Are critics just mean?

Is it necessary, when a skinny but gorgeous fashion model is sauntering down the runway in her painful stillettos, for a critic to find something negative to say?    The girl’s hair is perfect to the last tousled curl, her figure exquisite in its proportions and invisible twekes of past imperfection.     Her patent leather bag may be a tad too plain for the somewhat “frilly” ruffles at the neckline…which. by the way, could be slightly higher so as to allude to more fullness in the bodice area?     Her make-up could not be more appropriate to enhance her naturally somewhat sallow complexion…do you think a touch toward-primrose blush?   Those earrings are beautiful!…could be slightly less elongated…her ears seem large for her face, don’t you think?    What a pity that now she is pregnant— why in the world would she want a child now at the peak of her career?

17 thoughts on “Are critics just mean?

  1. Maybe the critic points out the mistakes, because the rest of the picture is perfect.
    When there is a white mark on the blackboard, what do you describe – the white mark, or the black board?

    But of course, a word of appreciation would never go waste.

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    1. Grading student papers isn’t being mean per se…some of these people can’t spell and will never be spellers. I graded on content (History) rather than grammar and punctuation…I had some who are functionally illiterate. An English test is different…spelling counts, so does grammar etc. However I hasten to say that I was a TA, not an intended History prof. My grading system varied from my fellow TA who DID take points off for spelling etc. The athletes who needed a passing grade to stay on the team….THAT was a challenge. One guy did SO badly that I asked him what his problem was. He said he did well until he got to the university, then in the frat house he just went wild partying. LOL At least he was honest. 🙂

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    2. It begs the question are these people dumb or just careless. My favorite is a girl who, in a review of a book, wrote: “George Washington was the type of man who wanted his private left alone.” I brought it to her attention, but she didn’t get it. It was his private life he preferred to remain private. LOL

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    1. Sadly, very true. I make it a point never to hurt anyone’s feelings…watch what I say at all times…and nice things like that. Unfortunately, insults on the likes of Facebook or others like it, sometimes are too wicked to ignore. If someone flashes the “you’re #1” sign, in person or virtually, it takes real control to say “have a nice day.” 🙂

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  2. I think some critics go mean, but not all. Though, fashion seems to be crueler than other arenas. I think most are becoming hyper-critical and possibly even jaded. Maybe we’re seeing critics develop mass burnout.

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    1. I’ve only gotten two negative comments, and the one that hurt the most was that I was called a “rude, ignorant stranger.” by a person who refused to read anything but the first clause of a comment I wrote. The other a reader told me I was known as a good poet but shouldn’t try to write political stuff.

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      1. As an author, I’ve gotten some nasty negatives. The 1-star reviews of my books have a bunch of them. Had one person condemn me to Hell over something I wrote too. People aren’t very good at keeping their emotions in check when on social media. I’ll admit that I fall into the trap at times too.

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