If I have (absolutely valid) beef with a blogger for how they treated me/my work, but they’ve written something that’s pretty darn useful for something I’m working for… 

Should I suck it up and link to it? Or keep looking for a source I don’t dislike?

That Darcy/M’baku post and the OP who insists on digging a deeper hole for themselves are just A LOT.

I mean, I almost want to make a fandom racism bingo card based off of their original post and responses thus far.

Because we’ve got:

  • Prioritizing a white character over Black ones (in their own franchise)
  • Fan-colonizing Wakanda for white characters
  • Aggressive and hulking depiction of a Black male character (M’baku triggers Darcy by yelling at her because he’s SO BIG AND SHE HAS PAST ABUSE)
  • Sassy as a characterization for Black women
  • Black women as worshipful mammy figures (Shuri and Okoye just admire Darcy so much because she’s strong for surviving abuse and yet these women have to like… Baby her and teach her things)
  • Wanna bet that the size difference the OP appreciated would also translate to Big Black Cock stuff if turned into fic?
  • Writing Black characters out of character to satisfy white people’s desire for them
  • Having a white woman call out a Black character (as a blow for feminism, apparently)
  • The OP literally used their Jewish identity and their family history in the Holocaust as a shield when called out for the antiblackness present in that post.

No one’s perfect. Obviously.

But I mean… How hard is it to Google a “how to write/talk about Black characters” post? How hard is it to realize that turning M’baku into a Black brute obsessed with/enamored by a white woman is like really racist? There are research materials out there, blogs all about educating people that want to write a little outside their lanes. And yet no one ever uses them…

I want to be absolutely clear about something:

If you watched Black Panther and immediately decided to make the film and its Black characters all about white characters who basically no longer exist in the MCU anymore or who aren’t even in the same general franchise/fandom…

You missed the point of that damn movie and you need to go back to making posts about those characters you clearly love more than white ones.

I hate the happily hetero afters in the Fast and Furious series but I also can’t stand fuckers erasing Letty and Mia so Dom/Brian can be a thing…

Meanwhile Tej/Roman?? Not even a blip.

Some fandom things I want people to leave in 2016

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  • Nonblack people lecturing me (or any other Black person) about antiblack racism and erasure in fandom – if you experience fandom differently as a NBPOC and think it’s not possible for fandom to be racist, at the very least, make your own post and stop derailing ours. 
  • Claiming that fandom as a “safe space for female sexual exploration” excuses outright racism and misogyny that permeates fandom 
  • Acting like critique of fandom (especially slash shipping fandoms) equals the OP saying “slash shipping is BAD”
  • Forcing people to disclose their trauma in order to validate their shipping or critique of shipping – seriously, that’s none of ANYONE’s business and i’ve seen too many people disclose their trauma because they felt pressured, only to have their experiences dismissed
  • Stalking people in fandom.
  • For the love of god. Stop stalking people and harassing them because you feel you’re right and they’re gross. Whether or not you’re morally right, that is still stressful behavior and you will figure it out once the adrenaline wears off and you wind up PANICKING. Just block people, report them if you feel they’re doing something illegal and/or against site TOS, and move forward. Your therapist will be proud of you for not engaging. Trust me.
  • Hux
  • Can we please leave everyone’s favorite red-haired Space N@zi behind when 2017 starts? At least Kylo is an actual important character… Hux is basically a minion who will hopefully die in the next film.
  • C@ptive Prince fans explaining why the slavery in their favorite work of fiction isn’t even remotely the same as chattel slavery (except… it is) to Black people. 
  • Just stop explaining shit (about racism, about antiblackness, about slavery) to Black people. Rarely do we ask and rarely are y’all right.
  • Demanding that people of color educate you for free. Toss us some money, buy us shit off our wishlists. But please, don’t assume that educating you is our job. 

It’s annoying how many of these things I’ve had to deal with since the year started… I wanted fandom to stop doing all of these things, not to keep at them at even greater extremes.

“the Civil Rights Movement was peaceful”

Bitch where?

Because I remember learning about Freedom Riders being killed, endless lynchings, dogs and hoses being set on children, and four little girls who died in a church bombing.

Oh, but I guess all that matters when you’re trying to use MLK to silence people talking about resistance now is to talk about this idealized image of how shit got done in the past.

The Civil Rights Movement wasn’t peaceful. It wasn’t nonviolent. Not for the people trying to fight for a right to be recognized as humans worthy of empathy and freedom.

The people fighting for their rights were subject to violence all the time and threatened.

When you talk about how peaceful that movement was as a way to silence or shame people now for anger at current injustice, you’re saying that your grasp of history probably begins and ends at “I have a dream”.

Fanboy Rampage: The Intersection Of Art And Politics With Greg Capullo – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

Former Batman artist Greg Capullo made an actual ass of himself on twitter recently following a series of tweets where he talked about how he’s here for entertainment and his politics/religion aren’t in his comics.

(Never mind that it’s a batman comic he was working on and someone’s politics are present be it his or Snyder’s. You can’t keep politics out of Batman.)

After a Black fan pointed out that he was able to make certain comments about how he kept his religion/politics out of the things he works on because if privilege that comes from Whiteness and maleness, he proceeded to go off.

I’m talking about him calling the fan (who is black) racist for her tweets that were really talking about the way that art and politics intersect, quote tweeting tweets she wrote ABOUT what he was doing that were not directed to him, and generally being a passive aggressive bag of dicks.

