Well, it’s out there now, so we pretty much have to write about it, don’t we? Even though we’ve been resisting since it was sent to us on Valentine’s Day? Tell us we don’t have to. Ah, yeah, we have to. We want to. Crap.
So: Dimitri the Lover.
The trailer for his forthcoming movie is now online. When we spoke with the film’s producer, Brad Goodman, back in January, he described Dimitri as “extremely intelligent, charming, and funny” and “naturally funny” and “honest, straightforward, decent, and fair.”
In the newsletter he sent out shortly after our interview, Dimitri described Torontoist’s Q & A with Goodman, written by John Semley, as “PUSSIFIED FAGGOT INTERVIEWS HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER BRAD GOODMAN ON HIS UPCOMING DIMITRI THE LOVER DOCUMENTARY, ELICITING THE IRE OF CRAZED FEMINAZI CUNTS.” (That’s you, commenters!)
You can see more of that nuance in the trailer, which sees Dimitri admitting that “I started banging my patients”—recall that James Sears, the Man Who Would Be Dimitri, lost his medical licence over allegations of sexual assault—and “I am the prophet,” and that “I know a fucking slut when I see one.” Shot at various locations around Toronto, it’s like Reel Toronto, but horrible.
The video’s description on YouTube is telling: “Here is the TEST VERSION of our trailer for the Dimitri The Lover Movie. Because of its controversial nature, before releasing it to a broader audience, we’d appreciate constructive feedback from Dimitri’s loyal fan base. We’d also appreciate you sending it to your friends to get their opinions. We will use your feedback to perform a final tweak on the trailer, then release it for marketing purposes.” Is there any better place to get a “broader audience” than YouTube? Is there any worse place to get “constructive feedback”?
While BlogTO has taken to asking readers if they’re planning to see the movie, that question almost doesn’t matter, because the issue isn’t whether the movie will make money or whether it will be good or whether anyone will see it—respectively: it will, it won’t, they will—but whether people will talk about it. And here we all are again: we’re talking about Dimitri the Lover, you’re reading us talking about Dimitri the Lover, and some of you will come into the comments and talk more about Dimitri the Lover. (A few may even chastise us for talking more about Dimitri the Lover, in so doing further perpetuating discussion about Dimitri the Lover.) We wouldn’t write about the guy if the city collectively ignored him, or found him of no interest. But it can’t. It won’t. Disgust is still a response.
At the end of the trailer, when Dimitri says, “What didn’t kill me made me stronger, and society’s gonna have to cope with what they created,” he is mostly right, especially if you replace “created” with “perpetuated.” We love to hate this guy, but that’s love enough to sustain him.