Who in the WORLD wrote tony the tiger’s wikipedia entry
Who in the WORLD wrote tony the tiger’s wikipedia entry
I was having outdoor drinks with my girlfriends when one of them mentioned her plan to do some solo backpacking in the Pacific Northwest. “Please be careful,” another friend said. “I’ve watched way too much Dateline.” Later, while checking Twitter, I ran across a Nextdoor post detailing the saga of a woman who rang someone’s doorbell and asked for a Band-Aid. She was driving a black Mercedes-Benz, the post continued; was it possible she could be scouting the place to rob later? The comments agreed that it was highly suspicious; no one pointed out that most thieves would probably not case a neighborhood in a Mercedes with a clearly visible license plate. My breaking point came when Newsweek, a magazine with 3.4 million Twitter followers, reported that an internet sleuth had discovered “disturbing” footage of Brian Laundrie, then a suspect in the death of his fiancé, reading the novel Annihilation and provided it as proof he had murderous intentions.
I say this as someone who’s been obsessed with the genre since watching Paradise Lost and learning about the West Memphis Three: it’s time to admit that true crime has rotted our brains.
With the exception of a spike in murders in 2020 that coincided with Covid, major crime has been steadily decreasing for 18 years. Even with the spike, murder rates are a third of what they were in the ’90s. You are more likely to die from heart disease or a car crash than you are from being murdered. And in the U.S., men are far likelier to be homicide victims than women. But listening to true crime podcasts, you would never suspect this. Most of the audience and the hosts themselves are female, and most cases covered by true crime podcasts are about women. It’s making women paranoid.
Pointing this out doesn’t always go over well. In August, my friend Sam tweeted that true crime “is so obviously designed to make you buckle in terror whenever you leave the house.” He was immediately inundated with quote tweets claiming that of course a man couldn’t understand the threats women face on a daily basis, the tweeters either ignoring his profile picture or unaware that Black men in America face a much higher risk of victimization.
I’m not oblivious to violence against women, on the contrary, I am intimately familiar with it. I’ve written and spoken extensively about my own attack, when I was stabbed multiple times by a stranger while walking my dog. But anecdotes aren’t data, and the fact remains that statistically, what happened to me is incredibly rare. That didn’t stop multiple tabloid magazines from emailing me after it happened, asking for interviews. When I looked them up I found articles devoted almost exclusively to crimes against white women with titles such as “My Boyfriend Killed and Ate His Secret Lover” and “My Hubby’s Killer was Hiding in the Wardrobe.” The covers are splashy, sensational, the message clear: danger is all around you. This isn’t new, but what used to be contained mainly on supermarket check-out shelves is now everywhere: on our TVs, on our computers, in our ears. “You’re in danger,” says the new Netflix documentary. “Someone could be outside your door right now,” warns the neighborhood surveillance app. “This dead woman thought she was safe,” chirps the cheerful podcast lady.
Crime stories are a fundamentally conservative way of looking at the world. Republicans bleat about high crime rates in lawless liberal cities because someone stole a toothbrush from a CVS. Suburban crime paranoia is as old as the suburbs themselves — hell, it’s why they exist to begin with. The reactionary basis of true crime is how you end up with ostensibly liberal podcast hosts defending the death penalty and arguing against double jeopardy protections. It’s easy and correct to condemn Fox News for increasing our grandparents’ blood pressure, keeping them in a perpetual state of fear about roving gangs of MS-13 coming to their gated communities, but we should also consider that other demographics might be susceptible to fear-stoking propaganda. How can we listen to story after story of women being abducted or murdered and expect it to not have an effect on our psyche? A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that fear of crime and violence on television have both increased over time, despite crime rates declining, and that women reported more fear of crime on surveys than men. True crime runs on heightened emotion and fear, convincing people, and especially women, that every stranger is a possible murderer. I see women on Twitter questioning whether it’s safe to let a plumber into their house, or instructing others to rip out strands of hair to leave in cabs for DNA evidence in case the driver murders you. These are not sensible reactions, they are the thoughts of someone who has been deeply traumatized. So many true crime shows advise women to trust their instincts, but how can we trust instincts that have been hijacked by induced anxiety?
