Saturday, June 2, 2012
This is just painful
I came across this on Art's site. He found it on the Times site.
And it is so fucking stupid it makes me want to cry.
This sad excuse for a "conversation" seems to have been sparked by Samuel L. Jackson, whose career peaked in intellectual terms with Snakes on a Plane, and who famously dissed Times critic A. O. Scott on Twitter for himself dissing The Avengers, which was last weekend's multiplex fodder. (Or was it the weekend before?) Oh and in which Samuel L. Jackson paid some baadassss superhero who kicked asssssss.
Now, artistically - sorry, but I'm laughing already; I actually can't write a sentence that reads, "In artistic terms, The Avengers - " It's just impossible; it's too funny. The Avengers. Artistic. Seriously. I mean, are the Avengers the ones who are like mutants, which means they're like gay in comic-speak? Or is one of them the actual new gay one, the Green Lamppost? I mean gay is so hot in the graphic novel now. Hot, hot. Because you know - well, you know; because. Because Obama.
But back to this sack of shit the Times posted under the rubric "Sweet Spot." (Uh huh.) Now I've never been a big fan of A.O. Scott, but he is not stupid, and he is articulate. (And something tells me that the opinion of the ages will most likely align with his review regarding The Avengers.) So you'd think he could strike a few intellectual sparks on this subject. But the Times has teamed him up with David Carr, who thinks the Strokes are as culturally important as the Sistine Chapel. (I'm not kidding, he actually says that.) Now true, David Carr looks like he may have been around since, oh, 1512, so maybe he really knows whereof he speaks. Or maybe Michelangelo is the only other fucking artist this fatuous idiot knows. (You be the judge!)
But wait, there's more - and actually, here, I think, is the sweet spot of this "Sweet Spot." David is all broken up about how A.O. may have hurt Samuel L.'s feelings. Because you know what? David Carr got a bad review once (can you believe it?) - and it hurt! Carr says this right into the camera, as if he were Charlton Heston laying down the law to Pharaoh - "It HURT!" So 1-2-3 - awwwwwww. We're sorry, David Carr. AWWWWWWW.
Only you know what, David? Sure, the reviews hurt - but can you say your critics were wrong? 'Cause just judging from this interview, they may have been right (you certainly suck here).
And I'm just curious what case you're actually making. (Let's review!) Are you arguing that critics should not speak their minds - that is to say, are you a newspaperman arguing for censorship? Are you seriously arguing that not hurting feelings is more important than free speech - as my kindergarten teacher insisted once, and quite passionately? (Maybe you would have liked her!)
Or are you arguing that we should all pretend the Strokes are as good as Michelangelo? Because deep in your heart you know that is an extremely foolish thing for a grown man to believe?
Or were you just paid to say all this crap because the Times saw an opportunity to suck up to the pissed Avengers audience, in the hopes they might suddenly decide to take out web subscriptions? Oh, yeah. As if! Seriously, that's like the most pathetic scenario of all - that you could somehow come off as hip. It's just - oh, what can I say. The Times so sucks.