BIKE SNOB - THE WAR IS ON MuTh@ F#@KR !!!
as some of you know, BIKE SNOB did a write up on our Kickstarter Campaign today
Apparently saving his trademark wit for a rainy day, Senoir Snob mainly lashes out at the Ride in general and Chris specifically without much regard for fact or entertainment value.
CHRIS RESPONDS Below.
Yo BikeSnob, or if I can call you BS for short, thanks for the shout out about the Critical Mass Doc fundraising campaign! Of course your humorless far fetched accusations regarding the negative impact of the Critical Mass ride are wildly fantastic, but that could be said of the spirit of the ride all along, so maybe they are romantically appropriate. The overall theme of my proposed film LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH is that all speech is important, idiotic or not. I am sure when your poppy was writing the Bus Snob Almanac, he gave a similar whooping to that nuisance Rosa Parks, but to reference that would only lend towards me outing myself as a director with some bias, so I won't. What I do hope to accomplish with the film is to take a more in depth look at exactly what were the purposes and results of the actions taken on both sides of the conflict, and possibly the less visible third side, aka the legal system, which still could come out as either hero or villain, but certainly scored the majority of the coin in the legal settlements. I did however receive $500 as settlement against a later Critical Mass arrest I endured that cost me many days of work. But for my initial more gruesome experience of being jailed for cycling, I, like the penny-farther lifting commentator was swept up in the first wave of arrests immediately prior to the RNC, and for which, I received nothing, save for a quick lesson in what happens when one is perceived as protesting. Believe me I had no intent of making money riding my bike that night, but I also has no intent of sleeping in pools of discarded bus oil, being dehydrated, constantly threatened, and released a day later with my keys and personal effects "lost" along with dozens of other coincidentally unlucky folks. Ultimately leaving a disoriented me to sleep a second night outside on a cardboard box shamefully hiding from my potentially snobbish neighbors until my roommate returned from his wisely timed weekend away.
So, as most Snobs are slow to recognize, I ultimately don't really much of a safety net, or a large line of credit, or the necessary capitalist intelligence to recoup the money I put into the Doc even if I had it myself to "invest." And that simply makes me part of a massive massive massive majority of people currently just getting by. Not really doing a stupendous job at it, but not hurting enough for my blue collar roots to allow me to feel comfortable complaining about it either. I am also not of the tradition of asking for handouts, which is why even creating this campaign was a bit of a leap and crisis of faith. But, being intrigued by the notion that this internet wasteland of Glenn Bikes, and Beck Snobs can also perhaps be an enabler of positively connecting the massive massive massive majority and facilitating the potentially empowering concept of crowd funding and micro financing, I stuck my neck out there.
Now, as if anyone should have to defend the paltry amount of money we have deemed as the goal for creating a piece that gets the proper and professional attention we feel the subject matter deserves, aka to not make the resulting piece the flippant sounding board of surface level, occasionally clever, rarely accountable, questionably insightful ramblings of a complete idiot, in this case, myself, we are going to need some funds. I have personally already invested more than I'd like to admit in time, resources, and cold hard grocery and cat food money already, but I am in a position now where I am recognizing the basic investment needed to bring this slowly simmering pot of water to the point where there is an actual meal to be placed down in front of the vocal minority of snobbists so we take our lashes once again. Naively hoping once again that perhaps this time, in cinematic form, it won't be the case, but soldiering on, because we are going to keep on keeping on either way.
The majority of your focus, the concept that the money goes to me, is about as inaccurate as the fact that apparently any of it will come from you. I will most optimistically be the vessel through which it flows, and last to receive a glass. Though you snob'propiately feel entitled to sit back and wait for the resulting film's existence so you can comment on it in the future, oblivious to the man/woman hours it will take, along with work space and equipment overheads needed to actually go through hundreds of hours of footage while generating more materials as the journey reveals is required, this my naive typist, doesn't just happens magically. It will not be a table book deal acquiring hobby snuck in on the dime of whoever employs an anonymous alleged creator of inaccurate content, it will be an endeavor that actually creates jobs and spreads some money out to artists and craftsmen who are already willing to be on board either way, but who will, like myself have a more appropriate priority of focus if they can call this project their job for a few months, instead of their spare time siphoning surface level output of triteness.
That all said, love your blog. Thanks for the shout out, remind everyone GIVE GENEROUSLY! KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ENDS FRIDAY!
-Christopher J. Ryan
creator of jobs
PS. I was wearing a flag pin on my lapel when i wrote this, so don't ever question me again MUTh@ F#@KER.