bill-swift - June 14, 2012
The beauty of modern life is that anybody with a modicum of fame can instantly and directly respond to criticism, using the same tools, and get one hell of an echo when they do. Comic Aisha Tyler was clear and forceful in responding to her critics that didn't like her participation at Ubisoft's E3 Press Briefing.
Tyler was the host of the event introducing Ubisoft executives and employees and setting up performances (FLO-RIDAAAA!) and trailers. You know, hosting. Apparently the quality of Ubisoft's presentation suffered because of Tyler's insistence on doing her job and not getting out of the way of Ubi's outstanding lineup of Assassin's Creed III, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch Dogs.
We're not dumb enough to go searching for evidence of internet abuse by Tyler's detractors because we've seen plenty of small, ridiculous, racists, sexist, misinformed, hyperactive, obnoxious, laughable, smug, self-serving content plastered all over internet forums, comment sections and bulletin boards to have a very strong idea of what was said about her.
We simply love her reaction. This excerpt from Tyler's response on her Facebook page stood out as our second favorite:
So to all the haters out there who claim I don't play;
To the GAF dicks,
To every illiterate racist douchebag on Youtube:
Flame away. Go nuts.
Post every jackass comment your heart desires.
I'll still be playing when your mom's kicked you out of her basement
and you have to sell your old-ass console
and get a real job.
This is somebody who knows what she's talking about; clearly somebody who is of that community because these are the words and phrases they use on each other every day. Points off for Tyler being a professional comic and still going to the "mom's basement" well one more time, but other than that, it's a fine rant/response. There aren't even any typos in that thing.
Our absolute favorite slice, however, is the take home line that goes something like this:
For now, I say to you respectfully,
and I mean this from the bottom of my heart,
Priceless. A sincere invitation to auto-coitus that's more polite than damaging plays it about as well as you can play it.
Our take on the episode as a whole -- the Ubisoft presentation, the reaction, Tyler's rebuttal-- is pretty simple: Aisha Tyler and Ubisoft all exceeded expectations while the "illiterate racist douchebags" were merely average, giving us precisely what we expect from them.
Their issues aren't with Tyler or any other single person. It's that their intense wish to have their likes, desires and interests respected completely blinds them to the surest path to get that respect.
Be sure to sound off in the comments section below. We fear no debate.
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