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Three’s a trend: reviewed hit back against reviewers

July 1, 2009 2 Comments

Maybe it's coincidence? Maybe I'm talking more crap? Or maybe people are getting fed up with people slagging them off in a review and uniting to do something about it?

Anyway, three's a trend. So here are three people hitting back at bad reviews in the last week.

Roger Corke attacks Tim Dowling over 'The Madoff Hustle' TV review

Roger Corke, the producer-director of The Madoff Hustle, didn't like Tim Dowling's review:

If an opera is reviewed, you get someone reviewing it who knows about opera. The same is true if dance, art, architecture is reviewed. Why is it, then, that newspapers give the TV reviewer's job to someone who clearly doesn't know anything about TV?

... posh, educated people go to the theatre, ballet and art galleries, so they need to be given a reviewer who knows what they're talking about. TV, on the other hand, is that box in everyone's living room and so the assumption is made that anyone can review its contents. As a result, you end up with someone who can't even give his readers an accurate summary of the programme they are reviewing.

More here.

Alice Hoffman attacks Roberta Silman over 'The Story Sisters' book review

Here's her Twitter tirade, reported here.

"Roberta Silman in the Boston Globe is a moron," she wrote. "How do some people get to review books? And give the plot away." Ms. Hoffman also lambasted The Globe and went so far as to post Ms. Silman's phone number and email, inviting fans to "Tell her what u think of snarky critics."

Alain de Botton attacks Caleb Crain over 'Pleasures and sorrows of work' review

Alain hits back on Caleb's blog (there seems to be some doubt as to whether this is really ADB, but a later comment claims he tweeted to say he was commenting there):

Caleb, you make it sound on your blog that your review is somehow a sane and fair assessment. In my eyes, and all those who have read it with anything like impartiality, it is a review driven by an almost manic desire to bad-mouth and perversely depreciate anything of value.

I will hate you till the day I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make. I will be watching with interest and schadenfreude.

Last one courtesy of @badjournalism.

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