First. I am posting NO links to the asshat who bashed con goers, or to ‘the magazine’. I know how unique visits work. So if you have NO idea what I am talking about,consider yourself lucky and carry on…Oh! look! A kitty!
For the rest of you, you know what I am talking about. I first heard about the travesty via Totalfangirl.com.
My gut response was this (as commented on @NicoleWakelin blog)
Number one reason why I have raised my kids to not be assholes…We are literally that family totally lost in a different world. Every weekend our home becomes the Enterprise, a TARDIS…the Death Star.My children even choose to sleep in cots because it fits better with where their imaginations are taking them that night. The beginning of every movie starts with us shouting “ENGAGE!” and my kids are more concerned with costume details over what they are wearing to school…
With all of THAT being said, my kids get picked on A LOT. I do not teach them to ignore it. I teach them about empathy. Feeling sad for the ignorant children at school who don’t have parents who love them enough to dress in character or explain homework in the voice of a Dalek.
WE give people the power to hurt us. Whoever wrote this article is a very sad and shallow person and personally, I don’t feel hurt by the article, and as a culture I don’t think any of us should. I am proud that those REAL con costumers are on our team.
(End my awesome response)
I thought Nicole articulated the situation very well. After a lot of searching on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and general Google searches, I started to feel sad. Not because of the article in question, but because of how WE are responding.
After reading outrages all over the internet, I honestly have to sit back and ask myself “Why?” WHY are we still letting these people hurt us? WHY are we still willing to lower ourselves to their level? WHY are we having internet tantrums, instead of saying “Fuck it. I am going to dress as Batman today in honor of the fact the I AM AN ADULT and can do such things if I want.”
I know it hurts. Been there, done that…But WHY, as a united group of intelligent, overweight, underweight, inside-out weight, beautiful faces, are we STILL letting it hurt us?
You can not make everyone think like us. That is part of what makes us unique. Don’t waste your time bashing some ass who has no idea what he is talking about. Celebrate who you are. Some of those people in the photos genuinely were overweight/underweight. You are too. So am I. It got pointed out…The end and clearly proving the intelligence level and originality of the writer.
Instead of giving MORE attention to the magazine, bust out your con photos and get to writing about the freaking awesome people you see at these conventions! Write a blog about how to craft costumes. Write a blog about how liberated you are by the fact you buy groceries in a Star Fleet uniform (*cough*). Litter our geek propaganda all over the place! Convert the youth! TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!
Just do so in a polite and respectful fashion. We knew from the beginning it wasn’t going to be our shiny six packs that made us powerful, but our brains and unlimited trivia knowledge.
Now. For your enjoyment and for actually getting all the way through my rantish blog, this is how I am making the world a better place.