Kate Kotler of Bleeding Cool misunderstands snark at Firefly panel, advised to stay away from The Outhouse.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Browncoats, known sometimes as Firebronies, are dedicated fans of Firefly, a Joss Whedon TV show that lasted for one season ten years ago before being unceremoniously canned like a post-Friends Matthew Perry sitcom. So when Joss Whedon joked about a Firefly reboot at the Firefly Cancellation 9th Anniversary Panel at San Diego Comic Con, he clearly had forgotten who he was talking to.
Bleeding Cool, long a bastion for unbiased, quality journalism, initially ran an article correctly reporting Whedon's comments as a joke, before a retraction was published and a follow up report given, which said that Whedon was in fact serious.
Kate Kotler, long a lynchpin for controversy at Bleeding Cool, swore to the world that she had heard Whedon say that the reboot was on and would be broadcast by the Science Channel. When asked if she had mistaken Whedon's joking comments as serious, she grew quite insistent that neither Whedon, nor any other industry professional, would never use snark to joke about news and that to do so would be irresponsible and possibly illegal, if her recollection of libel laws were correct.
In this excerpt from Kotler's report, witness a remarkable inability to comprehend joking and sarcasm usually reserved for Outhouse message board posters complaining about the writing of Jude Terror and ThanosCopter:
"The opening sequence [of the Firefly reboot] is a conversation between Wash and Book," said Whedon quite, quite seriously to the amazed Firefly cast and crew on the press panel with him Friday in San Diego.
"Have I never talked to you about this?" He asked Nathan Fillion, seated to his left.
When learning of the Browncoat reaction to the panel, Joss Whedon is reported to have said "Jesus Christ. Are these morons really unable to separate reality from jokes? Some people are really dumb." His shock indicates that he has not read the comments section of an Outhouse news report lately.
Actual brony and Rich Johnston's alleged boyfriend Brendan Connelly desperately attempted to save face for the beleaguered website, offering clear and irrefutable evidence that the reboot was unlikely and Whedon's comments a joke, including statements from Whedon later that day indicating he would not return to television, and reports from Whedonesque, a Whedon stalker website. Kotler, however, much like a wild animal that has gotten a taste of human blood and needs to be put down by animal control specialists, will never stop until she has proven that a Firefly reboot is in the works and will air on the Science Channel, whose budget for television production would be insufficient to produce even the single season that would be required before the show is canceled for low ratings again.
Whedon could not be reached for further comment, but we imagine that he feels similar to how the Outhouse staff feels after a thread complaining about snark in news articles hits 200 posts. Outhouse contributor and adamant, stalwart heterosexual The Nacireman recommends that, should Whedon try to make a snarky comment at a panel again, he should read Deadspin or SWRT for an example of how to succesfully deliver funny, intelligent snark to millions, or in the case of SWRT, dozens of readers.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror