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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

Stephen Colbert just called Michael Medved…

…“a deranged homicidal hitchhiker.”

I’m just sayin’, is all.



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  • PaulW

    Medved is still around? I thought we got him sent to the insane asylum years ago for his crimes against humanity.

  • Hank Graham

    And I think that’s a scandalous libel of the deranged homicidal hitchhiker community (to paraphrase Firefly)

  • Rick

    Nice name calling. If you can’t state a specific criticism of Michael Medved, maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all. You people make liberals look bad.

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    Your concern is noted.

    Seriously, though, it’s Michael Medved – this is a fellow of the Discovery Institute. This is someone who thinks the Coen brothers are antisemitic, but Mel Gibson isn’t. This is someone who wrote a book about how Hollywood was alienating Middle America with films like The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en which were, er, massive, massive hits. This is someone who got bent out of shape over possible gay content in Sherlock Holmes about half a year before it came out. You can’t engage him in criticism on his substantial points because he doesn’t have any substantial points. If you can’t joke about him, who can you joke about?

  • Nice name calling. If you can’t state a specific criticism of Michael Medved, maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all. You people make liberals look bad.

    I believe a most apt response would be “So?”

  • I believe a most apt response would be “So?”

    Er, I mean a more apt response to the original comment would be “So?”

    My brain keeps outrunning my fingers…

  • Paul

    So I went looking for specific critizisms.

    1: He joined the Discovery Institute which promotes intelligent design.

    2: He wrote a column defending slavery.

    That’s pretty much enough for me to write anyone off.

  • Point taken. Some of his views are morally icky. (Though it would have been nice if you followed some of those claims up with a link, Paul.)

    I’m no fan of Michael Medved and I once argued on a now-deceased film forum that he has a habit of writing stuff in such a way that even if you agree with him, you’d rather not admit it. (Call him a disciple of the Dr. Laura Schlesinger School of Film Criticism if you will.)

    But still…a serial killer?

    I’m hoping Colbert’s quote was a lot funnier in its original context because it doesn’t seem that funny from here…

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