Monday, May 29, 2006

Postscript

It seems necessary at this juncture to make a point-- or simply re-emphasize said point-- which may have become buried in my heated response to some of my more caustic commenters. You do not have to agree with what you read here. I would be surprised if everyone did. You are free to express your view here...even if it differs from mine. In civilized society, this is called a "discussion". As I've said, if I was the kind of person who only tolerated nice thoughts, I would delete everything I didn't like. The only comment I've deleted yesterday was one of my own.

Likewise, I don't have to like your responses. Especially those which confuse my views with those made by commenters. I am free to address the parts of the comments with which I agree or take issue. That also falls under the heading of "discussion". Not enjoying a personal attack doesn't necessarily make me someone who doesn't like controversy. It makes me a human being.

See...there are commenters and there are friends. I know the difference and there are plenty of other bloggers/commenters/friends out there who know the difference, too. I'm aware that by requiring people to "own" their comments (by not allowing anonymous remarks) I'm likely to lose a good portion of the more emotionally stable folks out there who just stopped by for a look this weekend. I do regret that. Those who persist in pretending that such a move makes me intolerant of a spirited discussion don't make such a presumption true. There is a vast difference between an anonymous comment that expresses an opposing view (Such as comments from those who still like Tom Cruise) and the equivalent of a verbal drive-by shooting.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.

24 Comments:

Blogger Mom101 said...

Holy cow!! I just read through all the comments, including the one or two actual literate ones (JEALUS! YOU'RE JEALUS!) and wow.

This just goes to show the average IQ of those who google Angelina Jolie or follow celeb links from AOL.

Now that you're out of the fray a day or two, I hope you can step back and laugh your ass off at just how personally some people take it when you don't care for a particular actor. It boggles the mind.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Freakazojd said...

I don't have much to say, except that I find all of this really funny: who would have thought that such a fun (and hilarious) post would explode like this?! Sorry you're having to combat "eejits" anonymous and otherwise - what a pain in the arse.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Yikes I missed quite the fury apparently.

I too liked your original post and generally could care less about celebrities (though I'm always up for a game of "make fun of Tom Cruise").

It never ceases to amaze me how people are unable to distinguish between people they know in real life and people whose lives they read about.

You can't have a battle of wits with someone who isn't armed, and there are LOTS of unarmed people out there.

1:04 PM  
Blogger cameo said...

keep plugging through... i haven't read any of the comments from your original post, but if mom101's comment is reflective of what i might see there, i just might have to. it's always refreshing to see proof that illiteracy runs rampant.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

OH goodness!!!! seems something simply funny touched a few nerves.... All I have to say is BLAH to them.... what fun are celebrities if we cant talk about them and judge them???!!!! I am sooo sorry you are having to deal with all this...

1:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Next, Wordgirl roasts Baby Jesus on a spit and feeds him to the Iraqi Heathens....

3:32 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

I miss a day or two around here and things really got pretty exciting, I can see! Okay, wordgirl, I promise to stop posting anonymously and I'll own up to any of my controversial opinions from now on. I'll also triy tu spehlczech miy pohsts, ohkaay? ;-)

[/sarcasm]

Keep your head up and your pen down, friend.

5:26 PM  
Blogger SarcasticMommy said...

All I can say is out don't know how people get so far in life without ever learning the whole plural/possessive thing. And spell check is your friend. Things will still sometimes slip through but JEALUS is not one of them. I find everything from the original post to the comments to the follow up to be absolutely hysterical. LOVED IT!

5:31 PM  
Blogger jess said...

Yikes! you've had some drama! Pay no mind. We all love you and that's what counts!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

What an exciting blog I happened across. (while I was checking my e-mail...lol)
It was amazing that some people seemed to take your comments as a personal assault.You handled it well though.
I was entertained and not offended at all, thanks for the distraction!

1:32 AM  
Blogger TB said...

Two days until we sit and relax with wine and intelligent conversation. Two. Hang in there.

8:18 AM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

Just glad I still have my Blogger account.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I just got a chance to wade through all those garbage comments. I mean... WOW. How did you avoid a public stoning? LOL. Blogger needs to start screening these people. And psychiatric wards need to stop giving their patients access to the net.

Keep it up girl. WE love you!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Rock said...

Just shows you the power of Google and AOL.

By the way I'm almost finished with my blog about recent events in Indonesia and giving birth in Africa....cuz everyone apparently really wants to read about that stuff.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Ha ha! How did I miss this? I can't believe you bore the brunt of Brangelina love and we remain unscathed at a certain celebrity- mom-blasting site (not counting the Britney fans).

1:11 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

I can't wait until your write something REALLY controversial!

4:36 PM  
Blogger ~A~ said...

How I ended up here, I'm not to sure. But what I have read has me in tears and laughing so hard my kids are searching for that white jacket with the long sleeves that I keep hidden in there.

I'll have to make a trip back here again. Keep up the awesomeness!

7:20 PM  
Blogger aka Brandi said...

OOH! High five here!

The "Jealus" One really worked my last nerve too. For the love of God, people! If you're trying to invoke a literary smack upside the head, then at least make sure your backswing is spelled correctly! Otherwise, we will just laugh at you.

8:17 PM  
Blogger marsha_tm said...

Wow - I've been away and have been catching up. Just read through some of your comments. What a firestorm.

You'll be getting a call from E! soon, as they piece together their "Brangelina - Behind the Breakup" episode.

1:52 AM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

It's been said above, but a) we love you; and b) commenters like that seriously need to get a life. Seriously.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Jozet said...

I love you alot (sic).

I have no idea where all the bees came from, but its (sic) interesting how they always seem to find people's butts and lodge there.

Keep the faith. And yes, please do a Baby Jesus post next.

Did I tell you I'm having Brad Pitt's baby? My baby daddy send me a check once in a while. I spend them at Ikea on funky spatulas.

xxoo

1:48 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Yes, but us emotionally unstable people are much more fun, right??

7:50 AM  
Blogger kidslovecandy said...

Hey! Just a word girl! As a person who can't spell worth a tinkers damn I want to say that all us poor spellers aren't stupid illerates. OK! And I'm not goin' say that anynomusly OK. It's true I can't spell AND I don't really give a tinkers damn about Anglina or Tom. And! for some reason I can't get to see all those bad speller comments on that post. My computer server won't let me. It's driving me nuts. 'Cause that's the sort of dirt I do give a tinkers damn about.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

Wow~ okay, from this end, it is pretty funny. It was wise to turn off the comments and I cannot stand it when someone makes a nast comment as anonymous....you're right, own your comments.

1:21 PM  

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