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7 Movies That Were Changed Because Of Tragedy

Life comes before art, always. When life is lost – the first priority is the people who were most affected by it, and being respectful of the loss they had to endure. Because of this, the upcoming film Gangster Squad has opted to possibly eliminate or re-shoot an entire scene that touches a little too close to the heartbreak which occurred last week in Aurora, Colorado.

It is a difficult situation that you can look at from two very different perspectives, both of which are quite valid. The first is the aforementioned need for respect, which does take precedence over everything else. However there is also the need to carry on, to not let a singular son of a bitch affect our lives so much that we’re completely submitting to the melancholy to the point of letting it win the day.

That said – it’s just a movie, and it can be changed. After all, it’s happened before…

7. Neighborhood Watch changes it advertising/name after the shooting of Trayvon Martin

The Watch

Neighborhood Watch, or The Watch as it is now called, is an interesting case of a film studio distancing itself from an event that it has no real connection to. The film is a comedy about aliens, nothing more – however because of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a member of a neighborhood watch group, the filmmakers decided to adjust it’s name accordingly as well as pull many of their ads for the film.

Considering the small amount of hype for the film to begin with, as well as the mountains of debate concerning gun control and race that came from the terrible death – this has to be the least interesting thing to come out of the Trayvon Martin story, and was probably unnecessary to begin with. After all, there were much bigger fish to fry when it came to the public discourse.

David is a video editor, writer, and movie fanatic. After graduating from Full Sail University he now spends his days in Western Massachusetts working as a freelance article and sketch writer, as well as a comedy workshop moderator for Cracked.com. (Click Here to View David's work on Cracked.com) He enjoys over-analyzing movies, punk rock, and referring to himself in the third person.

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