ENTERTAINMENT: A lower grade for whining?

  I wouldn’t really do it. But it’s a tempting idea today: If someone calls and whines about his client’s show getting a “B+” review, should I knock it down to a “C” or “D” for the rest of its future life on the Internet?
  Maybe with a note on top of the archived version of the review? “Editor’s note: The author has carefully reconsidered his position and determined he was originally trying too hard to be fair. In retrospect, he realizes much of his generosity may have been a secret desire to avoid a pissy call the next morning. Since the call came anyway, he decided, ‘Better late than never.’ ”
  Columnist Doug Elfman was laughing about the concept after I told him about this morning’s call from Danny Gans’ manager, Chip Lightman. He wanted to know why I was so “mean-spirited” in this review of Gans’ new show at Encore:
  After informing me that I hated Gans, Lightman told me to “lose my number.” Before I had time to protest that I hardly ever call him anyway, he hung up.
  This call was deja vu of my original review of Gans in April 2000, when my “A-’’ grade (the act was fresher to me then), drew a similar wounded, how-could-he-do-such-a-thing? reaction. Funny, I just looked up the review in our archives and the minus sign seems to have disappeared over the years. But I trust my memory and the episode as recapped in a Los Angeles Times feature about Gans by Paul Brownfield in July 2002:
  Amid such hyperbole, there is little context for criticism. When Gans moved from the Rio to the Mirage, Weatherford, the paper’s entertainment critic, did an updated review of his show. Weatherford gave Gans a good write-up and graded him with an A-minus. Gans, more than a year later, still hasn’t gotten over the grade, which he attributes to the fact that Weatherford came on a night when he did Elvis and Michael Jackson, impressions he thought the critic had already seen.
  "The No. 1 show in town should be an A plus-plus-plus, you should like everything about it,” Gans said. “If he was going to give me a lesser grade like that, knowing the success I’ve had, he should have come to me privately and said, ‘You know what? If I review your show, I saw it at the Stratosphere. The only thing I don’t like is when you do Michael and Elvis.’ Don’t do it the night I come.’ ”

  For the record, I do like Elvis.

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