Wow... I thought I was going to have to miss a day's post - real life got a little stressful for a minute there! But here I am, feeling surprisingly Zen considering all the yelling and hanging up on people I was doing half an hour ago. :-/
In keeping with my not-so-brilliant mood, please allow me to highlight some of the unfriendly little discriminatory bits and bobs I came across on the internets whilst compiling my old site. And make sarcastic comments about them, which will probably cheer me up. ^^
I'm not even going to bother posting the video from this charming quote, as it is pretty much a pointless, blurry, painfully long cameraphone vid of some guy in a baseball cap going into Hot Topic, interspersed with some people on skateboards. However, the video description was especially eloquent and restrained (not to mention impressive vocabulary and grasp of spelling and grammar - although I have a feeling that perhaps I should not lecture others regarding use of proper grammar):
"OK you gothic Facks get a life doods
alright all you fucking freaky tatooed chain wearing non social black haired mother fuckers.
stop fucking commenting so i dont get fucking Emails saying duhh just that i wear fucking death chains on my pants and giant leather boots doesnt mean im goth...dude get it threw your head your music sucks go cut your fucking wrist.
go dye your hair pink
go complain how fall out boy sold out
go complain how simple plan is fucking annoying
and go outside and get some sun you white pale fuck dikes.
but really all of this aside you gothic people are fucking weird so stop commenting so i dont get emails thanks freaky fucks"
Well, my freaky friends, I hope you 'doods' have taken note of the above and will stop commenting on the inanely pointless video 'Ryan Goes To Hot Topic'. Also, did Fall Out Boy sell out? I have to say I didn't notice. Oh yes, and where can I buy some 'death chains' for my pants?
Let's break this down point by point.
1. "Emos are attention whores, just like Goths."
Well, yes, clearly I like attention, otherwise why am I bothering to write this blog? Frankly, I'd probably be an attention whore and a total prima donna whether I was Goth or not.
Nevertheless, I would just like to explain in words of one syllable (or thereabouts, don't be picky) that sometimes, people dress the way they dress because it makes them happy, not because they give a low-flying fart about what anybody else thinks about them.
2. "I don't know if Goths cut themselves, but they basically dress like they do..."
I'm sorry, what? Self-harm has a dress code now?
3. "...like vampires or something."
Self-harming vampires? Is this a thing now? Wasn't sparkling bad enough?
4. "They act like they're nocturnal beings from the world beyond the abyssal plain."
Y'know, I've never tried that, but it sounds like fun. Let's find the abyssal plain on Google Maps and work from there.
5. "They threaten you with spells from their so-called spellbooks."
Again, I haven't tried this one. I feel like I'm missing out here. Does anyone have a so-called spellbook I can borrow?
Here are some great quotes I found in various places around the net:
"I am definatly not a chav as it doesn't really suite me, BUT I HATE GOTHS!!! People say they are normal like us. NO!!! They are the most ugliest things i have ever seen! They don't deserve to be called humans.. more like creatures. AND ANOTHER THING STOP SLITTING UR WRISTS AND ****ING CUT YOUR ENTIRE HEAD OFF! THAT WAY U WILL ACTUALLY DIE, YOU BASTARD ATTENTION SEEKERS!"
"Gothics. When they're not getting their asses kicked, they're busy getting drunk and having sex with dead animals. They give me diarrhea. What the hell's wrong with them? They always look pale, weak and sickly. Nothing a reality check can't fix. But no, they choose to dress up like french poets and walk around like vampires. Why don't you losers get a life and quit pretending like you're depressed?"
"Goths are losers. The whole gothic attitude is that they are such an individual and nobody understands them :( boo hoo... so sad. Gothic people are nothing but melodramatic cry babies." <--- How many Goths do you reckon this guy actually knows?
"why are goths so gay and spacticated:
- dey have00000000000000 friends
- dey want t b a girl
- dey wear make up t cover dre spacticated faces
- dey have long haIR CUZ DERE AFRAID TO GET IT CUT
- I HATE GOTHS SO MUCH"
Yes! I'm a Goth because I'm afraid of haircuts! My secret is out!
"emoes and goths shud all die y wud ya wonno powder ur self like a snowball cuz i no i wuddent do it at all and go and slit ur rist cuz i dnt think u emoes n goths hav ever kist cuz ur hair is in da way"
"GOTHS SUCK, SERIOUSLY THEY SHOULD ALL BE SHOT IN THE HEAD ONE BY ONE RIGHT THROUGH THE BRAIN WITH A SNIPER RIFLE UNTIL THEY ARE ALL DEAD ON THE GROUND WITH A HOLE IN THEIR GOD DAM HEADS!
THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY"
And people describe GOTHS as homicidal freaks? o.O
Would this be acceptable if these people were making these comments because of race, age, sex, religion, weight, etc? No. So why is it acceptable when it's aimed at people who have chosen to live a different lifestyle? Subculture may not be as integral as race or sex, but it is still a very important part of life to a lot of people. I'm not saying that Goths should be treated 'differently', or 'better' because of their lifestyle, but that they should be allowed the same tolerance as anyone else.
Besides, do these people have any idea of how supremely unintelligent they make themselves sound? For example: "Gothics give me diarrhea..." OK... I was going to say "Can someone please explain to me how diarrhoea can be caused by a particular group of people?" but then I decided I probably didn't want to know. But you get my point.
Yeah, everyone has a right to an opinion. It's not wrong to dislike someone. But I DO feel that it's wrong to discriminate against an entire subculture because of stupid prejudices. And isn't it also kinda stupid to post a load of foul-mouthed, hate-filled venom on the internet, aimed at a random group of people because you don't like how they dress?