The Maniacal Rantings of the Urban Crone

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Monday, November 3, 2014

A Witch in Time...


A Time Magazine article written on 10/28/2014 says:

 “Witches, like terrorists, “threaten to wipe out everything you believe in. If they could, they would overthrow your government, overturn your faith, and destroy your society,” [Emerson] Baker writes.”

Huh, well, that really sounds like a lot of work, and I have some laundry to do, and I haven’t had my coffee yet….

Jennifer Latson’s article for the “pop culture” of the 10/28/2014 issue of Time Magazine (note the proximity to Halloween, folks) has certainly stirred up quite a hot cauldron of debate in the Pagan community. Her quotes and comments about Witches not being real or, if they were, equating them with terrorists has numerous Witches and groups of Witches calling for an apology from Time Magazine for posting what they consider to be an inflammatory and degrading article. I am not among that group. My thoughts are:

Lighten up..

Now, if you read the article, actually read it, you will notice that there are really only 2 types of Witches that Ms. Latson is discussing: The Hollywood variety and the 1600’s Puritanical variety. Neither of those Witches exist today. Though America certainly still has a way to go when it comes to the religious freedoms of non-Christians, it is most certainly no longer a Puritanical society. And, no matter how much you would like to think those AHS: Coven chicks are actually chilling in the Big Easy, they really aren’t.

The other things you need to really notice about the article is the fact that it is a poorly put together piece of crap that was probably crafted because her editor told her he needed something on Witches because it was Halloween week (look at the date the article was posted, folks). She probably googled some stuff, downloaded a few books to her Kindle and wrote the article without really giving much thought to it. It is choppy, lacks flow, lacked strong source material, and would get a C from me for a lack of original writing (the article was heavy on quotes from pretty much one source).

And this article really only gained attention because someone got their panties in a twist about it. The article probably would have just faded into the whackadoo/mediocre writing pile if someone, somewhere, hadn’t have gotten their nose out of joint over it.

I have been an actual, non-hollywood Witch for 27 year, with an every-day job and a pretty standard life. I am also a community leader and leader of a coven. And my nose is not out of joint one bit. Why? Because it is a crap article with a very limited scope and source material. Nowhere in that article was an interview with an actual practicing Witch. You want to see me get pissed about an article? Write one with multiple sources, first-person interviews and a really inflammatory spin on Witches, something with more credibility than some 4th stringer in the “pop culture” section of a magazine. Then, you may actually get my attention. This article is not worth our outrage or our time, and should be treated as it deserves, as a poorly written piece of bird cage lining. Save your outrage for when we are really under attack, my friends.

2 comments:

Julia Spears said...

I love this, and I love you! <3

Alex said...

I understand and agree with what you're saying in that it is not directly offensive or hateful, at least not enough to warrant our outrage as a community. The article is not truly discussing witches in real life, but rather the popular Hollywood concoctions. However, I still think its harmful to pagans and witches living in America, mainly because of the fact that it perpetuates the ignorance of who we truly are, and no one can deny that that ignorance has caused fearmongering and bigotry in the past. We deal with plenty of stereotypes every day without a popular magazine like TIME telling people they're right.
Nonetheless, you have brought up aspects of this article that many have failed to evaluate, and I appreciate your impartial, logical take on the subject.