How Kyle Clark reacted to a conspiracy theorist on the next bar stool

Recap: Kyle Clark's reaction when he goes to a brewery and hears a man say the Aurora Theater Shooting and other mass killings were government conspiracies staged with actors.

DENVER - Next has promised to call out bogus stories and deception. I had a hard time with that this weekend when I had one staring me in the face, and I'm not sure I did the right thing.

To catch you up if you missed it...

I was at a brewery - you know, as I do - and the guy on the next barstool over is going on and on about the Aurora theater shooting and other mass killings were government conspiracies, staged with actors.

My first thought was to head-butt him, but violence doesn't cure stupidity, and I use my face for work.

I also decided not to argue with him, but I wanted him to know that the majority of people at that brewery, and in the world, who sit there silently do so out of contempt for his views, not acceptance.

So I paid my tab, asked the bartender for a sheet of paper, and wrote down the names of the 12 people killed in Aurora.

Real people.

Not actors.

Brothers and daughters, fathers and friends.

And I wrote that his idiocy attempts to defile their memory - and fails.

 

I handed him the note, and I left. I didn't stick around to see his reaction.

Since then I've been thanked by people who got out of the theater that night, from the families of people who didn't. Others have called me a coward, and a word the FCC won't let me say on TV.

I'd like to hear from you. How would you have handled it? Should I have done more? Was it wrong to post my experience on social media?

We try to bring you the answers whenever we have them, and today, I bring you those questions.

Let me know what you think on Facebook, or Twitter with #HeyNext.

--Kyle

 

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