Today in Beckinfield: Missing White Girl

by Rachel on September 22, 2011

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been making more Beckinfield videos!

In the current story, a teenage girl named Rose Banter has gone missing after starting shit with the creepy town authorities. I used this storyline as an opportunity to talk about a topic I actually care a lot about — Missing White Woman Syndrome. I did a big project on this my senior year for my Ethics in Journalism class and it’s something that really pisses me off…but things that piss me off are usually best expressed via comedy.

This week, the missing girl re-appeared in the library as an apparent ghost. There was already a ghost in the library, who my character had her heart set on seeing because she really wants to be on a TV show about it some day. This is actually probably my favorite video for the site so far.


PS If you want to create a character and be a part of the story, please do! The site is totally free now, so come play!

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1 April September 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Missing White Woman Syndrome works my nerves, too. It happens with children as well.
I’m sure you came across the same research, but I found it interesting that men disappear more often but don’t get nearly as much exposure. It seems the same way with little girls vs. little boys.
Do you think it adds to the idea of women and little girls as constant victims or potential victims?


2 Amanda September 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I loved the “i don’t know if ghosts can tweet part” hahah.
Also i couldn’t figure out what book you were talking about ‘hanna swhinana”?.


3 Rachel September 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks for the feedback!

And I was talking about Anna Karenina! When I first started doing videos, my character was never sure if she could mention the real names of things or if that was against the rules, so she’d always say these ridiculous rhymes instead. It’s sort of just become a running joke!


4 Angie September 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Hilarious — so true about white girl syndrome. My boyfriend and his brother also like to point out that black girls DO get looked for — if they have “white” features, aka light skin and affluency (is that a word? whatever, it’s late on a friday and I drank wine). It’s sad but true. Ridiculous. Great video!


5 Jamie July 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Wow, is this for real? You sound like such an airhead. I can’t tell if this is genuine or a joke?! Sorry if I missed it ; )


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