Thumbs-Down to Ebert

Remember when movie reviewers just reviewed movies?

Below are some snippets of a Roger Ebert commentary that appeared on his website that have apparently been removed (at whose behest we don’t know — maybe the Sun Times agrees that movie reviewers should only talk about movies).

There were plenty of places where Ebert’s words were re-posted before they were removed from his site though, such as here, here and here.

Grab an umbrella, because this is dripping with elitism:

And how can you be her age and never have gone to Europe? … Sarah Palin’s travel record is that of a hopeless provincial. … Palin is a shallow, chirpy person with those vaguely alarming eyeglasses. Now her fans all want a pair. Remember back when women wore glasses that departed their ears in plastic swoops and swirls? My theory is, anyone who wears glasses that look weird is telling me something I don’t want to know. I trust the American people will see through Palin’s facade, and save the Republic in November. The most damning indictment against her is that she considered herself a good choice to be a heartbeat away. That shows bad judgment

I’m close to Palin’s age and I’ve never been to Europe either. Ya know why? Europeans tend to be a lot like Roger Ebert. Well, not all, but it’s best to be safe.

Imagine the haughtiness required to just assume that everybody’s been to Europe. As for politicians and their travel habits, no president travelled abroad until Teddy Roosevelt — and that was pretty much just to go hunting. Hopefully Palin will do it for the same reason and drive Ebert even more nuts than he already is.

All I can say is that I’m certain McCain made the right choice when the left is forced to talk about her glasses — if only she were as stylish and hot as Roger Ebert.

Other Ebert commentaries still haven’t been removed from his site, such as this one where Ebert writes that Palin’s appeal is that she’s the “American Idol candidate.” This according to the equivalent of Simon Cowell.

I can’t pick on Roger though. If you live your life in a movie theater, your perspective is going to be a little skewed. That’s a given.

Author: Doug Powers

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