Well, the enthusiasm for my Braff post seems to be dying down finally. Frankly, I’m a little relieved. If I learned anything from it, it was that some people get it and others don’t. And that some people have a very visceral reaction to what was meant to be a humorous post, with photos.
In addition to Samantha’s great comments, about every third person felt the need to point out that Zach Braff did not write the film (I never said he did, though it turns out he actually did write some of it), that it was a remake (I can read by the way, and did so during the credits), or some derivation on the theme that I was “jelous” [sic] of Braff (The Shins never changed my life).
My favorite comments though, were by a few people on Digg that took exception to my use of the word “Jewess,” and felt that this put me firmly in Strom Thurmond territory. I especially enjoyed SgnDave’s take:
“Personally, I think it’s an instance of “true colors shining through.” In the movie, the protagonist (Zach Braff, natch) is Jewish… the fact that he uses “Jewess” to knock down Portman’s character highlights the fact that the author is trying (emphasis: *trying*) not to appear racist. I think it’s clear he is.
It’s no better than calling someone Oriental in a hateful tone… the word itself may not carry a heavy connotation, but the context certainly does.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. It sounds like someone’s been using their jump to conclusions mat.
Truth be told, I actually had a huge crush on Natalie Portman at age 16, and was convinced I was in love with her and that she would feel the same, since we’re both vegetarians and like Bjork (pretty rare, right?). I even wrote her a letter highlighting these incredible similarities, among others, which I gave to the stage manager of “The Diary of Anne Frank” when she was starring in it. But, and much to my disappointment, she never replied.
Anyway, if you’re here because of the Braff post, thanks for stopping by. If you liked that, I would recommend checking out the rest of the site, in particular my Tourgasm recaps, interviews with famous people, which features what I believe to be the most informative interviews ever about “Arrested Development” with Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat, a chat with Demetri Martin, politics with David Cross, sodomy with Stella, and my collection of found items.