we are young and stupid and raised by wolves
(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 24 years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)
a reader responding to another’s email (http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/paternos-legacy-and-ours-ctd.html) on Andrew Sullivan’s blog
The Onion’s article on Jerry Sandusky’s tribute to Joe Paterno (http://www.theonion.com/articles/jerry-sandusky-ill-never-forget-all-the-things-joe,27169/)
Wow, they pull no punches and never flinch. Respect for The Onion. I can only imagine how this article is making Penn State fans froth at the mouth.
the late Christopher Hitchens
-anonymous reader/commenter on Andrew Sullivan’s blog
This sums it all up so much, and I think the last line strikes at the heart of the moral quandary of Freak Camp.
mimblexwimble said: It’s the kind of disgusting situation that shouldn’t need explanation - no one should have to go to some idiot and say, what if he had raped you and you saw the reaction of the students, saw that kind of support for a rapist? What the fuck then?
And I know they weren’t protesting in support of Sandusky, the actual rapist, but anyone who fucking turns his head away, when he knows full and well what is going on - or anyone, who’s just heard a rumor or a hint, who doesn’t make an honest effort to find out what’s actually going on, ARE KIDS BEING RAPED IN YOUR SHOWERS BY YOUR OWN STAFF - yeah, that also indicates a moral depravity. I’ve heard so many similar stories lately, of adults stepping over children who are being held down and threatened with sexual molestation, of parents who never say a fucking word when a Boy Scout leader suggests one of the kids sleep in his tent…it’s so depressing.
I’m trying to remember, though, that the students are young and emotional, this is a gut defense of their hero, and I’m hoping that after some time for it to sink in, they’ll start to feel ashamed of themselves. It’s a hard thing to accept, that someone you look up to can be capable of that. I went through that, to a lesser degree - I had been a fan of Cassie Claire before the plagiariam scandal came out, and I was in such denial at first, until the disillusionment set in.
blue is the color that’s used to support child abuse, so…
But it’s not exactly anything they do different from any other match, is it?
A “Blue Out” will be held at Saturday’s game against Nebraska.
An unofficial Facebook page encouraged fans to wear blue “to support the victims of child abuse worldwide. The Blue Ribbon Campaign against child abuse began 22 years ago and is recognized across the country. In addition to being the color of our team’s home game jerseys, blue represents the color of bruises that have too often been neglected.”
So your statement of support will be to…wear the team’s colors. How brave.