my last nerve – a shitty poem

“the ao3 is a safe space for writers” 

okay but

i am a writer 

with an account on ao3

and i’m telling you

that it’s not a safe space for everyone

considering how much racism towards characters and fans of color

are present

unchecked 

and untagged

on that website

and how many people are bending over backwards to defend the status quo

and have ‘splained the ao3′s inner workings

and/or

suggested that fans of color simply hide offensive content

as if racism isn’t subtle 

or accidental

or everywhere

even in fandom

and it’s rarely fucking tagged –

because how can you tag for something you don’t know you wrote?

i am on my last nerve

with you people

and your fears of a slippery slope

and deeming everything

as part of purity wank

or callout culture

on a post talking explicitly about fandom racism.

what

the 

fuck

dudes

?

if ao3 is a safe space for writers

don’t writers of color deserve to be

safe

too?

hi, if you don’t mid me asking, what is going on with ao3? if you don’t feel like getting into that’s fine. have a nice day

Many people have been talking about how the AO3 is basically kind of terrible because of the hands-off approach to archiving and how anything is game on that site.

Many folks having these conversations are focused on criticizing the way that erotic/sexual stories involving underaged characters – either underage in canon and the story or adult in the canon and de-aged for the story (and generally written by adults, let’s be real here) – are super present in the space and how that’s just… not cool to them and probably shouldn’t be a thing we allow in fandom willy nilly.

(Several different people have created posts asking for people to report the site to the FBI because of the prevalence of this content and that’s one of the things other people are bringing up when they go to other people about AO3/fandom being censored/no longer free. I don’t think that’s going to work the way they think it will, but I’m not an expert on reporting websites to the FBI or anything.)

And a lot of people are like shouting censorship, worrying about a nonexistent slippery slope where “women and queer people will have to deal with losing their freedom”/all nsfw content will be shut down and literally saying stuff like “well this may be offensive and it makes me physically sick but i will fight for their right to write it” like I’ve seen at least two authors with a huge fandom presence outside of their own work actually share defenses or or write their own commentary on this content.

And like… my things are:

First: Why are y’all so focused on protecting people’s problematic desires in fandom instead of listening to people who are frustrated or upset by something being regular in fandom? 

Next: Why are people acting like underage characters getting boned in fic is like a necessary thing to keep fandom functioning? 

(I’m not talking about aging characters up to adulthood or teens writing teenage characters because I think that’s part and parcel of aging in fandom as a creator/consumer, like half the stuff tagged with “Underage” is like… A Lot. And yet folks aren’t allowed to get upset by how prevalent it is and how so much of the stuff tagged with “Underage” on AO3, especially once you set the rating to mature or explicit, is um…obviously for erotic purposes?)

Then there’s that whole “it makes me sick but its their right to create it” nonsense. 

If something makes you sick because it’s so offensive and hurtful to you, why are you defending its right to exist in spaces you also exist in? Like there was this Jewish person the other day who actually said to me that:

I’m Jewish, and seeing antisemitic stuff and the word Nazi make me sick to my stomach. But I still think an alt-right extremist has the right to express themselves, even if that means writing horrible stereotypical stuff on Ao3.

IN THEIR APOLOGY TO ME FOR OVERSTEPPING PREVIOUSLY.

(And PLEASE don’t engage with this person. I saw that part of their response and like my soul left my body. I stopped engaging at that. So please, just observe without interacting with them.)

But like… you realize that something is horrifically awful and actively harmful TO YOU and your first instinct is “well they get to say that”?? No they actually don’t and this “well i’m going to defend their right to write awful shit” is how we wound up with all those dapper fucking nazi posts last year. 

Oh but I forgot, fandom, reality, and fiction have NOTHING IN COMMON APPARENTLY.

And like, I want to follow this up with like folks are out here like screaming about censorship and rushing to protect the AO3 from those nasty SJWs trying to shut it down and the people going “straight up gut the AO3″ in these convos are the minimum compared to the people going “we would like to know why fandom is like this and we’d also like it to stop being like this”. But even if they weren’t? 

Why is it that some women, some queer people, and some trauma survivors are the only people whose desires and trauma matter in these conversations and only when they’re saying that they don’t mind/care?