“Stay sexy don’t get murdered,” is the tagline of one of the most popular true crime podcasts, as if being murdered is a choice women make, or a risk that can be avoided if we’re just smart enough. Women aren’t stupid; we don’t walk down dark alleys alone while wearing stilettoes and lamenting loudly about how no one would miss us if we disappeared. We all take precautions, we lock our doors and let our friends know where we’re going. “Be aware of your surroundings and don’t trust strangers” is not particularly helpful advice for avoiding the one scenario in which women are most likely to actually be murdered: by their partner. It’s victim blaming dressed up in empowerment; no one questions someone killed in a car accident, but if a woman is murdered her story becomes a precaution.
Yet another thing that is primarily popular among women that is being criticized by the media as terrible and harmful.
They aren’t even being subtle here with the ‘poor women don’t know what’s best for them’ patronizing bullshit, either.
This is just “women shouldn’t be allowed to read books it will only upset them” in a new hat for the 21st century.
Pro tip - if something is primarily popular among women wait about 18 months and then the op eds will start rolling in about how it’s terrible and people (read: women) are just hurting themselves by reading/watching/listening to it.
If you, personally, don’t like true crime or know that it’s bad for you then deal with that yourself. The vast majority of people interested in true crime don’t need your pearl clutching “concern”.
The author of this article is a woman who survived a violent crime and wishes people would stop fetishizing these things or making them a lurid spectacle. Interesting how your response carefully avoids mentioning any of that and even referring to the author only as “they,” as though you either didn’t read the article or you hope others will just read your response and agree with you without ever reading the link. If there’s misogyny here it’s the fact that the majority of true crime focuses on victimized women, reduced their suffering and their death to a fucking “fandom.” It is not predominantly men who are disgusted by this. Nearly all criticisms I’ve seen of the “genre” are from women. You’re trying to use the concept of misogyny to shame people into respecting your real workd torture porn, is what you’re doing.
It’s called internalized misogyny. It’s also the same disrespect and condescension people, not just women, have faced since time immemorial because they are interested in the darker side of life. True crime has been a “genre” since news has been able to be disseminated reliably to large groups of people at once. i.e. newspapers, magazines, penny dreadfuls.
The people who have tended the dead have always been looked down upon. The people who have been intrigued by the grotesque have always been looked down upon. Horror, crime, death, fear, darkness, all of its has always been shunned and decried as foul and wrong and disrespectful. But you know what it really is? To quote Wes Craven, “horror is a boot camp for the psyche.”
Some of us are deep into this because we already have fears and traumas and we want to know what happened so we can plot out as many scenarios as possible. You know why? Preparedness saves lives. Facing your fear keeps it from overtaking your mind. The woman who wrote this article is entitled to her opinion, but she’s rehashing the same garbage that’s been spewed about people who face and deal with death since Indian society created the Dalit class because such things are “untouchable” aka unclean, less than.
This kind of bullshit angers me so much. We don’t tell people to not look at something or that they’re less than for liking that’s bright and happy. Go and do that if it makes you happy. But don’t you dare turn around and claim that this is “rotting our brains” because it’s not. And especially don’t level that criticism at women who are interested in this. This writer’s personal bias is all over this article and it sucks that she was stabbed but the past will ALWAYS be discussed in tones that are far too cheerful and removed from the actual events. You know why? WE WERENT THERE. That’s why. We do not have the same in the moment feelings but we do have empathy. We do have understanding and that’s what we want to do. Understand what happened here.
And I’m going to end my rant here with a recommended object lesson in the problem this woman clearly has with people who are interested in true crime: Ho and watch the first two installments of the new Halloween trilogy. The second movie, Halloween Kills, one of the main problems Haddonfield currently faces is that it’s generations removed. The people who were there are still angry and terrified but everyone else has moved on and regard that behavior as crazy. Go and watch this woman’s opinion in action on the big screen. And support the much maligned horror genre while you’re at it.
A podcaster describing a stranger’s rape and dismemberment for clickbait money isn’t a poor misunderstood tender of the dead. wtf.
Nobody’s even saying you’re a bad person if you find it interesting but if you can’t admit that it might be disrespectful to the victims and families or go too far or saturate our current culture too much I think you could take a step back. Already you’re talking like real murder and fictional murder are interchangeable here and that’s literally the kind of thing people mean by “brain rot.” Like you’re willfully demonstrating that your love of true crime media has eroded your distinction between real and fantasy at least in select conversations and that’s the very thing critics are afraid of when they blast that “dark” fiction in the first place. I thought our whole defense was always that we knew the difference between fantasy and reality and would never treat the two the same because that would, in fact, be fucked up?
