This weekend was marked by the nerdiest wedding of all time as podcaster supreme Chris Hardwick, host of The Talking Dead and creator of The Nerdist, married his fiancee Lydia Hearst in California.
Imagine the scene, a wedding of two mega-nerds; an R2-D2 droid acting as ring bearer lurks down the aisle before the couple, only to run out of steam and break down half way. Two Jawas come out to jab it with sticks but it still doesn't come back to life. Hardwick comes out and asks what is he paying them for if they can't get the droid down the aisle?
Check out Hardwick describing the crazy event on Kimmel:
Once the couple dismissed the faulty droid, made it down the aisle and said their vows, the wedding cake that was modeled on Doctor Who's Tardis was cut down the middle and Seth Green started dancing Polka with the bride and groom. The newly weds managed to bring their nerdy passions to the fore to create a unique wedding that was as much fun as it was beautiful. Sources report that the nerdy touch was "so good that it looked rehearsed."
Nerds Of The World Take Over
The nerdiest wedding of all time is a cultural milestone and another example that we have fully entered the Age of the Nerd. It wasn't long ago that people were bullied for talking openly about their obsession with Star Wars or Doctor Who, but the internet opened the door to nerd culture and we haven't looked back since. The online world has allowed us a space to create fan art, fan fiction and whatever else we wanted. This freedom has given us the courage to wear our passions on our sleeves in public at conventions, at special screenings, cosplay events and wherever else we wanted.
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Check out some cosplay highlights at this year's Star Wars Day:
Twenty years ago, "nerd" was a dirty word and no one wanted to be labeled with, but now it seems that it has been taken back and changed to a term of endearment. There are no more "guilty pleasures" that we enjoy secretly, we can be open about what we like. If a show is deemed nerdy, it means they have done their research, created a great fictional universe and are worthy of our obsession (see Stargate, Firefly, anything by Joss Whedon really). Even major film studios have turned to nerd culture in recent years, ensuring their comic book adaptations are up to scratch by calling out to fans directly.
Being a nerd has become more than just being good at math and knowing your Star Trek. Nowadays you can be a nerd in any field and it simply means that you are passionate about one niche topic. That's what is at the core of nerd culture: being passionate about something, no matter how obscure or silly it may seem, and not being ashamed of it. So, if you're a 40-year-old man and you want to dress like Misty from Pokemon, do it! If you want to write a 500-page fan fiction novel then do it. Who knows, it might be made into a movie some day!
How do you let your nerd flag fly?