Canada Now out of Calgary had a report on goths tonight. Despite my better judgment I kept the TV on. I was rewarded with the “information” that the term goth was first coined by Ian Astbury of the Cult.
I watched the poor kid who runs the vampirefreaks.com site calmly explain to an incredulous CBC why he’s not responsible for anyone shooting anyone. I don’t think they bought it.
They closed the piece by informing viewers that the site has 500,000 members. For viewers at home that’s 500,000 goth time bombs (not including the punks, Rivetheads, and metalheads, and possibly the Mansonites and cybergoths).
No wonder the vampire freaks are nervous about their public broadcaster. They’ve been burned before, as creepy_kittie wrote last April about her CBC interview:
My words got twisted.. apparently I said that the “goth culture, for some, can be about devil worship and witchcraft.”
Ok, now what was really said…
Reporter lady: “I noticed your pentacle, what does it mean?”
Me: “since I was young my mom brought me up on pagan beliefs such as wicca, which is basically nature worship in a religious form.”
Reporter: “Some people believe that goths are satanists, what do you say about that?”
Me: “I guess some people just watch to much tv. Goths can be christian, jewish, pagan, athiest, buddhist.. anything really.”
i feel so humiliated and exploited. I emailed Greg from CBC and told him how I felt.. i hope he’ll right his wrong.
The National tonight was slightly kinder to our dark friends, assuring us that studies show that goths mean us no harm. They are usually only interested in mutilating and killing themselves.
But the best unused interview quote of the day came from the designers at Plastik Wrap:
It was funny listening to Ryan explain to the women on the phone, that alternative genre has more to it than just the color black and the word Goth, and most of the people we know, who like alternative culture are actually happy, intelligent people and have no suicidal or homicidal tendencies…