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Roger Ebert Takes a Blow to the Face

ger Ebert and his wife Chaz attend the 17th Annual Gotham Awards presented by IFP (Independent Feature Project) at Steiner Studios November 27, 2007 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Entertainment)

Has the world really come to a point where it's OK for grown men to smack the elderly in the face with pamphlets? Apparently it has, at least for Roger Ebert. In his recent column for the Chicago Sun-Times Ebert described his altercation with a film critic at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Apparently the 66-year-old was enjoying a screening of Slumlord Millionaire when the scuffle took place. Ebert says a man was leaning out into the aisle in front of him obstructing his view. Since Ebert can't talk, as a result of his battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer, he simply tapped the man on the back.

Ebert says it took several taps to get the man's attention. Finally, the man, who was a critic for a New York newspaper, turned around and "whacked me with a rolled-up program or a festival binder or something," Ebert said.

Since when do people just turn around and slap senior citizens in the face with a binder? That's beyond cruel.

After the confrontation, the theatre staff stepped in and moved the man to a different seat.

Still, I'd like to think that if they hadn't Ebert would've unleashed a serious can of whoop-ass on the guy. He seems feisty.
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