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2014-03-21 12:58:45 PM
"How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.
 
2014-03-21 01:03:26 PM
Sorry, my tolerance ends at the age of 18, and my view of your precious little snowflake as an untreated, socially retarded individual begins.

The ChrisChans of the world should be protected before they turn an adult. After, fair game.
 
2014-03-21 01:05:08 PM
How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance

How sad it is that people feel that the majority of people paying for a movie should be subjected to a disturbance.  Wait until it comes out on video if your child cannot behave (irrespective of any limitation they may have).
 
2014-03-21 01:06:28 PM
Touched by a blog post chronicling the incident, she is renting out a theatre to host a movie night for people with special needs.


jokerreport.typepad.com
 
2014-03-21 01:10:45 PM
And littering.  Got sent to the Group W bench.
 
2014-03-21 01:12:12 PM
In her blog post, Colson, author of "Dancing with Max," a memoir about her son, wrote that Max became frightened during the previews, as he often does, according to The Patriot Ledger.

Then why in the blue hell do you keep taking him?
 
2014-03-21 01:15:16 PM
She is aware of things like DVDs, cable, Netflix, and other such things that exist? If movies and movie previews are known to agitate your "child" (who is an adult, like it or not) why on earth would you go to a theatre? One, you know the other patrons want and expect quiet. And two, why the hell are you subjecting your son to something you know is likely to agitate and exacerbate his well-documented autism?

If she was kicked out of something necessary (doctor's office, grocery store, whatever) she'd have a point, but a movie theatre is not essential to life and the reaction seems perfectly normal to me. "He's autistic" doesn't matter when people paid upwards of $10.50 to watch a movie in peace.

And again, seriously, if she knows it agitates him, why the hell would she subject him to it?
 
2014-03-21 01:16:42 PM

The Goddamn Batman: n her blog post, Colson, author of "Dancing with Max," a memoir about her son, wrote that Max became frightened during the previews, as he often does, according to The Patriot Ledger.

Then why in the blue hell do you keep taking him?


three minutes off, but that was also my question. Seems borderline abusive.
 
2014-03-21 01:18:52 PM
I don't see why the kids age is relevant. If he's not capable of staying quiet in the movie theater, he shouldn't be in the movie theater. Crying babies, young potatoes, old potatoes. Same problem, same solution. Leave them with a babysitter.
"Yeah, of course my vuvuzela makes a lot of noise. That's what it does. Why are you being so intolerant?"


Also,
How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie.
You could try maybe renting an entire DVD instead of an entire theater. Just a suggestion...
 
2014-03-21 01:20:04 PM
If your kid, whether from age one week to 99, is causing a disturbance in public, you remove that kid from the situation. Period. Pulling the "oh poor picked on special needs kid (adult)" ain't cutting it here.
 
2014-03-21 01:22:19 PM
Also, I am sorry her son has autism (and it sounds severe) but that unfortunate fact does not mean that she/he have the right to do anything and everything they want and if he has an episode, just say "he has autism!" and everyone else has to say "okay, sorry, our bad, carry on, we don't need to hear the dialogue in this movie, anyway."  Or "Oh, he's kicking the crap out of the back of my chair, but he has autism, so let him, carry on."
 
2014-03-21 01:27:02 PM
That beach picture is really creepy.
 
2014-03-21 01:41:47 PM
I'd have a psychological problem with a mother that would allow her son to do that. I'd be forced me to keep kicking her seat until the problem was resolved. Sorry, wish I could stop, but I was born like that and she should be a bit more understanding.
 
2014-03-21 01:44:28 PM
Is anyone else shamefully laughing at the thought of a theatre full of Tourette's sufferers swearing their heads off during a screening of some church-lady approved film?

*snicker-snicker-snicher-shame-guilt-snicker-snicker....*
 
2014-03-21 01:52:24 PM

The Goddamn Batman: In her blog post, Colson, author of "Dancing with Max," a memoir about her son, wrote that Max became frightened during the previews, as he often does, according to The Patriot Ledger.

Then why in the blue hell do you keep taking him?


My thoughts, exactly.

oldfarthenry: Is anyone else shamefully laughing at the thought of a theatre full of Tourette's sufferers swearing their heads off during a screening of some church-lady approved film?

*snicker-snicker-snicher-shame-guilt-snicker-snicker....*


Shamefully? No.
 
2014-03-21 01:53:56 PM
You don't have to avoid movies if you have a loud/noisy child.  Just go super early during the week.  I take my 2 yr old and baby to kids movies sometimes (usually a while after the movie has been released) and we almost always have the theatre to ourselves.

This whole thing really just sounds like one of those scams where someone wrote something stupid/racist on a receipt for a waitress that seems to be all the fashion these days.
 
2014-03-21 01:55:44 PM
 
2014-03-21 01:56:35 PM
"As Christians, we're supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves," she said.

How does she know that everyone in the theater was a Christian? There might have been some atheists in there, and they hate everybody. Throw in some Muslims and Jews, and she should just be happy that she got out of there alive.
 
