Almost everything that needs to be said has already been said, but I would still feel weird this morning just beginning the day as if it was a regular Monday round-up of the Weekend’s Best Fart Videos. First we must address the thing. It is very lonely in this room, with the exception of the giant elephant. Because Lindsay is gone. And I wanted to take a quick second and address her departure before we get to today’s inevitable round-up of the Weekend’s Best Fart Video. Relax, those farts aren’t going anywhere.

The outpouring of support for Lindsay last Friday was overwhelmingly generous, supportive, and sincere. As it should be. Lindsay is incredible. She is one of the most genuinely kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and, most importantly, talented people I have ever known. We were friends long before we were co-workers, and we will continue to be at least one of those things. Two winters ago, with Stereogum’s blessing, we began developing the site together, and had been pretty much left to our own devices until last week. I would like to think that despite everything, we succeeded.

Lindsay is more than half of Videogum, because being a half suggests an easy division, and this is not easy. She is intertwined at a fundamental level with everything that this site is, and her contribution is irreplaceable. The only bright side to this entire thing is that I’m completely confident that she will wind up somewhere great doing something amazing very soon. She will land on her feet as she always does. She’s a talker.

To say that Lindsay will be missed doesn’t even begin to describe the effects of her leaving. There has never been a Videogum without Lindsay. And there never will. Her spirit lives on! And the archives stand as a testament to her achievements here. I can only hope to keep my iHead above e-water without her. But we both worked way to hard to let Videogum just fall apart. We must soldier on, like a FAMILY. If Friday marked a sad end to a great era, let’s let today mark the hopeful beginning to a new one. I’d like to think that Lindsay would want it that way. Of course, she died, so there is no way to ask her. R.I.P. Lindsay. I am so sorry that you died.

OK, you guys. Let’s paint, exercise, and do this. FOR LINDSAY!

Comments (61)
  1. Honest to God, this letter really inspires me.

    FOR LINDSAY!

  2. When the machines rise up against us, and we are forced to wage interminable battle against our silicon children for our very lives, and every day is a struggle to survive amidst a desolate hellscape of pain and despair, can FOR LINDSAY! please be our battle cry?

  3. If you had any Lindsay fart videos, that would be a potent mix of emotions… like Steel Magnolias, but farts.

  4. I can’t believe I missed the saddest week in Videogum history. And now seeing Gabe so sincere and caring… the world is upside-down and backwards! Turn it back!

  5. OK. Let’s do this thing.

  6. PS. We believe in you, Gabe.

  7. Reading this post, all I can think of is An American Patriot waving a tiny American flag with a single tear running down his face. Soldier on, Videogum…soldier on.

  8. I like that Lindsay has her own tag.

  9. God, it feels weird without Lindsay. Nevertheless let’s trash this train wreck called, Transformers 2: Revenge Of The This Movie Sucked.

    • Exactly. We all are sad about Lindsay leaving but she wouldn’t want us to turn into a bunch of sadsack crybabies. We won’t soon forget her, but now we have to do what we come here to do: ridicule Michael Bay, Glenn Beck, True Blood and The Real Housewives of Wherever, try to find the worst movie of all time, find out who is your boyfriend/girlfriend, and stop fake rap.

  10. sol  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 +9

    I say she should be on The Best People List every year till the end of the internets.

  11. The “Senior Editor: Lindsay Robertson” is still on the side … can we bronze it for memories?

  12. Her name was Lindsay Robertson. Her name was Lindsay Robertson. Her name was Lindsay Robertson. Her name was Lindsay Robertson. Her name was Lindsay Robertson.

  13. My name is PoolBoyPip and I approve of this post.

  14. shit just got real.
    :\

  15. Lindsay is dead. Long live Lindsay!

  16. Please post a cute animal video every now and then in her honor, and also so this doesn’t turn into Crankyoldmanwhosmellslikewerthersgum.com

  17. It’s nice to know that the sardonic bloggers we count on for woof’s and farts also have a tender side. Gabe, we’ll be here for you if you need anything, promise :)

  18. She has to come back and comment every now and then! She has to! Man this past week has been all :(

  19. All of us already missing lindsay robertson the darndest things.

  20. She’s a talker. (Never forget!)

  21. alianoelle  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 -42

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  22. Yes, but where are the fart videos? I need something to drown out my sobs.

