Then I heard about Faye Dunaway attacking Hilary Duff, saying that she wished that they'd found a real actress to do the re-make of her classic film, Bonnie and Clyde.
And she's not the only one to have choice words for a younger entertainer taking on one of her classics: Etta James had many, many nasty things to say about Beyonce and her performance of "At Last" at the Inauguration.
So, my question is: are we all just getting meaner? With the internet and the blogosphere, is it that we just feel able to say whatever is on our minds, no matter how potentially hurtful to the object of our scorn?
Or is it that the ones being attacked are so high profile that they've opened themselves up to it? Perhaps that's a little of what's going on here: have the ones being bashed surpassed the bashers in each of their respective fields?
Still, if you don't have to face the person who you're bashing, is it easier to bash? Would Stephen, Faye, or Etta been as free to rant if the subject of their hatred was standing right there in front of them? As anyone who's ever been in a writer's workshop knows, it is incredibly hard to critique the work of a person sitting across the table from you.
So, Stephen, Faye and Etta: can't we all just get along?!