A work-in-progress version of Judd Apatow‘s Trainwreck (Universal, 7.17) will screen at South by Southwest late Sunday afternoon. And if a tweet posted this morning by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Seth Abramovitch is any indication, spiritually deep people with wonderfully wise and enlightened perceptions are going to lob hate grenades in my direction all over again. The “leave poor Amy Schumer alone and die, you rancid asshole” thing has been going on for 30 days now — an eternity in today’s ADD realm. I tried saying I’m sorry for the piece that posted on 2.11 but the haters wouldn’t have it. I said Schumer is obviously a first-class talent who deserves more respect than what I gave her, and the haters said “oh, yeah? Well, you’re demonic and fuck you!” I wrote that I could have played this one with a little more delicacy and diplomacy, and I might as well have poured kerosene on the fire.
Wells to Abramovitch: It’s not jerky or “hate tweet”-y to remind that standards of attractiveness evolve over the decades (compare female movie stars of the ’20s to those of the ’50s, ’80s and the present), and it’s not a capital crime to say “I’m sorry but this or that person is not my idea of a 9 or a 10.” You really should be theoretically able to say “this person is attractive enough and obviously brilliant at what she does but in my book she’s a 7.5 or an 8” without being given your last meal, tied to a pole, blindfolded and shot by a firing squad. If I could rewind the tape I’d leave this topic alone but not everyone on the planet is equally, radiantly attractive. Beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that.