  23. Lindsay is amazing, and I miss her already! All the :( s! And goddamn, somebody get that girl a job because she followed through and offed Billy Mays!

  24. james  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 +5

    Hey I know lindsey’s gone, but i think i missed why she’s actually gone? all i know is one day i came here and there’s a goodbye letter?

    what happened?

  25. I don’t post too often, but I did want to share in the Lindsay-missing sentiments.

    I found Videogum just a few months ago, and since then, I quote your website almost every day!
    Thanks to Lindsay, I saw the trailers for “The 10 Commandments and the Bike King”, “Last Season”, and I can’t remember if it was she or Gabe that brought up “The Room”, but I DON’T CARE!

    I liked her ways an words and its a damn (and downright STUPID) shame to have her leave.
    Maybe with so much outpouring, the powers that be will realize that she needs to return?
    Because as much as I love Gabe, having another, different voice–HER voice–rounded out the site in a really special way.

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  27. Don’t worry Gabe. There’s always money in the banana stand.

  28. Bring on the fart videos!

  29. FOR LINDSAY! needed to be on a t-shirt YESTERDAY (also maybe “Relax, those farts aren’t going anywhere”. I don’t know, I’m not Professor T-Shirts).

  30. That was a nice post. And I like all the neverforget/long live/RIP-ish movie quotes in Lindsay’s honor. Lindsay means never having to say you’re sorry. Soylent Green is Lindsay! What we’ve got here is failure to Lindsay.

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  33. Chris Davis  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 0

    So much death lately.. First Ed McMahon, and now Lindsay!

  34. You guys know Gabe killed her, right?

  35. panda bear  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 +15

    I can’t believe two Jacksons have died this week.
    RIP Lindsay Jackson.

  36. I am so pumped up on emotional energy right now! Let’s do this thing! LET’S GO LAUGH!

    Also: Bye again, Lindsay :(

  37. Billy Amaze  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 +14

    I read videogum everyday but i’ve never posted anything. Today, that changes. Lindsay, you are still a part of our wolfpack.

  38. Hey, I just thought of something! How will we know when there is a new Gabe and Max video, because Lindsay always posts them and now she’s gone (R.I.P., :( , etc.)? Will Gabe post them? This is important!

  39. I would never have known about The Room without Lindsay (not to mention lots of stuff about Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm). She will be missed :(

  40. ….even da fatmanj knows dat da videogum will nebers be da samej.

  41. I am just so sad about the loss of Lindsay that I don’t even think I can bring my baby into a Videogum without Lindsay! Gabe says he understands and supports me but I don’t think he understands fully. I want to abort. I want to abort right now because Lindsay is gone. Should I tell Gabe this? I don’t want to sound crazy! Will Gabe support me?

  42. Josh Rosen  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 +2

    Who’s going to keep us informed about Paul Rudd now? You gotta step up, Gabe…

  43. Sometimes I dress up like Lindsay and blog about cat videos and Paul Rudd. Also I kill people.

    I miss her. I wish her nothing but the best. :)

  44. I propose that Gabe does a honorary Lindsay post every Monday from now on, so that we may outpour our emotions like this every week.

    NEVER FORGET.

  45. alaska  |   Posted on Jun 30th, 2009 +3

    I am going to miss Friday Fights so, so much you guys.

  46. sandy sicko  |   Posted on Jun 30th, 2009 +3

    I LotsOfLove nonstop because of you, Gabe, but you better drumline when it comes to epileptic baby orangutan videos and the like.

  47. Can’t she just come back for severely reduced or no pay? :(

  48. A giant among bloggers.

    If you don’t know, now you know.

  49. Goodbye, Lindsay.

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