Also, NONE OF THESE PEOPLE ARE THINKING/TALKING ABOUT RACE AND RACISM IN FANDOM (or any form of bigotry that you can find, unexplored and potentially eroticized in fandom spaces and fan works) but like… Franzeska’s whole racist ass was two years ago and fandom has gotten increasingly racist and hostile towards fans of color that don’t support the happy go lucky, “don’t like don’t read” mentality many folks have fostered.

Lastly, look, I use the AO3 as a reader and have used it as a writer. I’ve written some of the very content that people are really not okay with. I have written fucked up crap to cope and I’ve written fucked up crap because it got someone off. 

However, at the end of the day, as much as I hate being told what to do or how to do something because I am a TODDLER, I recognize that even if I’m not sure how I feel about ALL of the conversations happening or how they’re happening, the ONLY people I’m seeing being actually silenced or censored (but like… not because none of this is how censorship works) right now for this specific set of conversations about the AO3 are the ones trying to talk about how fandom is an unsafe space for them and the AO3 isn’t a great place for young fans considering some of the content.

Why does some people’s desire trump like… everyone else’s thoughts about fandom? Why aren’t people interested in talking about the ways desire can be harmful in and out of fandom?

Why aren’t we listening to other people?

Books About Roma

rrojasandribbons:

There are lots of books that have been written about Romani people. In fact, we tend to be well represented in fiction. However, that representation is often one of stereotypes, slurs, and racism. And, due to the rampant misinformation and stereotypes about us, it has been incredibly difficult for a non-Romani audience to distinguish accurate portrayals from stereotyped ones. I’m hoping this list may help that.

Romani Portrayals of Roma in Literature | Good Reads:

The Roads of the Roma: A PEN Anthology of Gypsy Writers

American Gypsy by Oksana Marafioti 

The Lost Country by

Luminiţa Mihai Cioabă

The Birch Grove by

Luminiţa Mihai Cioabă

Queen of the Night and Stone Flower by

Luminiţa Mihai Cioabă

Meralda by

Luminiţa Mihai Cioabă 

Katitzi by Katarina Taikon

We Live in Seclusion: The Memoirs of a Romni by Ceija Stojka
Travellers on this World by Ceija Stojka
Träume ich, dass ich lebe by Ceija Stojka

Auf der ganzen Welt zu Hause by Karl Stojka

Papierene Kinder: Gluck, Zerstorung und Neubeginn einer Roma-Femilie in Osterreich

by Mongo Stojka

Zwischen Liebe und Hass. Ein Zigeunerleben

by Philomena Franz
Zigeunermärchen

by Philomena Franz

Gipsy: Die Geschichte einer großen Sinti Familie

by Dotschy Reinhardt
Everybody’s Gypsy.  Popkultur zwischen Ausgrenzung und Respekt

by Dotschy Reinhardt

Devla, devla! by Irena Eliasova

Frosted Mirror by Erika Olahova

Sar o Paj by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić
Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Rromane Paramicha by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Dukh by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Romani Prince Penga by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

An Unusual Family by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Karankochi-Kochi by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

How God Made the Roma by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

The Fish by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Four Brothers by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Romany Legends by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

ROM Like Thunder by
Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

Roads Without Caravans by Mateo Maximoff

Eve’s Garden by Glenda Bailey-Mershon

Polttava tie

by Veijo Baltzar

Disrupting the Nation by Ethel Brooks

The Color of Smoke by
Menyhert Lakatos

Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
Stone Cradle by Louise Doughty

The Living Fire by Ronald Lee
Goddam Gypsy by Ronald Lee

We Are the Romani People by Ian Hancock
Danger! Educated Gypsy by Ian Hancock
A History of the Romani People by Ian Hancock & Hristo Kyuchukov
The Heroic Present by Ian Hancock & Jan Yoors

We are the Roma! by Valeriu Nicolae


Informative Literature by non-Roma:

All Change!: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes by Damian Le Bas

Gypsy Law by Walter Otto Weyrauch

Romani Routes by Carol Silverman

The Gypsies by Jan Yoors

And the Violins Stopped Playing by Alexander Ramati

Journeys into Memory: Romani Identity and the Holocaust in Autobiographical Writing by German and Austrian Romanies by Marianne Christine Zwicker


