In the interest of transparency I have been a fan of Dave Cullen since 2004 when his article The Depressive and The Psychopath was first published. I was fortunate enough to be able to exchange e-mails with Dave after meeting online through a mutual blogging friend of ours. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of his book ‘Columbine’. We even follow each other on Facebook and Twitter. What we are not is best buds. I have no private insight into Dave’s inner workings. I know about as much as Dave as he publicly makes known. O also want to add that I have not contacted Dave prior to writing this post. This one is all me.
Anyway having said that Dave recently announced that he is talks to have his book made into a miniseries on the Lifetime Network. It is far from definite and there’s a possibility it may not come to pass.
However there has been a movement, mostly by people who either were at Columbine or lived in the area at the time, for this miniseries not to be made. I respect their opinion. I couldn’t possibly understand what it must have been like to live through something like that and hopefully I never will. But please allow me to explain my opinion of why I think that the miniseries should be made.
As anyone who has read this site for a time knows there were a lot of myths surrounding the shooting at Columbine such as the shooters were bullied, it had to do with jocks, or gothic culture, or the so-called Trenchcoat Mafia. In my opinion Dave’s work on the matter has gone a long way into dispelling those myths. Unfortunately a lot of people still cling to those myths even 13 years later. If the miniseries were to air on the Lifetime Network it would be striking into the heart of the demographic that still believe in those myths. And to be honest with you that’s only if it does done right. I would hope that Lifetime wouldn’t distort things to try to fit some alternative agenda.
However if you agree that the miniseries should not be made you can sign the online petition here.