Sunday, 6 November 2011

Publish and be damned (I was)


Today I learnt something new about myself. I am a racist. It came as a big of a shock because I'd no idea.

At least according to someone who posted a comment on the article I wrote for Shadowlocked, 8 British Shows the Americans couldn’t do.

I didn’t make any racist points. All I did was state that for various reasons there are some British shows that American TV couldn’t make as well, mainly because of things like settings and American TV’s perchance for guns.

But, that’s the thing, once your work is out there – especially out there on the world wide web – you have no control over what people say and in this case what they post.

Does it make you angry and get you upset when you read criticism like that? Of course it does, but like a lot of things in life you just have to get used to it. People will always disagree with you and sometimes that will mean they get personal.

Do I think I’m a racist just because someone wrote it? Hey, if someone wrote I was a millionaire would it make it true?

3 comments:

  1. "If it weren't for the Americans you'd all be speaking German by now"

    Who says the Yanks can't write great comedy. That's the best laugh I've had all day.

    Jen, the reason they reacted so aggressively is you have touched a nerve. In the words of Jack Nicholson, they can't handle the truth. Have a good laugh about this redneck yahoo's dumb ass comments and consign them to oblivion.

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  2. Thanks Sandra. Like the use of 'dumb ass.' I love that phrase.

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  3. Yeah, once our work is 'out there' anyone can form and express any opinion of the work and/or writer they wish. They're entitled to do that, however wrong they may be.

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