Saturday, 19 December 2015
"SINCERITY? ONCE YOU CAN FAKE THAT, YOU'VE GOT IT MADE..."
This was in reference to my throwaway remark about some-
one having "a face you'd never get tired of punching". As any-
one with an ounce of sense knows, this is a humorous expression in-
tended to convey that someone has an irritating quality about their
demeanour, and is a convenient way of dismissing them as an
impertinent, provocative little gobsh*te.
Note how, in just one short paragraph, he endeavours to por-
tray me as aggressive ("threat of physical violence"), obsessional
("berating current creators and their work"), dishonest ("frequent
rewrites of his blog posts"), and actually warns his followers about
my 'Babe of the Day' feature, as 'though I'm a perverted purveyor
of pornography deserving of an 'alert'.
Mr. Freeman contacted me and, in my response to him, I
conveyed my displeasure about the way he had maligned my
character. Mr. Freeman eventually pulled his post and then apolo-
gised for his remarks, but I believe I'm entitled to wonder if it was
merely for the purpose of protecting himself from the possibility of
legal redress. Especially as he has permitted to stand a comment
(from someone he has previously endorsed) which echoes the
very sentiments he apologized for.
Also, for one who seemingly prides himself on what he calls
(in an email to me) "proper journalistic behaviour", here are
examples which indicate how he fails to live up to his aspirations.
In the above screengrab, he states that"he (me) tries to justify" the
"face" comment. Inaccurate. I simply pointed out that his interpreta-
tion of my remark and its intent was mistaken, which is not quite the
same thing. He also says I'd "complained" that he never links to
any of my posts. Again, not so. I merely observed the fact as
a seeming indication of a bias against me.
Finally, it's worth noting that no one ever said I "deserved
cancer" - the actual quote was that "cancer was too good" for
me. In other words, I deserved something worse - if such an ill-
ness actually exists. Such a disconcerting inability to grasp and
report what was actually said hardly inspires any confidence
in me as to his journalistic competence, if I'm honest.
It gives me no pleasure to do this post. Mr. Freeman was a
MARVEL U.K. editor who supplied me with some occasional
lettering work back in my freelance days, and there were never
any problems between us. However, when someone maligns me, I
respond with neither fear nor favour, and I believe I have cause to
wonder about the sincerity of his apology in light of him allowing the
presence of a comment which repeats the very "crimes" he himself
has previously accused me of - in direct reply to his "apology"
too. The phrase "having his cake and eating it" springs to
mind. If I'm suspicious, is it any wonder?
Were Mr. Freeman to remove the offending comment on
his FB page, it would go some way in assuaging my doubt on
the matter. However, he has steadfastly refused to do so.
You can draw your own conclusions as to why.
Mr. Freeman has now responded to this post by saying
that if I don't remove it, he will be consulting lawyers. He
has also indicated that he will advise the photographer of the
photo accompanying my report that I do not have permission to
use it, and that I will then be charged £100 per day for its use.
I wonder how he knows in what way the photographer will
respond in advance of actually being informed?
Posted by Kid at Saturday, December 19, 2015