Am not blogging on the site much these days as most of my time is occupied in producing the show – but I can’t stop myself from mentioning this absurd petition to ban critic Armond White from Rotten Tomatoes:
Armond is a friend of the show – he’s been on a couple of times:
and I say absurd, because doesn’t the idea of banning someone from this critic-aggregating site due to their contra-majority views defeat the whole purpose of the ‘Tomatometer’!
We love having Armond on precisely because his views do differ from the majority of corporate criticism – and, more importantly he has ideas - theories, and personal insights that, while often disagreeing with them, I always find to be valuable in their thought provoking nature – my criticism is better as a result of hearing where he’s coming from.
I know the Petitioner is a young guy so I’ll cut him some slack – but it seems to me that we have a whole generation of folks who’ve been raised since the cold-war’s end who, raised in a world where there is no visibly prominent alternative to Capitalism, see, however unconsciously, criticism as inherently promotional – in fact, everything, and everyone, has to constantly sell itself/themselves – because there’s nowhere else to go/no other way of being – and folks like Armond rock the boat – in fact his very presence is threatening to this lock-step world of praise that… oh forget it – am off on a rant here -
Anyhew, I see they’re getting closer to their goal of 500 signatures, (what happens then – Rotten Tomatoes is bound by law to kick him off?); Why not head over there to the forum and tell the folks what you think – even if you disagree with what I’m saying – cause isn’t that the point – discussion – argument – ideas clashing – criticism people!: