This is a phenomenon that starts in kindergarten, lives on in elementary school, grows up in high school and perpetuates throughout adulthood. Many of us suffered this form of hate when we were kids and for some reason, most of us forgot what it’s like to be on the business end. You remember deep down how it felt when you were told how much you sucked but were never given a decent reason for it. Somehow you’ve forgotten how unfair it is. If you were on the giving end you, at least, remember copy and pasting the excuses given to you by your peers without actually verifying them. Seriously what kid does?
Back in the day, I hated AC/DC and only because my older brother did. The excuses he used, “their music is the same basic three chords over and over again”, “Angus can’t sing so he has to scream” etc., were not mine… they were his. I just copy and pasted. This also played a role in the old me being such a homophobic, racist, bigot. I hated turbans in the RCMP, and in the Legion, because the uniform is uniquely Canadian, and a headdress must be removed in respect for those who gave their lives in countless wars, respectively. But, those reasons weren’t my reasons. I simply copy and pasted them too. Until a few years ago I had no idea that one cannot just remove a turban. It takes hours to wrap loooong hair in one of those things, something that takes serious dedication to be performing every morning for your entire life. That kind of dedication to a belief I respect. You cannot just take off a turban and put it on like a hat. Seriously google it. I hated Tom Cruise because he was a “fag”, again not my reason. I still do not like the guy but for my own reasons this time (but, that is another story). Other victims of my hate-sheeping were Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Prince, Boy George, and the late Michael Jackson.
Over the decades, I’ve learned how unreasonable I had been. Perhaps it is called growing up, self-realization of proper morality or maybe the kind of individualization we all need in order to avoid being unwitting sheep. Regardless, once the transition began there was no stopping it. Back then it was as if a part of my brain was disengaged… or maybe imprisoned by peer pressure until I acquitted it and allowed it a voice in the greater macrocosm of my psyche.
In the last few days, the latest victim of hate-sheep was Ben Affleck. I was struck by the sheer simpleton-like aspect of the hate that he’s been getting ever since I remember Affleck being a thing. Back when he did Daredevil I watched it, liked it and thought it was a pretty entertaining film. I thought Ben did well in it. Then I heard how many people bandwagoned into a self-sustaining, self-propagating, row of haters using the lamest, unsupported excuses that I know is a load of male bovine feces. I like Affleck. I like everything he’s been in that I’ve watched. So, when the ugly head of the collective of hate-sheeple reared I had to address it… and I still am. It’s fine to not like someone. But at least, know why you don’t and ensure that the reasons you don’t are your own, and not the result of wanting to be one of the cool kids… because otherwise all you’re doing is keeping a critical part of your brain imprisoned in a Guantanamo Bay of mental illness.
Okay, this is the problem I’ve been harping about for quite some time. People get a hate on for certain celebrities and they just won’t let it go. It’s worse when these people go out of their way to misrepresent these things. I’m thinking windmills and tilting are involved. I had first seen this kind of douchebaggery in video format when I was watching YouTube videos containing Michio Kaku, a Phd. Back then it was a creationist channel trying to make science look incredibly worried about the current state of physics – which is doing just awesome, thanks for asking. This latest couples my personal pet peeve with celeb-haters (new term, just coined it now) and my personal pet peeve regarding amateur reporting passed off as journalism.
Click the screenshot in this post and watch. While watching pay attention to the following details. The video plays the Sound of Silence while everyone is talking. I get it if you want to use music for emotional impact, but not to drown out the context of the interview, as that is the first clue that you’re being a douchebag. Second, watch Ben Affleck’s face… with the sound off. Notice how it doesn’t really look sad at all. To me it just looks like he’s waiting for the talking to stop. As Mindy S. says:
You guys know that Affleck and Cavill have been sitting in those chairs for ages being interviewed by different people, answering repetitive questions…etc. It’s only natural that he looks exhausted, and if you’ve seen the other interviews that were done in the same setting, he looks exactly the same.
Before the video ends turn sound back on. When you near the end the music stops and Ben can be heard saying “I agree”. This is the second clue that douchebaggery is afoot. Those who believe this garbage may want to ask themselves why Ben would agree with negative reviews. Yeah, yeah, I know you hate the guy, and want to believe he hates himself, but wake up… your head is growing roots. In an effort to bust this I dug up the not dubbed over version of this exact interview on YouTube and what was really said. Click the following picture to view it.
You can hear for yourself that the context of what was said is very different than what The Independent was trying to get you to believe. And the end of the interview now makes much more sense why he said he agreed.
Look, The Independent, I know you are trying to gain more of a following. I’m a blogger, I do the same thing. The difference between douchebag publications, like yours, and the growing number of decent blog sites, like mine, is that you value the ad revenue over the truth while I value the truth over ad revenue. The blatant disregard you’ve shown here ranks you near the very bottom of the list of trustworthy sources, Just below IFL Science. Congrats! You’ve earned the honour of being the One Eyed Lemon punching bag of 2016.