by Scoobie Davis
I’m taking off the next few days from blogging. I’m much too busy. I’ll be back early next week with a vengeance—trust me. Hollywood is responding to the war; here is an excerpt from a letter given to the attendees of the premiere of the upcoming Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler film Anger Management: “In consideration of world events, Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures have opted to proceed with our premiere but will not move forward with a traditional red carpet or the pre-screening food and festivities that we had previously planned.”
On the topic of films, I am at a loss so I need some help. Generally, I’m a very laid-back person. One exception is when I go to a film and a fellow audience-member acts as if it’s his/her living room. Here’s the situation: last Saturday night, I went to see Old School (okay, okay, it was a guilty pleasure). Someone two rows in front of me starts to crack her gum. After taking a couple minutes of it. I whispered loudly, “Please don’t crack your gum.” I think they heard it because there was no gum-cracking for the next fifteen minutes or so. Then the cracking started again, so I stood up, leaned forward and said, “The person who is cracking the gum needs to quit cracking the gum.” It stopped for a while and started again. I was in a laid-back mood so I decided against pouring my smuggled-in carrot juice on top of the offender’s head. Plus the movie sucked so I left and told the manager about the situation and he told me in so many words that Old School was the type of film in which there would be a lot of mouthbreathers in the audience. So he let me see another film. I chose Chicago. I found it amusing in the film that one of the women in prison murdered her husband for cracking his gum. I have the following questions; please email your answers. I’m sorry I can’t reply to most of your emails (I’m about a week behind on answering my email):
1. What is it with people who crack their gum? I don’t personally know anyone who does this, so I need some help. Do these people not realize how obnoxious they are or are they trying to annoy people on purpose?
2. Am I the only person who tells people to quit talking or quit cracking their gum in the theater? Have you witnessed people in the theater telling other people to be quiet?
3. Is it wrong for people like me to yell at people misbehaving in the theater?
4. Any ideas about how to put an end to this scourge?