Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
Okay, everyone, gather around. It’s time for some schooling on the Harry Potter Fandom and some of the greatest fandom wank in its history (and considering that this is the HP fandom, that’s saying something). With the release of the City of Bones trailer, there’s been a whole lot of…
I made a judgement call to not hide the names in this. Because of how truly disgusted this made me.
This is the underbelly of the Cosplay community.
If you live go to conventions on the east coast, specifically in Georgia, you should know who these people are and why to avoid them.
People like this, thinking that because I’m wearing a costume makes me ok with harassment, or that “I’m asking for it” because of the choice of costume are SPECIFICALLY why I will not do a lot of costumes of characters that I love.
This is why I don’t think I’ll EVER fix Power Girl and wear it again. I didn’t like the type of staring that i did get, even if my best convention experience ever was in that costume.
This is why I don’t really walk around conventions alone.
This is partially why I like costumes that are “scary”.
This is why I don’t or do a lot of things. Maybe I’m not consciously thinking about “hey dudes don’t care that I’m a human being, and they think clothes = consent to rude comments!” But it’s a behavior I’ve learned to protect myself, and perform it automatically.
It shouldn’t have to be this way, but until the majority of these knuckleheads get it through their thick skulls that girls aren’t whores just because they wear certain costumes, I will continue to assume that many males are creeps, thank you.
That moment when you know a few of these people.
Ugh gross, so if I wear lolita, men should treat me like a princess
but they fucking don’t, they’re still gross and rude. I even got mugged in lolita, I guess I was “asking for it”