(tw: abuse, mentions of csa, racism)
In the wake of the drama regarding zubat, here’s a list of other once-popular tumblr bloggers who’ve been caught being dishonest about their identities in order to insert themselves into spaces that aren’t theirs.
These are summaries of information found in the links. Names dashed out to prevent further drama.
- e/–hanizeallwhitepeople: Jun. Claimed to be half-Korean/half-Japanese. Revealed to have been catfishing with pictures stolen from a Taiwanese man’s social media accounts. Sources.
- m/–ievalpoc: G/–lJanitor. Claimed to be 40% Lakota, 25% Romani, and mestizx. Bloggers pointed out inconsistencies in their personal history. More info.
- c/–ckerhell: Riley. Claimed to be Indian, Native American, Japanese, Trinidadian, Egyptian, West Indian Native, and West Indian Creole. A blog and some contributers pointed out inconsistencies in their personal history.
- g/–denphoenixgirl: Urissa Ross. Claimed to be a survivor of child sex-trafficking and abuse, among other things. Bloggers eventually unearthed her Facebook account (unfortunately, the posts with screencaps have been removed) which contained contradictory info and found a two-hour-long video of her abusing her then-boyfriend. Her ex, now out of the relationship, has spoken in-depth about his experiences with her abuse.)
- various bloggers: User s/–waaaaa released a list of bloggers in Native Tumblr who were suspected of lying about their level of connectedness to claimed cultures or fabricating their Native heritage entirely.
These are just the ones I can remember. A common theme among the above examples is that most of them were outed after being called out for abusive/oppressive behaviors, especially towards minors.
I’d like to believe that people wouldn’t lie about these things, but they do. There are self-interested opportunists in the SJ scene who do not care about their own people or other marginalized peoples and would even throw others under the bus for personal gain.
So I guess what I’m trying to say with this post is that people have lied and will continue to lie to take advantage of vulnerable groups, so we should always be wary of those who want to assume a large presence in the SJ community while avoiding the responsibility that comes with it. Remember that once, all these users had large follower bases which consisted of well-meaning and trusting young people.
Also, I’m noticing a disturbing trend recently where people are appropriating ethnic identities. People are stealing actual lived experiences in order to elbow their way into spaces and avoid accountability for their actions. This really shouldn’t be a problem; but unfortunately, it is becoming one. And I do think ethnically marginalized communities on Tumblr do need to have that tough conversation about their identities and what it means to be “x”. Who and who doesn’t get to claim x as an identity? At what point is someone not considered x? Due to our widely varying cultural histories, the answers to these questions are different for every group.
I hope this post encourages marginalized peoples to be more vigilant when looking out for one another and to not excuse abusive behaviors from those in our own communities.