Fatal shootings are now only news worthy when Keanu Reeves is involved


Gotham Restaurant – 1933

Originally uploaded by Bob_2006.

I suppose it’s a comment on life in big cities across North America that the recent shooting at Gotham got little attention outside of the lower mainland. Gang related shootings have been all too common, and Vancouver has grown to be a bit of a hot bed of that in recent years. So much so that we got a Sopranos like CBC drama about it awhile back [mbv]. It’s not limited to Vancouver, across British Columbia there’s the Hell’s Angels that also deal in violence. We’ve pretty much come to accept the fact that people get murdered fairly regularly.

In fact it seems that the most interesting thing about the Gotham shooting is that Keanu Reeves was in the restaurant at the time [gm].

As a little bit of meta-blogging here I’d like to point out that I was just about to name the movie that Reeves is in town filming [vp], as if that’s a more important fact than two people were shot dead. To be honest I probably would not even be blogging about this had a Hollywood star not been involved.

That’s wrong and disgusting isn’t it?

5 Comments so far

  1. Lydia (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    Okay, to be fair, I did email you that bit of info, but I did hear about the shooting the day after it happened. It was the top story on CBC BC when I looked. And it was interesting and scary even without knowing the part about Keanu Reeves.


  2. Lydia (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

    Okay, to be fair, I did email you that bit of info, but I did hear about the shooting the day after it happened. It was the top story on CBC BC when I looked. And it was interesting and scary even without knowing the part about Keanu Reeves.


  3. Timo (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    No, it’s just facing the reality. People are shot every day.

    But I’m quite shocked to read about that. I will be in Canada for half a year, Vancouver area, and i heard Vancouver is a very safe city. Probably it still is, the fact you’re blogging about that let me hope it’s an exception.


  4. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    Vancouver is generally really safe. Most of the shootings in the last two years or so have been targeted gang shootings. I would not worry about coming to Vancouver based on that.


  5. bobber (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    i would worry coming to vancouver based on how many esl students we have… scary.



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