Recently, I got flamed for posting a beautiful chocolate morsel in the shape of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars because I called it a ďStar Wars Transport ShipĒ. And I have to admit: I didnít know it was the Millennium Falcon. Why? I didnít watch Star Wars 3 million times. I donít like Star Wars.
Some may say this means I can no longer call myself a geek. Well I think thatís in direct contrast to the whole spirit of this blog, to the whole spirit of geekdom. Is not the right to like whatever I want the true value of being a geek? Just because I donít like one feature that is common to many geeks, does that mean the rest of my geeky passions are discredited?
The whole reason for us now standing up and saying ďgeeks are sexyĒ is because weíve been downtrodden and ridiculed for our tastes and loves in the past. But we have risen above and become sexy because we realise that we are allowed to enjoy things regardless of what other people think of them. That in turn has made them look at what it is we are proudly announcing we love, and finding they love it too.
To now stand here and denote that one cannot be a geek simply because they do not like Star Wars only positions geeks as bullies. Perhaps some of you find it enjoyable to now sit in the seat of the cruel people that plague your past, but I find it abhorrent.
I think itís unfair to push something on someone just because itís Ďcommonlyí geeky (whatever that means). To do that makes us no better than the jocks who demand that we play sport because weíre guys, or the mean girls who demand that we wear dresses and make up because weíre girls. Or saying that all gays should dress in rainbow colours or that all film buff must like Alfred Hitchcock, all fantasy book fanatics must like Lord of the Rings, all rock fans must love Guns íní Roses.
To be a geek means to accept that we can have odd tastes, different tastes. It means we should be able to discuss our different tastes without judgement. It means that the experts among us should be able to correct the non-experts, without attacking them (thatís also just basic human respect).
I appreciate that the large majority of the geek community love Star Wars and want to see Star Wars-related items and thatís why I post them: because you enjoy it.
I reserve the right to my own opinion and my own tastes. It does not mean I ďdo not belongĒ here. Because if there were anywhere that should be understanding about having a different taste from the crowd, you would hope it would be with the geeks.
Next time, before you start spouting crap about being a Ďrealí geek, try and remember the essence of what it is to stand up and say, ďIím a geek, and Iím proud of it.” Try to remember what youíre really standing for.
Donít be a community of haters. Thatís not what itís meant to be about.
[Please note: opinions in this article are solely those of the author, Daljeet Singh, and do not reflect those of GaS in general or the rest of the GaS writers.]