Just a quick post this morning before I head off to work, but I saw two stories yesterday that both made me shake my head and wonder when the meteor strike will hurry up and hit the reset button on life as we know it.
The first involves a film critic who committed the unspeakable act of… being a film critic.
Earlier this week, film critic Marshall Fine did something very common for a man of his profession: he wrote a negative review. Unfortunately, Fine wrote a negative review about “The Dark Knight Rises,” easily the most anticipated movie of the summer — and then the storm came.
The piece struck a nerve with fans and, in just six hours, received a whopping 460 comments on the movie site, some of which even called for the critic’s death.
Yes, that’s right. A film critic received death threats because people weren’t happy that he didn’t like a movie that they probably haven’t even seen yet. Now anonymous internet death threats aren’t usually anything to be taken seriously (I’ve received them) but still: over a movie? Really?
Why do people care so much about whether their opinion is validated by a film critic? It makes no sense. It reminds me of this little song:
It’s okay to not like things, or to like things. It’s okay for other people to like things, and to not like things. Mmmkay?
The second story is related only because it involves the same movie, The Dark Knight Rises. But the level of stupidity is even higher, if you can believe that. It seems that Rush Limbaugh is totally serious you guys about how far Hollywood will go to help Kenyan Socialist Mooslim Barack Hussein Obama retain the White House.
Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?
No, I’m not making this up. Here’s the audio:
Of course the character of Bane was created in 1993, but Rush wouldn’t let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory. Now I don’t think Rush is stupid enough to believe this conspiracy theory. The real question is whether he thinks some portion of his audience is stupid enough to believe him. All my conservative friends who listen to Rush claim that he is almost always joking when he says something like this, and maybe he’s just joking here too. But I think he knows that there are listeners out there who believe this crap.
All of this is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Anyone who is likely to believe Rush’s Bane/Bain theory was not going to be an Obama voter. No one listened to that theory and decided he or she could no longer support the re-election of Barack Obama.
But Rachel Maddow had an interesting story last night about Hillary Clinton’s motorcade getting pelted with tomatoes and shoes in Egypt. It seems the people of Egypt are under the impression that the American government helped the Muslim Brotherhood candidate win their recent presidential election. And the reason they believed it was because they heard it from our own right-wing nutjob media. People like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Michelle Bachmann and Frank Gaffney. These right-wing conspiracy theories are starting to leak out and actually make the job of diplomacy for our State Department harder.
Maybe the right wing should watch that video about not liking things.