Please delete this article, it's embarrassing. Let's pick it apart a little...
1. You say Phillips 'invalidate[s] others' concerns and thoughts and feelings simply because he is unable or unwilling to understand, respect, or accept them.' Yet you are unwilling to respect your audiences' own decision-making abilities by telling them never to watch it?
2. The film has been classified R-Rated for a reason. Censors clearly thought teenagers are capable of seeing this with an accompanying adult. You are not on the film classification board, you do not get to decide at what age a person can see this film. If a parent is willing to let their child into the theatre, they are given that privilege. Perhaps a more concerned parent won't take their son or daughter to see it anyway.
3. 'Because Hollywood no longer makes movies like the ones it owes its reason for being made to.' This makes no sense.
4. 'What does fuel the potential for another Aurora-level shooting or a very contested thread on social media'. Are these things similar?
5. Going back to Phillips not having the 'right to invalidate others' concerns'... I don't know much about Todd Phillips, I dont read or watch interviews with him and his filmmaking career doesn't concern me in the slightest, so I'm not defending him, however, he has every right to dismiss your concerns and you have every right to have those discussions without him. If he chooses to distance himself from any conversation, he's allowed to, and he did not make this film alone. Why not take umbrage with co-writer Scott Silver and co-producers Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger? Or Joaquin Phoenix for not turning down the role? You seem more concerned with your beloved comic book character turned into a realist portrayal of 21st-Century mental health issues than anything else.
Gary, you think that troubled people who partake in disturbing acts of violence cannot be sympathised with? Instead of crying about it, why not take two minutes to consider the conditions by which these people and their actions developed from?