Today is Geek/Nerd Pride Day, and I say… so what.
Anyone who has read my blog before knows that I don’t hold a lot of stock in what is “Geek Chic.” And if you don’t know what that is… turn on G4 television and watch “Attack of the Show” there you’ll see a bunch of beautiful people pretending to be Geeks because for some reason… geek is cool… but is it?
Look, geeks are the social outcasts. They’re the ones that got shoved into things (i.e. lockers, garbage cans, girls restrooms, etc.) while trudging through the public school system. We were the people who were the victims of the beautiful crowd, we were the ones who would say that we would rather read a book or play D&D than go to a party (as if we were ever invited to one), and many of us secretly wished we could go… in our heart of hearts. We wondered how we could get into the beautiful crowd and still feared what would happen if we ever did. And so, we surrounded ourselves with people who were like us. We filled our lives with SciFi, and Fantasy; with games so complicated we were sure that the beautiful people would throw a rod if they ever even picked up a Dungeon Master’s Guide. We hung out in comic book shops or gaming stores because most of the time, the people behind the counter were just like us… they could sing (badly) the theme to “Land of the Lost” for crying out loud.
Incidentally, do you know why most true geeks hate sports? I think that it’s because the same self-important bungholes that tormented us in high school play most sports.
Nowadays, Geek has become cool… and I’m not sure why. The beautiful people think that they can throw on a faux-hawk (no true geek would wear one of those by the way… we seem to be an all or nothing kind of people) and a tee-shirt sporting the number 42 and say that they are just “so geeky.”
I’m sorry my friends… shout your geekyness from the rooftops… but you will only be a pretender. Until you have been labeled, and tormented, and pushed from society… you will never be a Geek, only a poser.
So… false geeks everywhere… enjoy your day. Those of us, and we know who we are, who are the true geeks of the world, don’t need a day to show our pride… we show it daily.