To The Scott McCall/Tyler Posey Anti-Fans Who Think My Comment Section Is Free Real Estate

You literally do not know me or anything I’ve been up to in the Teen Wolf fandom – because if you did know as much about me as you claim, you’d know that my actual OTP in the show was Sterek (followed by Scott/Danny and Allison/Scott/Isaac, to be clear) and you wouldn’t all keep insisting I was somehow jealous of my own favorite ship’s popularity.

If you have something you think I need to see/know because you think I don’t have an informed opinion about it in any of these situations, there are better ways to get that information to me than leaving an essay-length comment insulting me, making up things I’ve said or engagement I’ve had over a decade, and aggressively insulting Tyler Posey or Scott McCall.

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: All The Pieces of Heroes of Color

“[…] this problem of cannibalizing a hero of color to enhance a white character isn’t new.” – tumblr user thehollowprince in response to a tumblr message received July 16, 2020 (Archive link.)

I’ve never seen folks in fandom cut up aspects of a white hero to then give those characteristics to another white character. No one’s writing stories where Bucky was always Captain America and he went on to link up with the Avengers as a fandom norm. No one’s rewriting the Skywalker saga so that Luke is actually the (totally unrelated) rogue who falls in love with Leia while Han is shot into the icy vacuum of space.

White heroes are never stripped of their backstories, motivations, and the like to boost a minor white character or villain up to heroic status. The things that make heroes like Captain America, Luke Skywalker, or even Batman relatable are never stripped from them and handed to some other white hero. (And yes, that’s two superhero franchises and Star Wars, but I get to do that.)

What I have seen are plenty of instances where a hero of color has the things that make them unique in in their media not just stripped away, but then given to white characters in their show, film or comic franchise.

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Woke Points For What?

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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 to keep the fight going outside of certain spaces”.

We’re talking about people who only seem to care about the plight of the underprivileged when it looks like they can get something out of it.

You know, like folks who record themselves helping disabled people cross the street, people who post about how they helped the neighborhood homeless person get breakfast on social media, and white saviors who travel to Uganda and Haiti to “help” but are really just participating in imperialistic voluntourism that does so much more harm than anything else.

These people may mean well and they probably even see themselves as actual allies, but their allyship seems skin-deep and conditional on the attention they get or the marginalized people’s compliance and subservience. The second they’re no longer getting praise or when the person or group they’re trying to help isn’t compliant, the person in question stops being an ally.

But you know what’s not performative allyship?

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like – When White Characters (Somehow) Aren’t White

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Let’s keep this short and salty: did y’all know that there are people – thankfully a minority in their respective fandoms – that will claim a white male character or actor isn’t white for some reason or another.

Well, if you didn’t know before reading that sentence, I’m willing to be that you’ve figured out what you’re gonna learn today in this installment of “What Fandom Racism Looks Like”.

One of the weirdest things I’ve ever come across in all of my years of fandom is this relatively recent thing where fans of a white male character – usually one half of a powerhouse ship involving two white characters – somehow get it into their heads that said white male character isn’t actually white after all.

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Let it be okay (Isaac Lahey & Stiles Stilinski – Teen Wolf TV)

Let it be okay
Chapters/Wordcount: 4/4 (18,094 words)
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isaac Lahey & Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski, Isaac Lahey & Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Isaac Lahey, Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall, Original Characters, Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Post-Season/Series 02 AU, Future Fic, Harm to Children, Threats of Violence, Stalking, Enemies to Friends, Snark, Snarky Stiles, Background Relationships

It’s their last few months before graduation and just once, Stiles would like to exist without something freaky and violent coming to kill them for no good reason.

After Scott and Stiles’ pack takes in a family of werewolves on the run from their own pack, Stiles winds up in a pretty bad situation with the absolute last person he ever expected to be stuck with. With werewolves at the doors and an injury that Stiles can’t figure out how to fix, things go from bad to worse and Stiles… Well Stiles doesn’t know if they’ll survive until the cavalry comes.

Notes: This is a commission for AO3 user tristen84 and a major labor of love.

I wanted to think about the Teen Wolf characters as they could’ve been and so while I pulled a bit from latter seasons (Allison Argent’s desire to sort of rebrand the Argents and Derek’s thing where he turns into a full wolf), this is more like my take on the series as it could’ve been post season two.

It took me about five months to write, edit, and post completely but I think the quality of the story and the relationship the characters develop kind of (almost) makes up for that. I loved getting to get into Stiles’ head and develop him as a character because I’ve never written him in a story this long. We’re in his POV for the most part and seeing the world through his eyes and it’s been enlightening because I’ve been balancing headcanon with canon and that’s always tricky. I think that I’m starting to get Stiles a bit better and seeing through the snark to the good guy he really could be if canon wasn’t so wonky.

So I’m super thankful for the experience and the chance to write 18,000 words of  Stiles and Isaac saving the day!