That's the subject line and the content of an email I got yesterday afternoon.
A bunch of people asked me why on Earth I had asked for the review that resulted in yesterday's shitstorm. Why do kids lick flagpoles when it's 10º outside? Why do grown men take chainsaws up into trees and make the cut on the wrong side of the branch they're sitting on? Why did the U.S. elect George Bush twice.
I guess people are stupid and as they grow, their stupidity just reaches for more impressive levels of stupidity. Hey! I'm people too.
At one point yesterday, I said I'd be posting a review of my review. When I said that, I thought the comment thread was more or less entertaining. Sure, the insults and the petulance kept going off the rails, but they also kept veering back toward having a sense of humor. As the day went on, and then, when I looked at what had happened overnight, I decided I wasn't having fun anymore.
So, I'm done with it. The only thing further I'm going to say is, "I'm a big boy. I volunteered for the skewering knowing full-well what I was letting myself in for. I have some quibbles with the review and a couple of things from it that I should probably take to heart, and if I have any real complaint about it, it would be that it was kind of a lazy drive-by review. But frankly, it wasn't all that bad. I can live with it."
Side note: Last week's review of the Chinese Christian kid was more like when the retarded kid in Eighth Grade wants to be on the relay-race team and even though you know you're going to get a chance to laugh at her when she runs weird, you tie her shoelaces together just to make it worse. Sure, she asked for it and you can unload both barrels at her, but there's no law saying you have to. Some people's blogs make it clear that they have no idea what they're getting into. There's a point where picking on the clueless just crosses the line into vicious and unnecessary.
So, anyway, I'm shutting off the comments over there 'cause I've had enough now. I'm also deleting L.B.'s last contribution. Why? Because I can. Because I feel like it. Because it is my blog and I can do any damned thing I feel like with it. I'll just let everyone know that she closed with, "Ciao, y'all." That's a welcome sentiment.
P.S. Anyone who feels the need to comment about how unfair I'm being should know that I'll probably just delete that shit too. Sure I'm being unfair. Yesterday, I was fair. Today I'm deleting anything that doesn't smell like candy-coated bunny farts. Electric unicorn rainbows will also permitted. I'll probably even leave in insults as long as I think they're funny. (Hint: I thought Ghost's reaction to being called an asshole and his message to the People of Polybloggovia was pretty damned funny. Some of the rest of the stinky pile?...not so much.)
Anyway, I'm ready to move on with new posts that are too damned wordy, (who knows, I may learn how to edit), and my pointless header (which changes every couple of months anyway), and my sometimes nit-picky posts (which warn you that they're going to be pedantic before they even get started).
Have a lovely Thursday.