One of the things that used to annoy me about my co-workers was when they would complain about someone in another office being promoted.
“He’s not qualified,” they would chorus. “How could they pick him?”
To which I would counter with: “You know who was on the list. Who would you have picked? Or would you have let the position open?”
They usually had no answer, and as soon as I left the room they’d start up again grexing and grousing about what a terrible choice had been made.
I was reminded of this because of the recent announcement of the Emmy nominations and the accompanying articles from lazy TV critics complaining about this or that actor or show being “snubbed”.
There are two problems with that. First of all, it’s stupid to say an actor was “snubbed” as that implies the actor was intentionally not nominated due to some animus on the part of the nominating committee, when all that actually happens is the actor just wasn’t one of the top five (or whatever) vote getters.
Second, in order for this favorite actor, whose ass the lazy TV critic is so obviously trying to kiss, to be nominated, one of the other actors would have to be left off the list, and the critics never mention which one they would want to leave off. Or “snub”, to use their jargon.
Remember, 90% of TV critics are idiots. I’m just following Sturgeon’s Law.