Reader: Helikon's Opiates of the Masses Show Is Great, But Your Words Weren't

Helikon Gallery just opened a show of street art, called Opiates for the Masses and curated by Myah and Scott Bailey, who own the Sally Centigrade gallery in Larimer Square. Everyone agrees the display is amazing (see our slide show on the Helikon opening here), but one reader objected to the language we used to preview the show. Says Rupert:

Is it really necessary to say that "you would want to overdose on this show" or "inject this into your veins"? If this were a showcase playing on words of cancer or depression, you wouldn't want to say this show is so good "you'll get chemotherapy" or this show is so
good you might want to "commit suicide." I am comparing overdose to cancer and depression because, like cancer and depression, people also die of overdose. I just felt that it was in very poor taste to use the wording that you did in this article. Believe it or not, overdose is very common in Colorado and if someone had lost someone they loved to an overdose and saw an article showcasing an art show with the trying to be catchy and cute headlines "you'll want to overdose" or inject this in your veins they would be offended. This art show looks great but the art and the art show were tainted by your wording and showcasing of this show.

What did you think of our story on Opiates of the Masses? And if you haven't seen the show yet, Helikon is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (Sorry, not today.) Find out more at helikongallery.com.

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