Do Critics Know What's At Steak?
As George Hunka and Scott Walters trade a few quotes about Comedy and Tragedy, I was wondering how often critics could possibly confuse the two and end up rendering a judgement that could mislead reviewers. If they do, they better be careful!
From the food world comes the story of a restaraunt critic named LaBan, who wrote about a "miserably tough and fatty strip steak," he had at a restaraunt named Chops. It seems like a pretty normal thing for a reviewer to point out. But there's more, (from the Philly Inquirer:)
However, according to the suit filed by Chops owner Alex Plotkin, LaBan had a steak sandwich minus the bread, not a strip steak.
"No legitimate food critic would ever mistake, or compare, a steak
sandwich with a strip steak," the lawsuit states.
Plotkin, who prides himself on Chops' chops, says in the suit that he
had called LaBan about the review and that LaBan had "apologized for the 'confusion,' admitted he did not have a strip steak and 'saw [Plotkin's] point,' but would not publish a retraction in his column."
That's right, there is a libel suit pending in court about the matter. There is at least a ten minute play that could be made out of such a litigious situation.