Mek found this video on youtube and sent it to me. I felt honor bound to pass it on. (Spoilers for Scream, obviously.)
I was wondering, how long do you have to still give spoiler alerts? I remember reading on Amazon a non-Star Wars-related review where it was mentioned Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, and in the comments someone complained that this person had ruined the surprise. It would be the same as – SPOILER ALERT – telling someone that chick in The Crying Game was really a dude.
I don’t know what the rule is, or if there IS an agreed upon rule. I tend to try to Spoiler Alert almost everything (I was kind of bummed when I found out what Rosebud was, long before I watched Citizen Kane) but when something is so pervasive in pop culture that it seems almost like you were born knowing it . . . for instance, Darth Vader being Luke’s daddy . . . then I don’t usually spoil it. It’s sort of a judgement call, but really? How do you go through life without hearing or seeing some version of the “I am your father” scene? Even if you haven’t seen the movie, even if you’re not into sci fi. Who doesn’t know that?
The Crying Game is pretty well known (mostly because it was so famously spoiled on Siskel & Ebert) but not nearly to the same extent as Star Wars. So, yeah, if I was doing a review on that movie, I’d put a spoiler alert up before I talked about the end, just to be on the safe side. But Darth Vader? Come on, now.
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