Sometimes you never know what’s going to set readers off. (As an example of how hypersensitive some people can get, this column once generated complaints from such far-flung places as Australia just for making fun of drowning-accident victims. If you can imagine.) But, after his column ran, letters to the editor and messages on the Chrony’s Website started pouring in.
See if you can spot the offending phrase in Shattuck’s sentence: “Many people want to be famous, whether it be the hordes of people auditioning for American Idol or Cher, whose desperate attempts at clinging to fame are marked by the fact that she’s had more farewell tours than most people have teeth.”
That’s right. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, and you don’t mess around with Cher.