As someone who experienced San Diego Comic-Con for the first time this year, I can safely say that it was a lot of things. Hectic, crowded, and just a tad overwhelming are a few words that come to mind, but those factors were heavily outweighed by legions of awesomely devoted fans and some of the most interactive content I've ever seen.
In short, SDCC can really be whatever you make it. For Jesse Eisenberg, however, Comic-Con was apparently comparable to the greatest human atrocities committed on a mass scale. His comments have generated a huge amount of controversy, and as a result, the [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) star has attempted to clarify his statements.
So, what did he say exactly?
When asked about his experience at Comic-Con, our new Lex Luthor told the Associated Press:
It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don't know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can't think of anything that's equivalent.
Good rule of thumb: The only thing that is equivalent to genocide is genocide. That's especially true if you're under a major spotlight while promoting one of the most scrutinized movies of the forthcoming year. I recognize the exaggeration, but being overwhelmed by screaming is just not even close to the deliberate killing of a particular ethic group.
He has since attempted to clarify
Once Comic-Con audiences and the world at large responded to Eisenberg's comments with a collective "Oh boy," he tried to elaborate on what he meant in an interview for The End of the Tour:
Maybe on some cellular memory level, that's the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience. Even if they're saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it's horrifying.
Fans were still understandably upset that their support and dedication throughout the long weekend in San Diego was still met with so much horror on Eisenberg's end. Not only does the comparison not really hold any water, but his stance alienated many of those in the core DC fandom.
After that comment didn't diffuse any of the outrage, he went back to the Associated Press to explain himself a second time:
I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that. I'm a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation.
So, in the end, he does mention that it is "thrilling" and "wonderful" to be involved with such a big project generating so much excitement, but some critical fans are still reeling from the gaffe.
If I were him, I would have taken this approach and doubled down on my DC universe knowledge:
Sadly, that's just another missed opportunity.
(Source: Associated Press via Yahoo News)