So I made a nice, reasonable statement about how Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are both highly talented and, while it is perfectly proper to prefer one over the other, it is ridiculous to try to force everyone to conform to your opinion or argue about something that is purely a matter of taste.
And, like clockwork, someone said, “Yeah, but Keaton is better and I will go to the death on this.”
And so then I looked like Boris Karloff, as seen above. Sheesh, people!
I totally agree with this, and I find the Chaplin/Keaton comparison especially meaningless because they were each working in very different styles of comedy. It’s silly to compare one as “better” than the other (most people will agree that they were both great anyway) when their comedic aims were so different.