Thursday, October 05, 2006

I Have An Audience!

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Found in the personals section of yesterday's edition of Rutgers' supposed "humor" newspaper The Medium:

Hey u fucking fag in film class. Just bc u right shitty ass reviews in the targum doesn't mean you are smarter than erybody. Why must u put every fucking movie e in film class from 1930 as your favorite movies on facebook? U think bc u like movies people haven't heard of you are originaland cool? Nope u still lok like u are 90, go back to japan.
I think I'll just share that with all of you readers and let you all comment on it.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a real intellectual!LOL; and this is a student at Rutgers??

kenjfuj said...

I assume so.

Yeah, I'm not taking this all that seriously. In fact, if anything, I'm kinda pleased to see that my work---or just I myself---is garnering some kind of reaction. Maybe my writing isn't so irrelevant after all...?

odienator said...

Kenji,

I came out of blog retirement so I could comment on your post.

I wanted to go to Rutgers when I was in undergrad, but I am glad I did not. Apparently there is no English department at Rutgers.

When I used to have my website, I'd get posts like the one you displayed. I would put them up like badges of honor, because they never managed to say anything of worth nor challenge me to question my opinion. I think one of the best called me "a racist White asshole," which surprised the hell out of the Black guy who keeps showing up in my mirror every morning.

It looks like your "fan" travelled down all the familiar avenues of the common idiot. He (and it's a guy for sure) hit homophobia, xenophobia and racism, and did so anonymously and without any style, syntax or spell checker. You deserve a better attack on your character! :)

But still, there's no such thing as bad publicity, so enjoy your fame as the most hated film critic at the Targum.

By the way, what in the HELL is a Targum? Hmmm...Webster's dictionary says it's Aramaic. So it must mean "Mel Gibson."

kenjfuj said...

odienator:

Don't worry. I'm actually enjoying the fact that someone seems to have found my writing offensive enough to them that they felt the need to post such a comment in a Rutgers publication. Besides, this was posted in the Medium, Rutgers' supposed "funny" paper, so I'm not taking it all that seriously. (Maybe this'll embolden to push into bolder directions with my criticism...?)

Btw: no English department? There's surely an English department here; do you mean no good English department...?

And yeah, I don't know why our newspaper is named "targum" either.

odienator said...

Besides, this was posted in the Medium, Rutgers' supposed "funny" paper, so I'm not taking it all that seriously.

OK, then you deserve a funnier attack on your character!

(Maybe this'll embolden to push into bolder directions with my criticism...?)

Yes, we need a bolder Kenji. I've always been a cranky proponent for that, have I not? In fact, we need Super Pissed Off Rabid Kenji (SPORK). SPORK would scare the pants off other Internet critics! But I'll settle for bolder directions in your work, and I look forward to seeing them.

Btw: no English department? There's surely an English department here; do you mean no good English department...?

I was being funny. With jokes like that, the Medium should hire me.

don't know why our newspaper is named "targum" either.

I suppose it's called the Targum because "The Scarlet Gazette" sounded like a porn magazine.

Matt Zoller Seitz said...

Hey, Kenji -- Congratulations! If you play your cards right, you'll get to the point I was at in 1995, when I'd been at the Dallas Observer for four years and was just about to move to NYC. By that point I'd gotten enough of a local profile for my paper to include me along with other writers on an ad campaign that ran on the sides of city buses. The day before my wife and I were about to pack up and leave, I just happened to spot one of those buses driving past my apartment. Somebody had cut the eyeballs out of my photograph. I think I left at just about the right time.