Hatemail: Response to My Response

The Hate

Steve,

You say, “I have never criticized someone for a spelling mistake” in your hatemail response titled Spelling Mistake. Yet, in your hatemail response called, You’re a Fagat you say, “You know, hatemail doesn’t hurt as much when it’s spelled wrong.” And let’s not pretend “fagat” is merely a typo. Clearly the person who wrote this didn’t know “faggot” has two g’s and an o.

I didn’t take all day to look through your hatemail archive to find the right one. All I did was scroll to the bottom of the list and look for the first entry that was spelled incorrectly. You’re a Fagat happens to be just such an entry. Lo and behold, you criticize this person for their misspelling. This took all of 5 seconds.

You’re an idiot with an inflated sense of self-worth who uses his hatemail to remind himself of how lofty his accomplishments and sensibilities really are. The truth is virtually all of your responses lack bite or originality. You attack rednecks (or pseudo-rednecks) thinking somehow you’ve slayed sacred cows or discovered some dramatic insight. You steal from other comedians, if not their jokes then certainly their concepts/premises (the mic to the throat and saying ‘Git ‘r done’ is a direct rip off of Denis Leary who arguably ripped it off of Bill Hicks).

And yes, you do criticize people for their missepllings. You are petty and a bully. But it’s easy to be an intellectual bully when you’re picking on the dumbest America has to offer, isn’t it? Kim

My Response

Wow.

I wrote the following:

“I have never criticized someone for a spelling mistake. Those are typos, and we all make them. I criticize people when they clearly do not grasp any basic rules of grammar, syntax, or spelling.”

You then point out a time I criticized someone for what you say is clearly NOT a spelling mistake. That’s exactly what I said I do. Tell me, how well did you do on the reading comprehension part of your SATs?

As for my “theft” of the voice box, wow again. I use it DURING a direct shot at Larry the Cable Guy. I am imititating his act as I do the joke, and therefore have to do part of his act. I juxtaposed his catch phrase with his use of a tired convention to create what I think his act will devolve into when he’s older. You know you can tell? Because I say so as I’m doing it.

I never claimed to slay a sacred cow – there are no sacred cows. But I am impressed that you can know my inner thoughts when you can’t even read the whole paragraph you’re responding to.

And if you can tell me what the word “idiot” actually means, I’ll let you call me one.
-Steve

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Hatemail: Spelling Mistake

The Hate

Steve,
If you’re going to criticize someone for a spelling mistake please be sure that you do not make any spelling errors yourself. I understand there are such things as typos but these kinds of errors can be easily taken care of with spell check. I expected an “ivy league” grad like yourself to at least proof read. There goes your credibility (not that you actually had any before).

Michael

My Response

Michael-

I have never criticized someone for a spelling mistake. Those are typos, and we all make them. I criticize people when they clearly do not grasp any basic rules of grammar, syntax, or spelling. I also criticize people when they artificially inflate their station in life by nitpicking strangers who did not solicit their feedback. But that only happens occasionally.
-Steve “Ivy League” Hofstetter

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