Yesterday Richard Rushfield‘s Ankler newsletter ran, as a year-end thing, four HE excerpts. I wouldn’t have revived this issue if he hadn’t done this, but as long as he has I’m just going to repeat the legend from last May, which is that aside from Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman, the N.Y. TimesGlenn Kenny, the National Review‘s Kyle Smith and myself the entire critical community acted like cowards by refusing to even briefly acknowledge the girth thing. They all “ignored” it because they were afraid of being accused of fat-shaming.