I’ve had this video cooking for a while now and the recent flare-up of Chaplin vs. Keaton emotion makes this a good time to post it. I realize that many of the culprits are eager young fans but the sooner we get them socially housebroken, the better off we all will be. (Though I think there is a 73% chance that someone is not going to watch the video and will skip to the comments to declare their preference while bashing the other party.)
In case I am not clear in the video, randomly crashing a discussion about either comedian by loudly proclaiming that you dislike them and that (insert name) is better… Well, it’s like going up to a girl scout selling cookies and telling her that you prefer, say, a Snickers bar to her Thin Mints. You may have a point and you certainly have the right to your preferences but you still look like an oaf.
Obviously, there are ways of stating preference and there is nothing wrong with comparison and contrast but as far as actual arguments are concerned… the horse has been so thoroughly beaten that it’s starting to just get pathetic.
Anyway, enjoy and let this be an end to the bickering, at least in my presence.
Films and collections cited:
Sundry scuffles and battles featuring Chaplin: The Kid
Chaplin kissing a tree: Chaplin At Keystone
All Keaton clips: Buster Keaton – Short Films Collection