Gyro LC wrote:Lord Foul wrote:I know I'm going to live to regret this... but I feel compelled to defend Ashtray in this...
I haven't listened to the episode. I don't know if it has even been released to us mere mortals yet. That doesn't matter. What matters is whether or not it is acceptable to be openly critical of Fear the Boot. Now, Ashtray is a dick, we all know that, but noone is going to doubt for a moment that he is also a rabid fanboy of the Boot. When he is moved to post a critical assessment of an episode it is time for the hosts to take note, and question whether they have let their usually high standards slip. Nobody is perfect, and occasional poor episodes are inevitable. But if all we are allowed to present is blind adoration then that does nobody any good.
I believe the hosts are big enough to take a little constructive criticism.
I don't think the FtB hosts would object to constructive criticism given in an encouraging or respectful manner. Perhaps some of the hosts have a relationship with him where they don't mind the tone because that's just "Az being Az." I don't know. I do know that none of that was constructive, encouraging, or respectful.
I understand your point of view. I just think that in Ashtray's case we can't realistically expect normal levels of politeness and respect. It's a bit like expecting someone with Tourette's to be polite and not use profanity. It isn't going to happen. I think most of the hosts know him well enough to read between the dickery and translate it into normal terms.
I'm not sure I'm helping here, so I'll bow out of this now.