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Killer Fashion: Profiting from Pain

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Columbine.  We don’t need to say ‘The Columbine high school shootings’ or ‘The Columbine massacre’ to understand what we mean by just a single world.   Columbine.  An event that still resonates with today’s world as fresh as it did 20 years ago.

Now the school shooting, as well as three others, have been immortalized in Bstroy’s 2020 spring fashion collection.

The four hoodies each sport the name of a school where real life shootings have occurred as well as devastated the communities around them; Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Stoneman Douglas.  When combined, these four school shootings took nearly 100 lives by their shooters.

If these sweatshirts were not insulting enough, the designer added bullet holes riddling each garment.  A pure sickening and tasteless idea that somehow made it to their spring fashion collection.

The Internet had no interest in hiding their disgust at the dystopian clothing line’s release.  Viewers, including many of the survivors and their families of the massacres, voiced their outrage through social media.  Words such as “revolting,” “disgusting,” and “callous” were used to describe the clothing.

Kyle Kashuv, a teenage survivor from the Stoneman Douglas shooting wrote, “I would just like to say, what actual the hell is wrong with you.  Goddamn monetizing off a school shooting.”

Bstory’s founders Brick Owens and Dieter “Du” Grams, have not issued an apology for their revolting fashion.  However, Brick Owens did upload a picture of a card explaining the bizarre inspiration behind the line of clothing.

“Sometimes life can be painfully ironic.  Like the irony of dying violently in a place you considered to be a safe, controlled environment, like school.  We are reminded all the time of life’s fragility, shortness, and unpredictability yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential.  It is this push and pull that creates the circular motion that is the cycle of life.  Nirvana is the goal we hope to reach through meditation and healthy practices that counter our destructive habits.  Samsara is the cycle we must transcend to reach Nirvana.”

So… make of that what you will.

As of the time this article has been published, each of the four hoodies pictured above are still on Brick Owen’s Instagram.  Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Stoneman Douglas are still on Bstory’s Instagram.

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The latest Trailer for ‘Smile’ is Filled With Nightmarish Dread

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The latest trailer for Smile is one that really digs its way under your skin. We had the pleasure of seeing it an early Fantastic Fest screening and the terror in that film is palpable and incredibly intense. It never lets up for a second.

The synopsis for Smile is as follows:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile is in theaters on September 30 with some early showings popping up on September 27. Check local showtimes and don’t miss this one.

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‘Solar Opposites: Halloween Special’ Trailer Takes the Series into the Spooky Season

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Solar Opposites has dropped a trailer for its Halloween Special and it looks like a blast. The Justin Roiland series is a nice change up from the sci-fi antics of Rick and Morty, but still has a lot of the same voices and debauchery. The Halloween episode takes the extraterrestrial family down a path of the macabre and even takes them into hell itself.

The synopsis for Solar Opposites season 3 goes like this:

Co-created by Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”) and Mike McMahan (“Rick & Morty”, “Star Trek: Lower Decks”), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food and fun stuff. In season three, this alien team strives to be less of a team and more of a family team.

Solar Opposites: Halloween Special arrives on Hulu beginning October 3.

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First Trailer For ‘The Last of Us’ is All About Brutal Survival

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The first trailer for The Last of Us has finally arrived and it doesn’t let you down in the least. The hit video game series of the same name has given us some truly brutal survival in a savage post-apocolyptic world.

The fact that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin is in charge of bringing this brutal world to life is already a sign that we are in the best hands possible. It’s also great to see that the series is taking what existed in the game and just recreating that world and its many beautifully cinematic scenes. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I wish more filmmakers would do the same.

The synopsis for The Last of Us goes like this:

Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us will arrive on HBO Max beginning in 2023.

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