Quentin Tarantino Takes on Gawker and Snarky

I hope the word “snarky” becomes extinct by the year 2015. Snarky denotes a style of writing that’s already dated– the usage is like attitude without the benefit of humor or cleverness – it’s all style and no substance. Think of it as the difference between being a George W. Bush-asshole and a social-commentary-Louis-Black asshole.

That’s why Gawker, permanently enrolled at the school of snark, has never made me laugh. The site is all about pointing fingers and humiliating people so we can feel good about ourselves, and laugh with smug, ironic detachment at the misfortune of others.

So hats off to director Quentin Tarantino who is suing Gawker Media for posting links to the leaked script for his now-shelved movie The Hateful Eight. Not a king of subtlety, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script and cunningly titled the post “Here is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.”

So this is where the world has come to! Not only do we have to fear the NSA tapping into our email accounts and men wearing Google Glass recording us at the urinal, but we also have to have sites like Gawker shit in the cinematic pool for the sake of getting a momentary spike in daily Web traffic.

In the words of Tarantino:

“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time, they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.”

 Because Gawker is snarky and full snark, Tarantino’s lawyers stated that the gossip site took great joy in leaking the secret script.

“Their headline boasts `Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’ —  ‘Here,’ not someplace else, but ‘Here’ on the Gawker website.”

Sites like Gawker, TMZ, and a million other hybrid rip-offs are no better than the exploits of revenger porn king Hunter Moore who took great delight in profiting from sex photos hacked from people’s email accounts.

Tarantino demands actual and statutory damages as well as Gawker’s profits in the amount of at least $1 million. In turn, we the public will not get to see “The Hateful Eight.” Is that too snarky?

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