Blame America First

In the case of M. Night Shyamalan, Ross sides with the terrorists. Or some such:


...here's my message to America, and the world: Stop enabling Shyamalan! I don't care how many fond memories you have of "The Sixth Sense," or how much your pre-teen kids wanted to see "Airbender" -- the man has a serious problem, and it's high time we stopped giving him the rope on which to hang a once-promising career. As long as people keep buying tickets for his movies, he can swaddle himself in the delusion that he hasn't lost his touch, and that it's the critics who've lost theirs. Only when an M. Night Shyamalan movie meets the same fate as "Hudson Hawk" and "Cutthroat Island" can the healing finally, mercifully begin.

Of course the problem is by that standard--the box office--Shyamalan hasn't lost his touch. Which is fine as far as I am concerned. I don't begrudge anyone the right to make a living off of bad films.
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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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