Skip to comments.Police presence inside a showing of ‘The Butler’ causes outrage
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 peoples movements.
Flowers told theGrio the officer herded everybody to the right, and then around the corner theres another police officer, then we round the corner and theres 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.
Im 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 didnt immediately say anything to theater personnel. You dont want to play the black card, so to speak, and you almost dont want to feel what youre feeling, but then everyone around me was talking about feeling racially profiled and saying we dont need the cops [in order] to see an Oprah flick....
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MAYBE they had a threat called in or something. I would NOT feel bad seeing 3 cops....I would feel like something was up.
Sure you do, and you just did.
It’s a game. Oprah and Oppie in the WH are playing us for fools. Just disgusting.
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.
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.”
I predict there will be riots if “The Butler” doesn’t get the Oscar for Best Picture.
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.
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.
So you think this was a publicity stunt? I wouldn’t put it past them.
It would just be one more failed “look at me” movie.
Because the theater is a “gun free zone”?
Wait until the charges come that you didn’t go see this movie because you all are racists.
I think Tiffanu is just upset because they didn’t have any Skittles at the refreshment counter.
If you knew the local demographics you wouldn't wonder.
Oh please. Bring it on.
My local theaters have employed off duty cops and sheriffs for at least a decade....
Holders people have made it necessary.
And the most probable perp would be.. ?
Do I really have to put a sarcasm tag on everything?
Do I really have to put a sarcasm tag on everything?
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.
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!
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!
Why complain, there were probably there to stop rabid right wingers from shooting up the place? /s
I think I’d need some Purple Drank to sit through that piece of science-fiction.
Well considering where they live and all ...
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.
They could have been out of Skittles at the concession counter and were expecting trouble.....
they were contracted by the Montgomery County Police Department. ....So? Were they contracted or cops?
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.
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 . . . .
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.
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.
Just tell her George Zimmerman was spotted in the area and she’ll stiffel herself.
It will get a nomination whether it deserves it or not.
If this was an isolated incident and it didnt speak to the core of what people are feeling in the post Trayvon [Martin] era it wouldnt be a problem, she said. But were constantly being treated as second-class citizens and were 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.
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.
We have a relative who is an LEO there and you are correct, I don’t wonder.
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’.
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.”
Probably oprah herself!
False Flag operations are ALWAYS good for publicity!
LMAO..... and applauding!!
LMAO..... and applauding!!