Alright, America! Calm down! Just calm the eff down! I said CALM DOWN!!!
I know we're all on edge about this apparent huge dust-up in which Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, according to Fark's Drew Curtis, apparently dissing Reddit — the online community that helped spread the word about the rally for lo these many months — in their press post-conference conference on Saturday. (I know! My heart is being downvoted right to the pit of my stomach.)
And look! Fox News is reporting it in this post called "Jon Stewart Slaps the Internet in the Face." This must be an incredibly real issue…
Fark.com founder Drew Curtis is incensed that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert haven't given the online community due credit for the success of the Rally to Restore Sanity.
The rally, co-hosted by the Comedy Central comedians, drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 this past Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. — a crowd inspired and fueled by community activism on Fark.com and online bookmarking site Reddit. Yet when Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian asked Stewart what role the Internet played in convincing him to hold the rally, the response was clear: "it didn't hurt."
Oh, my! Reddit must simply be in a tizzy! They must have gotten a fainting couch for their fainting couch over this!
If only there were somebody from Reddit to explain exactly how red hot their anger is over this slight. Like, maybe Reddit admin Mike "Raldi" Schiraldi…
I appreciate Drew Curtis' looking out for us, but honestly, we had a great time and don't really care about who gets the credit.
At "best", we convinced Comedy Central to pull the trigger on something they were kicking around indecisively and might have otherwise not done.
At "worst", they were totally committed to doing it anyway and we "just" pulled off an incredible donation movement for a really good cause, beefed up attendance numbers, and got to meet hundreds of redditors in person.
I think I speak for all the staff when I say that we love Jon and Stephen, regret nothing, and don't feel anyone owes us an apology.
Edit: That said, Fark is cool and we like Drew. : )
Wow! That is some real explosive anger right there! I'm not sure what that symbol at the end means, but I think it's some kind of a bow and a couple grenades. Like, a grenade-shooting bow, I think. I'm pretty sure. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few grenade-shooting bows in my time.
Tags: Fox, Internet, Jon Stewart, Rally to Restore Sanity, Reddit, Stephen Colbert