in America is going to result from the gun violence regardless of what happened in the days before your reading this article. And whenever you read this, you have to know that whatever gun violence is leading and concluding the news is still going to be leading and concluding the news when the comedy film comes to an end.
You deserve a break from the relentlessly sad news and the relentlessly depressing realization that nothing is going to have changed in this country by the time the next ridiculous assault with ridiculously powerful guns becomes the focal point of the media's attention.
Turn off the news. Watch something silly like "Some Like It Hot." Trust me. You will feel just a little bit better for just a little bit more of the day.
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