Back in February, Kevin Smith went on a tirade against film critics for their drubbing of his film Cop Out. The gist of it was that since critics saw it for free, they shouldn’t be able to say anything about it and from now on, he was not going to screen it and everyone would have to pay to see it. Needless to say, that sent the film critic world in an uproar, many of them lashing back at Smith, but eventually, things began to subside. At least, until now.
C. Robert Cargill, known as Massawyrm on Ain’t It Cool News and under his real name at a host of different sites, wrote an article on Film.com about Kevin Smith and the impact of his tirade earlier this year, making the excellent point that Smith had been riding on the praise of critics for years and now that they didn’t agree with him, he didn’t like them anymore. Cargill, towards the end, also stated “More importantly, it’s made what he has to say mostly irrelevant”. With all the backlash he’s been on the end of due to his rants against Southwest Airlines and the critical drubbing of Cop Out, it has trumped his work as a director because now people don’t like him as a person and will respond negatively. That’s not how Kevin Smith took it.
My wake up routine consists of laying in bed until 2PM (it’s summer gimme a break) and obsessively checking the internet through my phone. One of the sites I go to is Twitter and one of the people I follow is, you guessed it, . I’m used to his compulsive tweeting, regularly reading about ten or so comments he’s made before someone else pops up, and usually I like it. However today was different. Turns out Smith got wind of the Film.com article and when he saw the world “irrelevent” shit, as they say, hit the fan.
As you can see, he didn’t take it so well. Out of context with the article, I can see why he would respond so negatively; no one wants to be labeled as “irrelevent”. Now, I figured he would be done after this, but then it continued:
After trying to prove to everyone how relevent he is, he then begins on the attack of the writer of the article, and then finally blocks him from his Twitter feed (something he does when someone asks him to stop overly tweeting or says something that could be construed as negative; some deserve it and some don’t). After reading all of this, digesting it, then reading Cargill’s article, one thought came to mind:
GET OVER IT.
First off, the Cargill article isn’t the most negative thing on the block. He was talking about how Smith’ s actions are going to have adverse effects on his career from here on out. It’s one thing to hate a review; it’s another to attack the people who did them. They were being honest (although some, like Devin Faraci’s review on CHUD, got a little too personal) and that’s their job. Because of that intensity, critics are going to already have negative feelings towards Smith and are going to be even more hard on his films. In essence, he shot himself in the foot.
But no, he didn’t see that. Kevin Smith saw “irrelevent” , freaked out and went on another tirade (which does coincide with the release of Cop Out on DVD…hmmm). I love Kevin Smith’s movies. Clerks turned me from a film watcher into a film lover. I may not have liked his last two outings, but I will still see everything he does because I like his style. The thing is though…I’m starting to not like him. He isn’t used to being criticized this heavily and thanks to an already fragile ego after the disappointing theatrical run of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, his once cool demeanor has disappeared. It breaks my heart, it really does.
Kevin Smith just needs to get over it; people are going to hate, people are going to love. He has his loyal fanbase who will love everything he does, and for every five people who didn’t like Cop Out, there are five who did. To go on Twitter and rant against people just because they didn’t like what he did is childish and ridiculous and it just makes him look like a man who can’t take criticism (even though he used to so well).
Kevin Smith hasn’t become irrelevant in the way he thought he was being portrayed, but he is well on his way to being despised and that is something I never thought I would say.