by Julian Spivey
One of the most tragic moments to ever occur on a film set happened this week when 42-year old cinematographer, wife and mother Halyna Hutchins was killed by a projectile fired from an improperly used prop gun on the set of a Western film “Rust” she was filming on Thursday, Oct. 21. The incident also sent Joel Souza, the writer and director of the film, to the hospital.
Shortly after news of the accident and death broke it was revealed that actor/producer Alec Baldwin fired the prop gun. This revelation resulted in posts of glee from many throughout the Internet, mainly by conservative pundits, social media personalities and even at least one Congresswoman.
This is another one of those moments where I can’t help but feel compassion for others has truly been lost by a good number of people in this world.
A woman has died. Multiple other lives have been changed forever. But because a liberal actor hated by many on the right was involved it’s become a joke to many. A moment of ecstasy when there is a nine-year-old boy out there who’s never going to see his mother again.
How have we gotten to this point?
I can understand why Baldwin is disliked by many on the conservative side of politics. The biggest reason is his mocking, but truthfully realistic portrayal of President Donald Trump for many seasons on the sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” I say “truthfully realistic” because often the writers didn’t even bother with jokes during Baldwin’s tenure as Trump and essentially just let Baldwin read actual Trump quotes verbatim. Baldwin has also had high profile run-ins with paparazzi in the past, among other public spats, that for some reason the New York Post felt was important enough to bring up in its initial reporting of the “Rust” set tragedy, despite it having no relevance to that incident.
It’s important to note that many facts involved into the hows and whys of this incident won’t come out until the investigation is finished. People involved on the set may end up being culpable and as a producer of the film Baldwin may end up being one of those people.
Conservatives have had a hatred for Baldwin for years, but that hatred should take a back seat to the death of Hutchins and the hurt everyone involved with her and that film is going through now.
Basically, just use your damn head and try to have at least a little bit of a heart. It’s truly the least you can do.