We weren't going to comment on 9/11. We simply weren't. But seeing this tweet turned our stomachs to such an extent that we just had to say something.
We were hopeful the fandom would "get it." We were hopeful people could see beyond a movie about 9/11, and instead focus on what is important on this anniversary date.
Apparently, some people - well one person in particular - just doesn't understand.
It doesn't matter that you made a "beautiful" remembrance including Tyler. It wouldn't matter if it were an AIGA-winning design (which it's not). The truth still stands that using the fictional loss of a movie character devalues the thousands of real human lives lost on that Tuesday morning.
It smacks in the face of the fireman and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to save their fellow man, even though from first-hand accounts at the scene, many of those attempts were futile.
It smacks in the face of those brave individuals who huddled together in a final embrace hundreds of feet above the ground before valiantly choosing death by their own means before succumbing to the wretched fires of hell.
It disrespects the family members of those who were lost, the ones who are still grieving: the parents who lost children, the spouses who lost their other halves, the children who lost their parents, all of whom still deal with the emotional scars that linger from that day.
It insults the brave women and men of our American military, who gallantly walked into environs unknown to face untold horror, risking their own lives in order to bring down the evil forces that brought the towers down.
And it is an insult to the American people, all of whom suffered along with New York City that day, and for the weeks after mourned each individual loss due to this act of war.
We respect freedom, including our second amendment right to freedom of expression, but when your expression is in so many ways counter to what tomorrow is about, we find it unacceptable.
We recognize that the movie taught each of us he importance of living in the moment, and to not take anything, nor anyone, for granted.
But the bottom line is, this isn't about YOU, Candy, nor is it about Tyler, or Rob. It's about THEM, the people who were lost, the people whose memories deserve more than photoshopped imagery of the object of your obsession.
We were hopeful that even your shallow, narcissistic mind could see through that and put up an avi that is at once both reverent and respectful.
Tyler Hawkins may have lost his life in the minds of "Remember Me" and Rob fans, but he is still a fictional character. He is not real.
Posting that avi - with the excuse that it is of your own making - disrespects everything about this significant date. We thought as a New Yorker and a human being you could at least recognize that. Obviously not.
You are a disgrace.