Xeni Jardin at 9:58 am Tue, Jan 8, 2013
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Portland, OR police say 32-year-old Caleb Grotberg used his "dreadlocked" hair to choke his girlfriend during a domestic assault. She was taken to a hospital "with several non-life threatening injuries."
Are you sure this wasn’t a skit from Portlandia?!
No, as cool as Portland is, there are some crazies here too, and not just the conservative kind that apparently forget where they live…
off with his dread
I’m calling it early. You win the thread.
Now they’re DEAD locks!
Guess who’s coming to jail…….Natty Dreadlocks…
Hey – They don’t call them ‘dread’ locks for nothing! Put in a headlock with a dreadlock!
She was taken to a hospital “with several non-life threatening injuries.”
Wookies don’t have lice. They have fleas.
Don’t you mean WWCD??
Where’s “shocked kitty” when you need him?
There, that’s better.
Straight from an Insane Clown Posse song. “I’d choke you with all my dread locks.”
Cultural appropriation kills.
Which is the opposite of natty, I suppose.
That is quite a name. . .
No Woman, No Press Charges. Please.
This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if everyone were armed with dreadlocks.
A well manicured Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear hair, shall not be infringed, trimmed, or conditioned!
Assault with a dready weapon.
Hahaha, let’s all have a good laugh about domestic violence ! hahaha Mr. Natural Counterculture turns out to be the kind of guy who physically assaults his girlfriend ! I can’t stop laughing !
( * sarcasm* )
Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you commenters ? The ugly truth is that intimate partner violence is affecting someone that you know, someone that you are friends with, someone who is your relative, or neighbour, or coworker, or employer or teacher, etc. and/or — gasp — someone who is part of your underground/subculture/collective/maker’s faire/burningman/LARP/rational skeptics/whatever group.
I know that we want to believe that domestic violence only happens to the “other”. Sadly it is across the board, dumb republicans do it, and so do radical leftists with Phds. The people who it happens to don’t talk about, because sometimes other people think its FUNNY or deserved or (insert excuse here why it is not as bad as the victims says it was).
Very ashamed of you today, BB’ers.
Some people prefer to laugh to prevent themselves from crying.
Do you think the woman who was strangled was laughing ? Before, during or after ?
Y’know, we get that this is a horrible crime. It’s also a horribly commonplace crime, and boy it sure would be great if it were rare, or better yet nonexistent. But it’s not. It happens all the goddamned time. And for that, we’re all very, very sorry. And many of us, it will no doubt surprise you to learn, work hard to eradicate this kind of horrible behavior.
In the meantime, we notice that this fella performed this commonplace atrocity in an uncommonly interesting way: with his own hair. To which, mixed in with our shame and horror that such behavior exists, we react with our well-honed sense of the absurd. Dunno about you, but I’ve never seen anyone before who is accused of strangling someone with his own long, matted hair. I think I’d react in a similar way to someone who smothered someone by pinching shut their mouth and nostrils with his toes.
It’s just not something you see every day. Unlike your more everyday, garden-variety crimes of passion. I’m glad your sensibilities are not yet so jaded as to dull the pain you feel at other people’s suffering; really, the world needs many, many more like you.
But some of us are a bit beaten down by the awful things in life, and you’re gonna find black comedy and gallows humor everywhere you turn when you spend time in Western society. Rail against it if you feel you must, but there it is. Not all of us have the fortitude to continue in life taking everything so very seriously, especially the things that are actually beyond our individual capacity to change. Like humanity’s propensity for violence against itself.
And I’m relieved to know that you probably won’t be counted in the number of people giggling at my own funeral. Somebody’s gotta show some decent solemnity, by gum.
Donald..I like the cut of your jib.
edit: Given orange’s subsequent nasty comments, scratch my parenthetical comments…
(And I agree with the spirit of, and the facts of, orangdesperado’s comment. Based on your other, previous, comments in other threads at this fine establishment, DP, I wager you do too.
I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that.)
Innovation in life-threatening assault = hilarity ?
Thanks for the mansplain. Obviously my feminist spine is preventing me from laughing along the way you guys are able to.
Wouldn’t have thought feminism entered into it. Had the guy choked another man with his hair, the comedy value, such as it is, would be precisely the same.
Otherwise, you’ve summed it up well. The hilarity (again, such as it is) stems from the innovation.
I work in a high school, the amount of black humour that flows in staff rooms is sometimes amazing, but it obviously helps the teachers get rid of their frustrations with the problems inherent in being surrounded by 28 teenagers for hours and hours.
Possibly ‘before’ and definitely ‘after’. I wouldn’t even rule out ‘during’.
I’ll just leave this here.
People don’t kill people. Dreadlocks do.
He also used a bottle of patchouli to choke everyone else.
I was only laughing at the “cacao”. Is that bad?
They can take my dreadlocks when they pry them from my cold dead hands.
He’s not getting a jury of his peers. That would be a…
Most of the time it’s the patchouli that makes you choke, not the dreadlocks…
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