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July 14, 2015

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Hal

Franklin Einspruch on the Great Boston Kimono Outrage of 2015

Hmmm. And then there was the time at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Parade, where the Cherry Blossom Festival board of directors were riding a float while dressed up as feudal era daimyo, complete with samurai escort. Every once in awhile the float would stop and I would ceremonially serve sake to the BOD, and then go back to my place in the escort, while, yes, strapped into a set of samurai armour and swords.

Oh, by the way, aside from occurrences like the full blooded Japanese-American friend of mine who considers me to be Japanese, my DNA is Scottish, Scottish, Scottish, and British isles mutt . . . . . where I haven't had anything to do with the parade in years, but even so, still no one raises a eyebrow as I continue to volunteer with the event . . . .

sk60

Franklin Einspruch on the Great Boston Kimono Outrage of 2015

"The MFA, apparently unwilling to die on this particular hill, apologized and canceled the event."

Reward tantrums and you get more tantrums. Don't any of the people running the museum have kids?

svh

insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires”

David

insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires”

It seems to me the more obvious response would be to say, “You’re either, (a) insane, or more likely, (b) aggravatingly pretentious. Get a grip, sunshine. Or play somewhere else.”

pst314

"the full blooded Japanese-American friend of mine"

Careful, there. Such language might be "triggering" for vampires.

pst314

"You’re either, (a) insane, or more likely, (b) aggravatingly pretentious. Get a grip, sunshine. Or play somewhere else."

Have you encountered the latest fashionable concept of "neurominorities"? You're not crazy, you're a neurominority. And while crazy people should get therapy and drugs to get them to function in society minorities are oppressed people who are just perfect the way they are and are entitled to tolerance and acceptance and affirmative action programs. Isn't that cute?

wtp

"neurominorities"

All ideas are equally valid. Including crazy ones. Really, nothing new here they're just stating it more explicitly.

David

You’re not crazy, you’re a neurominority.

It’s one thing to be accommodating of someone with a recognised condition. I don’t, though, feel obliged to indulge pretend vampires. “You are not Napoleon. You are not Spider-Man. You are not a vampire.”

pst314

"It’s one thing to be accommodating of someone with a recognised condition."

Yes, out of basic human kindness. But I have been encountering people who use "neurominority" as an excuse to say that they do not need to learn how to conform to norms of civilized behavior. Rather, we must accept and welcome them as they are.

R. Sherman

I trust those wish me to accept that they are vampires will, in turn, accept it when I pound a stake through their hearts around noonish.

John D

it’s not their blood-drinking that’s the real problem here

*cough*
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
HIV
Prion diseases
Viral haemorrhaghic fevers
*cough*

David

it’s not their blood-drinking that’s the real problem here

While everyone has been wearing a condom round the clock for the last three decades, it’s good to know that lapping at someone else’s open wound is apparently just fine. Thank God the sociologists are showing us the way.

Presumably, Dr Williams and his colleagues want us to assume that these wannabe vampires all scrupulously observe the equivalent of a safe sex policy and somehow circumvent the obvious health concerns of imbibing someone else’s blood – sorry, their “subtle energy.” Though I don’t think it would be terribly wise to take the word of an absurdly pretentious, possibly delusional, Twilight-watching emo-teen.

Or for that matter, writers of articles for Critical Social Work.

R. Sherman

It's not their blood-drinking that's the real problem here.

Leslie Nielsen is on the case.

Rob

Sociologists. I'd rather have vampires. Real, actual, supernatural vampires.

Daniel Ream

But I have been encountering people who use "neurominority" as an excuse to say that they do not need to learn how to conform to norms of civilized behavior.

Because reasons (don't ask), borderline personality disorder/complex PTSD in women is an amateur field of study for me. I've noticed a marked increase in women with BPD claiming they have Asperger's syndrome to explain their disordered behaviour (Penelope Trunk is merely the most famous example), along with the use of the term "neurotypical" as a pejorative. It's interesting how quickly this population has gone from insisting it is perfectly normal to insisting that it has a Very Real But Tragically Misunderstood Mental Illness and that you should therefore feel sorry for them.

"Victimhood means never having to say you're sorry" is a particularly pernicious social more.

Hal

. . . an absurdly pretentious, possibly delusional, Twilight-watching emo-teen.

Albeit I can never remember if the title is supposed to be Broken Down, or Breaking Wind . . .

Lessseeee . . . .

Visible in daylight.
Sparkles.
Continually obsessed with preadolescents.

That's no vampire, that's Tinker Bell.

abacab

While everyone has been wearing a condom round the clock for the last three decades, it’s good to know that lapping at someone else’s open wound is apparently just fine.

Unless it's a bearded axe wound. Then, don't forget the dental dams, ladies!

v

"throbbing edge"?

David

“throbbing edge”?

Or pulsing tip.

mojo

I have no problem with people identifying as vampire, as long as they recognize my right to drive a stake through their hearts and cut off their heads.

To do otherwise would seem intolerant.

David Gillies

I think the problem is not that these people were bullied at school but that they weren't bullied enough.

Charlie Suet

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2015/jul/13/love-your-arts-job-it-doesnt-mean-you-shouldnt-be-properly-paid

Not sure who is supposed to be paying artists extra. Oh no, I am - it's the taxpayer.

Lancastrian Oik

More from the world of theatre:

Man damages wall with an axe, marks it with graffiti and then signs it- but this is art, m'kay?

No, this is Manchester, so he was told: "Get yer hand in yer pocket".

Damaging a wall with an axe and graffiti and then signing the result- if you're going to be pompous you'd better go large.

Jonathan

accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires”

I'm picturing an angry mob of Social Justice Warriors protesting outside Van Helsings house and starting #VampiresArePeopleToo.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Vampires. Why did it have to be vampires.

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