I could be Hermione since I have the time turner and then I could acquire some hot redheaded boy to be Ron but that seems like too much effort so I’m just going to be Random Ravenclaw Student.
(note: book-colored tie)
That way, they’re nice and warm when I wake up, so I don’t get that unpleasant shock of having to put them on ice fucking cold every day.
I didn’t know they get cold :\
I wouldn’t care because it’s too much pressure and effort to worry about for a dumb thing because the world had better things to worry about like why did everyone get different ears anyway???
- Will Smith
The Extra Lens/John Vanderslice show was amazing. I met some cool people, got lots of video, and John D almost strangled me during “Houseguest”
but she leaves her boobs behind and they’re all, “Guys she was an asshole I am so much cooler,” and then Katy Perry’s Boobs becomes the greatest rock group ever
Have any of you seen the movie World’s Greatest Dad? Go watch it. It’s relevant.
I feel like John Green would have a field day with that movie. Basically, Robin Williams’ kid Kyle is really, really, unpleasant. He’s a douchebag, a loner, a pervert, and a bad son who accidentally dies masturbating to an under-the-table of his dad’s girlfriend. There is literally nothing to like about this kid. And when Lance (Robin Williams) finds Kyle’s body, he writes a note on Kyle’s behalf and plays his death off as a suicide so as to avoid awkward questions at Kyle’s school, where he also teaches.
And then, throughout the course of the movie, some of the kids at school get their hands on Kyle’s (eloquently written) “suicide note” and distribute it throughout the school. He becomes a martyr of sorts for teenage angst, an overblown icon to everyone. The kids who hated him, the kids who had never even heard of him, teachers who had formerly recommended special attention for his psychopathic tendencies. All because of a suicide.
And then there was Peter, this guy’s only friend, for god knows what reasons. But he’s still here at school, trying to deal with the loss of his only friend and seeing the school taking his friend’s death and blowing it up into an inspiring and motivational phenomenon and pretending they knew and cared about Kyle, and he’s here trying to figure out where this is all coming from because the Kyle he knew and the Kyle that really existed was NOT the Kyle exalted by the school.
So what about these teens who have recently committed suicide? Are we doing the same thing to them? There’s a post going around tumblr listing their names and quirky qualities begging us to remember that these teens are real people.
because these kids have names and they have stories. they’re real people with families and hopes and dreams that were stamped out by hate. may the reason for the color not be forgotten.
But you know what? They are real people. They have their flaws. And I’m not saying that we shouldn’t still honor them because they’re not perfect, because no one is, and that’s the point of all this I guess. Take for example Zach Harrington, the 20 year old from Oklahoma. He was my friend’s best friend from high school and he was really mentally fucked up. He had some form of multiple personality disorder and he faked his own death via brain tumor to my friend last winter for no other reason than to hurt her. She believed for three months that her best friend was dead before she was talking to another friend who told her he was alive and well.
Zach didn’t kill himself because he was gay. Talk to anyone who knew him and they’ll tell you the same thing. Zach killed himself because of so many other things.
Gay teen bullying is disgusting, don’t get me wrong. But so is gross mis-imagination. So is news exploitation of something so personal as suicide.
And frankly, this purple thing makes me really uncomfortable. It scares me that people think that associating themselves with a color for one day will change anything. I don’t see how it will raise awareness; the news is doing a great job of over-coverage already. And I understand it’s a way to show solidarity. But don’t you think there are more productive ways of doing that? Show solidarity by going to a PRIDE or GSA meeting and helping to actively find a way to stop this. Don’t wear a purple tshirt for a day and think you’re changing the world.
Have we really gotten this lazy?
And this isn’t just for today’s purple color scheme. It’s for pink breast cancer awareness & those dumb facebook “awareness campaigns” about fucking bra color or purse location. It’s for changing tumblr to black for the oil spill.
So I guess this is what it all boils down to.
- Imagine people complexly.
- Do something.
We are dangerously close to sainting these children. Because that’s what they are. They are children, bullied and confused, and they made an unfortunate choice. It’s unfortunate that they felt they had no other option, and it’s really unfortunate that they didn’t have anyone to tell them they did. Go to a meeting. Stand up to bullies. But just fucking do something.
Voldemort out, bitchez.
Sarah, I agree wholeheartedly. I mean, yeah, I get how the whole “purple” thing is symbolic, etc. but it is so easy to get lost in the abstraction and symbolism and romanticized ideas, partly because it requires such little effort.
I’ve been trying not to be a downer on the whole thing, because it’s so great that so many people are trying to do something good for society. But I just don’t think it’s really that effective.
I’ve definitely been thinking about something more active, something that people could do that would tangibly, guaranteeably help people. I mean I don’t know how that would work, and maybe symbolic representation is the best way to start, who knows?
But either way, the fact remains: the ultimate concern in all of this should be:
a) doing something and helping PEOPLE
b) not getting caught up in the hype and ideas and crap of it all
And obviously implied, stop bullying and violence and misunderstanding…
This has been your dose of Dumb Opinions by Arka