The biggest news in visual culture yesterday involved the impact of the shooting at LAX on James Franco’s day. As Mr. Franco reported: “At #lax Some s** tbag shot up the place.” Thankfully, Mr. Franco is safe, however — as his Instagram post (and 25,450 likes so far) attest. You can see how the concern in this block of comments expresses about equal concern for the cultural figure as for the victims and society:
josierodri1You’re the bomb diggity bomb!
nayadlI’m glad you are ok love you bebe
piedpipersNot cool. #peace #rip
msnataliefrancoOmg! How sad, airports aren’t safe
msnataliefrancoThank god you’re okay rip to the victim of the horrible shooting
nagatha5So sad. God bless the victims and their families.
giorgina2712love ya james
cindycri61I’m glad ur ok babe muah
courtneybxoGlad you’re okay
shelita101the violence will never stop
These breakdowns in social order, however, can’t be taken lightly and often have ongoing effects. I’m looking forward to more updates on Saturday, with pictures, from @jamesfrancotv. I wish I could tell you what the hat says.
(Note: emoticons omitted as WordPress wouldn’t publish them.)