Cole Sprouse Just Made A Powerful Statement About "Whiteness" And Mass Shootings
3 October 2017, 11:29
Say it louder for the people in the back, Cole.
Celebrities, politicians, and media personalities alike poured out their deepest condolences yesterday, following what was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
In a cycle that has become all too familiar, news outlets covered the Las Vegas shooting with predictably tone-deaf attempts to humanise the gunman. Many outlets reported on his family, childhood, finances, and relationships, instead of talking about the sickness of gun culture in American society.
Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, had a lot to say on the subject of whiteness and the media following the tragic events.
His take on the subject, though strongly worded, hit on a lot of important issues that need to be on all of our minds in times like these.
As someone raised within media culture, let me give my two cents on this gun violence, a now unfortunately characteristic part of US life:— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 2, 2017
Media has a tremendous role to play in the cultivation of mass shooters. Constant coverage and in-depth "analysis" of the life of shooters-— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 2, 2017
This makes media complicit in the creation of these shooters as anti-heroes, and often alone justifies the insane to take to shooting.— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 2, 2017
We also must address that these shooters are almost exclusively coming from a single socio-economic class and racial group— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 2, 2017
And so also need to address what part of whiteness influences this kind of Petri dish for gun violence and killing.— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 2, 2017
Creating an anti-hero narrative by working overtime to humanise these individuals only sets up the next big tragedy. And, yes, there does need to be a discussion about what makes white men especially drawn to this type of violence.
Cole rarely gets political on Twitter, but the sooner we realise how the media is complicit, the sooner we can work to counteract its negative impact.