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Bobcat Goldthwait to Diablo Cody: “Cram it”

September 20, 2011

Bobcat Goldthwait

In a phone chat with Bobcat Goldthwait in advance of his upcoming three-day stint at Baltimore’s Comedy Factory, he mentioned some blog remarks Diablo Cody made about Goldthwait’s new movie God Bless America, to wit:

I’ve been sad because I heard Bobcat Goldthwait (who is actually a really talented writer/director) brought a movie to Toronto that rips on everything stupid about American pop culture; namely, reality TV, Idol, Kardashians and . . . me? I don’t even consider myself a part of “pop culture” these days. I’m a screenwriter with a hit-or-miss career. I don’t really go out to events. I don’t have a million Twitter followers or a massive fandom (In fact, I seem to have a much larger and more vocal “un-fandom,” if you know what I’m saying.) I would think that to pollute pop culture to such a degree that it warrants being eviscerated in a movie, one would need to be, you know, powerful. Visible. Ubiquitous. I’m none of those things and I haven’t been in a while. Maybe this movie has been on the shelf? Hope so, but I doubt it.

I ordinarily shake these things off, but it sucks extra hard when the criticism comes from someone you admire. Shakes the Clown is an excellent movie. Plus, I always assumed Goldthwait and I were kindred spirits—we both have silly aggro fake names, and we’ve both spent our careers (his long, mine short) trying to transcend the gimmicks we’re known for. Dear Bobcat: Juno is my “growly voice.” Let me evolve, as you have evolved.

Mr. Goldthwait remarks, “She hasn’t seen the movie, but she’s upset with it. I’ll give my official statement back: Dear Diablo Cody, Cram it.”

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