2014-03-21 02:05:24 PM
FTFA:

"Sitting at the movies is one of our hard-earned victories. But after 23 years, I know that life with autism is predictably unpredictable," she wrote,


Yes, yes....it's your D-Day.

*Eye Roll*
 
2014-03-21 02:08:40 PM
Dubbed "Movie with Max," some 300 people, including many with special needs, will fill a local theatre at the end of the month to watch The Muppets Most Wanted.


Remember that scene in Gremlins where they were watching Snow White?  Who wants to wager it will be just like that?

/Aisle seat, please.
 
2014-03-21 02:12:21 PM

hb0mb: and we almost always have the theatre to ourselves.



CSB:

The last time I had a theater to myself was an early Sunday morning showing of the Evil Dead remake.  Holy f*ck that was creepy....almost wanted to head straight to church.

/Got my money's worth.
 
2014-03-21 02:17:40 PM

Pocket Ninja: "As Christians, we're supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves," she said.

How does she know that everyone in the theater was a Christian? There might have been some atheists in there, and they hate everybody. Throw in some Muslims and Jews, and she should just be happy that she got out of there alive.


Maybe she should do the Christian thing and keep her loud, noisy, obnoxious child out of the theater then.
 
2014-03-21 02:17:59 PM
Goddammit, I read that whole farking thing and still didn't have my only question answered: WHAT WAS THE MOVIE?!
 
2014-03-21 02:37:42 PM

Pocket Ninja: "As Christians, we're supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves," she said.

How does she know that everyone in the theater was a Christian? There might have been some atheists in there, and they hate everybody. Throw in some Muslims and Jews, and she should just be happy that she got out of there alive.


And maybe she should love all those people who just wanted to watch a movie in peace instead of biatching about it on the Internet.
 
2014-03-21 02:38:18 PM
My 6 yr old son is autistic. We brought him to see the Lego movie, it was the first time he'd ever been in a theater, we weren't sure how he'd be. I sat in a spot where I could get out quickly without disturbing anyone just in case. We also brought a small toy for him to play with.
He was quieter then the kids who sat behind us.

This lady is an idiot. If her son can't handle sitting still or being quiet, and she doesn't want to rent the whole theater, wait for movies to get released onto dvd and stay home.
 
2014-03-21 02:40:10 PM

serpent_sky: She is aware of things like DVDs, cable, Netflix, and other such things that exist? If movies and movie previews are known to agitate your "child" (who is an adult, like it or not) why on earth would you go to a theatre? One, you know the other patrons want and expect quiet. And two, why the hell are you subjecting your son to something you know is likely to agitate and exacerbate his well-documented autism?

If she was kicked out of something necessary (doctor's office, grocery store, whatever) she'd have a point, but a movie theatre is not essential to life and the reaction seems perfectly normal to me. "He's autistic" doesn't matter when people paid upwards of $10.50 to watch a movie in peace.

And again, seriously, if she knows it agitates him, why the hell would she subject him to it?


Self righteous denial?
 
2014-03-21 02:40:32 PM

gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.


Wow, you are a true bad ass.
 
2014-03-21 02:41:21 PM

hardinparamedic: Sorry, my tolerance ends at the age of 18, and my view of your precious little snowflake as an untreated, socially retarded individual begins.

The ChrisChans of the world should be protected before they turn an adult. After, fair game.


I really hope that you, your parents or your grandparents don't have dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

//People don't get them  until they are adults.
//People with dementia and Alzheimer's are worse than kids with autism.
 
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2014-03-21 02:41:29 PM
That was a T-H-E-A-T-E-R, for movies, not a T-H-E-A-T-R-E, for stage.  Unless Canada has different rules for that.
 
2014-03-21 02:41:45 PM
At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.
 
2014-03-21 02:42:50 PM
If you tolerate all misbehavior and demand that the world accommodates your kid's tantrums, you shouldn't be surprised at the resulting "autism".
 
2014-03-21 02:42:52 PM

Sybarite: Touched by a blog post chronicling the incident, she is renting out a theatre to host a movie night for people with special needs.


Hopefully they can rent Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, so the theater can look like Bedford Falls Theater in Gremlins
 
2014-03-21 02:42:57 PM

gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.


shiat man, I've had ADULTS kicked out of theaters, much less kids.

LOVE Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, they're real damn good about kicking out disturbances.
 
2014-03-21 02:42:58 PM
Doesn't matter to me if they're autistic.  If you know your child is going to disturb someone by being noisy, come up with an alternative.  Rent something.  That's what I did before my mildly autistic son learned to settle down.

He sits quietly in church now.  If you give him a pad of paper to draw on, better yet--he's able to listen and draw at the same time.  And you get some nice artwork.

And this woman apparently hasn't figured out that loving your neighbor also entails not inconveniencing them needlessly.
 
