Here is a very detailed account of what’s been happening in the Star Wars fandom by Zina aka Stitch, including a timeline of the recent harassment of John Boyega.
In this installment of my What Fandom Racism Looks Like series, I’m going to be talking about white womanhood.
I’ll be talking about how the “white” in front of women is often silent but implied in many conversations we have in fandom, how the default image of white women as a sort of unquestioned “alpha fan” serves to erase fans of color and further marginalize us within fandom, and how many white female members of fandom actively mobilize and weaponize their white womanhood to control the tide of fandom.
This is well documented, so its really long. If you’re interested in what’s jumped off in fandom, what the big deal is involving John Boyega in the aftermath of the last Skywalker movie, so much so, that it has made it into the mainstream media, than set some time aside to read this. It is a perfect microcosm of overt racism, covert racism, white feminism, white fragility, white tears and victimhood. As a follower of social media (I’m not really on it, though), and someone who pays attention to what’s happening in different atmospheres online, I can confirm a lot of this.