This is a grown ass man in his 40s at the very least and when faced with the fact that his white male privilege may be why he’s where he is, he reacts like an attack dog off his leash.

Is he that ignorant, not only of his privilege, but of how the comic industry has historically been hostile and unwelcoming to people who weren’t white men? I mean to the point of destroying people’s careers because they don’t fit the ideal fanboy image…

This is so embarrassing…

Fanboy Rampage: The Intersection Of Art And Politics With Greg Capullo – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

The CMAs got their ratings…and then deleted Beyonce from their social media.

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So I just took a stroll on over to their Twitter account for the Country Music Association, and sure enough, there’s no mention of Beyonce (or the Dixie Chicks) anywhere.  The coverage of last night’s show is very comprehensive, with photos of each winner (as they should have) and either gifs or video clips or tweets of every performance.

No mention of Beyonce.

So then I went over to CMA World, which is the main page for the Country Music Association.  I read all of their press releases about the CMAs, but they were mostly focused on the winners.  There was mention of Tim McGraw’s performance and Little Big Town’s performance, so I wasn’t really surprised Beyonce hadn’t been recognized.

So then I went over to the webpage for the actual CMA Awards because they have a list of all of the performers and presenters.

No mention of Beyonce.

So they just used the biggest pop star on the planet to give them a ratings boost in the face of the World Series because a lot of their viewing audience was siphoned off by that game.  They filled in the extra space with the Beyhive and then pretended nothing ever happened because their ignorant fanbase got all up in their feelings about it.  Mind you, Beyonce did not ask to perform – they came to her because “Daddy Lessons” is a great song…and they knew she was ratings gold.  They asked her and then she asked if she could bring the Dixie Chicks with her.  There’s no mention of the Dixie Chicks on any of ther sites either, but country music still hates them.  The only reason they were there at all is because Beyonce – the invited guest they’re now ignoring – wanted to have them there. 

Natalie Maines thought she’d never perform on that stage again and only did so because Beyonce asked them to.  That’s the power of Beyonce.  And I can’t believe the Country Music Association scrubbed any mention of her from their social media after the fact.

No wait, yes I can.  The CMAs are definitely Donald Trump’s America.  Brown people are to be used, but not respected.  All of this is why I’ve never been to a country music concert and why I vet my country music artists in a way that I rarely vet other musicians.  Before I listen to your album, I have to see where you are on the table of equality and in how close proximity you are to racism, bigotry, and feathered bangs.

Why are some white folks just so nasty and rude?  I truly don’t understand what we did to Fox News Whites to make them so hateful all the damn time.  You aging like buttermilk because your spirit is sour.  Get right.

What kind of slavery teas

We’ve never spoken about that in the cast or with the producers. That’s something that other people have created, that doesn’t exist. That’s never been an issue for us on the show. [The cast and the producers] don’t acknowledge that they’re brother and sister in any sort of way.

Candice Patton, on the opinion that Barry and Iris are too much like siblings to be in a romantic relationship (via westallenolicitygifs)

“That’s something that other people have created, that doesn’t exist.”

(via acceber74)

We’re never believed when we talk about racism in fandom and people are just so eager to silence us.

I’m on the “fandom racism” tag on tumblr because I occasionally do like to find new people to block when I see this blogger talking about the white women in fandom doing shipping olympics to justify not shipping Spider-Man with Zendaya!MJ. 

Their next post in the tag comes from some anon fussing at them, accusing themof generalizing and blaming a “vocal minority” in the same anonymous message. (”hardly any white girls probably even care about spider-man” the anon said as if a majority of transformative fandom isn’t made up of white women and therefore, the spider-man fandom has a ton of white women in it)

Nevermind that people have been shitting on Zendaya since the second that the news dropped (and btw, it’s still not official news from Sony/Marvel).

 Nevermind that the Thor fandom is now pretending that it cares about Jane Foster in order to excuse misogynoiristic complaints about Tessa Thompson playing Valkyrie and possibly playing Thor’s love interest. 

Nevermind that every time a Black woman is cast as a white character, white men derride her appearance and white women dismiss her character and act as if she’s unworthy of being in a relationship with the white fave she’s undoubtedly cast opposite. 

Nevermind that already I’ve seen female members of fandom talking about how “it’d be nice to have a Spider-Man movie where Mary Jane doesn’t have a love interest” (like Homecoming already doesn’t have that!!).

When we (fans of color and anti-racist allies) talk about the racist abuse we see directed towards, fans, actors, and racebent characters of color, the first thing we see is their outstretched hands demanding “proof” and acting like making up racism is like a thing people actually do. 

It pisses me off so hard because right now, we’re getting it from two sides: members of “mainstream” fandom constantly crapping all over Black women as if it’s their job and (largely female) members of transformative fandom who’ve learned to couch their racism and hatred of women of color in social justice rhetoric so it looks like they’re fighting for us, not against us. 

And even though you can look at Twitter, in tumblr tags, and google this shit, people are still like “I don’t see why you’re complaining, it’s not a big deal”. 

Our anger is reactionary. We are reacting to endless racism aiimed towards fans, characters, and creators of color. If you sincerely believe that the right thing to do when faced with this reality is to demand proof and get mad when it’s given?

You can fuck right off.