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All Thumbs (and I’m Not Talking About Texting) August 26, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.

Movie critic Roger Ebert claims it’s not his fault that that Thumbs™ have been missing lately from Disney-ABC’s syndicated “At the Movies…” review show. He’s in a contract fight and co-holds the trademark thumbs-up or -down with Gene Siskel’s estate.

Still, it’s hard to see how one could “own” such a thing since a thumbs-up as a positive sign is at least as old as WWII, and probably older. I can’t resist making a “prior art” gag:


…Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 19th century painting is generally blamed for the current mis-interpretation. In all likelihood, the Romans actually used a thumbs-up for the kill sign.

I do hope Roger’s back on the show soon, to save us from the stream of lame guest-hosts, but this thumbs thing is pretty silly.

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