Mediocre Portrayals of Roma in Literature:

Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonseca

The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies by Guenter Lewy

I Met Lucky People by Yaron Matras
The Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras

Between Two Fires by Alaina Lemon

A History of the Gypsies by David Crowe

The Gypsies by Angus Fraser

Gypsies: Wanderers of the World by Bart McDowell

The Roma Cafe by Istvan Pogany

Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

Dosha by Sonia Meyer

Yokki and the Parno Gry by Katherine Quarmby & Richard O’Neill
No Place to Call Home by Katherine Quarmby
Romani Pilgrims by Katherine Quarmby

Romani Culture and Gypsy Identity by Thomas Acton


Bad, Racist, & Outright Inaccurate Portrayals of Roma in Literature:

Gypsy Wisdom, Spells, Charms & Folklore by Denise Alvarado

The Gypsies by Charles Leland
Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling by Charles Leland

The Gypsy Lifestyle by John McLaughlin

The Rom: Walking in the Paths of the Gypsies by Roger Moreau
Your Ancient Gypsy Guide to Wild Sex by Roger Moreau

Gypsy Talk by Dennis Marlock

Zoli by Column McCann

Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott

Gypsy Feast by Carol Wilson

Gypsy Folk Tales by Diane Tong
Gypsies by Diane Tong

The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker

Thinner by Stephen King

Little Money Street by Fernanda Eberstadt

The Romany Rye by George Henry Borrow
Lavengro by George Henry Borrow
Romano Lavo-lil by George Henry Borrow

Mulengro by Charles de Lint

Romani Ways by G.E.C. Webb

Gypsy at Heart by Ellen Dugan

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

The Gipsies by Francis Hindes Groome
In Gipsy Tents by
Francis Hindes Groome

Gypsy Folk Tales by
Francis Hindes Groome

Gipsy Folk Tales: A Missing Link by
Francis Hindes Groome

The Influence of the Gypsies on the Superstitions of the English Folk by
Francis Hindes Groome

Poor Janos: A Tale of Hungarian Gipsy Life by Frank Elemeny

Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me by Caroline James

The Gypsies: Wanderers in Time by Katherine Esty

Sarah of the Romani: A Thriller by Tom Calen

Secrets of the Gypsies by Pierre Derlon

Les Tziganes by J. Clebert

The European by John Geipel

Acquittal by Serenity Valle


Books Written by non-Romani Fraudsters:

Gypsy Energy Secrets by Milana Perepyolkina

Gypsy Magic by Patrinella Cooper*

Dogstown by Lee Fuhler

Romany by Gypsy Putelengro
A Romany Life by Gypsy Putelengro

The Roots of Health by Leon Putelengro
Romany Boy by Leon Putelengro

Buckland’s Book of Gypsy Magic by Raymond Buckland
Gypsy Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Secrets of Gypsy Fortune Telling by Raymond Buckland
Secrets of Gypsy Love Magick by Raymond Buckland
The Buckland Romani Tarot by Raymond Buckland
Gypsy Dream Reading by Raymond Buckland
Gypsy Dream Dictionary by Raymond Buckland

Gypsy Magic: For the Prosperity’s Soul by Allie Theiss
Gypsy Magic: For the Lover’s Soul by Allie Theiss

Drab Lil: A Gypsy’s Medicine Book by Clarissa Simmens
Madame Sosostris Explains by Clarissa Simmens

*Patrinella Cooper actually does have direct ties to Romani culture and
is said to be ethnically Roma, but completely fabricated the information
in her book.


Just a Note:

I have intentionally left out quite a few books written by non-Roma about Roma during the Holocaust because I have not read many such books, and do not feel I could judge their accuracy or objectivity without actually reading them.

However, I will gladly take suggestions for any listed categories if anyone has read a book not listed above.

Writing Chicago

makochosen:

okay, so i saw this reference post a long time ago that was all about new york city to help people who write about it but don’t really know about it. and i haven’t seen one about chicago, my home city, so i thought i’d make one!!

you are allowed to like this, reblog this, etc. this is for everyone to use as a reference!! i might add more information if i missed something!! if you think something is wrong or should be changed, please let me know!! this is just some general knowledge you should have about chicago from a native that you can’t really get from wikipedia. i hope you find this useful!

