Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mister Rogers and Kai, The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker/Internet Hero

Is Kai, the hatchet wielding hitchhiker/internet hero, a modern day Mister Rogers?

This Gawker report (with the best headline evah:  Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker Gives Insane Interview After Saving Woman from Bear-Hugging Jesusstates he's homeless.  Kai himself says he's from West Virginia.  But I don't hear no West Virginian accent.  Sounds to me like he's from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:

Before I say anything else I wanna say no matter what you done you deserve respect.  Even if you make mistakes you lovable.  And it doesn't matter your looks skills or age or size or anything, you're worthwhile.  No one can ever take that away from you.  -- Kai, just before telling the story of how he whacked a crazy racist Jesus dude in the back of the head with a hatchet

If you have an interest in subcultures or weird news like I do you have to check this out, dude:

In the video Kai states that he killed Crazy Racist Jesus Dude, while heroically saving people's lives, but actually Kai just knocked him unconscious.  Don't worry.  Crazy Racist Jesus Dude has been arrested for attempted murder and is, uh hem, getting treatment in jail.  Talk about making mistakes.  If only Mister Rogers were alive to talk to him about it.  I wonder if Kai would be willing to chat with him after their little hatchet kerfuffle?  To spread the message of forgiveness and respect for all people to this dude he thought he killed?  I bet while smashing Crazy Racist Jesus Dude in the head with his hatchet Kai was thinking even if you make mistakes you lovable.  

I love radicals like Kai.  And Mister Rogers. One is unburdened by societal conventions in dress and language and politeness.  One wears conservative cardigan sweaters and sneakers and is well spoken and mannerly.  But no matter their outward appearance, they're both preaching inner peace.

I'm glad both Kai and Mister Rogers rejected the conventional message from our culture that you're really only as good as your pocketbook.  As Joy Larson, creator of this hilarious clip states, "M[ister] Rogers likes you, but the rest of the world thinks you need to buy some things":