In Defense of Me
In the aftermath of the Retractions article, in which I addressed some semi-literate e-mail about how I'm a bad person for saying negative things about Lizzie McGuire, I got a bunch more mail. Despite the fact that I publicly, if not convincingly, retracted everything I ever said about the Liz, people are continuing to persecute me.
First of all, this cryptic thing:
Excuse me, i would appreciate it if you wouldnt put your feeling s about me in writing for the world to see, thank you!
Is it really from Hilary Duff, TV's Lizzie, or just a self-righteous fan trying to appeal to my guilt? Does it really matter? I never said anything at all about Hilary Duff or any of the cast or crew involved in the production of Lizzie McGuire. I criticized the show itself. The only people who have any right to be insulted are the writers, directors, producers, etc., and they're undoubtedly used to bad press, especially bad press on a random unaccredited website that nobody reads.
Anyway, about a million people put "I Love Hilary Duff" websites out there for the world to see, and I bet she doesn't mind about that. Even if she does, she's going to have a hell of a job getting rid of them. If the e-mail really IS from Hilary Duff, she ought to realize that being an actress means you'll get some press about you. Or rather, you'll get some press about the show you're on, which you'll mistakenly think is about you. And you have to be careful not to let it get to you.
If the e-mail ISN'T from Hilary Duff, she ought to be ashamed of herself for impersonating her. That's immoral.
The next e-mail:
Hi. I just read your lizzie review, and I understand you're a critic and it's your job, but don't you think you were a little harsh? I am webmaster of Hilaryduff.com and president of her fan club, so I may be bias, but it seemed a little over hatred. When was this review written? Also, may I ask how old you are? Because I know it probably isn't your kind of show if your not 9-14. But I just wanted to say that I respect your review, but it just seemed unfair to the readers, who are probably of a younger audience that the show is meant for. Thank you for your time.
I have several points I wish to make in an orderly and GRAMMATICAL fashion.
It's important to note that this same person sent me a second email. The first e-mail was respectful, and if English really is this guy's second language, there's no reason not to return that respect. However:
Here's a review of the show from Variety Magazine, a respected entertainment magazine read by every entertainment professional in Los Angeles. So if you ever want to be a real journalist, read this and take notes, cuz you aren't going to go anywhere if you bash the hell out of every good thing you see that you don't like.
After that there was a review he cut and pasted or something. Okay, now the gloves are coming off.