Linguistics

  • No, we do not talk like Mike Ditka. At all.
  • Soda is called pop.
  • People say “you guys.” “Y’all” is used more in southern Illinois.
  • Chicagoland area = Chicago + the surrounding suburbs + Northwest Indiana
  • The Lake Effect: a term often used, especially on the weather report. This term describes the effects the lake, Lake Michigan, have on the weather. Basically, it keeps it cool during the summer and warmer during the winter. But it’s not like you notice it in the winter because temperatures easily remain under 20 degrees from November to April.
  • Chicagoans will always and forever call the Willis Tower the Sears Tower. If you hear somebody say that, they either work there or they’re not from around there. And if you say it to somebody from Chicago, you’re going to get a funny look.
  • “The Lake” = Lake Michigan. Referenced often.
  • While this may not come up in writing, we say caramel like “car-mel” not “car-a-mel.”
  • We say “you guys” instead of “y’all.”
  • When people say “the city,” they mean Chicago. You often hear this in the suburbs.
  • CTA = Chicago Transit Authority. It is comprised of train lines and bus lines.

Transportation

  • Sometimes you might hear something called the “skyway.” It’s Interstate 90 and it connects Chicago to Indiana. What’s noticeable about it is that it’s this giant, tollway on a giant bridge over the Calumet River. And there’s a McDonald’s right smack dab in the middle of it.
  • O’Hare is one of the biggest airports in the country and pretty much the primary airport of Chicago. However, there is also Chicago Midway International Airport (just called Midway). O’Hare is in northwest Chicago and Midway is closer to the Loop and Chicago’s south side.
  • Chicago does not have a “subway system.” Like, trains that run underground. Instead, Chicago’s subway is above ground and goes above traffic. It’s called the “L” which is short for elevated. There are 8 lines, each one named by color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and pink). The Red Line is the longest one, going from north to south. And it is the only one that does actually go underground in downtown Chicago. Nobody uses the Yellow Line because it only goes from Northern Chicago to Skokie, one of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. People who use the Yellow Line are commuters between Chicago and Skokie. The only other Line that goes outside of Chicago is the Purple Line, which goes to Wilmett and Evanston, two suburbs literally right outside of Chicago.
  • The Loop is Chicago’s downtown. It’s called the loop because majority of the CTA lines have stations that circle around the downtown. So it’s called the loop because of it. People say “the Loop” when they’re talking about downtown or taking the CTA. Some lines of the CTA only circle the loop.
  • Metra vs. Amtrak. The Metra is a train that connects Chicago to the suburbs. The L is more like a subway that arrives at every station in ten-minute intervals. The Metra is more like a train with more scheduled times. The L takes you around Chicago. The Metra takes you out of it. The Amtrak takes you out of Chicago to the rest of the country. Some stops are in the suburbs. But if you’re taking the Amtrak to the suburbs, chances are, Chicago was not your starting point. You’d be coming from another city, such as Springfield, and stopping in Chicago before going out to the suburbs. The Metra is for commuters.There are two stations for the Metra and Amtrak, Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC), both located a block apart from each other, both in downtown. 
  • You don’t drive in the city. It’s a nightmare. Road rage is everywhere. Most people take the L, the bus, cabs, or Uber. People only drive in the city if they’re coming from outside or going outside of the city. 
  • Here is the CTA map just for shits and giggles. 

Weather

  • It’s so unpredictable. It will be 50 degrees in the morning and snow by 3 pm.
  • Also, 50 degrees is considered warm in Chicago. People are wearing shorts even at 40 degrees tbh. Also, it is always colder in Chicago than in the suburbs. And the suburbs are colder than central Illinois. You can tell the difference when you are traveling. 
  • Chicago is a very windy city. And there is a big difference in temperature with the wind chill. 
  • Schools will not close, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground and/or it is below zero degrees.
  • Likewise, it can be extremely hot in Chicago. Like, summers are usually well over 80 degrees. There just is no in-between. 
  • Natural disasters? Uncommon. There are occasional earthquakes that happen like once every other year and they’re usually so little that people just sleep right through them. Tornadoes are the most common, but even those are infrequent and only really occur in rural Illinois. 

