Geek Guys Get Misogynistic When A Lady Dislikes The Avengers
By Alex Cranz
By now a big chunk of film critics have seen next week’s The Avengers and by and large they have loved the geekgasm that is Joss Whedon writing and directing a superhero team movie starring a bunch of the last three year’s tent pole superheroes.
But then Amy Nicholson came along and she did something absolutely radical.
She didn’t like The Avengers.
This, in and of itself, is not a big deal. The film is at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes which means Ms. Nicholson is in the minority, and as she’s a person she is allowed her own opinion.
Only wait, she didn’t actually dislike it that much. She gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Sure she said she knew more about the fighting panda in Tekken then she did about some central characters, and yes she said it wasn’t ambitious enough, but whatevs. That’s her opinion.
Only the roiling darkness of the geek guy sector of the internet disagrees. They’ve come out in full force. Her review up on Rotten Tomatoes has over 300 comments last I checked. The average review has under 10.
Over at Box Office Magazine, where her review is located there are nearly 100 comments which say things like:
Rotten Tomatoes Update: We’re in at 38 fresh reviews versus your one desperate cry for attention, you ridiculous laughing stock. I checked your other “reviews” listed on RottenTomatoes and it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re doing. When is this writing thing going to fizzle out, so you can start making your own jewelry?
Her boss/lover says it’s better than having her make the coffee and answering phones and besides what else was she going to do with that creative writing degree daddy paid for?
And really, if you’re a woman on the internet with opinions that don’t gel with the Geek Guy squad? This is nothing new. The most commented articles on this very site are all video game reviews where I didn’t like what all the gamer guys love. I get emails and tweets and anonymous messages on Tumblr carefully explaining why my tiny lady brain can’t comprehend the majesty of man.
What surprises me are the myriad of white knights coming to her defense and demanding Box Office Magazine and Rotten Tomatoes immediately delete the most offensive comments.
What will that accomplish? That’s not me being a righteous lady. I’m genuinely asking.
Right now those comments exist and they’re awful but people are talking about them! There is an honest discourse about geek bullies going down and if those comments had been immediately deleted that would not have happened.
It’s tough. Figuring out what should stay and what should go. I personally hate censoring people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion even if I find those opinions to be gross, and in this case, with such a mainstream critic getting verbally assaulted, it seems like a bad idea to delete the comments. It feels less like keeping the conversation on track (is Avengers good?) and more like sweeping all the misogyny under the rug.
So what do YOU think. When is enough enough? What’s your breaking point? Should sites keep up the vile bile or delete it forever?