Heather, you have an enormous heart and a solid head on your shoulders. I live for these columns. Thank you.
Just as in life, if you focus too intently on the small details, you fail to acknowledge the big picture. The big picture here being the statement "Her" makes on human emotion, and how nuanced and sad and wonderful it can be. I found it to be deeply powerful, and many of the people around me in the theater were moved to tears by it.
I'm of the opinion that Maria felt she could only differentiate herself from the scores of reviews out there by taking an aggressively contrarian view.
@Titania I've seen her around the hood too (sidebar- hey neighbor!) but i HATE her constantly fakey sunny, "darlings, wouldn't you just love to go to capri this weekend? xoxo, jo" tone and on a more serious note, when she has gotten called out for plagiarizing old posts that she's done for Glamour for her blog, she flat out denies it and goes about her "ho hum, lalala xoxo" business without addressing what's going on. This has happened on a number of occasions and it has really soured me on her. She has no journalistic integrity even though she makes a shit-ton of money from her blog/pimping out her dumb sex tips and her baby.
In the past, a woman bore a scarlet letter for her offenses. Now, she has a hate site. It's an age old way of inflicting shame on people who deserve it.
Personally, I wish there was a hate site for Cup of Jo. She is the fakest person on the internet.
This is the best advice column I have ever read. Ever.
This was incredible, thank you so much for writing this. It was an unparalleled pleasure to read.