The geek community is quick to rally around those who need our support, which is one of the things that makes being a part of it so wonderful. We stand up when we see a wrong committed against one of our own and a lot of the time that wrong involves bullying.
When cosplayers are photographed and then made fun of because they don't have the body to fit the costume, we cry foul. When women are treated as sex objects because they choose a sexy costume, we cry foul. When little girls are bullied for liking Star Wars, we stage a full-on revolution. Yet when a guy makes fun of a bunch of Magic players because their buttcracks are showing, we make fun of them, too?
I first saw the pictures in question and did a double-take, not because I was shocked at the images, but because I was shocked at the attitude. This guy went to a Magic: The Gathering tournament and then posed behind a bunch of players who really needed to pull up their pants. The players were oblivious to their low-riding pants, and to the guy taking their pictures.
At first, you might think it was funny, but in truth it is incredibly nasty. If this had been women, the cries of sexism would have had us all deaf by now. It this had been cosplayers with costumes revealing a bit more than intended, likewise. Yet here we have a bunch of gamers, all guys, many of them overweight, and they're being mocked.
This is wrong.
The double-standard here is mind-blowing. These pictures are making fun of people, stereotyping a group in a nasty way. It's that simple. Yes, you do see a lot of buttcrack at game tournaments when people have been sitting and are so focused on their games that they're not paying attention. That doesn't make it any more okay to pick on them as a group than on women whose cosplay outfits have ridden up their butts to show more buttcheek than intended.
This is wrong.
The pictures have made the rounds of the nerdverse and the nerdverse has let me down by choosing to mock and bully their own rather than stand up in their defense. Bullying is bullying is bullying, no matter the target. Next time, let's remember to stand up for each other no matter the target in the bully's line of sight.