from: Verne Troyer
to: [email protected]
date: Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 6:46 AM
subject: You are unbeleivable
You are probably one of the cruelest people that have ever been allowed to write. The reason you write things on this page is because no one else would hire you except for this trash of a site. It’s unbelievable that people read this garbage.
You have no soul. If it would happen that you get hit by a bus and die, no one would care except the people that enjoy this garbage. Which your mother probably loves that her baby boy got such a great job writing on this F*%ked up site. I guess thats what we get from an irresponsible mother like yours. (I’m sure this probably didn’t offend you, being the type of person you are. But if it so happened that it did offend you, now you know how it feels.
Those were the days, back when our eight-month-old blog landed on Verne Troyer’s radar. It was the first and last piece of hate mail we ever got, though. By and large, Videogum has been well-regarded by the cast of The Love Guru.
Our mission was to cover movies, television, and webjunk in a smart way. We insisted that posts be funny and thoughtful and that they didn’t pick on anyone who didn’t deserve it. Often Videogum covered serious topics, it but never took itself too seriously. Those seriousgum posts were some of the site’s best! Mostly, Videogum was a blog about trampoline accidents.
Thanks to everyone who read and commented over the past six years and to those who said nice things about Videogum on Twitter this week. Starting tomorrow, our parent company will no longer employ anyone to write the site. What happens after that, I’m not sure. It’s not going offline, not immediately at least. I know some of you Monsters want to keep the community alive. I think the Internet has enough pop culture blogs, but I can’t think of another community quite like this one, and I’ll do whatever I can to keep it going if you’re serious about that. Do you want to contribute to the next chapter of Videogum?
Email me. Email me. We’ll try to get something going.
No matter what happens, this is the end of an era. Kelly Conaboy, like Gabe Delahaye and Lindsay Robertson before her, did extraordinary work here. You’re reading this right now because she kept the site awesome. Kelly is one of the funniest writers on the Web and I trust someone will pay a lot of money for her Aaron Paul fanfic soon enough.
But first, I have a message from one of our biggest fans.