September 22, 2008

Roger Ebert on "The Incident"

Last week I reported on the incident at the Toronto Film Festival that resulted in Roger Ebert getting whacked with a program. Just the other day, Roger Ebert addressed said incident on his site. He begins by saying that if he had anything to do with it, no one would have heard about the happening. I tell you, Roger Ebert is one classy guy.

Of course, with the state of information, the moment anything happens, it's online and flying around cyberspace. I was one of those doing my part to spread the news of what happened, thus getting the word out on a non-incident. Now, here I am spreading the word that it was a non-incident. Will I never learn?

Still, I felt it worthwhile to make mention of his response. In his column he describes the entire incident from start to finish. I will not repeat it here, but you should read it.

The reason I am even writing this is because I still think Lumenick (the other party) overreacted to the whole thing. So, this is a bit more of a rant on being over reactionary as opposed to speaking on the specific incident. I do not care who you are, but when someone taps you on the shoulder, your reaction should be to find out what the tapper wants. Don't yell, or make a scene, or draw undo attention to yourself, and don't turn around and smack them. That's liable to make the incident worse. It is a case of common sense and civility. We are all people here, we are all adults, act like one.


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