An article posted on the News24 website yesterday, called “SA vampires share bloodthirsty tips“, written by Johannes de Villiers, reveals how SA Vampyres are working to build their community. Particular mention is made of the articles on SAVN covering blood consumption and other tips provided by contributors. The article has drawn numerous hostile comments in only a few hours.
In June, “Die Son” published the first article about the SA Vampyre Community, which received surprisingly, far less attention and almost no hostility. This trend is leading local members of the Community to speculate about the atmosphere of intolerance in South Africa, and the wisdom of individuals coming out as vampiric.
The comments made on the News24 article thus far have been critical to say the least. The level of hostility can be used as a useful tool to gauge tolerance levels within the broader community. It is precisely for this reason that Vampyres have remained in the shadows for so long.
Articles in the local media raise awareness of our community and also draw out new members who were unaware of the existence of the community before. On the other hand, so far SAVN have also received numerous critical comments on our articles by people who are critical of vampirism or diversity. Of course, SAVN are not posting these comments, which are often offensive and pedestrian by nature – but it is a pretty good indicator of current public perception.
Check the comments.