Even when he’s in Kevin Dillon mode, it’s impossible for me to view him like he isn’t Drama in this photo.
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I do. The man kicks ass at the job he gets paid to do.
Having said that, I was thinking just last night about a tendency I have to focus on certain people’s good qualities and, therefore, idealize said individuals while completely disregarding qualities that I, in any other circumstance, find completely reprehensible and deal-breakery. Last night I was thinking about men I actually know, but now that we’re talking Ari Gold, it’s clear I do that with fictional characters as well.
But here’s the thing about Ari (and some of the men I know): He’s absolutely, undeniably an asshole of the highest order, but he’s not malicious about it. He doesn’t strike me as a bad guy, just a guy who wants his way and will do what it takes to get it. Granted, other people get hurt in the process, but he doesn’t do the things he does for the sake of hurting other people, and he’s capable of feeling badly when he considers that he’s caused suffering. He treats his wife like shit and if she were real and a friend of mine, I’d definitely advise her to leave his unfaithful ass ASAP, but it’s clear that he loves her, so, when judging him as a person, I can only fault him for being a tool, not a black-hearted villain.
As Adam Davies (who, come on, is no better a person, just a whiny bitch and a less successful businessman) put it, Ari should “be a nicer person. Maybe then people wouldn’t fuck you.” Ari deserves to be sold out by the people he’s sold out and he deserves to be alone for the rest of his life, but I don’t think he’s worthy of any real hatred, like, as a human being. He’s a jerk, not the antichrist.
As for the way he runs his business, lots of people have successful careers because he operates the way he does, and when it’s working for them, they’re all too happy to go along with his schemes. Nobody has any problem with his motives until they’re the ones he’s conniving against, at which point they go all, “Waa, waa, Ari’s meeeean!” Bitch, please.