Despite the aghast reactions of many, at Reverse Shot we’re pleased as punch with our decision to not include space for readers’ comments on the site proper. If you want to leave a screed, you can always send us a letter, as in the olden days, or plop one out right here on the blog. But the thoughtfulness of our writers and the rigor of the editing process we so dearly believe in simply don’t allow for frothing fan boys to smear our pages with their spontaneous mind-droppings. (If we allowed comments on Adam Nayman’s The Dark Knight review, for instance, you can be assured that the words “fag,” “fuck,” and “you” would forever be part of that page.) As Nick Pinkerton says in his fourth entry on his Sundance Now blog, The Classical, “As anyone who has perused the Comments section of virtually any YouTube posting can tell you, these forums function principally as a clearing house for semiliterate jeremiads and jaw-dropping racism.” It’s not that we don’t love you, commenters, faithful readers…it’s that we just want you to get your own damn site.
This is all a preamble to guide you to Pinkerton’s latest, in which he hilariously responds en masse to the types of comments his various pieces have received over the years. Read on, as you’re either, at best, an “obsessed, thwarted demi-man,” an “analphabetic boor,” or a “wet blanket on the culture.”