Showing posts with label stereotypes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stereotypes. Show all posts

Friday, June 28, 2013

A case against using the term 'crusty'

[At a recent Thursday night PBJ Dinner in Tompkins Square Park]

Andréa Stella, executive director and co-founder of The Space at Tompkins, submitted the following post.

With the summer in full swing, a lot of our clients are coming back to New York, and we wanted to take a moment to give an explanation for a term that has been and will inevitably be thrown around while they're here.

Three reasons why we don't call our clients "crusties"

1) The term "crusty" is derived from "Crust Punk," a punk movement started in the 1980s out of England with followers who referred to themselves as "crust punkers." Being a "crusty" is like calling someone a Deadhead. 99% of our clients do not refer to themselves as crusties, so we don't either. The term gets thrown around a lot in the East Village because it's a quick way to define a group of folks who look a certain way, but that doesn't make it accurate.

2) When asked, "What do you consider yourself?" — almost everyone told us their name. The first time I asked someone that question, I felt like an idiot because I know that personally, I don't walk around introducing myself as, "Hi, I identify as a white female and my name is Andréa." I start with my name.

3) Our clients are individuals, and most of them are trying to transition out of their current situation. It may not always look like it to outsiders, but there are many complex issues right under the surface that each person copes with in their own way. Tagging someone as "crusty" deepens the stigma and does not promote positive change.

We're The Space at Tompkins, a harm reduction organization whose mission is to help homeless travelers move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. We've been doing this since 2009.

Learn more about The Space at Tompkins here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stereotypes wanted for R-Pattz film (Any "Rock N Roll East Village types" out there?)

According to an R-Pattz fanboy site:

Summit Entertainment is casting New York City extras for the Robert Pattinson film, Remember Me!

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking local SAG New York City people for "Remember Me" extras to work through mid - August 2009:

* Hipsters, Rock N Roll East Village types;
* NYU student types;
* Washington Square Park Types (musicians, dealers, Rastas, artists, etc..);
* nanny types;
* real clowns with own make-up and props.

Oh. And if you are interested, which is fine:

Email a recent picture and contact information to:
(Please e-mail a current headshot or snapshot of yourself and contact info and write the role you are submitting for in the subject line).

If submitting for the NYPD roles, please email a current headshot or snapshot of yourself and contact info to ASAP and write “SAG NYPD w/ Light Blue shirt” in the subject line.

SAG advises its members that it is a misdemeanor to own or wear an NYPD uniform if you are not a member of the NYPD. Members who are not also members of the NYPD could be arrested if they are found transporting a police uniform.

Meanwhile, your chance to be in motion picture history: SATC part duh (Esquared)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Welcome to the East Village!: We're rich, drunk, snotty and LOVE John Mayer!

Also in Time Out this week:

What do you think of when you hear…We asked New Yorkers to play a little word association with NYC neighborhoods. Let the stereotyping begin!

East Village:

Snotty — they like to go out every day, like to drink.”
Sohaib Marie, 22; Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Rich people who come from a rich family. They listen to John Mayer.”
Thomas Morales, 16; Bronx

“They’re fun people. Easygoing, easy to mix with.”
Carson Roberts, 26; Bronx