Why would no one deserve to have their character attacked, particularly if you deliberately become a public figure and invite the public to watch your show and eat in your restaurant? Guy is saying "HERE I AM! WHADDAYA THINK?" Well, this article is what one writer thinks. Just his opinion- it's not a news story. Calling it libel is way off the mark in my opinion. Libel involves false claims.
The comment in red above really disturbed me. I just don't believe that public figures "deserve" to be attacked because they are public figures. I see shows I don't like, eat in restaurants that I don't care for, etc... While it is a free country and I have the right to say and do pretty much whatever I please, it doesn't mean that I should or that it is a good idea. I live not far from Times Square and I could go down there and verbally attack celebrities day in and day out or I could do it from my keyboard if I wanted to...but that is not the way my parents raised me. I try to do right by others and be kind to others. It just seems like a much happier way to go through life.
When I write Trip Reports for Roadfood I usually do include the elements that worked and that did not work about a particular place but I never go on the attack about the owner or make it personal.
He has every right to say it but the flip side of that coin is that I have every right to dismiss him and not take him seriously as a reviewer. I don't know, maybe Mr. Stein wrote this piece just hoping to get as many hits on it as possible as we are all here still debating it. For me though, any restaurant "review" that contains references to bodily fluids, body orifices and bodily excretions has 3 references too many.
I just found this quote from Howard Stern's movie, "Private Parts" and it seemed apt for this thread: Researcher
: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for - are you ready for this? - an hour and twenty minutes. Pig Vomit
: How can that be? Researcher
: Answer most commonly given? "I want to see what he'll say next." Pig Vomit
: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern? Researcher
: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day. Pig Vomit
: But... if they hate him, why do they listen? Researcher
: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Just some food for thought...
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