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Police presence inside a showing of ‘The Butler’ causes outrage
MSNBC's The Grio ^ | August 18, 2013 | Joy-Ann Reid

Posted on 08/18/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Washington D.C. woman says a weekend trip to see the movie, “The Butler” was marred by the presence of police inside the theater.

Tiffany Flowers says she and her boyfriend, Alan Hanson, were attending a screening of the Lee Daniels film at the Regal Cinemas Majestic Stadium 20 theater in Silver Spring, Maryland Saturday, when the experience turned sour. She said that after waiting in line and having their tickets double validated, with the second ticket taker just ten feet from the first employee to tear their stubs, she and Hanson approached the theater entrance, only to find a police officer directing people’s movements.

Flowers told theGrio the officer “herded everybody to the right, and then around the corner there’s another police officer, then we round the corner and there’s a third police officer.”

She said the uniformed police who remained inside the theater throughout the show were not in uniform, but dressed in all black with their badges exposed, and wearing bullet-proof vests, and that she later learned they were contracted by the Montgomery County Police Department. The Department did not have a spokesman available on Sunday.

And she said the crowd inside the theater was anything but rowdy.

“I’m 35 [years old] and Alan is 38,” she said. “There was not anyone there who would make you think there would be a possible disturbance.”

Flowers said that she was “seething” over the police presence throughout the film, but didn’t immediately say anything to theater personnel. “You don’t want to play the ‘black card,’ so to speak, and you almost don’t want to feel what you’re feeling, but then everyone around me was talking about feeling racially profiled and saying we don’t need the cops [in order] to see an Oprah flick....

(Excerpt) Read more at thegrio.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: hollywood; maryland; oprah; oprahlies; policeatthemovies; profiling; thebutler; unusualcoppresence
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Why in the world would the theatre owner think he'd need police at such a movie?
1 posted on 08/18/2013 2:20:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MAYBE they had a threat called in or something. I would NOT feel bad seeing 3 cops....I would feel like something was up.


2 posted on 08/18/2013 2:24:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The Grio” is the house organ for the Church of The Perpetually Outraged.
3 posted on 08/18/2013 2:25:14 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“You don’t want to play the ‘black card,’ so to speak"

Sure you do, and you just did.

4 posted on 08/18/2013 2:26:34 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a game. Oprah and Oppie in the WH are playing us for fools. Just disgusting.


5 posted on 08/18/2013 2:26:36 PM PDT by pugmama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So I guess she figures only blacks would see that film?

It all seems very odd, but I don’t understand why she thinks this is racial.


6 posted on 08/18/2013 2:27:15 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Flowers would be the first to bitch if the ferals broke out doing what ferals do when congregated. Close security monitoring should be standard procedure whenever a movie with a “Black” theme is showing, especially in Silver Spring. I’m sure similar precautions were taken when Django was playing.

Black lady was “seething?” I think that’s better than “White Girl Bleed a Lot,” but I am quite sure Ms. Flowers doesn’t share my perspective. Tough. Must suck to be her, that she’s so easily set to “seething.”


7 posted on 08/18/2013 2:28:17 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: mylife

I predict there will be riots if “The Butler” doesn’t get the Oscar for Best Picture.


8 posted on 08/18/2013 2:28:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Roccus

9 posted on 08/18/2013 2:28:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The most probable explanation is that there was a threat phoned into the theater.

However, the theater-goer chose to believe that the police were there to make HER, herself, feel uncomfortable because of the color of oprah’s (or her own)skin.


10 posted on 08/18/2013 2:29:42 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I get the feeling that the “powers that be” are trying to foment a civil war.

Or it could just be Oprah paying off the cops for more publicity.


11 posted on 08/18/2013 2:30:52 PM PDT by tiki
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To: tiki

So you think this was a publicity stunt? I wouldn’t put it past them.


12 posted on 08/18/2013 2:31:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: dfwgator

It would just be one more failed “look at me” movie.


