After reviews of Christopher Nolan’s latest entry in the Batman franchise, “Dark Knight Rises,” started filtering in on RottenTomatoes.com, some diehard Batty fans took umbrage with the film criticism and started acting like dicks, to the point the site suspended commenting on the movie altogether.
Matt Atchity, the site’s editor-in-chief, said it was the first time the site has suspended user comments, though “Dark Knight” review posting would probably be restored by week’s end.
“The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether,” said Atchity. “It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”
It seems all of the rage followed Marshall Fine’s negative review of the latest Batman installment.
“Marshall has the right to not like the movie,” said Atchity in a statement. “And people have the right to express their disagreement with him (although if you haven’t seen the movie, your arguments may be on shaky ground). And we have the right to pull your comment down and ban you if we think you’re acting inappropriately.”
“We’ll ban you for threats and hate speech — we’re trying to have fun here, so (to quote Wil Wheaton) don’t be a dick. And don’t try and argue about your right to free speech — this is a business, and we have the right to refuse service to anyone we feel like,” added Atchity.
Atchity told the Associated Press that Rotten Tomatoes is considering a Facebook-style comment system, in which real names would be used, in the hope that it would foster civility. Shaming the dickheads is a good move, too. The thing about reviews is that one doesn’t have to read them.