hamsterrage asked: What are your thoughts on Dylan Farrow letter to NYT?
Okay. Here are my thoughts. Just my thoughts.
(NOTE: To any Woody Allen fans who would rather get into a debate over the merits of evidence at this late date, you’re in a worse position than you think, but I’m not going to be devoting any time to proving that to you.)
I tend to believe victims’ first-hand accounts.
I understand some folks’ desire to rationalize, discredit, or dismiss the accusations in this case, as fans of Mr. Allen’s work, or due to some societal statute of limitations for giving-a-damn, but personally, having always been skeeved out by a fifty-something-year-old dude who could “fall in love” with a teenager he’d taken nude photographs of*, who he’d first met when she was ten, I’ve never really bothered to get into his movies**, because best case, he’s a creepy-ass weirdo.
I’ve read Dylan’s account (which sounds incredibly legit to me as someone who has experienced similar events and feelings) and two or three counter-arguments (which are filled with anecdotal nonsense and clear attempts to discredit the victim***), and I basically think anyone who doesn’t at least give the grown victim in this case the benefit of the doubt, should imagine telling everyone they’ve ever known that they were sexually abused as a minor. Really think about it for a sec. Consider how that might affect all your interactions with everyone you’ve ever known, forever.
Now expand your audience to everyone. People you haven’t even met. People you’ll never meet. People who will become important to you.
I know what that’s like, guys, and it’s big. It means opening your life up to being contacted by everyone with similar experiences (1 in 3 girls, 1 in five boys, millions of adults in the U.S.). It means eyes turning to see if you laugh at the HAHA SO FUNNY pedophilia joke in the show you’re watching.**** It means your once secret or speculative childhood trauma is now a part of every close friendship, every romantic relationship, and potentially every public appearance you make from now on.
Now imagine your attacker is wildly famous and beloved by his peers. So you’re going to be dragged through the editorial ink by people who weren’t there, don’t know what you do, and not only didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t protect you, but DON’T EVEN BELIEVE YOU.
Bullet Point: If you don’t believe victims of sexual violence, you might as well be an accomplice.
*And it doesn’t matter that Soon-Yi wasn’t HIS adopted daughter, but his girlfriend’s. Seriously, if that distinction means anything to you, you’re gross.
**I think I’ve seen Matchpoint? Seriously, just the stink of attracted-to-children on this dude has always kept me away from his films.
***As a kid she referred to sunset as “magic hour”? So you think she had trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy? Or do you maybe think it’s because that’s what filmmakers call it, and she grew up around some?
****SOMETIMES I DO. Other times, I see dudes dressed as Pedobear at comic cons and nearly knock their fucking heads off.
Thanks for following me. My name is Dean Trippe. You may know me from my superhero parody webcomic, Butterfly, the superhero costume redesign art blog, Project: Rooftop, The Last Cast pop culture recommendations podcast (from the future), or my recent digital comic, about my life growing up with Batman and childhood trauma, Something Terrible, available for download here.
Also, Bill was FANTASTIC at enthusiastically advocating for science and discovery, especially in a venue packed with folks set to dismiss him. So many people would’ve come off as dickish in that situation.* Nye was charming, and he dropped facts that will take root in some who heard him.
It’s up to you if you don’t want to believe in evolution (or gravity, or history, I guess), but this video is jam-packed nonsense. Amoebas have MORE genetic base pairs than humans, not fewer. WAY MORE (like, billions more).
Adaptation to the environment and mutation in certain circumstances ARE observable phenomena, even over a relatively small number of generations, in some cases. This video was made to make people who already agree with the dude who made it feel like they don’t have to actually learn about this stuff in order to feel justified in their disbelief of basic science. And they don’t HAVE to. But this isn’t a real argument against anything. It’s a promo ad to sell you DVDs.
(Btw, we have twenty-three pairs of chromosomes. Apes have twenty-four. What was that point you were making about loss of genetic material? Did you choose to leave out the bits that directly refute your case for more DVD sales?)
Our genetic material is made of basic chemicals that HAVE to bond to each other, like magnets. Around four billion years ago on Earth, some of those chemicals managed to create a self-replicating molecule, which has kept going for billions of years. It is us. If it was the high-pressure impact of a meteor hitting the right place at the right time on a planet in the perfect place to support what came from that event, awesome. If an all-powerful being threw that meteor rather than building a dude out of dirt, does it really bother you all that much? It wasn’t your call. You’re here. Like Superman, you find yourself on a world surrounded by people who you can choose to help or harm. Make your call, Shiny-Tights.
The Bible can teach us valuable lessons, if we actually pay attention to the things Jesus tried to tell people while he was here. (You know, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” “With great power comes great responsibility,” etc.) Science helps us understand what else is going on in this magnificent universe all around us. This is just my two cents, but your relationship with your faith in a creator shouldn’t be so fragile as to be irrevocably damaged by the idea that maybe some of the stories you read as a kid were proverbs and metaphors, written in a time when no one alive even knew germs existed.
Or maybe, whether there is a Creator or not, you already made your call a minute ago about what to do while you’re here. Maybe a pretty rad God would think you were pretty rad too, for DOING GOOD on this water-covered rock roaring through time and space, regardless of potential reward or punishment.
Tuning in tomorrow to watch Bill Nye explain some of this to someone who profits from people disbelieving in facts:
Thank you so much, new chums! You’ve made this project such a joy, which seems crazy, given the subject matter. But hearing your stories and how mine has helped you and your loved ones is making has made my heart shine brighter than the bat-signal. I can’t tell you how happy I feel to have made something special, something useful, for those whose pain I know so well.
The timing of everything with this has also been so special. Celebrating Grant Morrison’s birthday yesterday seemed so very appropriate, and with one day left to pledge, this campaign is at over 650% of the original goal, and I’m heading today to the screening of Legends of the Knight, Brett Culp’s documentary on the power of Batman to inspire hope, empathy, and determination in the lives of people from all around the country! Anyone in the Athens, Georgia area, feel free to come join us!
Here’s a good bit of feedback from someone named Jess, commenting at Project: Rooftop, that I thought was dead-on. A few folks have privately asked me bout this, so I thought I’d share the note and my thoughts over here as well.
I wanted to say first of all how much I love Something Terrible and your costume designs here are fab. I love how fun and youthful Supergirl’s is.
I just have a little constructive criticism, which I hope you don’t mind me mentioning! I know a lot of this is the designs of the characters available to you, but I feel it’s a shame that there is so little racial diversity in this image. They do need to be recognisable, which makes things tough, but if there were any future iterations or additions planned, I think working in some poc representation would be a great way to round off such a wonderful and inclusive message.
Thanks! And yeah, I know. I was limited by the characters I grew up with, and sadly, I wasn’t and am still not in charge of making popular culture look like the real world. Even including the characters from diverse casts like Star Trek: TNG, left me with the ones I most related to, so my bias and privilege are arguably evident in some of those choices. I went with Captain Picard and Ensign Crusher over Data and Geordi, the next two I most related to. That choice would’ve given me more diversity, but I wanted the Hero/Sidekick kind of dynamic Jean Luc and Wesley look like, letting them fit in well here in superhero world.
I did try to include as people of color many as I could from stories that have genuinely meant a lot to me over the years, though, so we have: Static, Spawn, Black Panther, Storm, Miguel O’Hara’s Spider-Man 2099, Kyle Rayner’s Green Lantern, Jaime Reyes’s Blue Beetle, Miles Morales’s Spider-Man, and Django. (And two characters I can’t name because they’re from future projects of mine.)
This piece has a similar problem with female characters, with women only numbering in the teens in the image. I agree it would’ve been better with more, but I tried to include the ones that meant the most to me, throughout my life. Veronica Mars, Lois Lane, and Oracle, chief among them.
Kicking myself forever that I left out She-Ra, Wasp, Rorschach, Tron, Kiki, Rufio from Hook, Tom Servo, Orion, The Tick, Buttercup from PPG, Aang, Flex Mentallo, Mulan, Princess Mononoke, the Young Avengers, Nancy Drew, Freakazoid, Samurai Jack, and MegaMan. Deadpool can stay out.
Anyway, thanks for the feedback, and know that in the comics I’m working on, on my own, the casts look like the world we actually live in.
With another 48 hours left to go on the campaign, loose cannon Detective Sergeant Jack Cates and smooth-talking ex-con Reggie Hammond are forced to work together again to clean up the mean streets of 1990 San Francisco AND you’ve got just two days to help support Something Terrible by sharing it with your friends, family, and followers!
Thank you guys so much for continuing to share this link with everyone you can. We’re well over 600% of our original goal and very close to passing the Third Stretch Goal. Thank you. More funding means MUCH better books, more cool bonus items, and I’ll be printing WAY more than the 2000 copies I’d originally planned on ordering.
I hope you’re enjoying hanging out with the Iron Giant and EVERYONE ELSE.
"And unending thanks from the start of our hologram universe to the furthest reaches of hypertime, to Grant Morrison, for ‘I know your secret,’ for the 853rd Century, for the best Dynamic Duo since the first, for fixing the broken toys, for the machine designed to build a Batman, for the First Truth, and for making me think the superheroes might really save me if I believed in them."
My son and I are keeping warm at Trippe HQ, just north of Hothlanta today, and while we’ve been singing “Let It Go" in the car for weeks now, we’re being pretty clearly outed as liars, because the cold actually, really, really bothers us, most of the time. So live from the Lego strewn, snow-tracked studio, here’s another huge thank you to everyone who has supported this project!
With just a few days left on the Something Terrrible Print Edition Kickstarter, we’re at almost 600% of our original goal, and getting a volume that’s been significantly upgraded from the paperback we originally set out to make. With the upgrade to hardcovers, the extended epilogue, and Hannah Nance Partlow helping to design the book, this really is going to be something special. THANK YOU.
This wouldn’t be a Kickstarter update if I didn’t ask you to please share this link with your friends and family, who might still not know about this story of recovering, rebuilding, and rescuing:
With only a little more than three days to go, at the popular request of, well, my Facebook friends, I’m announcing the final stretch goal: SQUARE VINYL COVER STICKERS.
SO: If we reach $42,000 by the end of the campaign, this Sunday, February 2nd, at 2:28pm (EST), every donor pledged at the $25 level or higher will receive FREE Something Terrible stickers.
These durable vinyl decals are suitable for your car, laptop, art case, or wherever you’d most like to be reminded that you have been a part of this story, helping share it with people all over the world.
Thanks as always for sharing this story on your Facebook walls and Twitter feeds. From the other side of a Kickstarter campaign, you can get a sense of where other donors are coming from, and it’s YOU GUYS sharing this story with your friends that has made this such an overwhelming success. Thank you.
I’m STILL getting new readers writing to tell me their boyfriend or wife or best friend needed Something Terrible, or that they did, themselves. It means the world to me to have finally been able to articulate my experience in a way that is useful to others. If you haven’t found it yet, my Facebook wall has become a pretty fun spot for folks touched by my story to stay connected (and talk about how rad Frozen was).