dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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How motive rants corrode credibility.

As one could expect, Lynn appears to have based the irritating way Michael is going to spend the next few years treating Martha on some incident from her childhood that she cannot and will not get over. I distinctly remember pointing out years ago that she had this big, sloppy crush on some boy she was sure felt the same way about her that she did about him only to be gutted when he found her love letters to be comic fodder when he was supposed to fall madly in love with her. Since she's not designed to ever let things go, her in-built need to stand around bellowing "Behold!! I HAVE BEEN WRONGED AND DEMAND VENGEANCE AND SYMPATHY!!!" translates itself into Mike moaning because Martha is forced to share her notes with her friends when someone presumptuous and unaware of social norms demands privacy.

The problem is that given that Martha is behaving like a human being is supposed to in this situation and is doing nothing wrong that most of us can see, she has once again made an antagonist unintentionally sympathetic while making the alleged injured party out to be a whiny little puke who loves being irrationally angry and self-righteous more than he loves this girl. He sees himself as the victim. Since I'm a garbage snarker-troll person who doesn't care about refugees dying of world diseases in war zones, I see a world-class jerk looking for any excuse he can invent to be upset with this poor thing. Eventually, his need to feel like he's been mistreated corrodes any good will he might have felt towards her and he comes to the conclusion that he made her up.
Tags: mike patterson: universal idiot
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