So terrified am I by what’s happened to Mediaah.blogspot that I’ve decided henceforth to avoid mentioning names when I bitch about Big Media. So I’ll say only that a certain well-known film critic in a certain leading daily has, after a certain plagiarism expose, taken to writing her own original thoughts on movies – which has only made things much worse. In her Million Dollar Baby review, for instance, she referred to Clint Eastwood’s previous film Mystic River as "a trip through America’s traumatic, paedophilic childhood".
During our bloggers’ meet at the Park, Amit Varma and I pored carefully over this sentence and concluded that it meant the founding fathers of the US of A were child molesters. Visions of a leering Thomas Jefferson, an innocent cherub perched atop his lap, leapt into our collective minds. Of course, if America’s great early statesmen were in fact paedophiles, it would (warning: kneejerk anti-Americanism coming up) explain a lot about the state of affairs in that country today. So was that line in the review really insightful social commentary masquerading as terrible film writing? No one knows, not even the reviewer herself.