October 25, 2021

I have 4 reactions to the tragic shooting on the set of Rust by Alec Baldwin.

  1. The loss of Halyna Hutchins’ life is heartbreaking. 
  2. May something good come from this: that we learn. The result of this shooting be that the entire industry reforms its relationship, or lack thereof, to labor and gun safety. This was not the first incident on the set of Rust, which was beleaguered by labor issues, to say the least.
  3. For all the conspiracy theorists, you do disservice to this tragedy. As someone commented, “Be honest, you don’t want Baldwin prosecuted because he killed someone, you want him prosecuted because he made fun of your idol” [in his capacity as Trump on SNL] And, “Dick Cheney literally shot a dude in the face and bro was like, ‘oh, sorry I was in the way of your shot, don’t even worry about the face, my bad, my bad, bro.’” 
  4. Social media permits toxic conspiracy theories around this and every other issue of the moment. Until twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others reform, every incident will—instead of being a [see #2] learning experience for society—a new opportunity for toxic distance between communities of otherwise caring humans.
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