Autocorrect Grabs Back
Updated: Nov 16, 2018
Like many, many, many (!) others, I participated in the Women’s March on January 21 and it currently holds the title for the best day of my life. It’s 14 days out and I’m still riding that sweet, sweet high of organized and calm rebellion.
I’ll be honest, I was pretty anxious about the whole thing and it didn’t help that several “how to behave at a protest” lists were circulating around – my TRUE NEMESIS – Facebook. One encouraged writing your name, blood type, allergies and an emergency contact on your arm in permanent marker. Another suggested bringing a scarf to wrap around your nose and mouth in the case of a tear gas situation. The third said to turn the wifi off on your phone to make it harder for someone to hack in, take your information, and do other strange tech-y computer stuff that I don’t understand. I didn’t choose to outright ignore these lists, I just didn’t do anything they suggested. I was going to take this march on “Anna-style” which was with a tupperware of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a warm jacket and a lighthearted sign for comic relief.
Logistically, there were so many reasons for me to hate this march. Everything minus the cause, message and symbol of solidarity were so not my jam. I don’t like crowds, traffic, public transportation, not knowing where a bathroom is, most people, and chaos. But there was a feeling in the air that lifted me over all of these obstacles. I wish I could bottle the feeling from that day and take a hit of it every morning. Man, I would be sooo high (on happiness and hope.)
Based loosely on my dating experiences, I wrote a sketch about a guy who tries to send dirty and unwanted text messages to a girl he just met. Thankfully, Siri is a feminist and autocorrect gets her revenge. It seemed fitting to release this sketch right after the women’s march, but one thing leads to another and before you know it, two weeks have passed. But maybe this will help us recapture the feeling of that day. Come on, get high with me. Not to get too political, but the sketch is called “Autocorrect Grabs Back,” stars the hilarious Alex Walters and was produced, edited and all around made better by Elijah Senn.
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