In a new interview with The New York Times, David Simon, creator of HBO's Greatest Television Show Ever Made (according to some, anyway) The Wire, does something that has become frustratingly commonplace. In discussing his work of art, almost reflexively defending it, he alienates the people who have, in essence, determined its artistry.
Meaning, he goes and says something along the lines of "Don't talk about this like you get it, only I get it, and you're annoying even if you're an adoring fan." Here's the actual quote:
If you want television to be a serious storytelling medium, you’re up against a lot of human dynamic that is arrayed against you. Not the least of which are people who arrived to “The Wire” late, planted their feet, and want to explain to everybody why it’s so cool. Glad to hear it. But you weren’t paying attention. You got led there at the end and generally speaking, you’re asserting for the wrong things.
So that feels kinda crappy, huh? Having the guy who made a show that we loved tell us we were wrong in loving it, or rather that we loved the wrong part of it. How dare we come in late, how dare we go about "asserting for the wrong things." (He seems to take particular umbrage with the fact that many fans' favorite character is Omar.) It's the kind of statement that, while not entirely destructive, does, if we're honest, color or lessen our enjoyment of the show in a frustratingly retrograde way. We loved it, we crowed about it, we in some small way championed it, and now it's over. But, then, years later, we're being told by the Creator that, oops, we were wrong. We didn't do it correctly. Maybe there is no correct way. What a useless and seemingly spiteful way to interact with fans. Trouble is, Simon's not the only guy doing it.