Everybody’s a critic, especially in the age of the internet. Once we finally got another Star Trek flick, Star Trek Into Darkness, the opinions were many, and very divided. A lot of fans found it disappointing, and the current Trek crew aren’t taking it lightly.
As Giant Freakin Robot tells us, Orci went nuts about an article on TrekMovie.com entitled, Star Trek is Broken – Here Are Ideas on How to Fix It.” Orci called some of the readers of TrekMovie “sh*tty fans,” told some to “f*ck off,” and added, “Frankly, your tone and attidude [sic] make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”
Several days later, Orci came to his senses and apologized via Twitter: “Not my finest moment. Agreed. What can I say? I’m more than half human.”
No matter how much someone pretends they’re not bothered by criticism, there comes a point where we can all get pushed to the brink, and some net trolls are very good at pushing the right buttons. Then again, in Hollywood you’re paid an enormous amount of money to put up with this stuff, and like it or not, it comes with the territory. To react against it, like Kurtzman did, is just more fuel for the troll fire.
Personally, I feel trying to address all the putzes who whine and complain on the net is an enormous waste of time. Like Jerry Lewis used to say, don’t pay any attention to your critics, don’t even ignore them.