Batman Themed Father's Day Photoshoot On Train Tracks Causes Outrage, Death Threats

June 18, 2015


This is a shot from Mike and Roxanne Daly's Father's Day photoshoot. It features Mike and the couple's son dressed as Batman and Robin, rescuing Roxanne from the train tracks. Aaaaand people on the internet were so outraged they put themselves and their son in danger that they received death threats. The internet, ladies and gentlemen: it's a giant shithole (Geekologie excluded).

The family said they got menacing threats immediately after the post went viral. Their address was posted online along with a message that said someone was coming to their home at 3 a.m.

"We had no idea it was illegal," Daly said. "I've never been on a railroad before. I'll never be on a railroad again. We don't hang out on them. I get where people are coming from, but I don't think the message was well-crafted at all. There were less aggressive ways of communicating that."

Admittedly, it's pretty stupid to not know you're not supposed to hang out on train tracks (besides the risk of being hit, they're considered private property and you can get charged with trespassing -- which actually happened to me before when I went through a hobo phase after college). I'm just not sure the right way to express to someone that they were doing something dangerous is to threaten to kill them. Besides, if you did kill this kid's parents then you're gonna have a real-life Batman on your hands, and he's not gonna be happy.

Thanks to n0nentity, who has always dreamed of traveling the country in a boxcar with the door open and just watching the scenery roll by. *crying* I'm sorry, that is just like, my dream.

  • Train tracks are safe. The legality of walking train tracks is irrelevant when it comes to what you want to do in YOUR OWN LIFE.

  • MrJamsterJ

    Looks like he'd make a better Batman than Ben Afflack

  • Leland_Gaunt

    We used to put pennies on the train tracks as kids and watch the trains squash them flat. We used to lay down on the tracks with an ear to the rail and listen to the trains that were far away. Yup, as kids, my little friends and I played around them on occasion. So what?
    Try coming to my house in the middle of the night because you have a problem with that, and you may not like what you find. It's gonna be really tough to outrun a bullet...

  • Ed

    Train tracks actually pose very little danger to anyone except the dumbest of the dumb; like if you can cut a bagel without slicing open your hand, then you're probably smart enough not to get hit by a train ever.

  • Javan Stargazer

    Clearly someone needs to show those parents a lesson by going on a panty raid... I mean thong raid. I just texted my boy Marty McFly and he told me he's down. He seemed a little overexcited actually... I think he's got a thing for moms.

  • David Pawson

    "You did something dangerously stupid, but were lucky enough to survive, so I'm going to kill you!"???? That doesn't make sense. Sounds like someone needs to be institutionalized. As to the danger of the tracks... okay, so find a closed line to do this. There are plenty of them around.

  • TundeMacaulay

    I think it makes plenty sense. Why did they survive while others didn't. I'm sure the messenger is only vying for an equal world, where death comes to all who step upon the train-tracks.

  • JJtoob

    Death threats for something that could have killed them... I'd say it seems incredibly ironic on all fronts.

    Also, The only thing they need is Sharkeesian coming in telling them to question their choice of making the mother a damsel in distress.

  • Sebastiann Elegant√© Neely

    I've never understood this talk about the "dangers" of walking/being on train tracks. Trains don't just jump out at people and kill them; they give you plenty of notice to get out of the one direction they're headed.

  • JJtoob

    When I was in high school, we'd walk on railroad tracks for a good half mile on the way home, never heard of anyone dying by train, not even suicide attempts.

  • Javan Stargazer

    All I have to say is #momthong ftw...

  • Kaizer Chief

    I give up... where is everyone seeing the mom's thong?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    That's probably a factor in how she became a mom.

  • JJtoob

    Mom is hawt!

  • Javan Stargazer

    That's what I'm staying

  • Jason Christopher

    I don't see the problem here. It's not like they waited until an oncoming train was 100 yards away, barrelling down on them, before lying down and setting up this shot. Had a train approached them at any point, they would have heard and seen it in PLENTY of time to take 2 steps to the right or left and avoid any problems.

  • tim

    Exactly...citizens publicly mourn every time somebody walking along the tracks gets hit by a train from walking on the tracks, but that is way more of a public issue than a photographer who would be clearly aware of the risks.

  • iofo61

    Everyone knows the only people on the internet worth getting death threats are those spammers that post in the comments sections about how their brother's sister makes $6755 a month.

  • ZerglingPack

    Well I don't know about that. I mean $6755 a month is chump change compared to my brother. He makes nearly 10k dollars a month and get this it's ALL FROM HOME! But don't worry I will tell you how he does it so you can make money from home as well. Embezzlement.

  • Gene Kaufman

    *Stock footage of women applauding*

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