You want to trust the people in charge. When they say something is true--because they have proof--and hundreds of thousands of people leave their families based on such a claim, and then we learn we've been lied to...well, it's unconcsionable and sets a dangerous precedent.
A horrible lie was perpetrated on the American people and, I'm ashamed to admit, I fell for it. I went out and saw "A Knight's Tale" because I'd read that Heath Ledger was, "This year's hottest star." Then I rushed out to see Rob Schneider's "The Animal," for it was described as "Another winner". It wasn't. It was a loser. The supposed critic who made these claims was a fake. A fraud.
Who would do something like this, betray the American public in such an egregious fashion? Naturally, I suspected Al Qaeda, or possibly Saddam Hussein. Who else would try and pull off such nefariosity? The Japanese, it turns out. No matter how many times we apologize (have we apologized?) about the the Bomb, they just can't seem to get over it. So now, decades after those two infamous (to them) days, they foist fake movie critic David Manning on us, via their government's propaganda arm. And the mainstream media let them get away with it.
You might think this is about the $32 bucks I shelled out (paid for friends) in going to see this crap flicks. Wrong. This is about integrity. This is about the American people's loss of innocence. This is about the fear each of us will now have when we head to the cinema. Is "40 Year-Old Virgin" really "the best comedy of the summer"? A couple of years ago I might have believed that. Now I have to wonder. Is that some marketing ploy, or is it really the best comedy of the summer? Is "Skeleton Key" the "best thriller of the year"? Because I was told "Red Eye" was the best one.
Why isn't anyone protesting? Let's take America back! Let's take it back to the time when advertisers were honest, when marketing had heart.
If we don't, we'll have to face another David Manning.