Attractions

  • Some popular sites in Chicago, even for natives, are Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Brookfield Zoo, Sears Tower, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, The Art Institute, Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and Wrigley Field.
  • Millennium Park is extremely popular. It’s located inside the loop and every year, there’s a special Christmas tree lighting. People ice skate there all the time in the winter and there’s the Bean. The Bean is officially called the “Cloud Gate” but everybody calls it “the Bean.” It’s this giant, stainless steel sculpture that’s like looking into a mirror. This is prime selfie spot here.
  • The Field Museum is home of Sue, the most complete T-Rex skeleton in the world. She’s pretty cool. People love swimming in Lake Michigan or going to the beaches, even if it is 50 degrees out. The Polar Plunge is popular. Wrigley Field is kind of a major attraction because of the Cubs but also because it is the second oldest baseball park in America. Except for the giant screens and a brand new bullpen, the field pretty much is the same as when it opened in 1912. You can go to the top of the Sears Tower, to the 110th floor, and go on the “Sky Deck.” There are glass boxes attached to the outside of the building where you can walk on and view the city. It’s the best view in the whole city. 
  • You can also get the world’s largest ice cream sundae at Margie’s Candies, or so they say. I’ve had it, it is absolutely enormous, and it tastes incredible.
  • Lollapalooza. This is the biggest event in Chicago every single year. It is this giant music festival. It is filled with young adults, drugs, cops, and booze. It’s the Coachella of Chicago. Tickets sell out within hours of going on sale. When I was in high school, people honestly skipped school so they can stay home and buy their Lolla tickets. People do not fuck around when it comes to this.

Population

  • Very Polish. You see it in the street names.
  • Very democratic. Illinois is a democratic state because of Chicago’s population. Rural Illinois is way more Republican.
  • The main ethnic groups of Chicago are Irish, German, Latinx (especially Mexican), Assyrian, Arab, Jewish, English, Black, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Indian, Italian, Cuban, and Polish. The suburbs tend to have a higher population of white people with low populations of people of color.

Sports

  • It’s a major thing in Chicago. Home of the Bulls (basketball), Bears (football), Blackhawks (hockey), Cubs (baseball), and White Sox (baseball).
  • The Bulls and the Blackhawks are Chicago’s most successful teams and the most popular.
  • Everyone is a Bears fan and everyone hates the Bears. They have been extremely unsuccessful the past like 7 seasons. People care a lot about the Bears. Most Bears fans really hate the Green Bay Packers.
  • The north side of Chicago belongs to the Cubs. The south side belongs to the White Sox. The city is very divided on this one and fans of either team don’t really get along with fans from the other team. However, everyone can agree that the Cubs winning the World Series was amazing. The Cubs have an intense rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the fans hate the Cardinals like the Bears hate the Packers. 

Food

  • So you’ll mostly find your average food chains around Chicago. McDonald’s, Starbucks, etc. However, Chicago is also known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Maxwell Street Polishes, and the deep dish pizza. Chicagoans will always tell you that their pizza is better than New York’s.
  • However, the most popular food chains are local ones: Portillo’s, Giordano’s, Oberweis, Steak ‘n Shake. Portillo’s is famous for their beef (hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers) and their chocolate cake shakes. Portillo’s is Chicago’s In-N-Out Burger. If you are looking for the most Chicago pizza ever, Giordano’s is the place to go. Oberweis sells ice cream, milkshakes, and milk. And Steak ‘n Shake is crazy popular because of their steakburgers, shakes, and for their ridiculously low prices.

Other Notes

  • Illinois south of Bloomington is like a whole different state. Northern Illinois is dominated by Chicago. Outside of the Chicagoland area, it’s completely rural and extremely different. People even talk differently in some places!
  • The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day. Like, it is legit green. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest celebrations in Chicago, even if you aren’t Irish. There’s the huge parade and people just like to see a bright green river. People get so lit for this. 
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day off was known as “John Hughes’ love letter to Chicago.” Regardless of your opinions on the plot, characters, actors, director, etc., this film really is all about Chicago and will give you great insight on what it’s like. 

