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Snark Gratia Snarkis

There are lines.  These lines, you don't cross.  For example, there's a web site that chronicles the biggest Rob Liefeld drawing mistakes.  Forty of them, to be precise.  I've read it and had some real good laughs.  I consider that okay.  It's commentary.  It's harmless snark.  By way of contrast, Yellow Hat Guy at the 2009 Wizard World giving Liefeld a book on how to draw comics and asking for his money back for Heroes Reborn, so he could brag about it and have a friend tape it?  That's not okay.  That's not commentary.  That's attempting to humiliate someone.  That doesn't fly with me.

I bring this up because M. Night Shyamalan is in the news.  I loved The Sixth Sense, one of my favorite movies ever.  I loved Unbreakable.  But after that, he went straight into the toilet, complete with a self-insert in Lady In The Water.  As much as I hate to say it, Shyamalan was a one-trick pony whose trick was very good, but the more he focuses on being Rod Serling 2.0, the more he falls away.

So I hate his newer movies.  I'm content to just ignore the guy.  I don't like his stuff, I've said my piece, I've taken my potshots, I'm calling it a day.

Chris Baker, however, doesn't see it that way.  A copywriter and author, he and two other ad biz buddies have started a web site to raise $15,000 to send Shyamalan back to film school.  Total raised to date?  $520.33.

I've mentioned before that one of my immutable Rules Of Life is, "Don't waste energy making unnecessary enemies."  I mean, what do they really hope to accomplish with this?  More to the point, film school isn't going to teach Shyamalan to rein in his excesses.  I personally feel this one goes over the line.

No comment from Shyamalan's camp.  Although it's pretty easy to guess what he thinks.

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