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Anderson Cooper: “The next time you’re about to text in a film, remember the Alamo.”

Anderson Cooper: "The next time you're about to text in a film, remember the Alamo."

OK, one more day of Tim League/Alamo Drafthouse canonization and we’re done. Probably.

No less than CNN’s Anderson Cooper has cited Tim League as a “great American hero” for his theater’s talk-or-text-and-you-die (or at least, you’re dead to him) policy, as illustrated by the now world-famous PSA.

On Tuesday’s episode of AC360, Cooper’s “The RidicuList” segmented highlighted his own dismay with the attitude illustrated by the now-infamous Drafthouse theatergoer who left an angry voicemail expressing her fury over being kicked out for texting in the “MAGNITED STATES OF AMERICA, where yer-you are FREE to text in a THE-A-TER!”

“Texting in a dark movie theater is like lighting a road flare,” said Cooper, whose segment also featured the Alamo Drafthouse’s prior PSAs that include the likes of Will Ferrell, Michael Cera and Danny Devito exhorting patrons to be cellphone-free inside the Drafthouse. (Ferrell recommends “a light taser” for those who don’t comply, while DeVito suggests cutting out their tongues.)

Says Cooper, “I think [League] should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Next time you’re about to text in a film, remember the Alamo.”


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