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to ask me!! Happy writing!!! 

This tumblr user shows up (and shows their ass) on so many posts that talk about Finn breaking free from his brainwashing because they ~just don’t get how Finn could leave the only family he had~ and it’s beyond obnoxious. 

(For one thing, the First Order isn’t his family. It’s not A family. It’s a fascist organization with an army of soldiers they’ve kidnapped and brainwashed. Calling it a family in general, much less in the process of shaming Finn for betraying them, is so fucked up I can’t even –)

They do it on any post talking about how fandom gives Kylo Finn’s backstory (and calls him brave/selfless/a poor abused widdle baby for stuff they gloss over when/even though it happens to Finn) that gets more than a handful of notes as if to pop our bubbles and let us know that they don’t care about Finn and that he’s not that special because KYLO blah blah blah.

I gave them examples of Finn CLEARLY showing that he broke free from brainwashing because he doesn’t want to hurt people in a previous instance of this shit and they ignored my response only to show up weeks later to try and “Um… Finn choosing to be good doesn’t make sense” all over one of my original posts.

And now this shit on this post where they say things like. 

“In many ways, Finn did Kylo’s defection in reverse. But with Kylo, we learn he had a good reason.”

This just in folks: Finn seeing his teammate die and a village get massacred for defending itself isn’t a good reason to leave the fascist organization responsible for both things. The only “good reason” to defect or join an organization is whatever folks are claiming makes Kylo a poor widdle baby who we need to have sympathy for or whatever.

This specific tumblr user does this absolutely obtuse shit on purpose and I’m sick of seeing it. 

[Image description:

A message from an anonymous user that reads:

Nobody needs to pay you or any of the gross cohorts that you have in the Finn/Rey fandom to see how racist you can be towards Rose. Go write 600 words of anger about the white girl beating the black man with a stick and then you might have the right and not just be exercising old, tired and gross Anti-Asian horseshit. You want to be “critical,” start with yourself. You’re peddling racism to excuse butthurt shipper feelings and dressing it up as justice. It’s NOT.

]

I just got an anon that got mad at the Patreon link I posted about my post in progress about Rose and Finn’s relationship and how the novelization makes it even harder for me to even want to enjoy her character/ization and relationship with Finn.

This anon is accusing me of anti Asian racism and I mean, that’d be something I’d rush to correct and apologize for if… the person had read what I actually wrote on Patreon (it’s only a dollar a month for that tier) and had a problem with the post in progress rather than the fact that I was writing something critical about Rose in general.

But since they felt the need to inform me that “Nobody needs to pay you or any of the gross cohorts that you have in the Finn/Rey fandom to see how racist you can be towards Rose” in their message…

They’re unlikely to read anything I’ve written – not that I expect them to turn out to be someone that’s ever read any of my work or knows who I am.

I’m writing my post from the point of view of a Black person with experience in media analysis on race and racism. Sure, I’m not Vietnamese so I know I need to be careful since she counts as significant representation to people and that doesn’t change even if I’m grouchy about how she interacts with the guy that’s MY representation, but I’m talking about how Rose is being written in interactions towards a Black character so… 

As a Black person I get to talk about the treatment of Black people in media. 

And I’m going to be real here: 

I think certain segments of the Star Wars fandom on social media have been nothing but disingenuous in shutting down critique of Rose’s interactions with Finn by calling it anti-Asian. Especially when I know that these are people who probably ignored or brushed off what Black fans call out or point out as anti-Blackness towards Finn in fandom or in the way his characterization and arc are… changed in The Last Jedi.

It’s just a little too convenient for me.

But if y’all (my friends, followers, and new random people) might be worried about the way this critique is shaping up:

Whenever I write about characters of color who aren’t Black, especially if I’m being critical of them, I try to be respectful and avoid being harmful even if I think the character/their actions might be problematic. I have folks I trust to sit with my work and call me on my crap when it’s there. I’ll reach out to any Vietnamese friends and followers that might be interested in doing a read and the post won’t go up on my site until it’s perfect.