"It was sort of a ridiculous ask, and they thought it was ridiculous, and I think everybody thought it was ridiculous. The game includes a few other Canadian references and in-jokes — some intentional, some accidental.
Shaw describes himself as "a huge fan of Pup," spurring him to ask if they were interested in making a cameo appearance in .Before I can ask what he’s talking about, he takes his lighter and hurls it down an alleyway, where it explodes on the asphalt with an ear-piercing blast. Like most kids growing up in Germany, I spent my childhood transfixed by all things USA; the TV I watched, the music I listened to, the magazines I read – everything I consumed was doused in Americana. Talk of blood and oil scared me, and I suddenly felt ambiguous about the country I so admired. Something intangible – a social force, perhaps – that made these two subcultures collide.I’m surprised, slightly impressed, and a little bit confused. You see, as a grad student at the University of Cologne, I’ve come up with a nifty way of uniting what I ‘do’ with what I ‘love’: I’m writing a dissertation on skate punk. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still obsessed with American pop culture. To aid me in my journey, I’ve enlisted the help of a few pioneers.Due to festival alterations that deviated from original Afropunk culture, former co-founder, James Spooner made the decision to end his involvement with the festival in 2008.Soon after, Jocelyn Cooper was introduced to the festival as co-organizer, broadening Afropunk Fest to Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg, South Africa.