Indianapolis Monthly Hates Nerds
Topic: Indianapolis In the News
Well that's what I think at least. Recently, good old Indianapolis Monthly jumped on the band wagon and covered GenCon - the yearly games and gaming convention that fills up hotel after hotel in Indy and draws hundreds upon thousands of people to our city.
Evidently, Indianapolis Monthly really doesn't care.
Of the Gen Conners roaming the halls of the convention center, at least nine out of 10 are males, and a good number of them are heavyset and pimply. They show up in their threadbare XL T-shirts with romantic mating calls like “Wenches Want Me” and “Girls are no substitute for PlayStation” stretched across their bulging torsos. And now, in my mind they all appear to be waddling up and down the hallways.
Dear lord. To read Tony Rehagen's depiction of the event, you'd think that GenCon crowd offers nothing but the most over used and insulting stereotype of "gamers" that the world has ever known. Almost every description of a person is a condescending judgement of character. Every reflection is a question of the subjects sanity or grasp on reality. Tony comes at the event like a bad Saturday Night Live skit - expecting the jokes to write themselves because - hey - these are nerds we're talking about. It's ok to make fun of people who are different... different than Tony at least.
Am I mad? You're damn right I'm mad. Almost everyone I know is a gamer. I grew up with dice in my hand and I can tell you that no one I know fits the basement dwelling, socially deprived, and hygenically challenged picture that IM paints of "my people".
Forget it Indianapolis Monthly - you're on notice! The gloves are off! If GenCon (an event which brings just as much money and corporate attention to Indy as the Brickyard or the 500) is only there to be ridiculed, then I want Tony to do the same for other Indy events. I want an indepth symposium on the glory of the toothless wonders of the State Fair (you need teeth to castrate some of those animals, right? Or do they not do that any more?). I want a beer gut measurement record from turn three of the Speedway. I want a gallery of mullets vs stained American flag t-shirts at the Rib Fest. You're off the hook with me for the football fans, Tony. I'll let you go with a warning on that one.
I think IM could do better than to devote column space to a possibly libelous story that lambasts and insults not just the people who make a yearly trip to our city for this incredibly popular event, but the people who live here as well.
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