Housekeeping

Yesterday I wrote this about Crash:

And I swear if any of you defend the film, I'm going to ban you. Not just from this site, not just from the Internet, but from all public life. Don't test me. My armies are legion.

I don't really understand how, but some folks took that threat seriously. I was content to laugh about that in comments. And then someone sent me this tweet from Roger Ebert, which apparently takes the threat seriously.

I'm not really comprehending how anyone could take a threat of a blogger banning them from the internet and "from all public life" seriously. But, on the other hand, I have great respect for Roger Ebert and his work. So for anyone who didn't get it, I was joking.

On a quick tangent, I always loved Ebert's Churchillesque riposte after Vicent Gallo called him fat. "It is true that I am fat," Ebert wrote. "But one day I shall be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny." Gotta love it.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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