Die hard Batman fans converged on critic site Rotten Tomatoes to troll on any critics that give the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” a rotten tomato.
The comment section for that film will be restored on Friday.
The main issue for negative reviewers is that commenters have increased significant traffic to reviewers’ sites. The first negative reviewer, Marshall Fine, had his server crashed due to increased traffic and asked Rotten Tomatoes to disable the link so his site can go back up.
Most of the comments are threats and hate speech towards these reviewers. It is a violation of Rotten Tomatoes’ commenting policies.
According to Matt Atchity, editor in chief of Rotten Tomatoes, the site may consider a move to a Facebook-based commenting system that doesn’t allow for anonymity.
“I know that a lot of people will think we're overreacting, and I know my own breeding, sexuality, and intelligence will be called in to question just for daring to ask for some level of respectable debate. That's fine, I'm used to that (I have a show on YouTube, so come at me, bro),” he wrote. “But if I could ask everyone for one thing, it's this: don't be a dick. Even if you think someone else is being a dick. Just take a deep breath, step away from the computer, and maybe go for a walk. Have a smoke if you need one. There are plenty of other things to get angry about, like war, famine, poverty and crime. But not movie reviews.”
As of right now, “The Dark Knight Rises” received a score of 86% fresh rating. Associated Press critic Christy Lemire, who published her negative review on Monday, received 532 comment responses to her review.
Even a reputable and popular online writer/reviewer Devin Faraci is not immune to Internet trolls. Since his negative review posted on Rotten Tomatoes, commenters flocked to Badass Digest site to intensely debate his review. Within a few hours, the comments have reached 394 entries at this time.
Rotten Tomatoes is also owned by Flixter, a Warner Brothers company and Warner Brothers Pictures is distributing “The Dark Knight Rises.”
So is there a conspiracy? Probably not.
One thing for certain, Bane will be proud of these Batman loyalists bringing down the entire system with a few protestors.
“The Dark Knight Rises” will be in theaters on July 20.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes