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To arms Rioters – Drive the Emos from Garema Place! (unless you are a Garema Place Emo, in which case prepare to repel boarders)

johnboy 3 October 2008 190

[First filed: October 02, 2008 @ 09:35]

The Tilt Festival running in Garema Place appears to have hit some turbulence.

All round good sort, Greens candidate for Molonglo, and Tilt organiser, Elena Kirschbaum, has sent out the following plea for help:

    Subject: Battle the emo kids

    Hey guys,

    This is a little request, a little favour.

    The Tilt Festival is bringing in some of Australia’s best street performers. They are really exceptional.

    We’ve been trying to deal with horrible drunk emos every day who are yelling abuse and generally being a bit nasty.

    I need a crowd to battle them. Seriously. I need a bucketload of people to come and be loud and supportive and great and battle the emo kids until they get the picture and f*** off.

    So please come down. Feel free to dress in bright colours, with slogans like ‘I heart life’. You can also wear beads (or will that make you too hippy?)

    Come on down. Apart from battling emos tonight you will also get to see ADDJ and Mr Fish, two of the best shows I’ve ever seen on the street. And tomorrow night is a big one – see Mr Fish, ADDJ and Canberra’s own ex-pats the Circus Firemen doing a big group show with all new skills and stunts!

So which side are you on boys and girls?

UPDATED: The Canberra Times has picked up the story and added some comment from Elena and Greens leadership. I’m rather curious as to where Natasha Rudra got the story from as there’s no mention of RiotACT in there.

I do, however, want to apologise to Elena for any trouble I’ve caused (and for the idiot things certain commentards have said about her). I hope the increased exposure for the festival makes up for it.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Greens have published Elena’s apology.


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jakez 1:00 pm 10 Oct 08

The ol ‘somewhere in the world there is something worse therefore my behaviour is okay’ theory, eh.

Hadley 11:44 am 10 Oct 08

Bit late in the game here but just a quick note that Emo doesn’t really have hundreds of years of brutal racial intolerance attached to it and is more a catch all term for the young people who spend a lot of their time downing cough syrup and cheap speed and screaming abuse at each other and passers by.

Comments in general are a whole, hysterical can of worms. Some of you have outdone yourselves.

realityskin 11:12 am 07 Oct 08

Rimming is awesome.

magella 8:49 am 06 Oct 08

Deadmandrinking said :

What about a-hole or bastard? They’re pretty male-oriented terms.

Not necessarily… I’m a lady and last time I checked I have an a-hole. I’m fairly sure other ladies do too. Also bastard can refer to males or females in the true sense of the word. But I get your point. Kindof.

Loquaciousness 2:29 pm 05 Oct 08

Granny said :

I really hate the word, L, but from what I can gather the kids seem to use it to describe themselves.

Indeed. But the same could be said for “nigger” too. They may use it to describe themselves, but it doesn’t mean they necessarily like others using it to describe them.

That said, I really don’t know whether they would find it offensive or not, it was just another angle to the story that I hadn’t previously thought about.

L

Granny 1:07 pm 05 Oct 08

I really hate the word, L, but from what I can gather the kids seem to use it to describe themselves.

Loquaciousness 12:53 pm 05 Oct 08

Further thoughts on this matter:

OK, it seems as though the situation (from Davo’s report) is quite bad. Indeed, if they are causing violence or whatever, then they probably do need to ‘moved on’ or whatever. But in terms of the letter written by Ms Kirschbaum, there’s a few things that bother me. Initially, it was the language she used:

We’ve been trying to deal with horrible drunk emos every day who are yelling abuse and generally being a bit nasty.

I need a bucketload of people to come and be loud and supportive and great and battle the emo kids until they get the picture and f*** off.

We’ve been over that already in this thread, so I won’t go into any further detail.

However, thinking about things while I was going about my day yesterday, a thought struck me:
What if they are offended by people referring to them as Emos? To demonstrate my point, replace the word “Emo” in the paragraphs above with the word “Nigger”.

If I’m right in thinking this, then Ms Kirschbaum has a whole lot more problems than I originally realised.

