Last Thursday, Dane Cook performed his stand-up act at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles where he suggested that the victims of the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora wanted to die because the movie was so bad. “This movie is pretty much a piece of crap,” Cook began. “I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh, f***ing shoot me.’” The joke received a mix of groans and laughter, but considering the shooting only took place a week ago, Cook’s joke sparked anger across the Internet.
On Friday, Cook responded on his Twitter account to the outrage over his insensitive joke. He tweeted, “I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims.” ~Isabelle Khoo