13 posted on 08/18/2013 2:32:10 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You're attending a movie in what amounts to a Third World sewer where even the City Councilmen are convicted felons and you're upset be cause you DO see cops?
14 posted on 08/18/2013 2:32:58 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because the theater is a “gun free zone”?


15 posted on 08/18/2013 2:33:40 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wait until the charges come that you didn’t go see this movie because you all are racists.


16 posted on 08/18/2013 2:35:13 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I think Tiffanu is just upset because they didn’t have any Skittles at the refreshment counter.


17 posted on 08/18/2013 2:35:45 PM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why in the world would the theatre owner think he'd need police at such a movie?

If you knew the local demographics you wouldn't wonder.

18 posted on 08/18/2013 2:37:05 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: UB355

Oh please. Bring it on.


19 posted on 08/18/2013 2:37:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My local theaters have employed off duty cops and sheriffs for at least a decade....

Holders people have made it necessary.


20 posted on 08/18/2013 2:37:35 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: left that other site
The most probable explanation is that there was a threat phoned into the theater.

And the most probable perp would be.. ?

21 posted on 08/18/2013 2:37:55 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: fella

Do I really have to put a sarcasm tag on everything?


22 posted on 08/18/2013 2:38:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: fella

Do I really have to put a sarcasm tag on everything?


23 posted on 08/18/2013 2:38:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like people should stay away from this movie. Either the cops are gonna hassle you or there is a planned terrorist attack.

Stay home. It’ll be out on DVD soon.


24 posted on 08/18/2013 2:40:08 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am old enough to remember Al Capp’s SWINE (Students Wildly Indignant [about] Nearly Everything). While not students, this female probably has all of the other characteristics!


25 posted on 08/18/2013 2:40:44 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: gitmo
Stay home. It’ll be out on DVD soon.

Great!
It'll safe and private to ignore it then.
Once the Oprah groupies and the SEIU members ordered to go see it have showed up, attendance will nosedive big time!

26 posted on 08/18/2013 2:48:31 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why complain, there were probably there to stop rabid right wingers from shooting up the place? /s


27 posted on 08/18/2013 2:50:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bushbuddy

I think I’d need some Purple Drank to sit through that piece of science-fiction.


28 posted on 08/18/2013 2:52:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well considering where they live and all ...


29 posted on 08/18/2013 2:57:08 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They probably had two ideas in mind:

1) Since the movie was tangentially related to Ronald Reagan, that ubiquitous, according to the DHS, “violent right wing extremists” would be in attendance.

2) Then, since black people were looking at a movie tangentially related to Ronald Reagan, that there was a slim possibility that they might be black conservatives, and thus a direct threat of violence, anarchy and “uppetyism” against the administration.


30 posted on 08/18/2013 3:05:47 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They could have been out of Skittles at the concession counter and were expecting trouble.....


31 posted on 08/18/2013 3:06:32 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: SES1066
now there's a real blast from the past...

32 posted on 08/18/2013 3:07:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

they were contracted by the Montgomery County Police Department. ....So? Were they contracted or cops?


33 posted on 08/18/2013 3:08:00 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: mylife

Lots of movies have cops visit. Cops see movie for free, Theater owner gets less vandalism. Same reason why Circle K gives cops free coffee. Bet she hates that too.


34 posted on 08/18/2013 3:09:23 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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Wait? Somebody is made because they were SAFE at the theater?

What the hell is wrong with these people?

BTW, when I learned that Jane Fonda was playing Nancy Reagan I decided I would save my money and wait to watch it on the teevee . . . maybe . . . .


35 posted on 08/18/2013 3:10:06 PM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: dfwgator

I predict there won’t be riots if it doesn’t get a nomination.

I saw it. I also predict it won’t get a nomination.


37 posted on 08/18/2013 3:12:06 PM PDT by sakic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Do I really have to put a sarcasm tag on everything?"

Rhetorical question? Of all the myriad ways the country has changed distinctly and inarguably for the worse since Brokeback "Dingle-Barry" O'Bunghole took office, one of the least affected places has been here on FreeRepublic.

