Rob Schneider sends his fans after Gail Simone

Saturday Night Live alumni and comedic actor Rob Schneider took exception to a joke comic book writer Gail Simone made. It involved Canadian donut shop Tim Hortons and Schneider. Gail made a joke about Tim Hortons being the Rob Schneider of donut shops.

Having had Tim Hortons coffee and watched a lot of Rob Schneider movies, I thought Gail’s joke was not only extremely funny, but it was also highly accurate.

You know who didn’t think it was funny? Professional funnyman Rob Schneider, that’s who.

He disliked Gail’s joke so much he asked his legion of Twitter followers to contact Gail and tell her how they felt. What Schneider did is called brigading. Not only is it a dick move, but it’s also against Twitter’s rules. Some people get kicked off the platform for brigading. Others don’t even get a Twitter timeout for the infraction. Twitter is very wishy-washy when it comes to enforcing their rules.

Rob Schneider Gail Simone

Rob Schneider said he’d never heard of Gail Simone. You’d think before brigading her, he’d want to do a quick Google search to make sure she’s not related to Adam Sandler. If he ever got on Sandler’s bad side, Schneider’s movie career would be over.

Rob Schneider is a hypocrite

Rob Schneider Gail Simone

What Rob Schneider did was wrong. Not only did it make him come across as thin-skinned, but it also made him look extremely hypocritical. He’s supposed to be a comedic actor. How can someone who tells jokes for a living get their feelings hurt when the joke is about them? Instead of sicing his Twitter fans after her, Schneider should have tried to hire Gail as one of his joke writers.

If anyone or anything has a right to get upset over Gail’s joke, it’s Tim Hortons.

The YouTube “critic” who said, among other things, that Gail Simone wasn’t funny, was wrong. Then again, he’s been wrong about a lot lately. Ask Neil Gaiman.

Rick Olney has passed away

Rick Olney 1954 – 2012

Comic book convention promoter Rick Olney has passed away. He was 58.

To say Olney was somewhat controversial in the world of comic book fandom is perhaps an understatement. He had run-ins with a good many comic book professionals over money, none more public than with comic book writer Gail Simone. It was the basis of a gigantic message board thread over at Comic Book Resources. At last count, the thread had over 53,000 posts.

Gail Simone

Personally, I took an interest in stories about Olney because I used to live near his area of operations, Herkimer County in upstate New York. I was stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base located in nearby Rome, New York back in the early 1990’s. It’s where I was reintroduced to the medium of comic books. I read comics as a kid and then somewhat got into it again while in Air Force tech school. Secret Wars has been released and the issues were going around the dorms.

Secret Wars

There was a comic book shop in one of the malls and I happened to see a poster of Spawn #1 in the window. I couldn’t believe how great the artwork was.  I went into that mall comic book shop and bought a couple comics. The following week, I went back and bought more. The week after that, I went back and repeated the process.

Olney is survived by a wife and five children.