As we all know vampires are huge everywhere – we see them in books, movies, television and more. They are so big in fact that they seem to have caught the eye of the CSI: NY writers, who wrote an episode about the sanguinarian vampire lifestyle which will air February 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
“The CSIs team found themselves involved into the obscure world of modern vampirism cult in which blood sharing is at the core of an eccentric but allegedly spiritual brand of religion as a young woman is found dead by exanguination in the Central park snow, drained of blood, with her earlobe chopped and a puncture wound in her neck.”
Just by the episode description I am going to guess that “Sanguine Love” will offend and piss off quite a few sanguinarians out there. I’m not even a sang and I’m annoyed by it. Eccentric cult? Seriously? Oh and I love the “allegedly spiritual” comment. Sigh. Judging by that one paragraph description this episode of CSI probably won’t help the vampire subculture at all, it will most likely increase the judgment and hate they already experience.
A while back one of our writers did an excellent and incredibly informative interview with members of Vampires.nu, as well as one of the founders of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance. If you want a real (and accurate) look into the vampire lifestyle please check it out. Since the CSI: NY episode is about a vampire crime I’m going to quote this part of the interview…
Q: There are very few “vampire crimes”, i.e., crimes involving a vampire perpetrator and a non-vampire victim, but the vampire assailants of the modern era are infamous, and quickly become completely blown out of proportion. How does the vampire community, in your opinion, react to these setbacks?
Merticus: Real vampires are too often mistakenly thrust into the same category of ritual animal or human sacrifice, fetishism or classified as some other form of paraphilia, fanatical religious expression or cults, and labeled as unstable threats to themselves and others. We are almost universally not the individuals who commit ritualistic crimes involving human sacrifice, cannibalism, and murder as sometimes portrayed by the media. We resent when the actions of mentally disturbed individuals are lauded as an example of an inextricable link to modern vampirism; some going further to insinuate that our subculture encourages and condones such behavior. Those who commit acts of violence or similarly egregious behavior within the vampire community are almost universally roleplayers or dabblers who’ve lost touch with reality or long-term psychologically imbalanced persons who pose a threat to society whether they label themselves as a “vampire” or not.
I’ll mostly likely watch this episode of CSI, but I am not expecting good things from it. But who knows, maybe they’ll show an accurate portrayal of the vampire lifestyle. I doubt it, but we‘ll see.