Happy Thanksgiving guys! Hope today is going well for all of you! For many of us, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, and for good reason: it’s a perfect time to give thanks, spend much needed time with family, and—of course—eat to our hearts content!

But, if you identify as an alternative black guy/girl, you can’t help but notice the giant elephant in the room that emerges each Thanksgiving—you. Whether its snide remarks, befuddled looks, or simple jokes at your expense, I’m sure you and many other like-minded quirks have been uncomfortable—or even angry—at the sheer ignorance and shameless interrogation that comes from you choosing to express your unique authentic self.

It’s ridiculous! And honestly, pretty hilarious once you think about it. The fact that most of us have similar experiences hearing some of the statements down below, only illustrates how predictable and limiting the status quo can be.

1
Are you going to change your outfit?

Are YOU going to change your outfit? Because this took about an hour to coordinate.

2
Why you listenin' to that Satanic music?

Rock/Alternative music ≠ evil/satanic.

 

3
It's just a phase.

...Is it though?

4
How are you going to get a job looking like that?

The same way other equally qualified people get jobs?

*Bonus points if you actually have a job while being asked this.

5
That's that white people stuff.

I wasn't aware clothing and hobbies/interests had a skin color.

6
You'll never find a girlfriend/boyfriend looking like that.

Heaven forbid they like me only for my looks.

7
What's wrong with Hip-Hop/RnB?

Absolutely nothing. It's just not the only thing I listen to.

8
Do you want to be white?

Bye.

9
Those (insert: tattoos/piercings/body modification) won’t look cute when you’re older.

You're absolutely right...they'll look freaking ADORABLE thanks for the encouragement!

10
Why would you dye your hair that color?

Well OBVIOUSLY so I can become a beautiful piece of cotton candy like I've always wanted. Duh.

11
Are you depressed?

Would you be asking me this if I had any other interests?

12
Why can’t you just be regular?

This is my regular.

13
Why are they screaming? (referring to music)

It's...screamo.

14
Don’t those piercings hurt?

Nah.

15
You worship Satan/the Devil?

*blinks*

16
You look ridiculous.

WELP.

17
You probably only wanna date/marry outside your race, huh?

Orrr my interests don't determine which race I'm more likely to be interested romantically.

18
Do you cut yourself lol?

Don't. Just don't.

**(Self-harm is a serious matter that is never anything to joke about.)

19
We're gonna give you a makeover!!

Yeah please don't.

20
Your (insert grandma/grandpa aunts/uncles/etc. ) won’t like that.

Can't please everyone I suppose.

21
You'll scare the kids!

They actually just said I look cool so...

22
You gotta go to church more.

Is it because you think I'm possessed by Satan?

23
Your cousin/family friend/etc. wears these nice normal clothes, why can’t you?

Because to each their own.

24
Back in my day… *insert long winded lecture about being a good "traditional" black person*

Help.

25
Are you emo?

Is that a type of sauce?

26
You’re weird.

I thought we established this already.

27
You would be so handsome/pretty if you dressed normally!

And I would be just as handsome/pretty right now!

28
You’re gonna embarrass us!

*Seinfeld theme song plays*

29
What are you wearing?

Clothes, the last time I checked.

30
WHY??

Why not? 😉

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