I get a lot of weird ass messages and mentions, but this message, sent on the first day of Black History Month 2020, definitely ranks at the top of the weird ones.
In case you’ve missed it, January was a month full of Star Wars fandom criticism:
- Quick Coverage: John Boyega Ends 2019 With a Bang (And a Hearty ‘Fuck You’ To Rey/Kylo Shippers)
- Rey/Kylo Shippers: A New Look At An Old Face of Fannish Entitlement
- [Stitch Talks Ish] Episode 2: Stitch Talks About The Rey/Kylo Fandom and Weaponized White Womanhood
- What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Weaponized White Womanhood
- Star Wars Fandom Racism Bingo 2020
All of these were written/created in response to a fairly large amount of Rey/Kylo shippers showing up and showing their racist little asses over John Boyega’s initial “lay the pipe” comment (a single sex joke) and then over him dunking on their ship.
But it’s not actually about my feelings about the ship. Actually, the one thing I tried not to do was talk about my feelings about the ship because that’s not what any of this is about.
It’s bigger than ships. It’s about how this fandom has been antiblack on main for years and is finally throwing off the hood to show its real face.
None of my pieces are particularly kind, true. But let’s be very real here, tone policing me while I’m talking about constant and consistent antiblackness in the Rey/Kylo fandom and form its shippers is literally just proving my point.
A lot of people didn’t like that I’ve spent so much time not just writing about the Rey/Kylo fandom, but sharing meticulously kept recepts and documentation about my feelings over the fandom’s public flail.
People like the fucker in the screenshot above who wrote:
Do you know what true anti-blackness is? I assume not, since your version of anti-blackness is shipping the wrong characters together. But true anti-blackness is erasing the women of color (many of whom are black women) so that you can write some bullshit ~weaponinizing white womanhood in fandom!!!” essay that gives you a valid excuse for hating Reylo so much. The essay was bullshit, and so is your racism. The real thing you need to work on in the next year is quit hating black women who aren’t like you quite so much. Quit hating black women who disagree with you quite so much. Quit hating black women who do not live up the the random ideals that you have set in place to be a “Good” black woman. Just quit hating black women in the new year, maybe. You being black does not excuse your rampant and disgusting racism.
Do I know what true anti-blackness is?
This person, Flen, apparently thinks that because I talk about antiblackness in fandom in relation to shipping and shippers, that I must not know what “true anti-blackness” is.
I had to have a hearty laugh at this because that’s just so funny to me.
What’s also funny is that this block of text accuses me of “erasing the women of color (many of whom are black women)” in the Rey/Kylo fandom. That is true antiblackness to them.
Please understand that I do not care about Rey/Kylo shippers of color.
I know they exist and I don’t wish them harm or hurting, but I do not give a shit about Rey/Kylo shippers of color.
I am not talking to them.
I choose not to talk about them that often (outside of PickMe POC concerns) because of how Rey/Kylo shippers of color weaponize their POC-ness to shut down anyone critical of the ship and the antiblack racism constantly on display.
They lie on other people of color in the fandom who are critical. They allow white people and non-Black POC in the fandom to be comfortable with antiblackness. They insult us endlessly. They know that they’re making fandom worse for other fans of color –
So why the fuck would I waste my time shouting into that void?
The essay was bullshit, and so is your racism
My racism against whomst?
The essay is called Weaponized White Womanhood.
Because I’m calling out white women in fandom who use their white womanhood as a weapon to control fandom.
Talking about that shit…. isn’t racist.
Anyway: if this Flen is a Black person – which I of course, doubt, but they’re welcome to send me a selfie – they’re doing this to defend white women. White womanhood.
The real thing you need to work on in the next year is quit hating black women who aren’t like you quite so much. Quit hating black women who disagree with you quite so much. Quit hating black women who do not live up the the random ideals that you have set in place to be a “Good” black woman. Just quit hating black women in the new year, maybe. You being black does not excuse your rampant and disgusting racism.
I think this part is honestly hilarious.
Because this person is accusing me of hating Black women over a post where I talk about the antiblackness of white women in the Rey/Kylo fandom.
In fact, I am constantly way nicer to and about the shippers of color than I probably should be considering that these shippers of color are out here calling me “stupid” and slandering me as a bully who harasses other POC (which is highkey hilarious considering how I don’t talk to anyone).
This is someone accusing me of “hating Black women who do not live up to the random ideals that you have set in place to be a “good” black woman”. Of playing respectability politics and dismissing other Black women because I supposedly have ideals about what good ones look like – beyond “don’t let white feminists urge you into wallowing in your internalized antiblackness for their defense and entertainment”, but go off.
At the end of the day, this person is performing legitimate performative allyship – real “fake wokeness” – about the default ship of a white male/female pairing in a movie no one will actually care about in like five years.
This is a person trying to get up my ass and accuse me of hating Black women – as a Black woman – over white fans being racist as hell to John Boyega and to Black fans.
If you get “hating Black women” out of any of what I’ve said or written, go clean the fucking worms out of your brain because you clearly can’t read and have zero common sense.
And Flen, friend, the next time you want to go off half-cocked in my inbox?