Popcorn has remained the moviegoer's most beloved snack, but would our theater experience be better without it? One man - Mike Shotton, 39, of Newcastle, England - thinks so, and has made a conscientious effort to get popcorn banned from his country's theaters.
No, this isn't a joke. He really, really hates popcorn.
Earlier this month, Shotton created an online petition to ban the sale of popcorn in UK cinemas. The petition only has 295 signatures thus far, but local media has captured plenty of footage of him campaigning for the cause in front of his neighborhood theater.
The petition states that popcorn is not only flavorless and smelly, but it creates an incredible amount of noise pollution, especially in an environment where patrons are expected to turn off their phones and keep their voices down:
"Cinema chains bombard us with constant reminders to be quiet during the film and then they sell the loudest food known to man on the premises!"
According to Shotton, his beef with popcorn began when he went to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' after anticipating the film's release for over a year - only to find that the theater was packed with people loudly eating the snack.
"It was a showing full of kids and students, so I expected noise. But honestly - it's a loud film, but I could barely hear it from all the rummaging tongues and chewing. I went home a little bit infuriated. I decided to start a petition."
As news of Shotton's petition campaign spread, more and more movie patrons gathered behind their own counter petition to stop him, citing that "popcorn is an essential part of the cinema experience."
However, those involved in the counter petition fear that if Shotton gets enough signatures, the region's environmental health department would legally have to consider his case and individual county councils would have to decide whether or not popcorn should be banned from theaters in their area.
In short, this extremely improbable ban could become much more probable if he earns enough signatures to be heard.
So what do you guys think? Has Mike got a point about popcorn? Have you ever been distracted by someone snacking at the theater?
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