Category Archives: Fandom

Cultural Appropriation in the Age of K-Pop Part Two

Did you read Part One? 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 – … Continue reading

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Cultural Appropriation in the Age of K-Pop Part One

“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 … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #8: Revisionist Fandom History Strikes Again

Being critical of fandom institutions or of the content fandom creates and consumes uncritically is not born out of a yearning for regression trying to wipe the AO3 out of the map, a thirst for power from digital dictators, or a desire to “Make Fandom Great Again”. Continue reading

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Ships n Shit: Team Kill Dracula

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 … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: James Olsen is Pete Ross 2.0

As we can see with James Olsen, the disgusting way folks in fandom treat and talk about Black male characters and performers. is just going to continue until non-Black fans step up and throw away the script they’re adhering to so hard. Continue reading

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Stitch Likes Stuff – Stitch’s Favorite BTS’ Songs

Anyway! Here’s a list of my most favorite BTS songs! I’m glad I can share this sort of purely celebratory
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[Stitch Answers Feedback] What Can Non-Black Fans Do?

If you really want to be good to Black fans and responsible when creating content for Black characters, you need to decenter yourself and accept that sometimes your best won’t be good enough. Continue reading

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Antiblackness in the K-pop Industry and its Fandom Spaces: Introduction

Anti-blackness is universal. Outside of maybe a handful of countries around the world, there aren’t many places where I’m guaranteed to be entirely free from anti-black racism. Even my home island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands isn’t … Continue reading

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[Post PCA Roundtable Wrap-Up] 10 Years After Racefail ’09: Where’s The Growth?

This is a wrap-up/write-up of my overall comments during the PCA 2019 Roundtable on Racism in Fandom/Fan Studies Spaces (which I chaired). Feel free to check out write-ups from Robin Anne Reid and Samira Nadkari, two of the other participants on … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations # 7: Archive Frenzy and Being (Un) Grateful To Our Fannish Foremothers (Stuck In 2002)

If I wasn’t a queer Black fan who’s used the AO3 and been in fandom for most of my life, I’d even take those claims at face value. After all, a space for female and/or queer fans is pretty cool, right?

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