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How to Eat an Orange During the ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

Posted By on July 1, 2015

The ZRC was recently pointed to this graphic and disturbing video purporting to show how to consume citrus fruit during the, ahem, ‘Zombie Apocalypse’.

Warning: Graphic Anti-Zombie Violence is present. Watch with caution.

How to respond to videos like this? Well, for starters, the ZRC fails to see why an orange cannot be shared with a Zombie. Maybe Zombies like oranges? Have you ever thought to ask?

Secondly, it’s an oddly prepared survivor who has a wall mounted, dungeon-like restraint system ready for his unwitting ‘friend’. The ZRC questions this entire scenario. It seems premeditated to us. Maybe the video’s title really should be, ‘How to Get Away with Murder AND Eat an Orange in the Zombie Apocalypse’?

Food for thought, if you’ll excuse the pun. Food for thought.

Zombies and Karaoke in Chicago

Posted By on June 28, 2015

The ZRC has had many adventures in Chicago, and attended several of their annual Zombie Walks. We often cite the city as an example of how integration of the Undead and the Living is possible, even in a society as inundated with negative imagery and stereotyping of the Differently Animated as our own.

Last weekend your Art Director and myself were in Chicago on non-ZRC business and, by pure chance, I happened to spot some Zombie partygoers in their native habitat at a karaoke bar downtown. Around 2am, although whether this was due to a nocturnal habit (we’re not judging) or more ‘ordinary’ partying was not clear.

Tragically, I did not have any literature on me that day, but if anyone knows these Undead Americans they should direct them to our site post-haste.


Sing on, Zombie citizens. Sing on.

ZRC Calendar Announcement: The Last Dark Carnival/Diabolique Film Festival

Posted By on June 6, 2015

They say all good things come to an end, but it’s always sad when the really good ones do.

The Diabolique International Film Festival, formerly The Dark Carnival Film Festival, has been a big part of the ZRC’s existence since the very beginning, always bringing us the latest and greatest in Undead Cinema to review and frequently be offended by.

But this year will be the last.

The Indiana University Cinema hosts the the ninth and final year of the Diabolique International Film Festival. Join us for one last celebration of the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres, featuring guest filmmakers, special events, and screenings of the best independent shorts and features from around the the world.

Apparently the festival will probably run from Thursday to probably Saturday this year, which is fairly typical, and no doubt provide a healthy slate of films to evaluate for Anti-Zombie prejudice.

The ZRC will be there, with our signs and our passion, in the spirit of the good old days, to give it a proper sendoff.

Undead Advocacy, Zombie Friendly Attorney at Law

Posted By on June 6, 2015

It’s been a very busy spring for your ZRC advocates, but we have important announcements to make.

First, one of the longest-running and most distracting ZRC-related projects has finally been completed, and we are ready to share it with you all. This, more than anything else, is what has kept the blog so quiet and our public appearances so sparse over the last couple of years.

Your ZRC President is now also, to our knowledge, the world’s first Zombie Friendly Attorney.

Yes, last month after a grueling 3 years of law school, and a lengthy and difficult character evaluation, I got word that the State of Wisconsin had decided to admit me into the legal profession after all.


There was, of course, a mountain of paperwork to complete, and a swearing in ceremony to attend.

Nothing like having to appear before the state supreme court to make you re-evaluate your life (or Unlife!) choices.

But lo and behold, last week I was sworn in, and now I can officially call myself a Zombie Friendly Attorney at Law.


Plus I got that shiny pin, which I can wear to formal events! Like our protests!

(Just kidding, our protests are informal and friendly. I might still wear the pin though)

What’s next for the ZRC? Well, frankly, a little vacation for me might be in order, but Undead Advocacy has waited long enough, so we hope to make some announcements about events shortly, maybe spruce up the website, offer some new, thought-provoking merchandise and the like soon.

It’s been a long and strange trip for The Zombie Rights Campaign, and we hope it only gets stranger, and more Zombie, in the years to come.

