‘Notorious’ Premiere Causes Violence Across the Nation
In the past week, there have been three incidences of violence at, or immediately following, premieres of the film ‘Notorious,’ which is based on the life of the Notorious B.I.G., the Brooklyn rapper who was tragically slain in 1997.
The first occurred on January 13th, when DJ Drama was assaulted by members of Young Jeezy’s CTE crew at the Atlanta premiere of the film. Then, Friday night, four men were stabbed at a Brooklyn nightclub which was hosting an afterparty for the film’s NYC premiere. One of the men suffered multiple stab wounds and is listed in critical condition.
Finally (hopefully), a Greensboro, North Carolina movie theater has suspended future screenings of ‘Notorious’ after a shooting occurred at the film’s premiere on Friday.
One man was rushed to a local hospital after shots rang out, following an argument in the hallway of the Grand 18 theater. 700 people were evacuated, including the film’s star,Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, who resides in Charlotte.
“We can’t say whether or not this shooting is in direct relationship to the movie ‘Notorious’… We just can’t say,” a Greensboro policeman said, following the incident. The police have yet to make a statement regarding the relationship between the shooting and the actor/rapper. The victim, 32-year-old Clive O’Conner, was shot twice in the abdomen. He underwent surgery Friday night and is said to be in stable condition.
While it’s easy for the mainstream media to argue that this violence is a result of the film’s subject matter and target demographic, we’d like to point out that that there was also a shooting in Philadelphia at a recent screening of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’