big ear barry
I don't know about anyone else, but when I read this type of thing, I just tune out anything else that is being said. Personal comments about somebody's appearance tell me that they have nothing useful to say.
I agree in principle, but it really depends on if the person *actually* said something useful. If you're using the fact that someone made a personal comment as an excuse to ignore the rest of what he said, then you're kinda just as guilty IMO.
I don't know how many times I heard a variation of the following when it came to Michael Moore.
Him: "Moore totally lies in his movies"
Me: "What did he lie about? I honestly want to know"
Him: "He's a big fat slob"
Me: "and that answers the question how? Goodbye"
While I think the perception of Moore as a big fat slob is pretty accurate (I mean, look at the guy), I'm going to guess that the number of times this was the *only* response to that sort of question is somewhere close to zero. He's pretty polarizing in his documentaries (more correctly, he's become so over the last decade). While I suppose it's possible that someone might have a strong opinion about him, but is unable to say anything more than "he's a big fat slob", most people are going to have at least some other reasons for thinking he's dishonest with his documentaries. Even if it's just "he distorts the facts to make the point he wants to make" (which frankly is true of just about all documentaries, he just takes it to a whole new level).
But hey! How many times has that happened?