Category Archives: What Fandom Racism Looks Like

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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[Pitch The Stitch] What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Antiblackness in K-Pop Fandom and Industry

In case you’ve missed it, I’m doing a project for my website on anti-Blackness in K-pop fandom spaces and why the industry’s understanding and appropriation of Blackness/Black culture for the aesthetics of it all partially fuel the problem. It’s already … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: The Problem With Preferences

Outside of the fandoms for Japanese media (anime and manga primarily) or the powerhouse Korean pop music Real Person Fiction (RPF) fandoms, most fandom spaces overwhelmingly focus on the love and sex lives of white people.  Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Keep Calm and Wait Your Turn

At every level of fandom, women of color are told to “be patient” and to “wait your turn” when we talk about the way that it stings to constantly see white female characters – like Wonder Woman, Rey, Black Widow, and Supergirl – held up as universal representation for all women.  Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like – Misogynoir: Black Fans on the Defensive

The goal of rewriting Black fans critical of fandom is to drown them under the weight of misogynoir – the harassment, the shunning, the threats, and the outright unkindness – until all they can do is leave.

But let’s get one thing straight: no one is making me go anywhere before I’m good and ready. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Silly Ship Wars

At the end of the day, Black women aren’t allowed to partake in the squee-ful space of fandom. We’re not seen as “real fans”. Our desire for Black characters to be treated well and to be loved is a direct threat to what fandom truly loves the most: whiteness. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Woke Points For What?

In and outside of fandom spaces, performative allyship is a thing to be wary of. In a piece for The Wooster Voice, writer Sharah Hutson describes performative allyship as, “when folks pretend to care about a cause but magically forget … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Misogynoir – Black Actresses Under Attack

Don’t forget to check out last month’s post and the introduction! U simple bitch. This is why comic book fans hate Hollywood. The criticism is not b/c U R an African actress but that ur 3 personas look too human … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Misogynoir – Black Women in the Way

Don’t forget to check out last month’s post and the introduction! I may later eat my words because I haven’t seen more than season 1 of ToS or any of the movies but I hate that Uhura in the reboot … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Misogynoir – Convenient Excuses

If you’re new here, start at the introduction! A 2011 article on pop culture website Oh No They Didn’t entitled “Fandom and its hatred of Black women characters” opens by asking readers “What do Martha Jones, Tara Thornton, Guinevere, and … Continue reading

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