Meta: Has no one seen Taken?

Submitted by JeepinBen on February 11th, 2015 at 2:35 PM

So Brian's front page post on the B-School kid trying to "actualize" concepting song-like objects got a whole lots of posts calling it a threat on ruining careers. I'll explain the damn joke. There was a movie in 2009 called "Taken".  Liam Neeson delivers a speech then [SPOILER ALERT] kills bad guys who kidnapped his daughter (see, she was Taken). Brian's post was an OBVIOUS parody of this speech. My question is... how did you miss this?

Taken was such a big hit they made a sequel. Then a THIRD!

Family guy parodied it!

it was in a superbowl commercial two weeks ago! Lighten up folks.



February 11th, 2015 at 2:46 PM ^

He did not cyberbully.  He re-posted a picture the kid posted himself on Twitter with no further comment on said picture.

EDIT: And we should stop calling him a kid.  He is a 19-year old adult.  Sure, he's a young adult, but it's not like he needs to be coddled and treated like he's 10.

Mich OC

February 12th, 2015 at 1:08 AM ^

If that is bullying, then shows such as SNL, The Daily Show, the Colbert Report, as well as just about any political show on TV, are all just bullying as well.  

This kid put himself in the public eye to some extent by proposing a real idea to a real organization that could have real consequences that affect thousands, possibly millions of fans.  He opens himself up to criticism by doing this.  

If someone writes critically in the editorial column of a newspaper about someone or something, and includes a picture of the person, is that bullying?  Brian posted a picture of the kid that was already posted to twitter.  He didn't comment on it, or caption it, or ridicule him directly.  He reposted a public picture, and let people react to it as they saw fit.  

Brian may have went a little over the top with his jsarcastic response, but iyou are overreacting by acting as though this is some sort of reprehensible act of bullying.   Calm down 


February 12th, 2015 at 1:45 AM ^

Did Brian write critically? I missed that.

Ace did, and it was a fine piece. All I saw from Brian were some boxed quotes from the Daily, some slightly altered quotes from a movie, and an unboxed two-word quote from the Daily piece that was meaningless without context. And the picture, whose intent wasn't hard to figure.

And the headline, addressing the kid as if he were a dog.

There wasn't any content at all, just a sarcastic nudge to put the mob into motion. Comment or caption would have been an improvement. Hell, for that matter, it's not at all what I'm hoping for but even straight-up ridicule would have been better than this.


February 11th, 2015 at 3:06 PM ^

if you take consider at all that Brian meant what he said intentionally sabotaging the guy's (and anyone else's on that committee) job prospects by exploiting Google's search algorithms to give that guy an extra bad impression to anyone looking him up, then yes that is cyber-bullying plain and simple. 

It just depends on whether you thought he was totally joking or not. 


February 11th, 2015 at 2:51 PM ^

I actually originally missed the joke, thought Brian was being over the top and inappropriate, and then changed my view once I realized the whole rant was just a Taken paraphrase.

Fuzzy Dunlop

February 11th, 2015 at 4:07 PM ^

Yes.  Everyone recognized that the quote was taken from Taken.  (heh, taken from taken).

That he was quoting a movie doesn't change the fact that he also identified the student in question and put him on blast.  No need to expose a 19 year old to public humiliation just because he had a shitty idea with absolutely zero chance of succeeding.


February 11th, 2015 at 2:54 PM ^

I think Brian went a little far... got the joke but it's a bit far (for me.)

That said, this "kid" or "19 year old man" has a really really bad idea... also my opinion.

Honestly, i just wonder what would have happened if he hadn't taken down his own twitter page.

Finally, i just realize i post in note form.  I should work on that.


February 11th, 2015 at 2:54 PM ^

Taken was finished almost a year before it hit theaters. I actually got a perfect bootleg from Japan of it and there wasn't even previews out yet. I heard they sometimes release movies in Japan or Korea too see if it goes straight to DVD or be released in theaters. Its a test run the studios do to ensure it will do good in the movies. American Pie was supposed to go straight to DVD but did well so they re-released it worldwide.