National Review columnist Kevin Williamson is so fed up with people using their cell phones during the theatre-going experience that he physically removed a woman’s phone from her hands and threw it across a New York theatre.
Here’s how it all went down.
The play was high brow —”Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812″ — but the audience apparently was not.
“The main offenders were two parties of women of a certain age, the sad sort with too much makeup and too-high heels, and insufficient attention span for following a two-hour musical,” Williamson writes in his post “theatre Night: Vigilantes 1, Vulgarians 0.”
When one particular woman “with too much makeup” refused to get off her phone after Williamson and his date had kindly asked her to turn it off, she suggested he mind his own business.
Here’s what happened next, writes Williamson:
So I minded my own business by utilising my famously feline agility to deftly snatch the phone out of her hand and toss it across the room, where it would do no more damage. She slapped me and stormed away to seek managerial succor. Eventually, I was visited by a black-suited agent of order, who asked whether he might have a word.
In a civilized world, I would have received a commendation of some sort. To the theatre-going public of New York — nay, the the world – I say: “You’re welcome.”
Williamson ends his post with this funny bit: “There is talk of criminal charges. I will keep you updated.”
After tweeting about the incident, Williamson has received tons of positive feedback:
@kevinnr Tonight I put aside our ideological differences to stand with you unreservedly.
— Kevin Drum (@kdrum) May 16, 2013
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) May 16, 2013
@kevinnr put who ruin movies/musicals/play with selfish antics should have buckets of water dumped on their heads. I stand with you.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) May 16, 2013
— Mike O’Connor (@mmoaks14) May 16, 2013
— Brian Patrick Eha (@brianeha) May 16, 2013
— Keith (@Houstonrufus) May 16, 2013
@kevinnr I applaud you for the phone incident. However, you don’t have to retweet every reply praising you. I want to throw you off Twitter!
— Alan C (@ac_awesome) May 16, 2013
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