Our hard conservative center has spared us most os the deterioration, but not all...

Don't forget how to laugh, and you'll be just fine.

;^)

38 posted on 08/18/2013 3:12:08 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just tell her George Zimmerman was spotted in the area and she’ll stiffel herself.


39 posted on 08/18/2013 3:13:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: sakic

It will get a nomination whether it deserves it or not.


40 posted on 08/18/2013 3:15:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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“As for Flowers, who works as a union organizer, she has vowed not to let the matter drop, noting the swift response on social media. She made it clear that she wants Regal to respond.

“If this was an isolated incident and it didn’t speak to the core of what people are feeling in the post Trayvon [Martin] era it wouldn’t be a problem,” she said. “But we’re constantly being treated as second-class citizens and we’re sick of it.”

UPDATE: Russ Nunley, a spokesman for Regal Cinemas, emailed theGrio the following statement Sunday afternoon:

Regal Entertainment Group routinely employs security personnel to ensure the safety all of our guests and staff. When a theatre experiences sold out showings of any feature, security will assist with crowd control and guest assistance throughout the facility, including auditoriums.

This weekend our Majestic theatre experienced a tremendous guest response to the feature the ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ such that additional showtimes were added to meet our guests demands.

At no time did local management receive any guest complaints or concerns about our security or staff, who worked diligently to meet all of our guests needs.

To the extent any guests were dissapointed with their experience, we welcome the opportunity to address their concerns and provide them the best entertainment experience possible in their future visits to our theatres. [sic]

The theater was doing crowd control for a sold-out film, and the complainer was doing her job as a “union organizer” and general agitator.

41 posted on 08/18/2013 3:19:54 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely which is why Oprah has been spewing all this racist crap with these interviews she’s been doing. What’s the most outrageous racist thing she could possibly say? Comparing Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till which is exactly what she did. This is liberals for you though, just absolutely pathetic pieces of pig vomit all of them.


42 posted on 08/18/2013 3:27:29 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: fella

We have a relative who is an LEO there and you are correct, I don’t wonder.


43 posted on 08/18/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: dfwgator

I back your prediction and it will be spoken about before the awards to subtly push whoever in that direction and then scream if all didn’t succumb to their wants and ‘rights’ because of ‘those racists’.


44 posted on 08/18/2013 3:31:47 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: gitmo
Stay home. It’ll be out on DVD soon.
Probably by the end of the week . . .
45 posted on 08/18/2013 3:34:08 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The desk Sgt. was two weeks from retirement and didn’t appreciate his duty that evening at the initial screening of ‘The Butler.’ His job was to direct VIPs to the special mezzanine seating area, after they presented a gold tickrt, and other patrons to the regular seats.
He wouldn’t know Oprah Winfrey if she wore a flashing name-tag.
After seating most of the theater and the show about to begin, in swans a dumpy, older black woman with a large retinue.
A man in Thousand dollar suit tells Sarge that they are the producers’ party and they have reserved most of the mezzanine level. The problem is, they don’t have their Willy Wonka tickets. So the suit and Sarge talk it over for several minutes. The previews are rolling, you can hear them.

Finally the short, dumpy black woman walks up to the sergeant and says, “You don’t have a clue as to who I am, do you.” Sarge replies, “No I don’t. Ma’am. Show me your gold ticket and you can pass.”
The woman says, “I am Oprah Winfrey. I made this movie.
I have a mezzanine seat!
Now, I’ve been dealing with guys like you all my life.
Now, let me pass or I’ll have your badge!”

Sarge thinks about this and says, “Lady, I don’t care if you got brass tits.
No tickee, no laundry.”


46 posted on 08/18/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Ann Archy

Exactly.


47 posted on 08/18/2013 3:44:48 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: publius911

Probably oprah herself!

False Flag operations are ALWAYS good for publicity!


48 posted on 08/18/2013 3:52:14 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: tumblindice

LMAO..... and applauding!!


49 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:47 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: tumblindice

LMAO..... and applauding!!


50 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:51 PM PDT by Gator113
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