A horror movie is a story that invents its own imaginary tragedy, true crime media dresses up and packages a real person’s tragedy as a story, and takes advantage of the fact that a dead person can’t say no to being cast in that story, nor are they required to get the still-living family’s permission. Do you not find even that to maaaybe be worth some more scrutiny?
do you drink water at all like I only see you reviewing Mountain Dews or drinking tea
i drink water all the time i just don’t post about it bc who does that
the illegal sprinkles saga > bad art friend.
To add on for those unaware of this bakery, this is Bruce:
He’s an absolute mammoth of a chocolate cake (10 layers I think? Maybe more) that they sell by the slice and everyone adores. Birthday Bruce I think is just regular Bruce but with a fuckton of (apparently illegal) sprinkles
The pandemic decimated workers so hard that there literally isn’t enough longshoreman to unload boats which is leading to an internal collapse of the supply chain. It seems that ignoring covid because only 1% of people die was a completely idiotic and downright homocidal idea that has done nothing but kill laborers and ruin the economy.
Because of all the mass death, labor is seeing a surge in its power, but at what cost truly. I hope w/ the coming wave of strikes there is finally some grappling with the fact that millions of people senselessly died so that the ruling class could continue exploiting poor workers. There wasn’t any sacrifice, this was mass murder.
Not just mass death, also mass disabling. Someone who works in an office at a desk is going to have a more manageable time returning even with reduced lung capacity and stamina than someone in intensely physical jobs like being a long shoreman. I keep seeing people saying that the 600,000+ dead aren’t coming back to the labor market, which is true. But it leaves out a vast number of people who aren’t dead and are also never coming back to work.
i’m not like other girls. i’m an evil wizard
and yet you don’t have the url… i’d cast a fireball at ya if you were worth the spell slot
if i needed a themed blog and url to signal to people that i’m an evil wizard i would’ve quit out of shame already
I swear I saw a tumblr post on here that said ‘horses have over 4,000 bones’ and i don’t know where it came from because its totally wrong, they have 205, but what kind of fucked up horse has this person seen out there because I’m absolutely terrified of it
extremely thankful this creature exists slightly to the left of our known reality
it sounds like a bowl of cereal when it walks
just because it has 4000 bones doesn’t mean they all must belong to it. you see where I’m going?
I have to reblog the bone horse. I love the bone horse. It haunts my dreams.
This gif is outrageous
■ The so-called “blood explosion” which punctuates the conclusion of Akira Kurosawa’s 1962 movie Sanjuro remains one of the most memorable and influential special effects in film history.
Production designer Yoshiro Muraki would later recall this scene was filmed in a single take. No such effect had ever been attempted before, as movies of the time rarely showed violence with graphic detail. Filled with uncertainty, Muraki worried the blood spray he’d rigged up wouldn’t impress Kurosawa, so he added an extra 30 pounds of pressure to the fluid pump. At the moment the pump was activated, the additional pressure caused the compressor hose attached to actor Tatsuya Nakadai to blow a coupling which created a slight, unintentional delay before the fake blood began to spray, and caused a much larger gush of fluid than planned. It sprayed so powerfully Nakadai claimed it almost lifted him off the ground. His heart sinking, as he believed the delay and over-pressure had ruined the effect, Muraki nervously glanced at director Akira Kurosawa, but Kurosawa only nodded in approval.
“oh god i fucked this up”
And to think this is so iconic that “two dudes clash, there’s a beat, then one dies incredibly violently” is just a must-have for action in anime
Its crazy to think that this iconic visual that has been so ubiquitous in pop culture for so long despite that the source material barely being known by people all came from actors staying in character thru an FX malfunction.
There are worse legacies.
I’m streaming stuff tomorrow, don’t know what yet but probably spooky things or maybe I’ll re-stream some stuff I’ve played before, for people who might have missed out??
But for now while I work on things I might put up some miscellaneous stuff, or good scare movies of some kind….maybe an anime like Parasyte??
Of all the generic rubber flies I know of, this one is my favorite and it used to turn up all the time in dollar store or gas station bug sets. It’s just such a lovable sculpt, it has the weird “nose” represented between the eyes and I love the effect of the single translucent piece for the wings and thorax.
Oh, it’s the character that lead to the titling of my website