#LouisvillePurge

I just wrote a thousand word entry about this 5 minutes ago but for some reason it got deleted so I had to redo the whole thing. I don’t remember much of it since most of you already know, I’m an emotional writer and I put everything I’m thinking to an entry.

Here goes.

About a week ago I got engaged in a conversation with a few of my online friends regarding this threat about a ‘Purge’. For those of you who are yet to see this dystopian thriller. It chronicles a 12 hour per year tradition of no laws, authorities and my opinion, morals where you’re allowed to do whatever the hell you want with no fear of prosecution or punishment. This goes to say that no one is safe.

The Louisville frenzy starts with a flyer.

This flyer got games cancelled, forced people to stay inside and encouraged the height of police vigilance.

When I woke up this morning, my twitter feeds were fire with the #LouisvillePurge trend. Basically there were two factions, one freaking out for their lives and those they care about while the other half condemn the hoax that is this issue. My first instinct is to gag at the stupidity of it. Who in the sane mind would want to reenact such a violent, pointless and avoidable act? I’m almost convinced that insanity is contagious and we’re contracting it. To be honest, I have no idea what to think.

On the hoax side

Well the pictures people tweet are from the movie and anyone who’s seen it can attest to that. Makes you wonder where the real pictures are if there’s any. They also question the validity of the police scanner everyone’s been tuning on to since the beginning of the ‘purge’. They say it’s pre recorded or it’s sketchy that there even is one.

At one point I even told my sister this might be some marketing campaign to promote the Purge movie franchise like Carrie. If I’m right, they’re sick and you should all just boycott the movie because that’s not a reasonable stretch of marketing tools use. If I’m not, we should be more discerning of how we interpret movies because reality imitating art doesn’t go for everything we get to watch. 

People also pointed out that the city should be on proper lockdown or else it would have spread to surrounding cities. The fact that it hasn’t is odd. Well honestly how do we know that it has or hasn’t? No major news center like CNN or BBC or Fox News has reported ANYTHING on the matter- which leads me to last reason why people think this is nothing a but a sick joke some guy behind the screen started. Where is the coverage on this really?

On the’IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING’ side

Mind you the Louisville Police Department does link a police scanner on their site and half the people I talked to online confirmed it’s credibility.

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13853/web

There’s also a few local radio broadcasts discussed by people living in the surrounding areas. Then there’s people living in the area talking about staying indoors and being really terrified. It’s on twitter under this trend. You can go check it out for yourselves.

And frankly, the fact that major news facets have not said anything about this is a double edge sword. The topic has plagued half the netizen world for hours and you don’t see them shutting this down while they blow up stories about celebrities getting back together. It leads me to infer this might be similar to the Guatanamo, Wikileaks cover story where everything is up in the air until they can come up with the perfect media diversion- but that may just be my conspiratorial, non trusting brain working.

Whatever it is, I’ll leave you to make conclusions on your own. I will however link sites to help you out.

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Let me just end with this. Hoax or not, we should not make jokes about this. There are people who actually suffer from purge-like scenarios. Stop insulting them with humor and your attempts at a pun. IT’S NOT FUNNY.

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I read comic books, wear vintage clothes, listen to artsy and more alternative music, prefer indie films to mainstream ones and do not see marriage in my future despite having been brought up in a conservative Catholic family. It’s safe to say I’ve always had and eclectic taste and personality. Never have I felt the need to conform to trends or apologize for who I am all 22 years of my life. It’s not on purpose of course. There are days when I ask myself why I can’t just like what everyone else likes, see things the way most people do. That would definitely make shopping SOOOOOOO MUCH easier (and cheaper)! Like most people in the ‘out’, I do ask every now and then what is so good about being in the bandwagon. 

What are the perks of trend?

photo from bedetrends.tumblr.com

I’d like to think that genuine appreciation is the premise of those who follow trends, that the cool kids who are trend right and are welcome passengers of the bandwagon are truly into those they claim they absolutely LOVE. In some cases though, there are those who only like what they like because it’s all they know. After all, mainstream is called that for a reason. They get the most publicity therefore a bigger fanbase. In other cases, they’re scared to admit that they listen to, read, like something else because they fear the scrutiny of their peers or crave the approval of others.

Spread your wings!

If you’re the former then you need to spread your wings and fly a little further from the nest. Often the view is so much better but even if it isn’t at least you know you made an informed choice to find your way back to what you’re comfortable with. Growing up sheltered, I thought I already know what I want early on but going through life on my own opened my eyes to things I appreciated more than others. The journey towards them have been revealing and they made me the person I am proud to be- crazy eccentricities, quirky clothes and all.

Be original! Be you!

If you’re the latter, then I suggest you take one long look in the mirror while you tell yourself that what you want is worth showing and exploring. You are more important than the bandwagon some PR specialist probably concocted to raise the sales of an All American pop star and all his merchandise. SNAP OUT OF IT! Trust me, I’ve been in your shoes. Pretending to fangirl on some poor celebrity who I don’t even like sucked the life right out me. I am not going back. Don’t wait for it to happen to you, if it hasn’t already.

The danger of falling into trends even if you don’t like them or solely because you don’t know there are other choices out there is that IT PROGRESSES. It starts with singers you like, movies you watch or clothes you wear. Then it slowly begins to affect your self-image, your goals, your relationships and other aspects of your life that you used to love. When you agree compromising on the small things that make you happy in favor of those that make 90% of the twitter population happy, soon enough that will be your instinctive response to other decisions you make- even the crucial ones.

At least not if you’d rather take your own car 🙂 photo from donutwisdom.tumblr.com

THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH LIKING WHAT EVERYONE ELSE LIKES if that is what’s truly natural to you. For those who aren’t in that group, have the courage to admit it. DON’T LET THE CHOICES OF THE MAJORITY DICTATE WHO YOU ARE because they are happy being who they are; you should be too.