Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ threads can be delightful little romps. They have become a semi-regular (if still relatively niche) stop on the celebrity promotional circuit, and have in the past been host to informative, endearing, and sometimes hilarious episodes. Reddit, for all its terrible flaws, does have a lot of very witty and insightful users, and when an AMA goes well and a celebrity’s personality matches with the audience, there’s real joy to be had. It used to be the case the AMAs were moderated. Indeed it’s a source of still extant resentment on Reddit that the rather skilled and very popular moderator, Victoria Taylor, was let go during an apparently cruel round of reshuffling by the Reddit top brass a few years ago. And while it’s true that the AMAs have never quite been the same since Victoria’s departure, the likes of Taika Waititi, Patty Jenkins, and Val Kilmer have gifted the community with some fantastic sessions.
Because Reddit is an endlessly branching hive of subreddits and subreddits feeding off other subreddits, as well as the official ‘Ask Me Anything’ sub there also exists the ‘AMA Disasters’ sub. It is exactly what it sounds like. AMA Disasters’ is where you will find all the AMAs that, for one reason or another, just did not go according to plan. Perhaps the most (in)famous example of an AMA disaster (his face is in fact the banner image on the desktop version of the sub) is Woody Harrelson. Back in 2011 Harrelson appeared on Reddit to promote his then-upcoming rogue cop movie Rampart. Shortly after the AMA’s commencement however it became quite apparent that there was something a little bit off going on, as all the fun and gonzo questions that the AMAs are usually known for were being batted away by Harrelson (or what was most likely his publicist), with the responses all being requests to please talk about Rampart instead. You can check out that particular train wreck here, but suffice it to say that ‘Ask me about Rampart!’ and variations thereof have become a fairly prevalent meme on Reddit.
Now it seems there will be another person being added to Woody’s hall of infamy.
James Corden—British comedian turned American chat show host—turned up on Reddit yesterday, along with his Carpool Karaoke team to promote The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special. Kristy covered Celine Dion’s appearance therein earlier today.
The AMA did not exactly go as James and his team were probably expecting it to go. Instead of a fluffy roundtable of friendly banter, Reddit users started immediately asking—and upvoting heavily—questions that touched on rumours around Corden’s alleged difficulty on and off-set, while downvoting the few questions that actually related to the show being promoted. Users were also upset at the lack of responses from James and his team. Some of the questions did turn a little bit nasty. It is Reddit after all.
You can check out the full car crash here, but below are some ‘highlights’. These will be in order of most upvoted. You will notice a trend, both in terms of the types of questions that rose to the top, as well as the lack of answers from James and his team. I won’t be including the really nasty questions, because there’s a difference between a gentle roasting and actual venom.
But as I say, buried way, way downthread, there were some questions followed by answers:
But even they were usually followed up by things like:
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