Many of us have found ourselves pondering how to escape a bad date. But most of us likely haven’t faced legal action because of it.
On Wednesday, May 17th, Austinite Brandon Vezmar became a new Internet sensation. The Austin-American Statesman broke a story about Vezmar suing his date for texting during a showing of The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2.
The story broke wide almost instantly. The AV Club called him a hero. The website Birth.Movies.Death referred to it as “the greatest unintentional advertisement for (the famously anti-texting) Alamo Drafthouse”.
Film Twitter errupted into rapturous applause; they had finally found the hero they had been waiting for. Even Guardians director James Gunn took notice.
Why stop at suing? She deserves jail time! https://t.co/c41MWGz74M
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2017
Even Tim League, owner of the Alamo Drafthouse theaters got involved, offering Vezmar a gift certificate to cover the cost of his ticket.
However, an initially amusing event took a dark turn almost instantly.
The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) June 12, 2016
(Kinda like that except with stalking and harassment…)
What seemed like a man taking a stand against rudeness with a hint of Austin quirkiness took a darker turn – and provided an example of risks women face when dating.