Hero of the Week Award: July 27, Christian Bale

27 Jul

Hero of the Week

This week’s hero is another Celebrity Gone Right story. In the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, CO, there were many heroes. First responders, police investigators, hospital personnel, and friends and family of the victims all did their part to minimize the horror of the situation. One man with a connection to the incident that was both central and peripheral was actor Christian Bale, star of the Batman feature playing in the theatre.

While it’s clear that Bale, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. have no direct responsibility for the actions of a crazed gunman, Bale decided to use his celebrity to engender some healing. Many studio executives, the director, and other actors made wonderful statements of condolence. Bale quietly went to Aurora and visited each of the victims. He also took time to visit hospital staff and some of the first responders. Warner Bros. made it clear that the decision to go to Aurora was Bale’s, not a publicity department arrangement. Bill Voloch, interim president of the Medical Center of Aurora noted the value of the visit.

It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.

It’s a simple thing, perhaps, but it shows a humanity that rarely gets celebrated in the hype of summer films or in the 15-minute celebrity status gained by the perpetrators of such crimes. Bale’s kindness was noted by comic aficionados, local, and national media.

Honorable mention this week goes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Regular readers will know that TSM is hardly Reid’s biggest fan given his compromise and capitulate strategies when dealing with Senate Republicans. This week, however, Reid scored a major victory. In a deal with Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Rancid Tea Bag, KY), he got both a Democratic and Republican tax break bill onto the floor for a simple majority vote. With the filibuster removed, the Democratic plan passed (51 – 48!) while the Republican rich-get-richer plan failed. While the Senate bill, which extends middle class tax credits and the tax breaks for Americans making less than $250,000 per year, will be DOA in the House, Reid’s strategy crafted an important pre-election contrast between the governing priorities of the two parties. Nicely done, Senator!

8 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: July 27, Christian Bale”

  1. Christine Noble July 27, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Simple acts of kindness go a long way.

  2. prideinmadness July 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    When i heard he did this i wondered how he felt knowing that people were hurt while watching his movie. I felt bad for him. He did a good thing by visiting! I may not like his Batman voice but I respect him for this.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      And the fact that he did it so quietly without media attention speaks volumes about his character.

  3. V.E.G. September 5, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    There is a hero: Satwant Singh Kaleka! Kaleka gave his life saving many lives by stopping the gunman and he was shot dead! Kaleka is a hero and a legend!

  4. V.E.G. September 20, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    You’re welcome! There are additional heroes besides Kaleka: Lt. Brian James Murphy, Abhay Singh, Amanat Singh, and Officer Savan Nick “Sam” Lenda!

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