Indiana Jones and the Freaks

Article published on June 9, 2008
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Article published on June 9, 2008
 Dukal Shops, films, magazines… and even a day in the calendar. Nowadays, the “freak” market is serious business. Last Sunday, International Freak Day took place, an incredibly important event for Europe’s weirdest inhabitants. It marked the end of the party for those characters who, with both the release of Indiana Jones and the Eurovision Song Contest (from now on referred to as Eurofreak), had an busy, strange and entertaining week.

On Thursday, the 22nd, the cinemas were flooded with people disguised as Indiana Jones. There were all sorts of people: mediocre freaks, who replaced their dog leads with whips and rescued the eighty-year old flasks that their mothers used to fill with water for school trips, and other more professional ones, who were reciting quotes from the famous archaeologist himself. But in this film blog we’re not going to talk about Indiana Jones in order for to get even richer making shit films. Spielberg

Europe is full of freaks, they’re in fashion and that’s what matters. Nowadays, everyone who is overly passionate about something is admitted into the ever less selective, urban tribe of weirdos. So many members of the public are captured that in Spain a great publication has now been created for those culture-obsessed freaks that listen to music made by broken glass, watch Moldovian films and read books backwards. It’s called (a combination of “free”, because it’s free, and “freak”) and I recommend you read it. Perhaps it will help you to discover the stranger and more interesting aspects of your cultural side. FREEK!

Of course, we also have the football freaks: for example, a couple from Cordoba, Spain, had their wedding photos taken in the stadium of their 3rd division team (I don’t think that anything can get freakier than that…); film freaks, like those who group together dressed as Golum or other movie characters, who can be heard talking when alone in their rooms, to their small plastic dolls. But the freak of all freaks at the moment is the Internet freak. Perhaps you, yes, you who are reading this report, you may be one of them. Here’s an example that’s been going around Europe. Cati Kaoe We are all Freaks!

Don’t laugh: We are all freaks. I too consider myself a freak, and I’m proud of it, although I wouldn’t know which group I’d belong to. I’d do anything for sliced bread sandwiches and pickled mussels, and I won’t travel anywhere without a can of those little creatures bathed in salsa in my backpack. So I could be a mussels freak, for example. To be freaky is good, even healthy. The connection between freaks and spotty, pus-ridden skin is seemingly just another myth; freaks are in enviable health, especially vegetable freaks, also known as “vegetarians”. Let’s get back to films. In Tod Browning’s legendary film, (1932) you can find the true origin of the word “freak”. Things have changed a lot since then. At that time, weirdos were rejected by society. Nowadays they are a business. Don’t miss this scene; you’re going to love it: “Freaks”

Translation: Sarah Marshall

Pics: Dr Case/flickr