Controversial Georgetown Party Filmer Returns for a New Semester
Georgetown students throwing parties could have an unexpected observer this fall. And he's bringing a camera.
It's Burleith resident and longtime neighborhood gadfly Stephen R. Brown, proprietor of the "Drunken" Georgetown Students blog and ardent anti-noise advocate. (Disclosure: There was a time I could have been called a drunken Georgetown student). While Brown has been in and out of the news since 2010, when he published a spate of pictures of allegedly rowdy student parties and earned a story in the Post, he recently resurfaced with some new videos.
The videos, with titles like "We throw parties despite you!" and "Pigs in a Poke," feature footage, often shot over a fence, of Georgetown students partying. While they're not as incendiary as his productions from a few years ago, which were so controversial Brown had to blur out student faces, they've still reignited students' dislike for the vigilante party policeman. But Brown says they've got him all wrong.
"I guess students have nothing to do, so they have all of these fantasies about the site," he says. Brown says his beef is with one house in particular, although he's posted video from another house he thought was too loud, too.
Typically, students claim to administrators that they were just throwing dinner parties after Brown complains, so he uses the videos to prove them wrong. Too often, he says, interactions with Georgetown end with him getting written off as crazy.
"'He's just a fucking nut,'" he says, describing how the university's employee think about him. "Which I am."
Georgetown spokeswoman Stacy Kerr says Brown's a minority in the community, whose neighborhood associations recently came to terms with Georgetown over its campus plan. She also points to new nightlife amenities, like food trucks on weekends, meant to keep the drunken Georgetown students on-campus.
"[Brown's blog] really is not reflective of the spirit of partnership that we are engaged in with the neighbors," Kerr says.