We’ve spoken before about how Twitter can be a hellscape for controversy or unique venue for distinctive storytelling. Well, it is also the best place on the internet for a good ol’ fashioned pile-on, which is exactly what happened when filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza went after critics.
For those of you lucky enough to have no idea who D’Souza is, he’s the director behind such “documentaries” as 2016: Obama’s America, which imagined the dystopia a second Obama presidential term would bring to the U.S., and America: Imagine the World Without Her, which something something liberals are the devil. I dunno. I couldn’t even make it through this trailer:
Neither of D’Souza’s NeoCon diatribes have fared well with critics, getting a 25% and an 8% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes. And with his anti-HRC movie, Hillary’s America on its way, D’Souza decided to take a preemptive swing at critics:
WHY I STRIVE FOR LOW MOVIE RATINGS FROM CRITICS: Because getting high ratings means appealing to guys like this pic.twitter.com/OP0UvSmSrS— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) April 12, 2016
There’s a lot to eyeroll over in this tweet, and Twitter was quick to let D’Souza know.
You mean your movies are filled with lies and propaganda that they get low ratings.— #HatersGonnaHate (@FNTHEHALLS) April 12, 2016
But justify it any way you have to.@DineshDSouza
@DineshDSouza— RoughAcres /RL McKee (@RoughAcres) April 12, 2016
Oh, c'mon, low ratings make you feel inferior.
As does a smart President of color.
And you just HATE feeling inferior.
@DineshDSouza nah, poor reviews happen naturally because ur films are terrible. But hey, the lunkhead base digs em, so mission accomplished.— factasaurus (@conservaderp) April 12, 2016
Yeah, screw that stock photo model and his prissy LIBRUL opinions. https://t.co/EtUBbalzaR— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) April 13, 2016
Professional critics even got in on the fun, including NY Times’ A.O. Scott.
Dude, did you hack my phone? https://t.co/HJAb4MAbT2— a. o. scott (@aoscott) April 12, 2016
All critics who hate his "movies" should send him selfies. So all critics. https://t.co/TGtqldYirl— Jesse Crap (@jessecarp) April 12, 2016
you mad bro https://t.co/BwAt2dRtpN— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) April 13, 2016
But it was D’Souza’s deliciously obliviousness to one particular element of this tweet that really got the pile-on going.
Dinesh, that's a mirror. https://t.co/JvSfcgngZQ— Big Sexy Jeb! Lund (@Mobute) April 12, 2016
"I make bad movies on purpose because film critics are dorks who look like me." https://t.co/wCOA9ujI6Z— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) April 12, 2016
Kristy Puchko is disappointed she couldn’t find a Happy Endings pile-on gif for this post. Get it together, Internet!