Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I Guess I'm Sorry, Whatever

An update on Hoffman-gate: she's issued an apology. Kind of. Bookslut says it best:

"Alice Hoffman apologizes for her crazy-ass Twitter outburst over the weekend:

'I feel this whole situation has been completely blown out of proportion...Of course, I was dismayed by Roberta Silman’s review which gave away the plot of the novel, and in the heat of the moment I responded strongly and I wish I hadn’t. I’m sorry if I offended anyone...'

Just to decode, 'this whole situation has been completely blown out of proportion' means 'You're all making a big deal out of nothing.' And "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" means 'I'm sorry you guys are such pussies.' The whole thing is an exercise in dodging responsibility.

It's maybe not the worst damage control ever, PR-wise. But it's pretty fucking far from an actual apology."

I tend to agree. Maybe Alice Hoffman did intend this to be an actual apology, but the wording isn't quite there. At least this will be a lesson to her and other writers that they should take a breath before hitting the Twitter. Even if you get a particularly heinous review, it makes you look ten times worse than the reviewer if you react badly. It's better to just shrug and move on. A bad review can be forgotten. Behave like this goes a long way.