There's a Facebook campaign afoot to do something positive in the wake of Friday's Dark Knight Rises massacre which left 12 people dead and nearly 60 injured: a user is asking Christian Bale to don his Batman costume and visit injured children hospitalized after the Aurora, Colorado shooting.
The campaign, which seems to have originated from the account of user Jonathan Jared Adams, reads:
Hey Facebook, I have an idea ... All those kids in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds at the Batman massacre could use a visit from their hero. I propose we (as in all of Facebook) should make enough noise asking Christian Bale to visit these kids in the hospital dressed in the real Batman outfit. They need to know heroes can be real, too, not just the bad guys. Not asking anything fancy from you, if you read this, share it on your wall. If you want to go the extra mile, post it in other sites as well. Show the kids there really are heroes.
"Dear Christian Bale, please visit the injured children from the movie massacre as Batman. You have the power to be a hero right now —not a movie hero, a real flesh and blood one. Sincerely, Everyone"
As of 2:45p.m. EST, the post only had 782 shares but over 1,500 "likes" on Facebook. It's a sweet sentiment, of course. But it's somewhat presumptuous to assume that children injured by Friday's shooting would even want a visit from Batman. I should think some, in fact, might be scared by it. It would be kind of Bale to offer a visit, at least. I, like other people, hope that all of the Dark Knight stars will find an appropriate way to mourn the victims and support their families and friends.
I suppose if Facebook really does work as a democracy, this Christian Bale campaign turn out to be the way.