By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
When we were little, we could name all 151 original Pokemon without fail, and cast a plethora of spells (for those who aren’t muggles). Today, we gawk excitedly about “Doctor Who,” anime and comics, among other things. That’s right. We are nerds.
At Denver Comic Con last year, Wil Wheaton, best known for his role of Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, was asked by 7-year-old Mia how to deal with being called a nerd.
It’s unfortunate that it has taken a full year for this video to go viral, but it’s a good thing that it did, because Wheaton’s response is absolutely wonderful.
“When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you. It’s not about what you said. It’s not about what you did. It’s not about what you love. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves.” Wheaton said.
He continued the analogy by comparing the way another person loves tether-ball is the same intense way that nerds love “Doctor Who”.
A few days ago Mia’s mother told Reddit that her daughter took Wheaton’s message to heart, and has made amends with the bully and has gone so far as to protect other children who are bullied.
John Green, a famous author and YouTube personality made a few videos on nerds back in the day, and he makes the clear distinction that being called a nerd isn’t a bad thing.
“Nerds are allowed to love stuff. Like jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is, ‘You like stuff,’ which is just not a good insult at all,” concludes Green.
Nerds come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Two people can nerd out about the football game last night, and two people could also nerd out about the “Sherlock” season finale. In fact, being a nerd is so great that there is a show about being the biggest nerd.
Nerds are also some of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. All of my friends here at Boston University are nerds. Whether it’s their favorite band, or a TV series, every person has something that they love, and love to express their love for it. This is coming from the woman who received a Star Trek science officer onesie for her birthday this year.
Trust me, it’s not so bad to be a nerd. In fact, it’s pretty cool.
By Kyra Louie, Staff Wrtier
Monday, Grayson Bruce, 9, was advised to keep his My Little Pony lunch box at home because his school deemed it a “trigger for bullying.”
Many children at school had started calling the North Carolinian horrible names, even telling him to “go home and kill himself” because of his infatuation with the popular TV show. Instead of the school actually doing something about the bullies, Grayson is no longer allowed to bring his favorite lunch box to school.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense,” Grayson’s mom, Noreen, stated in an interview with WLOS-TV.
And it’s true. It makes no sense to blame the victim and tell them to change their behavior in order to stop the bullying, instead of changing the bullies.
Cases like Grayson’s are common. In January, an 11-year-old boy, also from North Carolina, tried to commit suicide after being bullied for liking My Little Pony.
Bullying for any reason is not okay. There’s a reason why the 2011 movie “Bully” was made. This is a large problem in the United States, and there are many campaigns trying to change this.
How schools deal with bullying problems show what behavior is acceptable and which kind of behavior is unacceptable. Telling Grayson that he cannot bring his bag to school to express himself because people will bully him teaches the bullies that they can get away with their behavior because the school administration would back them up.
Eugene Volokh, a writer for the Washington Post, agrees, stating in his column: “And if the school teaches kids that, if they push others around, the school will make those others conform, then the high school students of the future will learn that lesson, too.”
But Grayson has gotten a lot of attention for his cause. His family and friends have made a Facebook Support page for him, and it has received over 28,000 likes, and even Glenn Beck supported Grayson by putting plush toys from “My Little Pony” on his desk.
Grayson is a part of the My Little Pony fandom, and if he still likes My Little Pony when he is older, he will be classified as a “brony.” Unfortunately, bronies are just as misunderstood as Grayson, but they are rapidly growing in number.
These Bronies have been making a scene in the My Little Pony fandom, so much so that there is a documentary about them. Check out the trailer:
By Amira Francis, Staff Writer
Does bullying of gay and bisexual students diminish after the transition from high school to college? Recent studies discussed by the Associated Press say yes, it does. So my question to a handful of BU students was: what is your experience with this at BU? Hopefully, this video opens the discussion up for more debate: