Zach Weisberg, The Inertia's spiritual head, lashes back!
I almost can’t take it! Tears are streaming down my cheeks making it difficult to type and so I won’t. I’ll just let our father who art Venice-adjacent type for me! Did you see Zach Weisberg, The Inertia’s founder and spiritual guide, wrote a response to Dane Reynolds in the wee hours? Did you read it in all of its paternal glory?
Oh it is paternally glorious!
If you have been spending the last few days in a cave let me catch you up. The Inertia called Dane Reynolds “Hypocritical as fuck.” Dane responded by telling The Inertia that it sux.
Now get ready for part three! And if you like heaping doses of paternalism mixed with dismissiveness ladled with passive-aggression and served warm with the emotional seasoning of a college campus safe space then this will be your favorite part of all!
Let’s read the best bits from the IKEA desk of Zach Weisberg!
So if Dane really never wants to work with us again, then that’s a bummer. It’s a silly and immature way to handle a pretty reasonable set of criticisms sandwiched between a handful of inflammatory phrases, but that’s totally his right. I respect that.
If Dane wants to write The Inertia off altogether because we support and enable people to share their opinions, that’s his prerogative.
We appreciate your response, Dane. Even if it is a handful of middle fingers. We appreciate that you shared some intimate thoughts around having anxiety in your film. That was definitely a service for folks who can relate. We like how you surf. We know it sucks to get negative feedback on something you care about (we can relate), but sometimes, when interpreted constructively, it can be really productive. Hopefully, one day in the future when feelings calm a bit, we can occasionally exchange silly emails again. Maybe even produce something raw that leaves us vulnerable to criticism together. But if not, that’s okay, too.
I’m rolling on the floor! Can’t… stop… laughing! My stomach hurts! I’m choking! I can’t breathe! Someone call 911!
And real quick Zach, if you maybe really want to know why Dane got mad then it is probably because the offending review wasn’t criticizing his film. It was criticizing the man himself, calling him a hypocrite in the harshest possible terms.
But carry on! Please! It’s gold!
(Read Zach’s entire response here! It’ll go down in history as the pièce de résistance of the paternalism mixed with dismissiveness ladled with passive-aggression and served warm with the emotional seasoning of a college campus safe space genre!)