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December 14, 2001
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I thought only movie industry people were allowed to be this full of crap. Apparently the privilege extends to TV people as well.
Thanks Boing Boing.
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger (18 comments total)

 
Who are those people?
posted by sylloge at 4:28 PM on December 14, 2001


From boingboing: Here's a purported email exchange between Judd Apatow, who created Fox's Undeclared, and Mark Brazill, who co-created That 70's Show. It starts with Apatow writing to Brazill to verify a rumor that Brazill is holding some kind of grudge against him, and quickly deteriorates into a Usenet-grade flamewar in which Brazill comes across as a total loon.
posted by perplexed at 4:41 PM on December 14, 2001


Wow!
posted by thirteen at 4:42 PM on December 14, 2001


looks like a pretty standard email exchange. Hell, it could be a MeFi thread.
posted by th3ph17 at 4:44 PM on December 14, 2001


What it it about email that makes prefectly intelligent people behave like such jackasses? I guess because the technology allows you enough time to craft really mean-spirited and (to your mind) clever insults, but also allows you to send the damned thing whenever you want, without having to reconsider the wisdom of sending anything at all.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 4:46 PM on December 14, 2001


Hell, it could be a MeFi thread.

By jiminey, it is a MeFi thread!
posted by Shadowkeeper at 4:47 PM on December 14, 2001


What it it about email that makes prefectly intelligent people behave like such jackasses?

being at a different location maybe? people put stuff in email they would never say face to face.
posted by th3ph17 at 5:01 PM on December 14, 2001


I dunno. It seems pretty clear to me that Apatow is in the right. And considering the level of emotions, they both stayed pretty articulate. But I'm not sure I get the implication that this exchange shows TV people to be full of crap. Not that they aren't. But this is a very typical dispute, one of them is probably right, and it happens in other industries too.
posted by bingo at 5:04 PM on December 14, 2001


Apatow is clearly more articulate and clever and better represented in this exchange.

That doesn't make him right.
posted by rushmc at 5:23 PM on December 14, 2001


reading that out loud was very carthartic.
posted by elle at 6:45 PM on December 14, 2001


Telling someone to get cancer makes you wrong on the spot. Don't try to argue this one with me. (glares around room)

I don't know what happened to them in the past, but as far as this conversation goes, Brazil looks like an ass.
posted by jragon at 6:46 PM on December 14, 2001


Golly that was fun. That totally could have been Larry Sanders material.
posted by holycola at 10:39 PM on December 14, 2001


Telling someone to get cancer makes you wrong on the spot. Don't try to argue this one with me. (glares around room)

Glare all you want and call me crazy ( "crazy" ), but that comment, with "Until then, die in a fiery accident and taste your own blood." running a close second, made me laugh out loud.

Maybe it's the non-PC side of me (wait; almost all sides me are that way), but that kind of absurd, vitriolic remark makes me laugh... predominantly at the person who makes the remark. It's so angry that to me it runs right into the category of "black humor".

Brazil looks like an ass

Sure he looks like an ass, but I don't really think he cares. And from the sound of it, Apatow could see it for the malicious banter that it was and could try and laugh it off. As well he should. :)

And it kinda reminded me of something that could happen on the Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm" show!
posted by crankydoodle at 10:45 PM on December 14, 2001


Too bad the shows they write for aren't half as amusing.

Hey, wait. Do you think there's a storyline here? Have your agent call mine and maybe we can get a pilot together...
posted by insomnia_lj at 10:57 PM on December 14, 2001


What's even worse is that I really like "That 70's Show", while I have tried - believe me, I have tried - to like "Undeclared". I can't. In my opinion, it's crap.
posted by tpoh.org at 7:36 AM on December 15, 2001


Telling someone to get cancer makes you wrong on the spot. Don't try to argue this one with me. (glares around room)

You're wrong. (flips off jragon)
posted by KLAX at 7:59 AM on December 15, 2001


Get cancer and die, KLAX.
posted by jragon at 8:24 AM on December 21, 2001


Too bad the shows they write for aren't half as amusing.



Amen.



As far as the actual exchange, assuming it's real, it just makes everyone involved look like a pack of douchebags. Vitriol isn't any fun unless there's someone to root for.
posted by Skot at 8:39 AM on December 21, 2001


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