Skip to main content

You Must Be Kidding Me, Roger (UPDATED: ...And Maybe You Are)

This isn't directly related to TV and screenwriting, but it IS directly related to Roger Ebert... whose opinion I previously respected (even if I didn't always agree with it). But I had to put this out there...This is undeniable, irrefutable proof that our parents were right... watching too many movies rots your brain.Like, REALLY rots it.I will NEVER take this guy seriously again.

UPDATE: Okay, everyone-- before you read on, let me say this: Roger Ebert may be entirely crazy... or he may have just earned my respect 100 times more than before. Here's the scoop...

Earlier tonight, I posted the following bit with a link to an outrageous piece he published on his blog today...

• • • • •

"Okay, guys--

CLICK HERE and brace yourselves... I'm not sure if this leaves me confused, saddened, or absolutely terrified..."

• • • • •

I'm not gonna lie... I totally believed it was real... and apparently,
judging from all the chatter on the Internet, so did a bunch of other
people. But now, no one seems so sure. Is it real, or have is he totally punking us?

If it's the latter, and I'm starting to believe that is, then I have to give Ebert props for being awesome. I love this kind of Borat satire, comedy that illuminates ridiculousness and hypocrisy by embracing and heightening it (although I admit-- it's funnier when I'm not the one falling for it).

Check out this 2005 article Ebert wrote, in which he seems to be a pretty strong opponent of Creationism. And many sites point out that Ebert has defended evolution in the past (I'm not gonna link to them all because there's too many, but a quick Google search will give you plenty).

Anyway, the jury's still out on whether or not this is real. But I'll say this... it has everyone talking. So if it's intentional satire, I applaud Ebert 100%... BRILLIANT. If it's intentional NON-satire, and honest commentary... then I stick to my "confused/saddened/terrified" position. And if the site was hacked... well... I guess Sarah Palin's a better computer geek than I ever gave her credit for.

So the question is... REAL? NOT REAL? SINCERE? SATIRICAL? Whaddaya think?

Writing Nonfiction History vs. Historical Fiction

Writing Nonfiction History vs. Historical Fiction

Author John Cameron discusses how nonfiction history and historical fiction are more similar than they are different.

Bob Eckstein | Publishing Survival Tips

Top 10+ Survival Tips for Publishing

Poignant advice from some of the funniest people in publishing.

Zac Bissonnette: On the Passionate Community of Mystery Lovers

Zac Bissonnette: On the Passionate Community of Mystery Lovers

New York Times bestselling author Zac Bissonnette discusses the process of writing his new cozy mystery, A Killing in Costumes.

My Long, Winding, and Very Crooked Writing Journey

My Long, Winding, and Very Crooked Writing Journey

Every writer’s publishing story is different. Here, author Sharon M. Peterson shares her journey from writing to publishing.

Jeff Adams | Writer's Digest Indie Author Spotlight

Jeff Adams: Publishing Advice for Indie Authors

In this Indie Author Profile, romance novelist Jeff Adams shares his path to independent publishing and his advice for others considering that path.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Writer's Digest July/Aug 2022

The WD Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing in this interview from the July/August 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

Thinking of starting your own newsletter? Let freelance writer Sian Meades-Williams lay out 9 pros and cons of writing a newsletter.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.