L

Davo111 3:01 am 05 Oct 08

Gerry-Built said :

no need to have them “moved on” I says…

The Op said: “We’ve been trying to deal with horrible drunk emos every day who are yelling abuse and generally being a bit nasty.”

To me it sounds like they need moving on (remember this is a free event for general public). Personally (if i didn’t appreciate the event), i would just move on instead of trying to start fights/arguments – maybe that’s just old fashioned of me. After seeing how they acted today, a bottle-o-capsicum spray would be sufficient to remove the negative vibe from Garema Place.

Gerry-Built 1:49 am 05 Oct 08

Back on topic:

surely said “emos” would simply leave once events started…

no need to have them “moved on” I says…

Granny 6:17 pm 04 Oct 08

It’s actually not a bad idea – not as a battle – but to really change the atmosphere of the place.

Heck, I’m not sure about the beads, but I reckon I could stick a flower in my hair and chuck on my favourite new retro tie-dyed T-shirt of many colours!

We could do the whole flower power vibe thing. Not sure that would get rid of the drug thing however ….

*tee hee*

; )

Davo111 5:58 pm 04 Oct 08

“We’ve been trying to deal with horrible drunk emos every day who are yelling abuse and generally being a bit nasty.”

After meeting these people today i honestly think someone needs to be arrested. Today i was leaving civic center walking towards my bike (opposite the road from ‘top bargain’. As i was unlocking my bike I overheard yelling and abusive language (over my headphones), when i looked up about 3 males, lead my one particularly ‘bogan’ chick (wearing camouflage pants) were walking down the middle of the road trying to pick a fight with anyone who looked at them. After they had created a scene yelling and calling everyone a ‘f**king c**t’ they moved back to the pillow, joined the emos and continued to yell from there. The girl must have been on drugs, i don’t think i’ve ever met someone like that before.

peterh 4:24 pm 03 Oct 08

Granny said :

Absolutely! See sheep lawnmower thread, Ari ….

oh, you mean the sheep stealing two?

Granny 3:42 pm 03 Oct 08

Absolutely! See sheep lawnmower thread, Ari ….

Ari 3:36 pm 03 Oct 08

Reminds me of Thelma and Louise.

Granny 3:33 pm 03 Oct 08

Oh, yeah …!

; )

Loquaciousness 3:31 pm 03 Oct 08

Granny said :

That’s totally how it is. I can tell you it was only my suicidal lemming impulse that made me jump!

lol … you have that too, huh? 😛

L

Granny 3:24 pm 03 Oct 08

That’s totally how it is. I can tell you it was only my suicidal lemming impulse that made me jump!

Loquaciousness 3:21 pm 03 Oct 08

Granny said :

I would suggest that moderation is more of an art than a science.

johnboy said :

Inconsistency is the price of freedom and there’s nothing I can do about that.

I whole-heartedly agree with both those comments. I (for one) don’t expect JB to read every comment as it occurs. He is but one person! As long as consistency is being applied whenever possible, though, the other times shouldn’t cause too much grief, if only because commenters will understand completely what is acceptable and what isn’t, and will not expect to get away with unacceptable behaviour regardless of the time of day.

Granny said :

Sometimes it can be hard to get the courage to speak up though, as when L was put through the mill on the Jessica Good thread. I wanted to speak up for her, but just felt too intimidated. In the end I was glad that I posted my infamous ‘barking’ comment and felt I could hold my head up again.

I wasn’t planning on bringing up the Jessica Good thread, but since it has reared its ugly head, I will say this:
Imagine a bar or a pub full of sports fans, fans of a game which you don’t know much about or like. Imagine that they’re all taller and stronger than you, speak in a language you only halfway understand, and belittle anyone who isn’t totally focused on their sport. Now imagine that you walk into this bar, wearing a shirt that says, “I AM NOT A FAN OF SPORT”. Just imagine it for a minute. How would you feel? Nervous? Afraid? Different? Out of place?

L

Skidbladnir 3:14 pm 03 Oct 08

I use IE6 so am typing blind into a white field, but its originally just a french word meaning ‘to flush’.

Granny 3:14 pm 03 Oct 08

I agree, JB.

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