you deal with so much bigotry here – both in media and then when people criticize your critiques – and i just wanted to say what you’re doing is so v v appreciated. i learn so much from you and i think quite specifically i learn the language to use when speaking up myself –also your original fiction is /to die for/. i hope you have a fan-fucking-fantastic month ahead of you!

*blows all the kisses at you*

Thank you very much, friend! 

And I’m glad I could help you and share my knowledge a bit! I’m very much a person in progress and I definitely did not start out with the language or concepts I needed to even get this far (like 2018!Stitch is only here because people yelled at me when I messed up and held my hand when I got lost) and I’m still learning and evolving.

I’m just so happy that I have people like you along for the journey! We can learn together!

(Also AAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMPLIMENTING MY ORIGINAL WORK!! It means so much to me because there’s not a lot of demand for my original work and feedback is largely non-existent so I’m always SAD about it.)

I remember when Emilia Clarke was confirmed as female lead to Solo movie and some people tweeted why Lucasfilm keep casting white british brunette. And I saw answers like: “she was the best to the role, not everything is about race!”. Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, Zoë Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, Jessica Henwick, Adria Arjona and others women of color tried to play Qi’ra but “the best to the role” was the third white british brunette to play a female lead in a star wars movie

The best person to play any role is always a white person according to fandom and the folks behind the media.

When a performer of color is cast as a racebent character or as a character whose ethnicity was never specified it’s “pandering” for the social justice warriors and snowflakes.

Emilia Clarke’s a decent actress, but she’s no better than any of those actresses of color you listed. “The best person for the part” is literally just code for “the most popular white person they can put in the role” in these cases. What’s hilarious, is that whitewashing and a general refusal to cast diversely typically lead to financial and/or critical failure.

(I’ve written about cries of “darkwashing” and pandering in yearly posts about racebending and the reaction it pulls from fans. Here’s the one from last year.)

Regarding the Black Panther Racism Bingo: people complaining about a “Wakanda for Whites” seem to forget (or are deliberately oblivious) that they already have mythical/legendary continents for White people, like Atlantis or Hyberborea, written about CENTURIES ago.

Instead of riffing off of Wakanda, folks in fandom SHOULD be pulling from the centuries-old legends that they have clung to and complained about when racebending characters in those myths/legends/franchises happen. 

(Remember the Merlin fandom, folks? And how Troy: Fall of a City’s racebending has been met with lots of yelling from fandom and actual white supremacists alike?)

I keep returning to Asgard because it literally is an almost entirely homogeneous society with a handful of Asgardians of color present in the MCU films. As fandom wants a semi-secretive, super advanced society all their own for white characters… the MCU kind of already has that with Asgard. 

I just don’t understand the need to colonize the very concept of Wakanda for white characters when Asgard exists (and is more applicable as a location and as a concept) and when legendary places like the ones you’ve mentioned (and undoubtedly, more besides) have existed for centuries and have been deemed spaces where characters of color “couldn’t have existed” in any context.

Dear Stitch, I read your reblog about Aaron Sorkin wanting Sterling K. Brown as president. Is it a symptom of the “otherization” of Black people this imagining them as an ideal saviors (for White people, mostly)? But how can a story elevate a Black character as a positive role model without falling prey to this otherization?

I reblogged that post because I actually wanted to eventually ponder the same questions that you have so I don’t really have any answers for you. I’m sorry, friend! 

(I’ll try and ponder a bit more intensely once I finally turn my dang thesis in and can think about something other that damn mess of a paper. I swear!)