In super awesome and (probably super surprising) news, I’ve got a gosh-darned BOOK coming out in a MONTH!
Judge Anderson: Flytrap, my second novella and my first work published in a standalone book with my name on the cover, is coming out from 2000 AD in August.
This is a story that was incredibly fun to write and that gave me a chance to flex my writing muscles. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to write in Anderson’s world and I don’t know that I can ever convey how much this opportunity means to me.
If you want to preorder this fantastic (if I may toot my own horn a bit) novella, preorders are open here at the 2000 AD online store and there are just 200 physical copies available!
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.
“The harm of cultural appropriation lies in how the people doing the appropriation of a minority group’s culture, removing it from its context, dehumanize the minority group and dismiss their concerns or humanity.”
Another issue in
how cultural appropriation of Black culture and Blackness leads people to devalue the culture and people they’re
copying: across my research for this essay series – and this installment in
particular – one thing that keeps coming up is how little people care for Black members of the fandom spaces and for
Black people in general.
One way that they
do this is in the way they talk about hip hop and rap.
How many times have you seen people talk about how they didn’t actually like hip-hop or rap until they listened to it from a Korean artist because that version of the genre was so much purer?
I see it primarily with the rappers currently in idol groups, but I don’t doubt that hip-hop artists in Korea who are outside the idol industry get hyped up in a similar way.
Rap from Black
USians is always associated with violence, poverty, grasping for unearned
power, misogyny, etc.
The image of a
rapper to Koreans and to many non-Black fans engaging with this music –
especially outside of the US – is someone closer to Fetty Wap in “Trap Queen”
or Snoop Dogg in the nineties than Jidenna in “Long Live the Chief” or Janelle
Monae and Missy Elliot in uh… anything.
Like there’s no attempt to understand that there’s diversity in hip-hop in the US, that rappers and Black people come from all walks of life and are valid because of it.
“Ideas, cultures, and histories cannot seriously be understood or studied without their force, or more precisely their configurations of power, also being studied.
Edward Said, Orientalism
“Dressing up as “another culture”, is racist, and an act of privilege. Not only does it lead to offensive, inaccurate, and stereotypical portrayals of other people’s culture … but is also an act of appropriation in which someone who does not experience that oppression is able to “play”, temporarily, an “exotic” other, without experience any of the daily discriminations faced by other cultures.”
Near the end of
January 2019, TK Park of “Ask A Korean” fame took to his site in order to talk
about the response from (primarily) Black people to the article he and Youngdae
Kim had written for New York Magazine/Vulture about
the history of Korean hip hop.
In Park’s article
“K-pop in the Age of Cultural Appropriation,”
he argues that the idea of cultural appropriation is “inapposite” to K-pop
because “K-pop is a product to imperialism by the West, and in particular the
Park unpacks this statement across the article to some various levels of success, but essentially his goal lies in removing the very potential of/responsibility for the appropriation of Black American culture from Koreans and Korean Americans. He does this, in part, by repeatedly bringing up the aftermath of the Korean War and the long arm of US imperialism as reasons why Black people “can’t” complain. (I’m legitimately Not Kidding about this shit.)
He makes it about privilege as he scolds the (presumed Black) audience for daring to have opinions about how Black music and culture are repackaged by many Korean hip-hop and pop artists and discussed by them and their fans.
I adore Stephanie. ADORE. Stephanie is an up and coming urban fantasy writer who takes trope and genre subversion to a whole other level with her Harrietta Lee series. I’ve reviewed Bloodbath and Deadline before and a constant across both reviews is how much I can’t stop loving Harry’s ridiculous ass. I don’t know if I want to be her bossy friend or gently kiss her face (or both??).
This morning, one of the fic writers I follow retweeted a condescending three-tweet thread about how folks in fandom that are critical of the AO3 and other fandom institutions (for things like the racism in fandom, the amount of explicit sexual content centering underage characters and performers, etc) were trying to “Make Fandom Great Again” and oppress queer (white) people who’d fought so hard to gain freedom in fandom.
However, that longing for fannish past comes primarily from white, cis, and het fans longing for the silence and bubbles they made in order to silence other marginalized and vulnerable voices in fandom.
I know I was like “I’m not going to do another month with
three public installments of What Fandom Racism Looks Like” but uh… so far
that’s what August is shaping up to be.
I’ve got three installments of WFRLL on the docket to go up on my site this month: a piece on “Fandoming While Black”, the cultural appropriation in Korean pop/hip hop essay I’d been working for about two weeks after I failed hard at foregrounding, and a short installment on intent behind racist fanworks and how intent isn’t magical.
I’m also playing catch-up this month with my rec list for
F/F content, the series squee post for Grayson, and, if I can get the
time to reread it, my review for Alyssa Cole’s A Prince on Paper.
I’ll also be posting public video content related to the
upcoming cultural appropriation essay and the Supergirl fandom’s
continuously racist reactions to Mehcad Brooks and James Olsen. (And, despite
the fact that I’m behind on my attempt at having a podcast on Patreon, I’m
contemplating doing mini-podcast episodes starting the end of this month! We’ll
see how this goes!)
I’m a sucker for a good enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance. And Team Kill Dracula – a silly non-namesmush of a ship name for the triad relationship between Alucard/Trevor/Sypha from Netflix’s Castlevania series absolutely provides that potential.
This ship is relatively popular in fandom with 188 of the 835 stories across the AO3’s section for the anime series. (No idea how many stories are on FanFiction.Net specifically for the anime, but I’m assuming that there are… some?) The only ship that’s more popular is solo Alucard/Trevor, which is still pretty darn quality.
For those of us who grew up with tragic and romantic vampires and the folks who hunted (and were haunted by) them, the ship offers a lot to love in terms of potential. Sadness, serious angst, shirtless vampires, a spunky Speaker –
Look, y’all. The ship basically sails itself. You can create pretty much any content for it and it’ll probably work because the ship is so so versatile. Interested in learning more about the next best thing to happen to triads in fandom since the Leverage OT3?
If you think that things are any easier for Black men in
You’ve thought wrong.
This installment of What Fandom Racism Looks Like will look
at how the racism behind how the Smallville
fandom treated Pete Ross – played by Sam Jones III – and how, over a decade
later, the Supergirl fandom pulls
from the same playbook in order to excuse heaping a ton of racism on James
Olsen and the black actor that plays
him, Mehcad Brooks.
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.