Why yes, I did read the Alyssa Bereznak Gawker article about her date with a geek.
Did you? If you didn’t read it when it was published, you’ve missed a little. It’s been edited a bit and there’s now an apology at the beginning. However, the point is the same. Alyssa went on a date with someone she met online and that someone turned out to be a geek.
Like, quite a geek.
Like, he has his own Magic: The Gathering Pro Player card.
Apparently he’s a world champion. There’s a whole battle. Reddit is PISSED. How dare a girl blogger on a nerdy site say she didn’t want to go out with someone who played Magic? I came away from the original article thinking that the author was overplaying her hand. She went on a date with a nice guy who had a hobby that she found… what, distasteful? embarrassing? something. She tried to turn it into an online dating horror story, but she failed. Forbes called it ‘geek baiting’, and that may have been what Gawker was going for when the posted the article. Why else would a site aimed at geeks publish an article that was so openly disdainful? Even non-redditors are mad. Geek mom warns mamas not to let their babies grow up to date Alyssa.
I get why people are a little mad. She got kind of judgey.
The response she actually got, though, is absolutely insane.
Her article made her sound a little shallow and like she had nothing better to talk about.
It made Jon (the geek in question) sound like someone who likes games and, more interestingly, is super plus good at them.
She didn’t actually accuse him of anything he wasn’t proud of.
What the hell is everyone so pissed about?
P.S. If she was going to take issue with something about their date, how about the fact that he took her to a one man show based on the life of Jeffry Dahmer? Did he even ask first? What if she’s sensitive to cannibalism, dude?