Should We Fire 'B. Alan Orange' for Spoiling Movies?

Give your thoughts on whether or not we should get rid of this writer for giving away key plot points to two major summer movies.

Late last Thursday evening, B. Alan Orange, who often writes scoops and news stories for the site, blew it in a major way by offering up two huge spoilers for both The Dark Knight Rises and Marvel's the Avengers.

Offering spoilers on the site is nothing new. What caused such outrage was Brad's poor decision to give away these crucial plot points in the headline, where they were unavoidable. Especially for anyone reading Twitter or Facebook. There has been a loud outcry for justice. People are threatening to go to another site for their movie news. And we're not sure what to do with this guy.

Just check out these comments from our readers.

Andrew had this to say:

"I just wanted to tell you that you should probably be more careful about spoilers in news article titles. I am having to stop visiting this website and get my movie news from another website because too often an element of an upcoming movie is spoiled for me...You should consider article titles that censor major spoilers, that way those who want to know can click on the article. I know I would not have clicked on articles revealing "secret villains" or "story details" for movies I am greatly looking forward to. I'm sure many other movie fans feel the same way. Thank you for your time, and I hope you keep my suggestion in mind."

Chris was so angry, he could only respond in all caps:

"PLEASE!!!! STOP POSTING SPOILERS!!!! AS HEADLINES!!!YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN A MOVIE BEFORE YOU SEE IT...HOWEVER, YOUR FANS AND FOLLOWERS DO NOT!!!!READ THE FEEDBACK!!!PLEASE STOP RUINING MOVIES FOR PEOPLE 7 MONTHS BEFORE THEY HIT THEATERS!!!!THAT'S LIKE 4 SPOILERS IN 2 DAYS!!!YOU SUCK.PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR FANS & FOLLOWERS ARE SAYING!!!You are losing them @ a very fast rate doing this.Here's an idea... Read the feedback on your page and see what people are saying instead of pissing more of us off by posting major SPOILERS & SECRETS as headlines on your page and or...newsfeed on facebook!!"

Then, just take a look at the outrage on Facebook:

B. Alan Orange gets the boot!

B. Alan Orange gets the boot!

So we are asking you, our beloved readers...What should become of B. Alan Orange? Should we fire him? Or should we keep him around (he has been here since 2001, this is his ten year anniversary with the site)? Please fill our comment box below with what you feel we should do to Mr. Orange for ruining two big summer movies seven months away from release. And don't hold back. Its a New Year!


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  1. empath86

    sorry this is so late, fire this douche bag, his articles are just pure garbage, and he's a sc*mmy little prick.

    3 years agoby @empath86Flag

  2. Replicant

    I never saw this article before, FIRE THE MUTHERF*CKER!

    How hard is it to NOT POST A SPOILER in a headline?

    F*ck this, I'm going to Total Film from now on.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  3. Sherman Hakim

    give him the "casino royale" torture, and then tell him to write "spoiler" on movieweb about the torture process and how does it feel

    3 years agoby @Sherman-HakimFlag

  4. fanboy

    Just have him correct his writing, dont put f*cking spoilers in the title!

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  5. Jay.A.Ottley

    @pjwolsker Ahhhh PJ PJ PJ who know you may see his wing in the night... But unfortunately he ain't, i'm still anticipating how Nolan will off the extravagant spectacular conclusion to his Batman saga...

    "You will only rise when Gotham burns in the Ashes ;) "

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  6. Jay.A.Ottley

    @narrator@zanyzap I agree i do miss the boo's and whoop's of @balanorange , i personally think his some what has lost his passion and needs to find it by giving us a Boo's and Whoop's article.

    Boo's & Whoop's- Does The Artist find Shame within The Iron Lady by throwing Tom Cruise of the Burj Khalifa (OOOOO YEAH!) :D

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  7. ZanyZap

    @dowhatwedo: We should crucifix him like Jesus or Spartacus.

    @narrator: Yeah, I haven't been too active here either, but I certainly miss Orange's snarky columns.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  8. SpaceCowboy

    Ha. I'm going to stay out of this. Although, it's funny how almost all of his news feeds on MW are mostly disliked.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  9. the Narrator

    Haha. This actually gave me a laugh this week. Nicely done folks.

    @zanyzap, lol. That might be both of us. I haven't been on the site often lately, but whenever I am on, I fail to see his "Boo's and Whoop Do's" articles.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. DoWhatWeDo

    The fact that Movieweb as a company would openly post a thread on whether or not they should fire one of their employees is not only unethical but it is ABSOLUTELY unprofessional.... what Orange did was wrong from a journalistic standpoint.... but someones future at a company should be an internal decision not one that should be plastered on an open forum for the world to see.... I guess this just goes to show how the big wigs at Movieweb.com run their business... shameful

    3 years agoby @dowhatwedoFlag

  11. Ncmedia

    Traci Kochendorfer to be wonder woman....