2014-03-21 02:43:27 PM
I feel her pain in wanting her son to have as normal a life as possible.  It's a shame this doesn't exist for her:

katespiritu.com
 
2014-03-21 02:43:47 PM
The upside is they didn't call the cops
 
2014-03-21 02:44:23 PM

The_Sponge: Dubbed "Movie with Max," some 300 people, including many with special needs, will fill a local theatre at the end of the month to watch The Muppets Most Wanted.


Remember that scene in Gremlins where they were watching Snow White?  Who wants to wager it will be just like that?

/Aisle seat, please.


This is what I get for not reading the thread. Damn. Glad we both had the same image
 
2014-03-21 02:44:24 PM
DRTFA, but as the parent of autistic kids, we know when to pick and choose our battles & situations.  And FFS, if we're the problem then it's our ass that needs to get out.  We've planned out some events carefully (and avoided others completely) because we know we're not going to enjoy the event if we have a kid (or FSM-forbid both) in sensory overload.  It's farkwad parents like this who make life rougher for the rest of us by being stubborn jackasses.


/Won the genetic lottery, yes we did.
 
2014-03-21 02:44:33 PM
This is awful thinking, but right away I thought of making these "movies with max" events a television show in the same format as Mystery Science Theater, silhouettes and all.
 
2014-03-21 02:44:56 PM

Unoriginal_Username: My 6 yr old son is autistic. We brought him to see the Lego movie, it was the first time he'd ever been in a theater, we weren't sure how he'd be. I sat in a spot where I could get out quickly without disturbing anyone just in case. We also brought a small toy for him to play with.
He was quieter then the kids who sat behind us.

This lady is an idiot. If her son can't handle sitting still or being quiet, and she doesn't want to rent the whole theater, wait for movies to get released onto dvd and stay home.


Parenting 101!

//Children under a certain age can't sit still or be quiet for a long length of time--bring them something to play with.
 
2014-03-21 02:45:06 PM
I want to be sympathetic, I really do.

But I'm not.
 
2014-03-21 02:45:25 PM
Give this kid a gun.
An armed society is a polite society.
 
2014-03-21 02:45:57 PM
If Mongo can't sit nice, keep him in his crate.
 
2014-03-21 02:46:11 PM
Should take him to church instead. They're probably starved for entertainment.

/esp. funerals and weddings
 
2014-03-21 02:46:59 PM

The_Sponge: hb0mb: and we almost always have the theatre to ourselves.


CSB:

The last time I had a theater to myself was an early Sunday morning showing of the Evil Dead remake.  Holy f*ck that was creepy....almost wanted to head straight to church.

/Got my money's worth.


CSB II -

I was travelling and got the business finished early.  There was a theater right by the hotel, rainy day, they were showing a Sci Fi movie I wanted to see, why not.  Almost empty theater, stadium seating, maybe a 300 seat place.  There was 1 other patron way at the top.  I sat in the middle about 1/2 way down, lounged back and was enjoying the previews.  2 folks come in, they look around, wander up, and literally sit right in front of me.  Not a row down, but right in front.  Sort of creepy.  I move back a couple of rows.
 
2014-03-21 02:47:12 PM

gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.


Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...
 
2014-03-21 02:47:37 PM

Unoriginal_Username: My 6 yr old son is autistic. We brought him to see the Lego movie, it was the first time he'd ever been in a theater, we weren't sure how he'd be. I sat in a spot where I could get out quickly without disturbing anyone just in case. We also brought a small toy for him to play with.
He was quieter then the kids who sat behind us.

This lady is an idiot. If her son can't handle sitting still or being quiet, and she doesn't want to rent the whole theater, wait for movies to get released onto dvd and stay home.


Alamo Drafthouse has Autism-Friendly screenings. Probably one of the biggest reason I give them a thumbs up on their zero tolerance policy.

A disability does not give you (or your family) carte blanche to be an asshole.
 
2014-03-21 02:49:02 PM
actually a local movie chain has special shows with the lights turned up and the sound turned down just for this sort of thing.
 
2014-03-21 02:49:09 PM
She should feel grateful she even has a child.  A couple hundred years ago, he would have been tied to a tree to feed hungry wolves.
 
2014-03-21 02:49:10 PM

allylloyd: Unoriginal_Username: My 6 yr old son is autistic. We brought him to see the Lego movie, it was the first time he'd ever been in a theater, we weren't sure how he'd be. I sat in a spot where I could get out quickly without disturbing anyone just in case. We also brought a small toy for him to play with.
He was quieter then the kids who sat behind us.

This lady is an idiot. If her son can't handle sitting still or being quiet, and she doesn't want to rent the whole theater, wait for movies to get released onto dvd and stay home.

Parenting 101!

//Children under a certain age can't sit still or be quiet for a long length of time--bring them something to play with.


I was actually surprised. He was enjoying the movie so much that he sat quiet for an hour. Then he came to where I was sitting, hopped up on my lap and watched the rest of the movie.

/The Lego movie, so good it keeps little monsters quiet
 
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