Dane Cook’s Apology

ARTICLE BY PUBLISHED Dec 20, 2016

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As a comedian, the career of Dane Cook can be described as a roller coaster ride, at one time considered to be the epitome of what funny is, only to trail down into becoming one of the least liked comedians of his time.

Known for his deadpan humor and tasteless punch lines, Cook managed to reel in the negative sentiments of countless flabbergasted netizens and stand-up comedy circuit followers, after pulling a joke that touched up on the Aurora, Colorado shooting that took place in a theater showing The Dark Knight Rises. In his joke, Cook noted that those in the theater watching the film were probably wishing they’d be shot because the film was so bad. Naturally, negative reactions were hurled towards Cook’s general direction, with most not failing to note that Cook was an insensitive moron. Cook was then quick in posting a public apology via Twitter, quoted to say: “I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims.” The said shooting took place during the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. 12 were killed and 58 were wounded from the incident, to which witnesses note that noxious gas was released before a lone gunman opened fire to the movie’s audience. Police were quick to act and apprehend the gunman, who was calm and did not resist arrest. Suspect James Holms was recently formally charged with 24 counts of murder (two for each of the 12 he had killed) and 116 counts of attempted murder (two for each of the 58 he had injured from the shooting). Given the brevity of the incident, Cook’s “joke” and following apology has been ascribed as a cheap publicity stunt in Cook’s part by different entertainment channels, with many hoping that the whole “controversy” Cook would blow over soon, along with Cook’s so-called career in comedy.