I know, I know … we have all watched The Craft, and of course ‘We Are The Weirdos,Mister‘ is a cult quote and I am not here to deny that … Look – I actually watched it when it came out (that fact is totally aging me faster than a banana!!) and then again on goddamn VHS (yes, I said it). I even acted out the outfits with 2 other friends … after a botched witchcraft attempt in my friends flat resulting in the smoke alarm going off (needless to say the spell to get the hot guy to look at us in chemistry class did not work!)
I’ll set the scene : picture a very hip hop /rap oriented high school in a tough, grim French suburb, and 3 highly intellectual yet very awkward goths turning up in knee highs socks, inverted crosses and terrible eyeliner, making their glorious way in geography class. Yep – that was us!
I love the film, it is part of my youth.
But I would like to discuss something which is important to me : this ‘weirdo’ label and its usage today.
Indeed my submission statement is : just because I am making a conscious choice to wear items of clothing that 90% of the population is not wearing does not make me a weirdo. It just makes me … a person (with taste ;))?
Of course, this tag line is now mainstream amongst the alt community, with many items now being branded with it : pins, patches, bags … Hell, it is one of Killstar’s taglines. It is a flag of honour.
But I disagree. And I will tell you why.
Tagging oneself with a ‘weirdo’ label implies abnormality to me. It implies something inherently … wrong. Not that normality is not a subjective matter in itself; but to me ‘wierdo’ has a negative connotation. A mark of something undesirable which is accepted by the individual labelling themselves.
So what is inherently wrong with picking and wearing items of clothing which a majority of individuals – ie an absolute mass – would not pick? How does this turn an individual making a sartorial choice into a strange person?
Well, the truth is that we live in a world ruled by an invisible dictatorship. Sure, noone is going to drag you to jail for wearing parachute trousers, blue hair and an Eric Draven face tattoo, but we know full well that turning up with the aforementioned at a job interview will guarantee failure. Because being visibly different will contrast with the invisible ie the mass. The mass rules, and the masses follow the mob. That, to me is WIERD.
In my mind I think the opposite statement is true ‘They are the weirdos‘ : as human beings who are all distinctively unique by nature and design, dressing up alike and following generic rules is weird to me. Acting like a sheep is weird to me. Men wearing ties is weird (ok if it is Thor, it’s not). People copy pasting entire looks from a magazine is weird. They are the weirdos.
As I said, I love this movie and within the context of the movie this quote was wicked. This has now been dragged 20 years later into something else in and reinforced stigma in my opinion.
What are your thoughts? Agree, disagree?
Pop your weird comments down 😉