Stop being a douchebag.
Look. I've been excited about Red State for a long time. Since way back when you first started hinting about it.
I've long enjoyed your movies, but, Chasing Amy aside, I've largely enjoyed your personality and persona more than the movies themselves... especially in recent years when the movies have gotten less traction on average for me.
But along with the hope I've held for Red State, there's always been my desire to like what you do.
So, when I read things like Why Kevin Smith Hates Film Critics by Todd Brown, it's hard for me, because I think, "That guy is such a douchebag!"
I know that you have a lucrative career in large part because of critical reaction to Clerks and Chasing Amy. I know you've long credited Amy Taubin's negative but constructive review of Mallrats with pushing you to make Chasing Amy what it is.
This kind of behavior is beneath you. You're turning yourself into the Sarah Palin of Indie Cinema, spinning your own version of the world to your most extreme base of supporters.
Not to mention, the timing feels less like a moviemaker defending Cop Out against the onslaught of attack and more like someone preparing me and those like me that Red State will be the next Jersey Girl, dismissed by critics and those outside your deepest base, including those of us who may like to think of ourselves as fans.
This campaign seems dishonest, disingenuous and defensive, but worst of all, it just makes you sound like a douchebag.
I wish you all the luck in the world, I swear. And if this is the choice you wish to make with your career, and filling a smaller and smaller, but evermore passionate niche is what you want, then godspeed.
But I'll always miss the guy who seemed like a good guy we could all hang with, and won't go far to support this douchebag you're being now.