Monday, May 25, 2009
Budding Psychopath or Filmmaker?
CNN covered the story of a young girl who made a "shocking" cartoon video depicting the "Top 6 Ways to Kill Piper". Because the video appeared online and targeted a classmate, it necessitates hand-wringing from a national outlet and the requisite appearance by a psychologist to explain what might be going on in the mind of the girl who created the video. Some of the ways to kill Piper include shooting her, making her commit suicide, pushing her off a cliff and poisoning her.
I didn't watch the full "kill piper" video, but I don't think it included a double homicide disguised as a double suicide by the artful placement of key props. That would have been a clear case that the young girl was paying homage to "Heathers".
As it is, however, it appears this young girl channeled her anger at Piper into a video project which ended up online. And Piper and her mom are understandably upset. But are we really supposed to believe that young girls who harbor revenge fantasies are necessarily disturbed? I know I entertained many a disturbing thought when I was young. I was just too lazy to do anything with them.
So I'm torn. On the one hand I admire this girl's creativity. On the other, it's scary how much power the Internet has to shatter a kid's reputation or psyche.
I now need to get back to the video I'm making about my down stair neighbor Steve. He will rue the day he took my parking spot.