ZRC Spring Update

Posted By on March 26, 2015

Hey loyal ZRC readers, just making a brief update here about goings on at ZRC Centrale.

As previously discussed on the blog, things have been a bit on hiatus here for your premiere Zombie Activism organization as your ZRC President pursues his law degree. Good news on that front: I am almost done. I anticipate graduating in about a month and should shortly thereafter be able to practice law and represent the rights of the Differently Animated as needed.

Which is important, because tragically, the government’s typical response to the Undead is, well… headshots.

Totally unfair.

Now that the bulk of my law school education is over and all that’s really left is a few 3 hour long exams, we’re starting to look further afield for outreach opportunities and chances to Make a Difference (for the Differently Animated). We’ve got some things in the works. Secret things.

Thank you for your patience.

–Future Zombie Rights Lawyer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies Brings Super-Powered Zombie Scaremongering?

Posted By on February 12, 2015

Zombies can be superheroes too. This much seems obvious to the ZRC as a matter of fairness, but also as a matter of, say, comic book history. Recently, Marvel Zombies turned that a bit on its head and tragically took the position that if a superhero becomes a Zombie they will (with few exceptions) also have to become a supervillain.

Which is just mean.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s DLC unfortunately seems to follow the ‘Marvel Zombies’ approach. Humans with superheroic equipment (exo-skeletons, in this case, a bit like Iron Man) are zombified and turn… evil, for want of a better word:

On top of that, Exo Zombies introduces the expanded range of movement that features into Advanced Warfare‘s campaign and multiplayer modes, compliments of Exo Suits. The four, playable protagonists — who are brought to life here with help from John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal — get the suits, but so do the zombies. The walking dead don’t shamble in Exo Zombies; they leap, clamber, and flat-out run in their endless pursuit of delicious brain meat.

So much star power! So little sympathy for Zombies, and especially, Zombie gamers. And the casual brain slander again! Argh!!

Why can’t the Zombies with the superhero suits get some favorable attention? And if they are supposedly so evil and simple-minded, who is equipping them with super suits? How are they maintaining them?

It seems like a mess to us here at the ZRC. A starpowered and offensive mess.

But maybe we’ll pick it up for further review. The blog will keep you posted.

Don’t Use the Zed Word: Zombie Ladybug Babysitter Edition

Posted By on February 12, 2015

We hate to sound like a broken record here at the ZRC, and new science is always fun, but the Zombie Community does not benefit from labeling every scary behavior in the animal kingdom as ‘zombie’, or even zombie-like.

Latest example in a long chain:

The green-eyed wasp Dinocampus coccinellae turns ladybugs into zombie babysitters. Three weeks after a wasp lays its egg inside the hapless beetle, a wasp larva bursts from her belly and weaves itself a cocoon between her legs. The ladybug doesn’t die, but becomes paralyzed, involuntarily twitching her spotted red carapace to ward off predators until the adult wasp emerges a week later. How D. coccinellae enslaves its host at just the right time had been a mystery, but now researchers believe the insect has an accomplice: a newly identified virus that attacks the beetle’s brain. The findings raise questions about whether other parasites also use viruses as neurological weapons.

Now, see, what about that sounds Undead to you, dear readers? Sure, there’s a virus, and many Zombie conditions are viral in origin. And there’s some behavioral alteration. But the ladybug isn’t Undead. In fact, sometimes, it even recovers and becomes a perfectly ordinary ladybug again:

A ladybug goes about her business for weeks as the D. coccinellae larva grows within her, feasting on her internal organs. Even after the larva emerges and turns her into a zombie bodyguard, a quarter of ladybugs eventually recover. Some even get parasitized again.

We’ve seen some recent ‘zombie recovery’ stories, like Warm Bodies, but generally, Undeath is a permanent state. That’s just one reason it’s so unfair to discriminate against Zombies!

But the most compelling reason to me is that this ‘zombie’ ladybug virus has a human analogue, which in no way causes Zombification:

On further inspection, the researchers classified the stowaway as a new species of Iflavirus, a type of RNA virus related to the polio virus. They dubbed it D. coccinellae paralysis virus (DCPV).