    3 years agoby @ncmediaFlag

  12. BruceWayne

    Ever since you posted this article Orange has amped up the *sshole level. He is completely missing the point of why people are mad. His articles now openly mock people getting mad at him spoiling movies.

    Since Orange refuses to understand we'll spell it out. You can write articles with spoilers just don't do it in the title and in the article warn that there are spoilers. So stop being an ass and attacking your readers you're making it an irritation to read your articles now that you're butt hurt that people are calling you on your stupidity.

    What happened to just writing an article without taking sh*t personally and writing about the actual story?

    3 years agoby @brucewayneFlag

  13. slysnide

    @movieweb: I'm tempted to agree with @newtron that this seems to be you guys having fun at our expense. Sure Alan spoils things, and that example up there with Catwoman isn't exactly correct given the description, but if you guys just had a gatekeeper who could add "SPOILER ALERT--The Dark Knight Rises" or whichever film it is, with no spoilers in the brief description beneath the article title then it'll be alright. But seeing the amount of people who don't like reading spoilers in general, then it's up for grabs whether or not this offer of your is legit, like all those damn freeloader contests. :P

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  14. Jason Bessey

    Yes. FIRE HIM! It's bad enough that studios play too much in the trailers. But what he did was out right villainy, for those of us that still like to be surprised.

    3 years agoby @Jason-BesseyFlag

  15. Seawolf63

    Is tar and feathering an option? Does Movieweb have a gate keeper that reviews articles before they are submitted, or is it just a free for all, post whatever I feel like on a whim operation... sort of like our comments...

    3 years agoby @seawolf63Flag

  16. ZanyZap

    Whatever happened to @balanorange's columns? Or am I just stupid and not navigating the site properly?

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  17. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley or is he???? dun dun dunnnnnn

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  18. TamOClannie

    Get rid of him. I'm sick of finding spoilers in bright red text on the front page.

    3 years agoby @tamoclannieFlag

  19. Ps2fatboy

    fire his ass

    3 years agoby @ps2fatboyFlag

  20. FilmStudentZero

    I've addressed this issue on my page: willandthemovies.blogspot.com. Final word: Can Orange.

    3 years agoby @filmstudentzeroFlag

  21. Newtron

    I know I've put my two cents in already, but again, I question the seriousness of this article and Movieweb's so-called "addressing" our complaints with B. Alan Orange. I agree whole-heartedly with @Fat_Jesus below, which is another reason why I question the seriousness of all of this. And also, the infamous said articles, their titles at least (which are the issue), are reposted within this article, and the originals have not been deleted from the site. My take on all of this? Movieweb is having a bit of fun with us, laughing at our general disgust of these spoilerific titles and such.

    3 years agoby @newtronFlag

  22. Fat_Jesus

    This is how MovieWeb does business? Creating articles asking readers whether someone should be fired? Da f*ck?

    3 years agoby @fat-jesusFlag

  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    Another way to keep him though is change his titles and don't include spoilers... If there is a spoiler in the article then place SPOILER ALERT! at the front of the title and also underneath the title of the article place the writer's name.

    I.E

    SPOILER ALERT - Joesph Gordan Levitt role unveiled in TDKR
    By B.Alan.Orange

    rather than this

    Joesph Gordan Levitt is Nightwing in TDKR!

    ^^^^ This is just a mere example, and in no way is JGL Nightwing in TDKR

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  24. Jay.A.Ottley

    @movieweb also let's not add on, his spoiled SKYFALL.

    Get rid of this hack of a writer, throw him to Freddy because he doesn't make the cut no more, and hire someone else worthy of being part of the movieweb team

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  25. Luc Eccles Biron

    Yes fire the guy, I don't want the biggest movies of the year ti be spoiled all the time.

    3 years agoby @luc-eccles-bironFlag

  26. Ghostman

    I don't know...he writes good articles, just don't put the spoiler in the headline story, that's all.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  27. bud2fresh

    Fired?!? Thats a little harsh don't ya think lol No seriously we should stone him to death ;)

    3 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  28. ZanyZap

    Uh, SPOILER ALERT, @movieweb! Thanks for warning me that you were unveiling B. Alan Orange's first name. I wouldn't have read the article if I had known there'd be an unmasking here. All these years, I've been speculating and I find out today that his name is Brad. That's a horrible name! I'm very disappointed in you, MovieWeb.

    I want Orange back. I want it in writing that his job is safe. And I want a cappuccino machine for the writer's room!

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  29. Err

    i love b. alan orange.

    please keep him.

    ...well maybe "love" is over-selling it a bit but still, ive become very fond of him and his writing over the years. please keep him.

    3 years agoby @err2005Flag

  30. Zak Lee Ferguson

    i have seen no spoilers- but proof previals- um- fire him- well thats just juvinile!

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag