Emily was on the front page of Yahoo! which makes me very happy. Her video about sexism is fantastic and I am so happy she took the time to talk about the topic.
If you haven’t heard from me in the last few days, it’s because I’ve been inundated with interviews and media requests, phone calls and messages, book offers, broadcast television show proposals, TV appearances, tour circuit and lecture series offers. Someone even asked if I would write an endorsement for their children’s nature book. And, don’t get all nutty on me because I haven’t agreed to anything (yet [maybe]).
This has all come as a surprise for a few reasons: one, I had no idea this video would resonate so strongly with not just women, but men, parents, teachers, business people and CEOs and journalists. Two, I am hugely surprised that everyone is acting as though this is news. My video wasn’t revealing anything ground breaking, previously unspoken, or unknown. The Internet has dealt with its anonymous critics since the beginning, people in the public eye will always be widely scrutinized, and women have had their appearance come before their accomplishments before.
But what I am the most surprised about is that the majority agrees with me on this one: that negative online communities are detrimental, and also that these things can improve and get better for content creators of all kinds. That if enough people speak up in favor of fostering encouraging environments online, it will happen. You see this environment in the comment section of PBS Idea Channel, an educational series known for their delightfully constructive community. You see this in the Nerdfighter community. Why not for other educational channels?
The reception of that video far exceeded any expectations I had, and I take it as an indication that we are all working together towards positive change. Thank you, all of you.
Mr. Feeny was one of the best teachers I ever had.
It’s strange, because when I first watched this as a child I knew Mr. Feeny was pretty awesome. As long as I can remember, I wanted to teach people in some way, so I often looked to Mr. Feeny as the kind of person I wanted to be. Someone people looked up to. Someone people came to for advice.
Life went on and I remember BMW (and Mr. Feeny) fondly, but it was only a distant memory until my parents got me all of the seasons of BMW on DVD. I binge wanted all the seasons in about a week (or two? I don’t really remember. Time is meaningless when you’re pretending you’re in the 90s again with Cory, Shawn, and Topanga). Mr. Feeny affected me this time in ways I didn’t realize he could affect me because I realized that Mr. Feeny was a combination of all of the best teachers I ever had. My English teacher who knew I could do better than the bull shit I was turning in, so he gave me the first C in my life on an English paper. My PE teacher who encouraged us to realize it’s better to going into something you might fail as long as you have a mind to work hard and try at it. Oh, and my AP calc teacher that we often joked taught us “AP life” because he literally delivered Feeny-esque life lessons on a weekly basis. Oh, and the last episode left me sobbing not only because I was a little emotional after feeling like I’d lived 7 or 8 years in two weeks, but also because Feeny’s speech to the trio nearly mirrored the speech I received from that AP calculus teacher on our last day of high school.
So mostly I’m making this weirdly long (for me) text post not because I appreciate Mr. Feeny as a character, but because I want to appreciate that real people exist in the real world who are just as awesome as Mr. Feeny.
Once upon a time there way a youtube video of this clip that looped by making the last panel say “Because I’m making chocolate pudding”. It lasted for an hour. I bookmarked it and used it when I had to read for class because background noise helps me study. The channel that uploaded it has since been removed.
I have a serious emotional attachment to this scene is what I’m trying to say.
I always think of you (and then this scene) whenever I hear about anything relating to pudding.