So unless we’re going to claim that polio is Zombie adjacent, the ZRC doesn’t see why the ‘Zombie Ladybug’ language is necessary. Or wise! Or fair to the Differently Animated!

‘Zombie’ does not equal ‘bad’, media. For shame.

ZRC Review: Necromangocon

Posted By on February 12, 2015

B. Nektar is at it again! They really seem to like the Zombie themed beverages.

In this case, ‘Necromangocon‘ is a honey wine/mead, with a bit of black pepper and mango added.

The actual beverage is refreshing and unassuming. Perhaps a bit too unassuming; the pepper and mango don’t come across so strongly, and the overall flavor is very mild.

But aside from the drinking quality, what message is this bottle of booze conveying to the Zombie public?

Well, first, check out the front. Pretty standard depiction of the ‘Book of the Dead’ in the Zombie context, and specifically, a cheeky reference to the ‘Evil Dead’ movies.

Superficially, there’s no problem here for Zombie Rights. We have issues with the Necronomicon, and necromancy in general; it tends to be a hotbed of Undead Labor issues.

But still, the label doesn’t indicate, let alone advocate, any of that.

But as we saw with our last B. Nektar review, there’s also a colorful label description…

Aside from a reference to ‘terrifying forces’, it’s not overtly Anti-Zombie. It’s pretty Anti-Necronomicon, but we’re not the Necronomicon Rights Campaign.

On the whole, the ZRC can, at least mildly, recommend this beverage! It’s tasty and not obviously against the Differently Animated.

Tolerance. It's a step forward.

The Zombie Rights Campaign rates Necromangocon as ‘Zombie Tolerant’

Zombie Cat: A Heartwarming Response to Undead Pet Ownership

Posted By on February 5, 2015

We’ve been hearing from Zombie Allies about this story for a while now, but on the off-chance it’s new to you, dear readers:

(CNN)It’s like a plot line ripped from the scripts of “The Walking Dead” — if the show’s cast were made up of cats and took place in Florida.

A Tampa, Florida, cat found seemingly dead after he was hit by a car showed up alive in a neighbor’s yard five days after he was buried.

“We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake,” the Humane Society Tampa Bay, where the cat underwent surgery Tuesday, said in a release.

Bart, or “zombie cat” as the feline is now being referred to on social media, was discovered “unresponsive” by his owner last week lying in a pool of blood. His body was cold and his face was severely disfigured.

“If we’d seen that cat on the road, we’d assumed he was dead,” Nash McCuthchen with the Humane Society told CNN.

The Zombie Rights Campaign is very pleased to hear about the warm welcome this undead pet received upon being discovered after its reanimation. Distinctly UNLIKE the behavior on the Walking Dead, this Zombie was not mistreated merely for being Differently Animated. That’s a big step forward!

We’ll keep you posted on what is hopefully the start of a broad pro-Zombie pet trend.

New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Details

Posted By on January 22, 2015

The Zombie Rights Campaign takes issue with ‘The Walking Dead’ tv series. It’s blatant fearmongering, served up with a side of gore and a big order of dysfunctional drama.

Hmm. You can tell I am writing this before I have lunch.

Ahem. At any rate, we’ve known that there will be a Walking Dead spinoff series for some time. Recently some new details about that show, however, have leaked. It will apparently be a prequel of sorts to the main show:

The website Bleeding Cool claims to have read a pilot script for the spinoff series that was written last September. According to Bleeding Cool, the series will be set right before and during the onset of the zombie-apocalypse. Meaning, everything that happened before Rick Grimes woke up in the hospital.

The title of the pilot script is reportedly “Fear The Walking Dead” and will follow a dysfunctional family in Los Angeles whose life is about to get much, much worse.

Sigh. This show should be especially hard for the Art Director, as she sees her hometown turned into a giant billboard for Undead-bashing. We’ve already been speculating about iconic locations they might shoot at; we’re both laying odds on Griffith Observatory.

We’ll keep you posted on further details as they emerge.