So the suspect in the Pamela Vitale murder turns out to be a Goth. Well, I hope he’s happy. Once again, or rather, more so than usual, every kid who wears black, listens to KMFDM, writes angsty poetry, or any combination of the above and similar traits, will be hounded and regarded as guilty until proven innocent. “Well, that kid out in California who murdered the lawyer’s wife looked just like him! So who knows what he might do!”
Note: I am not defending Dyleski, who appears to be a fucking psycho. I’m just concerned for other Goths, psuedo-goths, “silly goths”, or, let’s face it, anyone who’s not mainstream, who will now have to pay for his sins. Wonder how long it’ll take for someone to get a pre-emptive beating or arrest, if it hasn’t happened already.
Another note: I’d love to be wrong on this. I hope I am. But…we’ll see.
You’re not wrong. This is what every visible outgroup goes through when one commits a crime. At least goths can choose not to wear black, though. Imagine what people have gone through, for the same reason, because their skin was black.
Bullshit. Goths choose to wear black, it’s not a matter of pigmentation of skin. “I wear black on the outside because I feel black on the inside”.
Goths should be allowed to wear whatever non-cornformist clothing they want. Did the hippie movement end because Manson et al were freaks?
Goths are a subset of society. And, as in every subset, there are troubled individuals who think they’ve found others who are “like” them. Problem is, there are more goths who would abhor this behavior for the very stigma it will bring to them than who would praise this deluded child.
When I was recently interviewed by the Discovery Channel for a show on Vampires, I made it a definite point to try to erase some of the stigma of goths, their music, and their fascinations with the atrocities committed by some who fall under the blanket term Goths.
And, if I remember correctly, the gentleman who solicited a victim over the internet in germany for a willing partner who would allow him to cut him up and eat him was NOT a Goth. But I bet you heard more about the murders committed by so-called “goths” who killed someone simply to “drink their blood”. Lunacy.
As a Granny Goth, I resent the fact that I would have to change my appearance simply to not be persecuted for this young man’s mistake.
I’m sorry, but if you go around in vampire makeup and a shroud, getting people to feel comfy around you is going to be an uphill battle. I’d thought unnerving the button-down masses was sort of the point. You want to be treated like everyone else? Who knew?
Some of us got over that “shock the normals” bullshit when we were teens, just like every other teenager gets over it. Some of us continue to wear black clothes and purple hair becuase we like it. We wear what we find attractive. Just like everyone else. Who knew?
I’d agree with you if I thought it was only the extremists who are going to be harassed. Unfortunately, people who are looking for a target don’t take degrees of “gothiness”, or whatever trait they’re looking for, into account. All it takes is being just enough outside the norm.
For a board that so revels in its supposed staunch liberalism, tolerance, and open-mindedness, you people sure know how to pigeonhole a group of people. Shame on you.
I went to high school with a girl named Renée (yes, it was her parents put the accent on the E). She was an A-student with dreams of going to culinary school (which she achieved). She would periodically bring in homemade fudge, enough for 40 students to share. She also wore black clothes and a black trenchcoat every day, worshipped Jim Morrison, and wrote very depressing poetry.
I also went to high school with a guy named Ian. This was the one guy in the class who did everything well. B+ average, extremely talented drummer (he would play for our pep rallies), master artistic photographer, exceptional lacrosse player, and an all-around nice guy. He had long black hair and used to cut his long fingernails into claws. He listened to Type O Negative and Black Sabbath and played his drums for a death-metal band. And at the age of 25, he now owns two Acura dealerships and a $400,000 house.
This board, out of all groups in society, should know not to judge a book by its cover. Disgusting.
You bet it happened? You sure can. That attitude was widespread. It became an imperative to further ostracize kids in the outgroups because now they were seen as potential mass-murderers, in addition to being freaks.
People complained loudy and forcefully if school officials didn’t take action against non-conformists, if for not other reason than having “funny colored hair”.
Mischievous, I’m surprised this hasn’t made the national news, but for about a month or so it was all the rage down where I am in the Shallow South (as in, close to the Mason-Dixon Line, not superficial). A girl named Taylor B. was found and her screwbuddy, a self-professed and proud Goth, confessed to the killing. He told police that during a…session…he performed autoerotic asphyxiation on her, and, well, you can go from there.
End of background. Anyway for a while a lot of local newscasters are doing the “Goths: Are they safe? What you may not know about your children’s friends! News at 11.” It seems to have died down, but the prejudice is there still.
I swear, if more people would listen to the musician/artist/writer who is Voltaire and learn more about the Goth scene, it would make everybody’s lives so much easier. Of course the same thing could be said about X author and X race/creed/sexuality/blank.