September 28, 2012 at 03:17pm by Scott • 33 Comments »
The other day I wrote an entry detailing an article by Tom Jones and basically disagreeing with most of it. Mr. Jones wrote me today and questioned whether I had, in the article, really called him a prick and told him to fuck himself. And, of course, I had. The reason he wanted to verify that is because his son pointed it out to him. And so now I feel like a huge heel.
As much as I disagree with what these guys are writing or how they’re writing it, I should keep my criticisms and swearing to the articles themselves and not call the authors out personally. “This is an awful article” should be fair game whereas “You are an awful person” is probably out of bounds unless there is some really compelling reason to do it (and just being really funny isn’t reason enough). And there was no reason for me to call out Jones in front of his family in a personal manner. So I’d like to offer my sincere apologies to Tom Jones. He seems like he’s okay with being criticized, just not being berated in public, and I get that.
But feel free to berate the shit out of me in the comments. I obviously need it.