Despite the fact no violence has accompanied showings of “Straight Outta Compton,” Universal Pictures is offering to reimburse theaters for security guards this weekend, media outlets reported Thursday.
Some big-city theaters have accepted the offer, The Wall Street Journal reported, “particularly as demonstrations have continued this week against police tactics in Ferguson, Mo.”
“Universal is proud of our association with ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ which portrays the rise of five talented young men from underprivileged and oppressed backgrounds into one of the most influential music groups in modern history,” a representative was quoted as saying.
So there’s increased security at Straight Outta Compton viewings??? Remind me again which movies have been shot up and who did the shooting.
— Tex Machina (@sovivACEous) August 13, 2015
“The film has been seen by thousands of people at hundreds of screenings, all of which have happened without incident. The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing it this weekend, but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations.”
Monday night’s premiere of “Straight Outta Compton” at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles had heavier than usual security, but no incidents were reported.
Movie theaters beefing up security for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON screenings are the winners of today’s Super Embarrassing Racism Award.
— Russell Hainline (@RussellHFilm) August 13, 2015
the fun, to me, wouldn’t be checking who has extra security for straight outta compton. it’s who flat out won’t show it.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) August 13, 2015
Increase security for Straight Outta Compton but not the other tons of movies with white cast members and predominately white audiences. Ok.
— PantheR (@____PantheR) August 13, 2015