Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sat(on ass all)urday Rant

Yay my husband's home. My stock response to anything the kids have said all day is "I don't know, talk to your father". I have read two Saturday papers cover to cover. I have coined scathing responses to this article by Johanna Schneller, about her interview with Billy Bob Thornton, who acted like a total asshat last year on Q, a CBC radio show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. Schneller calls Thornton a 'courtly iconoclast', and 'self-deprecating', and 'candid' and I don't know that he actually autographed her butt but she seems to have done everything short of planting a big old smacker on his. Because you know, he's "overly sensitive", and "I carry too much of what I see and hear" -- this in his own words, and this separates him from Robert Pattinson how? She claims that his bitchy mutterings, sullen teen-agerish silences and general douche-baggery on Q were a 'rejection of an opportunity to shill' in an age of 'relentless self-promotion'. This reminds me of when I was doing my Master's in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto in whatever the hell year it was and Derek Walcott was teaching a course. Some of the students thought that he was a little detached and dismissive as a teacher. I was out at a pub and one of the other girls said, with a breathless, groupie-ish air "but you know, I think it's that he's, well, he's a poet, and he doesn't want to be teaching these obsessed-with-marks, academic, grad students". To which another prof who was there drily replied, "then that's when you say I appreciate the job offer but no thank-you all the same". So yeah -- Billy Bob, how about you say no thanks to the interview or if you agree to do the interview, then USE YOUR FUCKING WORDS.

4 comments:

Amber said...

Billy Bob Thornton is an idiot. But now we all know who Jian Ghomeshi is, even if we don't listen to Q (which I do), so Jian doesn't lose TOO badly in the whole thing.

But it's true that I will never be able to take Billy Bob seriously again. Of course, that's assuming I could take him seriously in the first place. ;)

Mary Lynn said...

Hee...I like that prof's response. Exactly.

Nan | WrathOfMom said...

I like that professor's comments, too.

As for Billy Bob, I think he's an ass. His real claim to fame is not music nor acting, but bedding and wedding Angelina Jolie. But what would I know? I'm just "mashed potatoes without the gravy." Schneller sounds like she's quite the BBT fan-girl.

Reed said...

I shall keep 'courtly iconoclast' as a special way of referring to certain Professors at my university. And then I shall snigger happily to myself.