This was originally published to the blog on Monday, however, a disk drive on the server died Monday afternoon and everything posted to the site for the previous 24 hours evaporated into thin air. That includes all readers’ comments to this original post. So, here we go again….I’m not sure I can recreate my original comments to this but will try.
I saw this article on Huffington Post:
I immediately thought of your blog. Basic synopsis: A woman brought her 3 children to see Tomorrowland, a nine year old, 2 year old and 20 month old. The 20 month old is a cancer survivor and the type of cancer he had damaged his vocal chords. Therefore his laughter comes out more like a shriek than a laugh. The woman said she removed him when he was crying and brought him back in when he was better. However he was apparently shrieking at different scenes in the movie and a man finally shouted “get that kid out of here”. The woman retaliated by holding her child up at the end of the screening and saying to whomever had shouted at her that her child was a cancer survivor, etc.
My take: the kid was too young to the movie regardless of his cancer history. The shrieks could definitely have been distracting. The man was rude to shout at her (he should have gotten someone from the theatre to intervene) but the woman was rude to retaliate. Kids that young shouldn’t go to movies in the first place as they are loud, dark and potentially scary places and probably wouldn’t be able to appreciate a live action sci fi flick like Tomorrowland (the woman confirmed on Facebook this is the movie she saw).
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My initial thought was to wonder how this mother knew for certain that the male voice yelling to “Get that kid out of here” was specifically in regards to her 20-month old son when she reports that there many other children with adult in attendance at this movie. If the video she includes in her message is an indication of how the 20-month old sounds like when he’s giggling, I’m fairly certain most people would perceive that as shrieking. I wouldn’t want to hear that throughout a movie I was watching. She also reports that the 20-month child’s older sibling, her 2-year old child, is “bouncing off the seat” which, in itself, can be quite distracting.
This appears to be a case where the two youngest children should have been at home under the care of a babysitter rather than “watching” a 130 minute long movie that is not really appropriate for their age group.