Backpfeifengesicht

backpfeifengesichtI liked The Guardian far more before it started racing the Daily Mail to the bottom when it came to button-pushing clickbait trolling. Jonathan Jones’ appalling piece of the late Terry Pratchett (which I refuse to link to, Google for it if you must) writing him off as a mediocre writer of potboilers is probably the nastiest individual piece I’ve read online since Arthur Chu celebrated the Charlie Hebdo murders in The Daily Beast. It’s not often I read something that makes me want to take the German word “Backpfeifengesicht” literally, that that was one.

I guess in the wider scheme of things it’s not as serious as their misreporting of the Tim Hnnt affair, where the paper became part of a co-ordinated campaign to smear an innocent man. But still, you have to wonder quite what the editor of that section was thinking on deciding to publish that piece.

But look on the bright side. Perhaps it’s one thing that might unite the fractured tribes of SFF fandom, seeing the Rabid Puppies join forces with the acolytes of Requires Hate to rip Jonathan Jones a well-deserved new asshole?

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4 Responses to Backpfeifengesicht

  1. “I never read one of his books and I never plan to.”

    Then shut up, Jones.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    Obvious the guy is a massive bellend, but what was The Guardian thinking when they published it? It’s Twitter egg with 17 followers level stuff.

  3. one of the guys on my Twitter list made me smile:

    “My favourite bit of Pratchett is this satirical piece he wrote from the perspective of a book-snob”

  4. Colum Paget says:

    # Obvious the guy is a massive bellend, but what was The Guardian thinking
    # when they published it? It?s Twitter egg with 17 followers level stuff.

    As I’ve told you before, I am a twitter egg with 17 followers!!!! You need to check your follower privilege and stop being eggist!

    Colum