I watched the movie Heckler over the weekend and it has stuck with me.
Jamie Kennedy, stand-up comic and actor, interviews fellow performers, critics, and hecklers about the ugly act of heckling.
I don’t drink and I don’t want attention directed toward me in public so I can’t imagine yelling “you suck” at a comedy show. It’s just rude.
But there’s the other side of heckling which I found thought provoking.
Blogs and bloggers.
The magic of a blog is that anyone can be a critic.
The evil of a blog is that anyone can be a critic.
This includes me.
It’s easy to forget that people, including celebrities, have feelings.
Have I ever wronged someone purposely on this blog? Maybe.
Looking back I did refer to Vincent Gallo’s movie The Brown Bunny as the "worst movie ever made" and a "corn-studded turd of a movie." I stand behind that assessment. I explained it and I didn’t say anything about Gallo’s worth as a human being so that’s nice.
But it’s easy to get into the habit of crapping all over someone you don’t know.
So new rule: I’m going to reserve the right to criticize but will attempt to be constructive or at least not abusive.
For instance - Senator Ted Stevens. Uncle Ted. He’s done many good things for this state. He’s probably a nice man. He is, however, a convicted felon and should resign from office if he has the fortune of being re-elected next week.
Then Sarah “Skinny G” Palin can appoint herself as the replacement Senator and continue on her national political career. It’d be a win-win.