A man who lives as a vampire has said he “just wants to be treated like everyone else.”
Darkness Vlad Tepes, who said he had been living as a vampire for 13 years, sleeps in a custom made-to-measure coffin.
He said he had also drunk cow and pig’s blood, as well as a human blood substitute.
Okay, so the guy wants to pretend he is a vampire. But here’s the problem. Are we all supposed to agree that Darkness is a vampire? If we don’t agree, does that make us closed-minded bigots?
What’s more, let’s say Darkness goes to college and lives in a dormitory. Does the college have a civil rights obligation to make sure his dorm room has a coffin for him to sleep in?
Of course, it turns out that the vampire is a victim:
Darkness said until recently he had very few problems from other people.
However this changed when he went for a drink with friends at a pub in Oswaldtwistle where he said he was openly abused because of the way he dressed.
He likened the abuse to the attack on Sophie Lancaster, the teenager who was murdered in a Bacup park because of she was dressed like a Goth.
Oh my goodness! Did someone try to put a stake through the vampire’s heart?
Darkness, 25, said: “I went into the pub with two mates and a lad piped up and asked if I was abused as a child when I was young because of the way I look.
“I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that I would get asked such a personal question based on my choice of lifestyle.
“Everyone has their beliefs and I don’t believe I should be persecuted for following mine.
So someone merely asking Darkness if he was abused as a child was like showing him a crucifix! He was clearly victimized! And persecuted.
“I might be a vampire but I just want to be treated like everyone else.
“People have got to accept the fact that what’s normal to them is not normal to us, and what’s normal to us is not normal to them.”
The vampire is trying to impose his values on everyone else. This leads to a question.
What if someone identifies as Bozo the Clown and shows up in a pub dressed like this?
Would it be okay to laugh at him? After all, he is a clown. Or would it be bigotry to laugh if the clown just wanted to be treated like everyone else?