[Image Post] Finn Needs A New, Less Racist Fandom

Source: Where Are Y’all Getting Your Characterization From? Finn Isn’t A Coward, Or Selfish, And He Doesn’t Need A Damn Redemption Arc. I love Finn from Star Wars. It’s not just because I not-so-secretly want John Boyega to fall wildly in love with me and marry me (but like…), but I think Finn is one of […]

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I left a response to this post, which was:

I’ve observed that White female fandom is absolutely obsessed with shipping white men together, often entirely forsaking poc characters, and even White women, while claiming that they love such and such characters.

I try to avoid fandom whenever possible, and avoid meta and critiques by White critics, just as a general rule, and only enter those spaces, or follow those individuals, that I know will stan for characters of color. I do this just to keep my fcking blood pressure to a minimum, not because I don’t have arguments (and also because I try not to argue too much with young people who are being horribly wrong on the internet.)

I know they’re gonna get things wrong, because people who already don’t believe they are racist, never examine any of their beliefs to check and see if they are, and White fandom is also obsessed with the appearance of not being racist. They don’t seem to actually practice anti-racism. They merely want to be seen as non-racist, while never putting in any of the work it takes to actually be non-racist, like researching racist stereotypes against characters of color, at a minimum.

Incidentally, I’m glad you’re talking about the issue of racism intersecting with fandom because almost no one else is discussing how real world racism is playing itself out in fandom. Its been difficult to find anyone writing posts or articles like this in the mainstream, (and when they do its only in relationship to what’s happening in Star Wars). The mainstream media is only now getting wind of the fact that fandom has a deep problem with racism, and that, only because White male fans are being so obvious about it.

Mainstream media isn’t even aware of the racism engaged in by White female fans, which is something that’s a lot more subtle, like drawing dark skinned characters of color lighter skinned than they are in the source material, or framing black wlm as Black brutes, who are taller, more muscular, and more violent, than their white counterparts.

I also think its being ignored because of another intersection: Misogyny and the devaluation of women’s hobbies. Since most mainstream writers of geekdom are white and male themselves, they tend to devalue and ignore fanfiction, and other types of fanworks, done by women. So a lot of women fan’s racism flies under the radar. (Of course there are female fans out there harassing Black actors too, but when it involves shipping, like with Iris West and Caitlin Snow, it s often ignore

5 thoughts on “[Image Post] Finn Needs A New, Less Racist Fandom

  1. Mary Burrell

    My knowledge of fandom where fan girls and fan boys is rudimentary. What I have observed is there’s a lot of racism and misogyny and a host of other ills from society that are in this genre.

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    1. Yes!
      So far a lot of the argument in fandom about race has gotten bogged down in convincing people that fandom isn’t just a reflection of real world politics, and social ills, but that fandom also affects the real world. It’s one and the same since it consists of “people”.

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    1. Meta is the the stuff I do, and some of the stuff you can read on this blog. Meta is where you take bits and pieces of some form of media, usually a show or movie, usually about the actual characters within that world, and parse out some greater meaning behind something said or seen onscreen. Like that piece I wrote comparing Tony Stark to Captain America. It’s in world speculation about character pasts, motivations, and relationships.

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