August 25, 2011

One Day and Internet Fame

So it's been an absulutely crazy week. 

Last Thursday I showed Jordan Raup Editor-In-Chief of The Film Stage a piece I'd written on Lone Scherfig's One Day. He was wholly supportive and after some brainstorming we came up with a fitting title:

Not a review but a feminist evisceration of the film's offensively sexist themes, we posted immediately and the article quickly drew notice -- much to my surprise and delight.

On Friday, the feminist pop culture blog Jezebel asked for permission to republish the piece there. With Jordan and my approval, it was up by Friday night, which as a big Jez fan was very exciting. Through the weekend it was consistently their most popular post, with upwards of 250 people reading it at any given moment. Their message board and ours lit up with impassioned arguments and discussions ranging from sexism in film to the value of film criticism. By now over 52,000 people have viewed the piece, and I've lost track of all the twitter accounts, blogs and tumblr accounts that have reposted 'Why...' in parts or included links.

But here are some of the highlights I've found:
  • Healthkicker used my piece as a springboard to discuss the bigger issue of sexism in chick flicks. 
  • Both Feminist Film and Cineboobs reposted my article's opening with a link to Jezebel - which links to The Film Stage.
  • On MSN film critic extraordinaire Kate Erbland referenced and linked my article which she said showed "deep complexity and thought."
  •  CNN's film critic Mark Rabinowitz fervently defended my piece and my chosen vocation in a heated thread of the Film Stage's comment board.
  • Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman tweeted my article to her 5,000 followers!
  • And perhaps you're not truly viral until Oh No They Didn't republishes -- without permission and without a byline.(Here one of the more rewarding comment strings were a series of people who remarked they were surprised they read the whole lengthy piece on a film they never planned to see.)

 Overall, I'm in awe of the response to this article, which began as an enraged journal entry. The outpouring of passion, support, praise and defense that has come from friends, family, colleagues and total strangers has been overwhelming and deeply humbling. I'm glad to see that an issue that means so much to me has struck such a chord, and I want to thank all of you who have read my piece, commented on it, shared it or linked it. This has been an extraordinary experience.

And lastly, I'd like to thank my husband and partner in crime, Zach Symons, who encouraged me that this was an argument worth perusing with humor and vigor.


If you find anymore surprising/exciting links to my piece, please do share!

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