"Arguing On The Internet Is Like Running In The Special Olympics: Even If You Win, You're Still Retarded."

I suppose I have only myself to blame.I mean, I know that's actually not true; none of the stupid, bickering, masturbatory bitchfest that ensued over at Pajiba in the comment thread of my Superbad review is actually my fault. In the two years or so since Pajiba enabled comments, it's a rare thing that the thread actually dealt with the movie in relevant ways. I didn't force anyone to start name-calling, or freaking out, or just generally losing their cool over what was, at the end of the day, just another entertaining comedy. But I also must confess that I knew exactly what I was doing when I wrote that in the movie, "no woman is seen onscreen who isn’t talking to a man." I knew that would piss certain people off, and what's more, I've been writing for Pajiba for so long that I had a pretty good idea of exactly who would be pissed off, or anyway I had it narrowed down to half a dozen likely candidates. Yes, the Pajiba staff has a bit of a feminist skew — we all loves us some Joss Whedon, after all — and I don't think I was wrong in my observation that many parts of the movie were clearly conceived by a lonely boy just hitting the long dark road of puberty. However, even I, in my supposed experience, didn't foresee the minor shitstorm that would develop on the site, though I guess I should have known better. I gave some of our readers what they probably saw as great ammunition to make their case as to why they would or wouldn't see the movie, and I completely understand someone's willingness to avoid a movie simply based on its creator or content; had I not been assigned to review Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, believe me, I would never have forced myself to watch that crap. But I also wouldn't have wanted to pick fights with someone based on that, or waste time getting everyone all riled up over it. Look, I know there's a decent chance most of the people reading this will have no idea what I'm talking about because they haven't read this particular comment thread (and I implore them not to do so). But for those who were involved in the pissing contest, whatever your beliefs or reasons or whatever: Let it go. Okay? Just ... let it go. Do you want to see the movie? Awesome, go see it; it's hilarious. Do you plan to avoid the movie because it violates your views of empowered womanhood? Awesome, don't go see it; it will probably bug you. See how easy that was? Now, everyone: calm down.