Last month, we published a review absolutely slating Adam Wingard and Netflix’s Death Note film. We won’t mince words – we thought it was a special kind of awful. You know what also is a special kind of awful though? Harassing the director until he no longer feels welcome on social media.
That’s what has happened over the last few days. Following a particularly nasty period dealing with trolls, Wingard quietly deleted his Twitter account and thus, disappeared from the social media site. Many are drawing the obvious link between the nature of tweets sent to him by disappointed fans, with some speculating if they had taken the particularly nasty form of the death threats the Twitterverse is increasingly becoming known for. Whatever the exact cause however, people unable to separate objective criticism from personal attacks made him no longer feel safe – whether for his physical or mental health – and that’s a serious problem.
We didn’t like Death Note and that won’t change – it was just awful. However we cannot and will not say the same about Adam Wingard as a person. We will also never condone comments attacking him as a person, when really, people need to just draw the line at just critiquing him as a director.