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A Punk-Ass's Early Years 

Letters published February 16, 2005

The old "seemed like an alright kid": I've known Patrick Geiger since junior high, and he always seemed like an alright kid ["Concrete Walls," February 2]. Little did we know that he would grow up to be a punk-ass bitch.

This is the same kid who used to be so crazy about D&D games. I always thought he was some privileged rich kid. It's a shame that it took so long to bring his crazy ass to justice. Just what he told his victim proves he's loony! Rape is rape no matter how you look at it, be it a woman or a gay man. I've seen this Alan kid at Angel's Falls. He's a very nice young man. I feel sorry for the guy, 'cause that's some hard stuff to have to face. No means no, and you would think most idiots could understand that!

Hell, I just read the story, and right away I would have voted to put Geiger away for longer than 10 years. I feel sorry for Alan. No matter if he's gay or not, the kid got screwed!

Johnny L. Irvin
Akron

Victim? Damn near killed him: I want to commend Scene for writing "Concrete Walls" and highlighting the revictimization of male survivors of sexual assault. Alan's experience is common for men seeking justice. I agree with Eric Resnick of the Gay People's Chronicle when he said, "For a lot of people, the idea that men can be raped is just not possible."

We now know one in eight men will be a survivor of sexual assault in the course of his lifetime. The unchallenged myth that men are excluded from the possibility of being raped not only leaves men vulnerable, but it also leaves them vulnerable to being further victimized by the justice system.

Tasha Stanley
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

No reason to lie: I would just like to say that I sympathize with Alan. He is a human being and should be treated as such. I don't believe that Alan was lying. What purpose would he have by exposing himself and his lifestyle to unaccepting people?

Yolanda Jones
Cleveland

Hippie Freaks Must Pay
A more discriminating brand of tolerance:
I was really shocked to learn that the liberal asswipes at the College of Wooster -- the same students who no doubt love to pontificate about not being judgmental -- were pretty quick in assuming that the nasty, mean-spirited, white frat boys and/or jocks were responsible for vandalizing the dorms with racist graffiti ["Woosteria," January 26]. These fuckers love to preach tolerance . . . just as long as you share their viewpoint.

I guess I wasn't too surprised to hear that these six vandals will be welcomed back on campus in 2006. After all, it was just a harmless drunken prank, right? Let's hope these hippie freaks remember this scenario if, by chance, another situation arises and the guilty party really is a group of frat boys.

Mario Becerra
Brooklyn

Time for a liberal evaluation: As a student at Wooster, I found your article interesting. The swastikas and racial slurs that were written on people's doors were offensive and immature. However, this seemingly open-minded college was quick to do some unfair stereotyping of its own when everyone assumed that the culprits were white-boy jocks. Maybe Wooster should reevaluate just how open-minded and liberal its ideals really are.

Christina Rokakis
Wooster

A rag and its shortcomings: I pick up your mag to read the often well-written and insightful articles (particularly the investigative ones). "Woosteria" sparked my interest. After all, claims of racist propaganda at a small midwestern college is troublesome, to say the least.

What I expected was a well-written, insightful, and rigorously investigated story surrounding the claims of "marker-wielding racists." What I got was a simple recounting of an overinflated semi-controversy that was reminiscent of the editorial page at most colleges and universities. What pains me even more is the decision to place it on the cover instead of other more deserving stories -- in particular, James Renner's "Last Picture Show," detailing the semi-rise and now imminent fall of the film commission in Cleveland.

Hopefully, Scene will make better decisions regarding what you want your magazine to represent -- a local rag that will use hype and misleading photo-illustrations to get readers to pick up it up, or a quality independent news source for Northeast Ohioans. I, for one, hope the latter will prevail.

Adam Herman
Kent

Bulletin: Frat boys not universally reviled . . . Objectivity is obviously something your paper does not strive for. The terms "jocks" and "frat boys" should be referenced as said by students and not your writer's unbalanced opinion. Although I agree that racism is punishable by expulsion, I prefer my news articles to be written as hard rather than soft news. In the future, I would suggest that when writing an article that involves racism or the characterization of a specific group, do not defame certain people that you have a personal bias against.

Brad Collins
Cleveland

Men's Health Readers=Gay
Clearing up the misconceptions:
As usual, another bitter voice that should be questioning why Cleveland would get a low intelligence score in Men's Health ["Dainty Guys Rip Us," First Punch, February 2] instead implicates the staff and readers of Men's Health as "dainty guys," thus applying a crude homosexual stereotype to any man who works for or reads the magazine -- which is counterproductive, seeing as a great proportion of Men's Health readers and Scene readers are gay men.

By mentioning Hudson and Mayfield Heights, Scene ignores that the Men's Health study was on Cleveland and Akron. Also note that none of these Esquire writers Scene brags about have been willing to stay in the cities they love so much. And let's not forget that it's the Scene comparing penis sizes. So, who's calling who dumb?

Colleen Brown & Mark Trueblood
Independence

Gloat Like a Butterfly
The greatest of all time?
While I am sitting here waiting for news of my federal lawsuit against Summit County corruption, you have made my day ["Annual Ohio Corruption Report," February 2]. Your other stories make the rest of the year. You deliver a bigger punch than Muhammad Ali. It is you who are the greatest!

David L. Corsi
Malvern

On Being a Musician
First you gotta play in a box, or something:
I agree, the punk ethos is alive and well [Soundbites: "Simon's a Punk," January 28]. Hell, I guess I was young, loud, and snotty myself back in the day. Yet even then, I had to have music that was more than just attitude and swagger. The Stones had 'tude and swagger, but also impressive material. I recognize that during the '70s punk heyday, progressive rock had become overblown and deserving of a swift kick in the drawers. Getting back to basics can be a good idea.

In a free society, experimentation, rebellion, and even sleaze come with free territory. Here's the component that is frequently missing: the great players who learned to play inside the box before venturing outside. All else is pretense. If you can "barely play an instrument," you are not a musician. You may be a performance artist or a poseur.

A.C. Scott
Cleveland

Carmody: Not the Man
Machiavelli doesn't make a good manager:
Good article ["Last Picture Show," January 26]. If Ohio can finally offer filmmakers good incentives, it will result in millions of new dollars coming into the state. Unfortunately, Chris Carmody is not the man to lead the charge. He's Machiavellian, passive-aggressive, and obsessed with hanging with the "in crowd" -- not qualities of an effective leader. The film commission has a great staff, but an ineffective leader and an out-of-touch board. Hopefully things will turn around.

Tom Henry
Bratenahl

Correction
Last week's Scene mistakenly featured a Savage Love column that had appeared in a previous issue. To read last week's actual column, go to www.clevescene.com and click on Savage Love. We apologize for any inconvenience or temporary decline in sexual performance that may have resulted.

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