Most of the critics were very positive about Marvel’s The Avengers opening at midnight tonight — which is why Samuel L. Jackson (aka Nick Fury) is so furious with The New York Times‘ negative review. The actor let his 825,315 followers on Twitter today know it. “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!”. The NYT’s AO Scott in his review of the Joss Whedon-directed Disney film said, “The Avengersis hardly worth raging about, its failures are significant and dispiriting.” Scott also called Jackson’s role as the head of superspy agency S.H.I.E.L.D “more master of ceremonies than mission commander” in his review.
Jackson received a lot of support from his followers amping up for The Avengers whose overseas box office is already a worldwide hit. But a couple of responses drew the Oscar nominated actor’s wrath. When @kramercapriati wrote to Jackson, “The critic has a right to his opinion. Just because the movie has made a ton of money does not mean it is a good movie.” The actor, who has appeared as Nick Fury in the Iron Man movies as well as Thor and Captain America, tweeted back, “Actually, sometimes IT DOES.” And “Disappointed to hear @SamuelLJackson respond irrationally to negative review of #Avengers. People aren’t entitled to their own opinion? ” tweeted @TheFilmNest. “That is My Opinion! & what’s irrational about it? They aren’t going to fire his jaundiced ass & You & I Know It!,” replied Jackson. The last word, so far, went to A.O. Scott. “@SamuelLJackson @thefilmnest Jaundiced?” tweeted the critic who re-tweeted Jackson’s initial angry tweet to his own 15,894 followers. Many digitally leapt to Scott’s defense, including Alex Ross, one of The New Yorker’s music writers. “His call for you to lose your job only supports your point about ‘glowering authoritarianism’ in pop culture. Well said!” wrote Ross. Replied Scott: “Thanks @alexrossmusicand yet I have to say I feel more flattered than threatened. which may prove the point a different way,” Scott replied.
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