One of the many hilariously unnecessary reality TV series on cable TV is Repo Man, which airs at sometime I can’t possibly be bothered to look up on “Tru” TV (I think they’re fans of Tru Calling, but whatever). Steve G. sent me this clip of the thick, no-nonense repo stars of the show having to take a Prius from a group of LARPers… in the wild.
Now, this is obviously staged — sadly, as nerds, I’m sure most of us have seen enough LARPers and LARPing in our time to know that those are clearly store-bought wizard, princess and knight costumes, which real LARPers would never be caught dead in. And since the LARPers also try to use “magic” to “vanquish” the Repo Men, which only genuinely mentally ill people would try to do, I’m pretty sure this is ripped off directly from an episode of Reno 911. But whether the event is based on a real event they just needed to re-film or even if the show is just outright lying, it’s an excellent reminder of how most of society still views nerds — as borderline insane.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.