Already the first competition has passed at the drama begins once again.
I post events here to carry on the sole purpose that Jenny intended for this website: to inform people of this great thing called Short Flags (or whatever your team may call it) and unite our small, but proud community. I know Jenny on a personal level and I know that she is busy with college life so I try to make an effort to take time out of my busy schedule to keep the site updated... at least with upcoming competitions.
Once upon a time, in 2007, before this site was created, there was a blogger who stole the YouTube persona "qtwirl," the YouTube user who first initially started posting videos of Short Flag routines at competition. Under the alias, xanga.com/qtwirl used his/her blog to bash on each and every competitive team. The pep flag community was in an uproar and united against this person. People even tried to figure out who this person was so they could approach the situation in person. For one time, instead of people (teams, supporters or alumni) talking shit about others in the pep flag community, they banded together and defended each other against the backlash that was xanga.com/qtwirl.
If you have a xanga account, you can read all the posts that he/she wrote, as well as remarks that others left to talk back to "xanga qtwirl," as everyone referred to he/she as. Even at 2007 USA Nationals, teams united after awards to take pictures and even made a video especially to talk back to the person. You can find one of the videos of that here: message to xanga.com/qtwirl.
Honestly, though I find many of the anonymous posts people leave on this blog amusing, it does not show our small community in the best of light. Someone may stumble upon this website after discovering Short Flags at a competition and this is what they are going to read? Hateful messages, shit talking, etc.? Granted this is a highly competitive sport, and people are free to say whatever they want, I just feel like we need to remember a time where one person took it upon him/herself to HATE on us. And how we felt so strongly about this community to talk back.
I admit that my girls do keep to themselves at competition, but not "walking around like they own the place." They are just staying focused and getting in the zone. I don't think it should be taken as anything else but that. Blatant attacks on teams or their alumni should have no place here on this blog. It's funny that some of the So Cal comments refer to one of our alumni, Tiffany, and she wasn't even at the competition. Which goes to show that people who weren't even there are trying to cause drama. Because if they were there, they would know she wasn't.
In this new decade of Short Flags, maybe we should all collectively agree to show better sportsmanship. I know in this competitiveness, pride is very high... people should be able to say what they want. But do this among yourselves and your team. There is no reason we should be posting it on here.
But hey, whatever I think or say, people are still going to do it right? So let's not take offense to anything people post here. I just laugh at all the silly remarks. I mean, most of its anonymous anyway... for all we know, xanga.com/qtwirl is still among us right now.
Here's a lil photo I found that someone made on Facebook. You have to click on the image to see the whole poster.
Imagine a whole series of Short Flag Bring It On movies?! =)