Here’s a hot take on freedom of speech: I don’t believe it should be legal to post comments on the same web page as the content—and please don’t @ me* for this. Who am I? I’m film, television and now YouTube personality Adam Pally. I’ve been in many of your favorite movies and on TV shows that haven’t been successes.
I can honestly say I have never read one online comment that changed my life for the better. Do I appreciate the compliments? Sure, but as is human nature, the negative ones drown out the positive ones. Am I a big Hollywood snowflake baby? Probably. But what I’m asking is, Why are we so excited to hurt each other in the most visible place possible, just because we can?
I’m not saying it should be illegal for us to express our opinions on the internet. I do it regularly—on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, subreddit, subreddit of subreddit. But I wouldn’t do it underneath someone’s content, because I’m not gonna talk shit to your face. I’m gonna talk shit behind your back, when I think there will be no consequences for you or for me. You know, like a normal human being.
I have no stats to back this up, but I am positive Russian bots are doctoring Happy Endings’s Hulu viewership.
A comment is different from a review or an opinion. A comment is a bother. Our thoughts on what we’re experiencing shouldn’t be directly associated with the experience’s success or failure. And I see you getting ready to @ me* underneath the online version of this article, but if you do, Playboy will put the comments on another page. (I probably should have checked with Playboy first before assuming they would put these comments on another page.)
Imagine online commenting in the real world. In no way, shape or form would the Louvre let me walk in wearing a mask, tell everyone my name is baesaprocky349 and scream in front of the Mona Lisa that she’s not all that—that, actually, she’s not looking at me from every angle. I’d be taken out quicker than some of my shows have been taken off television. Am I saying my new show, Champaign ILL, on YouTube Premium, is the Mona Lisa? I sure am. I can say whatever I want; this is my article.
Speaking of trolling, I have no stats to back this up, but I am positive Russian bots are doctoring Happy Endings’s Hulu viewership. There’s no way we’re that low.
That reminds me: While I have your attention, please watch Champaign ILL on YouTube Premium. And now that I think about it, feel free to leave a comment. I’m nothing if not a man of no convictions.
*I’m still not entirely sure what “don’t @ me” means.