The title is a phrase I have used a time or two about what should be done to literary critics. Might include a few on the movie end, too ...
That said, I believe it is okay to voice an opinion if you can do so a) without malice; or failing that, b) without naming names ...
There is a cable TV show just cranked up recently. The producer is a well-known fellow whose work I have long admired. The lead actress is an attractive young woman who co-starred in a big summer blockbuster a few years back. The setting is cool, and some of the supporting actors are really good. (The second female lead steals every scene she is in.) The story takes place in the south, and it's a fun premise, based on a series of books by a guy whose stuff I also like.
There are two things that go clunk! in a big way for me.
First, the southern accents are all generic, no two of them match each other, and none of them match the state where the show takes place. All these people are supposed to be locals, born and raised right in the little town where it all happens, and you sure can't hear it. Texas is not Louisiana is not Mississippi is not Alabama is not Georgia. (Even within states there are differences, sometimes easy to hear -- El Paso, and, Houston, say -- but I wouldn't expect that level of accuracy.)
I suppose this isn't too big a turd; of the dozen or so actors who are regulars, only three are from south of the Mason-Dixon line, and none of them from the state where it's set. Got actors from New York, Chicago, L.A., Australia, and Las Vegas.
You see this a lot, the generic southern, or in the case of Brits, the generic American accent. Easy to fix, just get a voice coach from whatever region and get everybody to talk like she does. They seldom bother. You see Daniel Day Lewis in anything? He always nails it.
Second thing that bugs me, and this is a little worse, is that the lead actress has a range of expression that stretches all the way from A to ... B. Either she looks A) two-weeks-post-lobotomy befuddled, or B) Deer caught in the headlights befuddled.
Maybe it's Botox, which is a curse for young actresses, far as I am concerned. Or maybe the director is holding her back. Or she doesn't have the range. Whatever. It is distracting enough to be noticed, and that's bad for the suspension of disbelief, which, given the nature of the show, takes a bit of doing anyhow ...
I feel better now. I hope I have been circumspect enough to keep most people in the dark. Those of you who figured it out, good for you.