As the biggest news story of the past week, the Aurora Shooting has generated a large response, mostly centered around shock and sympathy for the victims, shot through with the occasional tasteless joke about the tragedy. Virtually no one, however, has thought to tack the blame on The Dark Knight Rises for the tragedy that took 12 lives at a midnight screening of the movie last Friday. Enter pre-eminent troll of film criticism Armond White, the dude who liked Transformers 2 more than There Will Be Blood, to fill that role. In a little more than 2000 words at City Arts, White argues that The Dark Knight Rises and movies like it do have a part to play in the tragedy at Aurora. Further, he states that the mainstream media willfully ignores the relationship between the work of directors like Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Michael Haneke, and real world violence, and that last week’s tragedy constitutes a cutlural turning point in that relationship. Of course, the thing about White is that he’s a smart, thoughtful writer who can put a lot of force into an essay. On the other hand is the reason why Ozzy Osbourne never had to pay damages to aggrieved parents in the 80s; art can’t force anyone to take a life. Read White’s reasoning for yourself at City Arts.