Thursday, October 29, 2009

Me on GRITtv

Thank you to Laura Flanders!

17 comments:

Steve Sparshott said...

"Stay away from The Smurfs" - good sound advice.

Kyria Abrahams said...

I try to help!

Brian said...

You two look like you're having an argument in the video preview.

Kyria Abrahams said...

Ha! I am like, "How DARE you be kind enough to have me on your show?"

Anonymous said...

Nice job Kyria! Not able to watch "VH" 's jump video? Nice Big Lie! Maybe if you explained that it was your parents rule and not the Jw's rule you would have some creditbility. Oh and by the way loved the smurfs growing up. You know that was just silly rumors about smurfs being demonic. I left the jws cause I wanted to. Not because of made up b.s. You could of still sold plenty of copies being a hundred percent honest and you still would get your "laughs"...

Kyria Abrahams said...

Um... Jump? Really? That's where you are finding fault with my story? Van Halen? Okay, dude. Whatever makes you feel better at night.

MichelleR. said...

Hey Kyria,

I just finished your book and I just wanted to tell you how incredibly heartfelt and funny it was! I can't wait to pass around my first piece of apostate literature to many friends! I have been df'd for about 11 years, and have never felt any regret. The hardest part is being shunned by family members still in the"truth", the easiest part, not having to decide who's family to go to for x-mas! You're story is hilarious, and heart wrenching all at the same time. And I related to this book on so many levels! Thank you for writing it! Perhaps someday we can chat and swap Smurf stories...

Kyria Abrahams said...

Thanks Michelle! I'm always up for a good Smurf swap. Have a great holiday season this year :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyria,

I just finished the book and must say it was the best piece of apostate literature I have read this year. If I were in your position, I would be fantasizing that someone, somewhere was so disturbed by my writing that they found it necessary to burn my book. I mean, really, has one truly made it as an apostate until their work has been lit on fire? ;)

In all seriousness, thank you for writing your fine book. It must have took an incredible amount of courage to be so honest and open for all to see. I'm sure it means a great deal to a good number of us ex-dubs. There is something strange about the way we were all raised. Everyone can relate about the way their first kiss felt, or how nervous they were the first day at a new school. However, there are very few people who know how it felt to knock on your schoolmate's door in service, or know what it was like to cry yourself to sleep when you imagined your worldly friends being pelted to death by meteors and having their carcass eaten by birds, or worst of all...knowing the taste of room temperature Shasta brand cola. It really meant a lot to hear someone articulate experiences that made me feel a little less like I spent my childhood on the planet Mars.

I wish you the best in you future work!

Matt

Kyria Abrahams said...

Thanks Matt. Yup. You really said it all there!

Room temperature Shasta for all,

- Kyria

Brian said...

Could I skip the hoagie and just have the apple danish please?

Anonymous said...

I think I'll forgo both and risk chipping a tooth on a frozen chunk of swiss miss pudding...

Lover of Jesus said...

Hi!

Good job on the interview! You sound like you are very experienced...I have only recently joined the many ex JWs! I hope I can be an advocate like you are!

Anonymous said...

Kyria,

I don't know why anyone (like Anonymous)would pick apart tiny bits of your story in order to try and diminish your truth. You seem so honest in retelling events in your life and accepting responsibility for your actions that it is inspiring--how many people are that brave? I'm almost finished reading your book (on page 305), and I wanted to see if there was anything current I could find out about you. You must be very intelligent (and creative) to have overcome your limited formal education to write a novel, and speak so well in the GRITtv interview.

I hope you get to own a house soon!

A Pen As My Persona said...

Note to the first "Anonymous:" I don't know what kind of wildly liberal, Smurf-watching JW family you belonged to, but no JW kids I knew were able to watch the Smurfs or own any Smurf-themed Smurferobilia.

I wasn't even able to watch "Scooby Doo," because my mom insisted that there were ghosts in it. This was a constant argument in my house, as I could not get her to watch an episode to the end so she would see that the "ghosts" were always Old Mr. Caruthers, who would have succeeded in his plot if it weren't for "you meddling kids." Even the suggestion of ghosts was enough to cause concern. Whenever "Scooby Doo" would come on, I'd run to the TV and turn down the volume; if Mom didn't hear the theme music playing, I might be able to watch my way through most of an episode before she figured out what was going on.

Even I didn't dare to sneak an episode of the Smurfs, though. Thirty seconds of that and you were guaranteed to have stuffed animals with glowing eyes flying around your bedroom that night!

Kyria Abrahams said...

So true. I watched an episode of the Smurfs in 1990 and I still have a glowing teddy bear that won't come down from the ceiling. He's like one of the family now. :)

Daydreams On MountainTops said...

Anonymous #1- I'm right the with A Pen is my Persona- what kind of JW family did you have? We had a smurf destroying party where we all got to smash the glasses and different smurf paraphernalia and break them into tiny pieces- I guess this was thought to be fun for us, since we loved them so much.
I knew of a lot of JW families that had only one of the parents(mainly the mom) be a JW, and those are the ones who usually turned out fine- since they got to celebrate holidays and bday's and do all the things that the wordly kids got to do because their dad said it was ok, and the dad IS the head of household. My family- not so much- they were FANATICS, and hold true to most of what they preach( mainly my dad) I was the youngest of 5 kids, and I got to see everyone living double lives, and I knew at the age of 11 I didn't want to be like ANYONE i knew, so I would sneak out of the window before the meetings, knowing they would leave with out me, instead of being late. I always came back before they returned from the meeting. They only took that for a few months, and they had an elders meeting right after they picked me up from school. Then the head elder told me that I was a dirty piece of trash that I let people wipe their hands on...My dad did nothing, and I could have punched Brother Ott in the face when he said it- knowing he was corrupt himself. It fucked me up at age 11 let me tell you. By the time I was 12, I was living in Juvy and waiting to be placed in a girls home, since my parents didn't want to pay for me being in a home, I had to go to the "bad" home where the prostitutes and druggies were. I LOVED IT! I got to see the world for what it really was, but being abandoned by my family was hard, even to this day, since the JW religion has changed SO much, and they have been PROVEN wrong by the HEAD body changing so much. My parents though wouldn't have anything if they didn't have the truth, so they live in denial about their entire lives, believing it was ME who abandoned them, instead of the truth. I KNOW child molester elders, and elders who would help out those with money, even though these child rapists should go to jail. I didn't know of a single person who was TRUELY who they said they were at the meetings, except my dad, but he's been persecuted his whole life, punished for being TOO good and picked on to make others look and feel better- but my dad carries on- steadfast- even though he's miserable, wasted his life in front of the TV waiting for death by age or Armageddon. Sorry to have written a book here, but I've only got a few ex' Jw's to talk to and all our stories are different, and we all need to know we are n't alone, so thank you for sharing and inspiring through your book! I just finished reading it today!