For decades, pop culture has mocked the stereotypical image of a "nerd," often conveyed as being someone who is unattractive and has interests in things like comic books, science fiction, or video games. In 2019, nerd culture is more popular than ever, thanks to things like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and Harry Potter becoming some of the biggest events in movies every year. Saturday Night Live regularly delivers audiences ambitious sketches, showcasing not only talented performers but also writers. One sketch that aired on their show this past weekend, however, has fans upset over the ways in which it depicted an outdated image of Dungeons & Dragons fans.
In a sketch entitled "Graphics Department," a group of men wearing glasses in ill-fitting clothes resort to channeling their inner role player, casting a variety of spells and enchantments against one another to secure their spot as employee of the month. Their awkward and uncomfortable demeanor falls in line with traditional tropes of a nerd stereotype, which immediately inspired role-playing game fans to mock the series.
Scroll down to see RPG fans showing the sketch series that diversity that exists in the Dungeons & Dragons community.
Put Away the Pocket Protector
Seeing that SNL D&D skit was painful so let's post some 🔥 selfies to remind folks that D&D doesn't look like pocket protector clad nerds from the 80s
We're out here being nerds now and our brand of socially awkward is frankly much more entertaining (bonus points for dice pics) pic.twitter.com/nsSdccP8ae— ♡ NIC ter HORST ♡ @ TCAF (@nicterhorst) April 8, 2019
This is mah face!April 8, 2019
Sup. I’m Omega Jones. D&D has become a legitimate pastime of mine with no regrets. I’m an actor. I’m a person of color. I’m a makeup artist. I’m the #criticalbard. I’m a bonafide geek & there is nothing that I would change. This is my #DnDSelfie. What’s yours? #dnd #geekpride pic.twitter.com/SsOcG3g6XH— 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙲𝚁𝙸𝚃𝙸𝙲𝙰𝙻 𝙱𝙰𝚁𝙳. 🎶 (@ohtothemega) April 8, 2019
Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a (trash) witch, Bird lover, writer and sometimes artist. I’ve played D&D since high school and now I do it on stage and in streams! I’m so lucky to be able to share my stories, and I’m thankful for this wonderful community <3 a="" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DNDSelfie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DNDSelfie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DNDSelfie pic.twitter.com/W48mfJrN7K— 🌘ｈｏｌｌｙ 🌒 (@HollyConrad) April 8, 2019
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#DnDSelfie Your seemingly apathetic but shockingly anxiety stricken #dnd5e writer guy, here.— DropTheDie (@DropTheDie) April 8, 2019
It's not hard to support everyone in this hobby; just remember they belong here as much as you do.
(PS: old dice photo, but there are /so many/ more now it'd take me all day to unpack) pic.twitter.com/4nU5WS8keW
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Storytellers and Artists
Been in the nerd game since 6th grade. We are storytellers and artists. We are musicians and creators of worlds. Keep your crap punchlines and lack of nerd culture knowledge to yourself snl. #dndselfie #ttrpg #dungeonsanddragons thanks @rfarrowster for alerting me to this hshtag pic.twitter.com/GVUPny0B1k— Weary DM-Druid💀🔮 -ACEN NEXT- (@TheTrudger) April 8, 2019