"Suicide Squad" fans throw online temper tantrum, demand Rotten Tomatoes be shut down for "unjust" freshness rating

The fanboys would make a more solid case if they had any clue how a review aggregating site actually worked

Published August 3, 2016 12:53PM (EDT)

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jared Leto in a scene from "Suicide Squad." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) (AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jared Leto in a scene from "Suicide Squad." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) (AP)

Fans of the new DC Extended Universe film "Suicide Squad" -- fans who exist, it's worth noting, despite the fact that the film won't be released until Friday -- are upset with the review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes, which has given the film a "rotten" 33 percent Tomatometer rating.

The key word in the previous sentence is "aggregating," as the site itself does not actually rate films, it merely compiles the positive and negative reviews into a single, easy to understand format. As the site explains, the rating is "based on the published opinions of hundreds of [professional] film and television critics [and] is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers."

If someone has a problem with the "freshness" rating of a particular film, the fault lies not with the site, but with the collective opinions of professional film and television critics -- but try telling that to irate Internet fanboys. One such obsessive, Abdullah Coldwater, started an online petition after the ratings for "Suicide Squad" were released called "Shutdown [sic] Rotten Tomatoes."

According to Coldwater, "[w]e need this site to be shut down because It's [sic] Critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust Bad Reviews, Like [sic] (1) 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' [and] (2) 'Suicide Squad.'" These bad reviews, he contends, "affects people's opinion even if it's a really great movies [sic]." As is often the case, the quality of the prose mirrors the quality of the thought, as Coldwater's decision to use Zack Snyder's lugubrious Superman sequel as an example of an "unjust Bad Reviews" indicates, but that's not the point.

The point, at least as Coldwater imagines it, is "to deliver a message to the critics that there is a lot of people disagree [sic] with their reviews," and he now has the over 10,000 fanboys who signed his petition as proof that it is the critics who are paid to opine on film who suffer from entitlement, not the anonymous Internet horde who demands that cape-and-cowl films be judged by a different standard than all other films -- theirs.

By Scott Eric Kaufman

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