“Morning Toast” host Jackie Oshry is not backing down from controversial comments she made Tuesday about mass shootings being less likely at “nicer,” more expensive theaters.
“Ever since the elevation of the movie theater experience, with [upscale chain] iPic and some of the nicer movie theaters, I feel like, no offense — this is awful — if you’re going to shoot up a movie theater, it’s not going to be the most expensive one,” she said on the popular podcast, according to Page Six.
Oshry made the comments after saying she doesn’t go to normal movie theaters after the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting at a Batman movie that killed 12 and injured 70, CNET reports. The nicer theaters, however, make her more “comfortable.”
The comments sparked controversy on the podcast’s Instagram page and a private Facebook page for regular listeners, according to BuzzFeed News; however, Oshry said she is not going to apologize for voicing her opinion.
"Yesterday I offended some people on this show about movie theaters,” she said in her show Wednesday. “There was a lot of talk about it. People really want me to apologize, and I've thought about this ... and I'm not going to apologize for what I said, because people are making it so much more than it is. And I don't want to condone doing that.”
She went on to say she wants to preserve the show’s right to discuss difficult topics by “shedding a little light and laughter on the subject,” she said, according to Buzzfeed News.
It isn’t the first time Oshry and her sister Claudia Oshry, who serves as a co-host on the podcast, have been the subject of public criticism.
Last year, The Daily Beast reported that the social media influencers had hidden their connection to their mother, Pamela Geller, an anti-Islam activist and avid Trump supporter, sparking backlash in the community.
The Aurora, Colorado shooting has once again been in the media this week after victims of the shooting expressed concerns about the violent content in the upcoming "Joker" movie .
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