…you wait and wait and wait in line and then when you get to the front, everything’s gone?”
So first, my SLAM piece offended a few Filipinos. Now, a British blogger is ripping the opening of a June 4th events listing that I wrote, calling it “awkward” and “fence sitting”. He assumed the piece was written that way because we are “joyously corporate”, and were scared of offending advertisers.
A few things:
1: I’m assuming this blogger has a problem with the opening because I wrote “regardless of your stance on this controversial issue”. He’s accusing us–or really, me, because I wrote and edited that–of selling out because we didn’t take a specific side. I dunno, isn’t the fact that we’re LISTING June 4th events something? Furthermore, I did an interview with a member of the June 4th activist group Tiananmen Mothers. If we were completely fence-sitting and trying to avoid the issue, we wouldn’t have even done an interview with a group that has been openly harassed–and possibly spied on–by Chinese government for two decades.
What exactly irked this blogger? That we didn’t come out and say “you should celebrate June 4th freely because the Chinese government is wrong”?
2: One of the best things I love about my job is that we section editors get almost complete say over what goes in our section. The music guy, he previews whatever he wants. This June 4th thing, which ran in my Around Town section, was my idea. I didn’t have to get permission from the head and I didn’t talk to sales team once. Hell, I don’t even talk to people at work. I go in, put on my head phones, put on my hoodie and just do my shit. So saying we were nervous about potentially scaring away advertisers is off.
3: And finally, I’m going to respond to these criticisms with a Laker fan response…
“Haters gonna hate! 81 points son!”
I’m kidding about that hater thing btw, it’s a joke that basketball lovers in LA would get, but I reckon it’d be lost here in HK and everyone would get all riled up. I don’t try to make this blog public, I generally dont link to this blog. I write shit here–in Ivan Drago’s words–for ME. Most references appeal only to Americans in America. 90% of y’all reading this from HK are lost on all the random references. And I don’t care. I like it that way.