WTF: For the Record, I Don’t Want McG Dead

A lot of noise has been made on the interwebs this week whether Terminator: Salvation is any good. I fall in the camp of it being not so good, evidenced by my rants with Neil Miller during Fat Guys at the Movies and the weekly FSR Report Card.

But my venom for this film has gotten me in a bit of hot water. My review’s pull quote for RottenTomatoes.com was thus:

the whole ordeal made me fantasize about building a time machine so I could send a cyborg into the past to terminate McG’s mother before she could give birth to him

I thought this was rather appropriate, actually. I managed to convey my distaste of McG’s directing with a clever reference to the plot of the original film.

Well, apparently some people didn’t get the joke. Here’s a few select comments from RottenTomatoes.com readers in response to my very valid film criticism:

Sounds like a thinly-veiled death threat to me…
– Don’t Tase Me Bro

the movie was weak but this is an extremely classless comment
– scifimark

Careful, or I’ll have to revoke your hyperbole license. You wouldn’t be the first
– CaptainSiberia

Kevin, You’re better than this.
– sfcx

What the fatality?

Sounds like the thinly-veiled plot to the first movie, Mr. Bro (if that is your real name).

Death threat? Classless? Did these people even see James Cameron’s original film? Do these people even get the joke?

It’s not like I said that I hoped McG would die, or wished any sort of real ill will to the man. I know some folks might complain that I’m threatening his family, but I’m not. It’s not a real threat, people. After all, to carry this out, I would actually have to build a cyborg and a time machine. If one or the other were possible, I could see the point, but I’m just waaaay to lazy to do this.

So, you’ve heard it here first. I refuse to apologize for this. Unlike Alec Baldwin, who recently apologized to the Filipino government for joking that he’d get a mail-order bride from them, I won’t bow to politically correct pressure.

Moreover, McG himself has made similar jokes. In an interview with Empire Magazine from April 2009, he says about his famed nickname (which is an abbreviation for his real middle name of McGinty):

It’s really fuckin’ stupid, innit? That’s why I killed my parents. I wanted to change it after I spent my youth in juvi but Jeff Goldblum was already taken so I was all like fuck it.

‘Nuff said.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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