I’m Stitch and I’ve been running Stitch’s Media Mix since March 2015.
I created my site as a place for fandom and media criticism after being frustrated by my inability to find a safe, welcoming place where I could be a part of these conversations in the fandoms that I was trying to participate in.
I love being in fandom and I love the act of being a fan, but I feel as though there’s room for improvement that is always being overlooked. I’d love to be able to change certain things about the overarching institution of fandom, but for now, I’ll settle for educating and snarking my way along as I figure out how to bring change to and spark conversations in my main fandoms.
Using my academic background – a BA in History and have my MA in English/Literature – alongside my experiences as a queer Black person in fandom, I try to tackle the media I consume and the fandom spaces I inhabit from a critical and faintly snarky angle.
If you’re online, you probably have heard about the incoming talent for SNL’s future lineup.
One new face was Bowen Yang, who’d be the first Asian performer on the show’s regular lineup in its 44 year history. Another was Shane Gillis, a comedian with a reputation for using racist jokes and other offensive statements as part of his act and in his personal conversations on his podcast.
One of the Democratic candidates for president, Andrew Y@ng – who aspires to appeal to whiteness at pretty much every step of the way – received some of Gillis’ ire as Gillis used a racial slur to refer to him earlier this year. He addressed Gillis’ racism in multiple tweets earlier this week/end.
Titans was the reason why I signed up for DC Universe in the first place way back when the platform was first announced. I’d been in the DC fandom as a fic writer and frequent shouter, so I was prepared for the worst with the show… but I wanted to watch it anyway.
For the most part, I really liked a lot of the first season. It has its issues – and, I have like three posts in-progress about it that I may finish eventually and post on here – but for the most part it’s the kind of show that I like. It’s a show made with fandom in mind, not just fans so definitely it has a lot of content that feels tailor-made for me.
So here’s the thing with the first episode of Titans‘ second season: it feels like the finale of the first one. I think that’s because… that’s what it actually was.
Some commentary on this whole thing and why these conversations are necessary:
The way Blackness is portrayed & performed across kpop is impossible to miss unless you work at being ignorant. Appropriation of Blackness – hair, slang, aesthetic, etc – is infused into the past what… 30 yrs of kpop?
I made a point of making “Cultural Appropriation” one of the main article segments in this series as I was planning it because I got sick and tired of seeing how kpop fandom at large refused to learn and listen – especially to Black fans – about why cultural appropriation hurts.
“But as Americans who shape American pop culture, African Americans’ power is incomparably greater than any non-Americans’, including Koreans’.”
A thing that came up across the research for this segment in TK Park’s quote in the above tweet and several Korean & Korean Americans scholars, performers, and fans is I’ve come across involves them assigning tons of privilege to African Americans because of their US citizenship.
Like TK Park and a ridiculously wide amount of people – especially in conversations about cultural appropriation and Korean pop/hip hop – genuinely seem to think that being Black in the US negates the fact that we live in an antiblack world where we’re oppressed endlessly.
In case you didn’t know (possibly because you’re not on the
US’ East Coast or because you’re not in the US at all), September (the peak
month for the Atlantic Hurricane season) started with Hurricane Dorian inching
its way up across the Bahamas towards Florida.
While Florida has yet to feel anything resembling its full
force, the Bahamas have been devastated due to the storm landing and then stalling
as a Category 5 and then 4 for about two days. The images of destruction from
the high winds and storm surge that I’ve seen so far are horrifying and the island
nation will be recovering from this storm for years to come. (And note that
this is just the start of peak season. There are other hurricanes just waiting
to form and the Bahamas generally gets some level of storms as the season
Now on to the less serious stuff: September will be shaped
by what storms we get and how much work I can get done before the storms start
forming in seriousness after September 10th. So, while my goal is to
stick as closely to my schedule and get content out when they’re supposed to be
out, hurricane season is not on my side.
ETA: I legitimately have NO idea what this hurricane is doing or when it’s doing it. Right now it’s off the Florida coast pummeling the Bahamas and it’s supposed to go north at some point today. Who the hell knows. But for the time being, I guess I’m on hiatus from my hurricane hiatus?
Depending on how much I can handle
socializing, I’ll be going to the Prom but if not, I’ll probably do what I did
last time: camp out in the bar being interesting and tipsy that Saturday night.
We’ll see how this goes!
Thanks to the nature of taking the train up to Orlando and then an Uber across the darn city, I’m not entirely sure when we’ll get to the hotel aside from “before my panel”, but I’m really going to do my best to be my best!!
Grayson was a series primarily created by the writer
duo of Tim Seeley and Tom King with art primarily by Mikel Janin, colors by Jeromy
Cox, and letters by Carlos M. Mangual. There are other writer and artist teams
across this series, most notably for the final arc once the main workers were placed
on other DC books. We’ll get to them in a minute since naming them will be
going in hand with me fussing about them.
What’s this series about?
Following the Forever Evil event that took place
across several DC books back in 2013/2014, Dick Grayson’s identity as Nightwing
was revealed to the world. As a result of that identity crisis, Dick Grayson
goes undercover to hide his connection to Batman/Bruce Wayne at St. Hadrian’s,
a private finishing school for female supervillains and spies first seen in Batman,
Incorporated. So Dick winds up doing double duty as a spy and as a teacher
to the next generation of spies, all going along with Dick’s globetrotting
adventures as an agent of the mysterious SPYRAL.
I’m a writer in my late 20s, trying to figure out love, life, and how to get the most out of my TWO (2) degrees. I love research and I’m the kind of nerd that likes analyzing the heck out of every single piece of media I consume so expect a lot of that here.
I’ve got an an opinion on basically everything. If you like strong opinions, candid talk about mental/physical health and trauma, and the occasional ode to fictional characters, then you’ll probably love me.
This blog focuses on analysis of nerdy media, book reviews, and lots of commentary about race in fandom and the source media that spawns our favorite fandoms.