So many people have seen this video that I feel like I should make a semi-public statement about it. So:
When I was 20 or 21 or whenever this was filmed, I was an inveterate liar. (I am still a liar, but I’ve gotten better about not claiming fiction as fact.) The story as I tell it in the video above is true only in the broadest outlines: In real life, the prank was planned by my friends and I had a tiny role in the whole affair. It was a great prank, although not quite as great as I make it out to be in this story, and the true heroes of the prank’s legendary success were the men and women who planned it (not me) and of course the performer herself.
I put myself at the center of the story in this retelling because A. I was 20, and B. there was a girl listening, whose laughter you hear a few times, and I had a huge crush on her and thought she would like me if she believed I was behind this hilarious prank, and C. I’ve always kind of cared more about the quality of a story than accuracy.
On some level, I was probably already in the process of repurposing the actual events for fiction. (Those of you who’ve read Looking for Alaska will no doubt recognize the prank.) But anyway, I am always a little embarrassed to watch this video, not only because I was such a dumb ass, but also because my friends who actually did this are brilliant and hilarious pranksters who deserve acknowledgement. (Of course, I won’t name them, as they are now all successful women and men—doctors and financial planners and whatnot—who no doubt do not wish this particular video to appear amid their google results.)
Anonymous asked: you're a real bitch when you answer questions, and it makes me not even want to read what you have to say. people have literally been trained to think in ways that marginalize others, and yeah it sucks, but perhaps try explaining yourself without being such a bitch.
like this post if you, too, are a real bitch at explaining things
Anonymous asked: I know it's considered not okay for a hearing person to pretend to be deaf (and I totally see why). But is it okay for two hearing people to sign in public as long as they're not trying to pass as deaf? I ask because I am hearing and one of my also hearing friends is learning ASL and we like to practice together, and I wanted to make sure we don't do anything offensive. Thanks!
I don’t see how anyone would be upset with that! It’s good that you’re willing to practice in public! many people are too nervous to do so! I would...