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Roger Ebert, god rot your eyes

Dear Mr. Ebert;
In your review of "Role Models" you referred to live-action roleplaying as a "combination of Dungeons and Dragons and pederasty". Perhaps you are unaware, but there are tens of thousands of LARPers in America of all ages and ethnicities, both male and female. Nothing could be a more highly charged insult than to accuse those tens of thousands of enthusiastic hobbyists of pederasty. It's extremely objectionable, and indeed, plays precisely into the stereotype of boorish mundanity that make Augie so miserable in the movie.

I sincerely hope that you'll print a retraction - if your comment was an attempt at humor it fell utterly flat, and was extraordinarily insulting and potentially damaging. If it was an earnest accusation that LARPers are pederasts, then you are gravely mistaken, and have done a great disservice to thousands of innocent, friendly, enthuiastic, and yes, nerdy - participants in the live action roleplaying hobby. It's comments like yours that marginalize what is an entirely harmless and creative hobby.

I wish you had thought your comment through more thoroughly.

David Krieger

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nephandi
Nov. 7th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm Bob Poteete, and I endorse this message.
maeris
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm fairly certain that God has rotten most of him at this point, so it's entirely possible that his eyes will be next. He already cannot speak!
arya
Nov. 8th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
You say that like there's anything wrong with pederasty!

NAMBLA 4EVARRR!!!1111
passingfancy
Nov. 8th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Not that it in any way makes up for Ebert's asshattery, but I just saw Lyons and Bailes' review of Role Models and they both enjoyed it thoroughly.
robmcdiarmid
Nov. 11th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
The saddest thing about it is he's relatively pleased with the movie. He finds it genuinely funny and things that the larp content is an interesting twist.

But then he gives the worst description of larp ever written. Thanks, Davy for calling him on it.

And he makes it worse by trotting out the old Jack Chick/Patricia Pulling "didn't someone kill themselves in a university tunnel over D&D?" bull crap. Grr.
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