Back in the mid-2000's I used to read a fantastic site called Fire Joe Morgan. Created by a group of buddies working under pseudonyms, the site made it their holy quest to seek out and eviscerate lazy, unsubstantiated and downright sh*tty sportswriting. For me, it was a godsend. One of the wittiest, funniest and yet intelligent sites I still have ever encountered on the web, I found FJM absolutely awesome (somewhat-cool, semi-related story, I found out years after the site shutdown that the primary founder, "Ken Tremendous", ended up revealing himself to be Michael Schur, creator of one of my all-time favorite tv shows, Parks and Recreaction, as well as Mose from The Office. So yeah, feel free to use that one at the bar if you feel like. Chicks dig small world internet stories).
But FJM's style was one where they would literally go line-by-line and dissect the ever-loving sh*t out of an article. So if you were a writer who didn't put the proper work in, man watch out. Because these guys knew their stuff (Moneyball style), were excellent comedic writers and were straight up ruthless. So good.
Now applying that same style to those writing about movies and television is a lot different because subjectivity plays a much larger role in critiquing your subject. But at the same time, just because subjectivity plays a significant role in the structure of your piece doesn't mean your subjective opinion is immune to being idiotic.
So yeah, I came across an article this morning that pissed me off to the point that I felt compelled to go after it FJM style. And true, it may be rude and unprofessional and probably even mean, but hey, I do this as a hobby between working a nine-to-five and putting as much cheap vodka into my system as possible. Empathy isn't exactly a strong suit for me.
Now a little background on the article. Published in The New Yorker and authored by a Ms. Amy Davidson, the main thrust of the piece is that Seth MacFarlane's hosting gig of the Oscars was plagued by offensive misogynistic antics. Now as a human being that lacks a vagina, I can't really comment on whether MacFarlane's act was offensive to women or not. Did I find it stupid and crude? Yeah, sure. Offensive? I don't think so, but I'm completely open to someone making the case that it was.
So Ms. Davidson, please proceed...