It's a day ending in Y, so that means there's another controversy building on social media involving a notable geek celebrity provoking social justice outrage. This one was kicked off by Netflix, which revealed plans to remove Kevin Smith's opus, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, from its list of movie offerings as part of a yearly culling. An article on Death and Taxes by Maggie Serota contains the following lighthearted jab at the film:
“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is included in the purge, but absolutely no one will miss that one.
Smith, good-naturedly, fired back on Twitter:
And that's where things went pear-shaped. Here's some of the Twitter support Smith received:
Serota was quick to turn these comments right around at Smith, provoking an exchange and an apology:
Yeah, @ThatKevinSmith, it's the vulgarity that's the issue, not the misogyny. Okay.— Ma'ggie (@maggieserota) December 28, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, the dumbest thing you'll read on th internet all weekend (an impressive honor):
Oh internet... Smith, at this point, realized he was in deep doo doo:
Via @maggieserota "Yeah, it's the vulgarity, not the misogyny" Then I apologize for their misogyny as well. All I did was ask a question...— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 28, 2013
And followed up with a long blog post decrying misogyny (read the full thing here):
I Tweeted this partly in an effort to correct two of the Tweeter’s assumption that Mashable was making the STRIKE BACK crack and instead point them to a) the actual website for the piece, and b) the article’s author. I realize now this was pointless: most folks understand Mashable is not an actual person and has many voices, not one. But I also Tweeted a question to the author in the Tweet. And that’s when all Hell broke loose.
Or rather, all manner of misogyny aimed at the author from people who follow me on Twitter. Granted, it wasn’t ALL misogynistic Tweets the author of that article received from my Followers; but if even ONE makes with the woman-hate, then I’ve failed to communicate that I stand for loving women, never hating or debasing them. NEVER. FOR ANY REASON. But ESPECIALLY not for something like a disagreement about a movie. Jesus…
Serota didn't seem to take his apology seriously at first:
Nor his surprise at the attitudes of some of his vocal supporters:
But in the end, she seemed to be willing to forgive, in the universal language of Twitter, by retweeting Smith's blog post. Our favorite part of the whole event, however, had to be Smith's realization, expressed in his blog post, that he's a crappy filmmaker:
The Jay character aside, I’ve always tried to imbue the characters in my flicks with nothing but respect for women. If my movies have made you feel it’s okay to reduce another human being by labeling them a “bitch” or a “cunt”, then I was an even worse filmmaker than I thought.
Damn, dude. If you wanted to figure that out, all you had to do was watch Jersey Girl!
We're kidding, of course. You could also watch Clerks 2.
Moral to the story: if your favorite male writer/actor/director/artist gets in a fight on Twitter, and you think you can help out by making misogynistic (or, in other cases, racist or homophobic) comments at his opponent, think twice. Besides putting your own ignorance on display for the world, you're also likely to force him to have to apologize for your stupid ass as well.