DON’T HOLD BACK. TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!
When we launched our redesigned BEST.GAY.WEEK.EVER! column last week, I was prepared for some negative feedback. Change is hard after all. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the nearly universal outpouring of dislike and criticism. I almost felt like my name had been changed to Proposition 8.
On the plus side, at least this week I had absolutely no trouble coming up with the column’s first headline, above. In fact, I had so many to choose from, I was almost paralyzed picking just one. Here are the ones I considered, but ultimately passed on.
AND YOU THOUGHT NEW COKE BOMBED
ANSWER: WHAT ARE THE HINDENBURG, THE TITANIC, AND SARAH PALIN
QUESTION: NAME THREE THINGS THAT WENT OVER BETTER THAN THE NEW BGWE
MICHAEL, THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN
YOU HATED IT! YOU REALLY, REALLY HATED IT!
After carefully considering all the comments, I calculated the vote to be 92% against the new column, 8% for. However, like any losing politician in a close contest, I have demanded a recount which the Flying Monkeys have just completed. And here are the results. Ha! I was right — that first figure was wrong! Actually, 96% of you hated the new format. Seriously, there were 25 comments against and one for. Sorry, Nukely!
What exactly did folks have to say? Here are some samples:
From poof: Giving the new BGWE a down arrow…sorry… don’t like it either. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
From Javi: I miss the up and down arrows, snarky commentary, and new tidbits. It’s just not the same…it’s the New Coke/Classic Coke wars all over again….please don’t make us drink it
From Defft: Hate to say it, but if the new format remains, I will probably stop reading it.
From mmmexperimental: BGWE – Down Arrow! (Special kudos to mmmexperimental for actually taking my own down arrow and posting it!)
From dr__hf: This is madness! If I wanted TMZ, I’d be on their site. Of course I love AE’s titillating snippets of gay and gay-interest gossip, but those are just the tasty appetisers.
There is a silver-lining to all of this — at least now I know how much everyone likes this column. (Cue this week’s comments of people chiming in saying, "Oh, no — I hate them both equally.)
So what is an editor to do, except after careful consideration, decide to return BEST.GAY.WEEK.EVER! to its original format. So please — no more surprises like this!
Next page! More on Prop 8!