Monday, September 11, 2006


I'm sure the Internet will be completely overrun with blogs and articles about 9/11 today, the five year anniversary. We'll all be talking about where we were and what we were doing (I was making breakfast with a kids' show on; my mom called and told me to change the channel) The radio will be playing songs about patriotism, speeches will be given, and it will be a very emotional day for many. Some will go forward not thinking much about it; they've decided to look at the future and not the past. We all have different ways to cope with tragedy, and I can't say that one way is superior to another.

Today, I'm remembering the people on flight 93. Of all the stories the media shared about the attacks, it's the airplane people that touched me the most. They knew they were going to die and there was no way to avoid it. Instead of crying or cowering in their seats, they chose to act. Because of their courage in the face of death, they saved lives by bringing the plane down where they did instead of letting it crash into another building. It took guts to do what they did. I salute them for their bravery.

What I do not salute, however, is Hollywood for making movies out of it so soon after the event, while hearts and minds are still stirred up, while there are so many people still traumatized, while husbands and wives of those killed are still crying themselves to sleep at night. It seems to me that Hollywood will do anything to make a buck, and if that means making a movie about the most horrifying event that has hit our shores, well, by all means! Let's make a buck! Let's turn these people's personal losses into a million dollars.

I won't be seeing those movies. I think it's cannibalism.

I say, let's give our fallen brothers and sisters the dignity they deserve by not turning their deaths into something we watch with popcorn dribbling down our chins.


Marsha Ward said...

Wow, Tristi, you read my mind! I agree with your sentiments 100%.

Marsha Ward
Writer in the Pines

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks, Marsha!

Ruthe Clark said...

Tristi, I feel the same way, but have chosen to buy the movie for my collection on the event for my archives. I won't watch it, at least for now, but have gathered media for history's sake.I also have a video on the firemen, make to memorialize them, and several books with pictures of the twin towers during the attacks and the aftermath. I want a record kept so that future generations will know just what it was, and know who the villains and heros were and are. So much of the time, as time goes by, some people try to villainize the heros and make heros out of the villains. This,at least, will help to keep the record straight.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I can see your point, Ruthe -- I just hope that the movie was done accurately.

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