fan culture

                                          Our Prince, Lee Jeno

Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts.

Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going.

Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.

—  Musician Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, from this Rolling Stone interview (Apr. 2017)

yuta is such an angel pls protect him



>> g r i m o i r e , pgs. 14-16 I’m really inspired by others’ craft, and try to give them a good spot in my grimoire. I’m absolutely in LOVE with @orriculum’s pop culture spells and potions, and I hope to do more intricate pages for them if she wills it!

// this is my first time posting pages of my grimoire, and I’m super nervous about it but hopefully ya’ll like them 🎶

When you finish reading a 100,000+ word fan fiction, only to realize it isn’t even close to being completed, and hasn’t been updated in YEARS.

Okay so this is really a first world problem but I’m fed up and someone else out there shares my problem. I cannot tell my friends I read fanfiction. Why? Because everyone laughs at it. Like “oh you read fanfiction? Ha! That’s so weird. Do you cry at Hallmark commercials too?” First of all, shut the fuck up. It isn’t your place to tell me what I can and can’t read. Second of all, I write this shit too. Third of all, when’s the last time you read anything aside from a calorie count? (no disrespect to people who do this. And yes, I’m aware that I’m generalizing) Fourth of all, the people who write fanfiction are genuine authors. They work hard to put out good content because they actually cared about someone else’s work and were inspired to create their own plot line. Why do you disrespect that? Fanfiction is such a cheesy title for some actually brilliant material. I mean I’ve read fanfictions that are so much better than some “actual novels” that I’ve read. Stop shaming me for reading something I enjoy reading and other people enjoy writing

Reblog If you are a Kpop fan who doesn’t

- Obsess over idols at an unhealthy level

- Shame/condescend people who choose not to listen to Kpop or other Kpop fans who listen to other kind of music as well 

- Harass idols who date your bias

- Accessorize the Korean culture or language 

- Denounce your own culture and try to “be Korean” yourself

- Think Korea is holy, perfect and better than any every country 

- Think Korea is just like how it is portrayed in Korean pop culture

- Think all Koreans are gods and look like Kpop idols

- Assume all Koreans like Kpop/Kdramas

- Saying someone isn’t a “real Korean” for not liking Kpop/Kdrama

- Fetishize Koreans

-Want to date Korean men/women souly because of the Fantasy  that they will act just like your favorite idol/kdrama character

- Want to go to Korea ONLY because you think that Korea is one huge Kdrama/Kpop music viceo

- Think that the whole Korea and its culture revolves all around its Pop Culture

why antis do the thing: being an anti with problematic canon

why do antis stay in fandoms where the canon material itself is problematic? Relatedly, why do antis stay in fandoms where the creators support - or fail to denounce, at least - bad ships and nasty shippers?

Most antis seem to have a funny little disconnect between mass media creations and fandom creations.  Despite insisting on purity in their fandom spaces, antis will consume mass media-created works that canonically contain terrible things that they regularly fight against: incest, adult/teen relationships (‘pedophilia’ in anti parlance), noncon/dubcon, etc.

How can they do this?

In my experience: Antis hold fandom to a higher standard than the mass media on which fandom is based.

Fandom tumblr and social justice tumblr heavily overlap because fandom is where many queer, marginalized people go for acceptance and refuge. Additionally, much of English-speaking fandom comes from regions where LGBT and women’s histories are very undertaught. The direct result is that many antis have received the large majority of their social justice education in fandom spaces.*

That makes it only natural that antis would expect fandom spaces to be better at things like maintaining safe spaces, prioritizing queer/LGBT stories, prioritizing PoC stories, etc. than the very media that caused a fandom to exist in the first place.  In the eyes of an anti, fandom should be fixing the canon problems by cleansing fandom space of the canon problems and patching those problems with good fanon.  Fandom certainly shouldn’t be taking the bad parts of canon and running with them to ship or create things that are less than wholesome and positive.

Fandom should, as a collective, know better.

Of course, reality is that fandom - like the media it’s based on - is made up of fallible humans who are steeped in the same culture as the media creators, and therefore fandom is generally just as prone to the same problems, both real (cultural misogyny and racism/bias towards white male characters, etc) and imagined (dark themes and fanworks, heavy focus on romance/sex, not always shipping the Most Correct ship, etc). This infuriates antis, who then set about fixing it by yelling at the bad parts of fandom until it shapes up, and often to the exclusion of creating or encouraging fan content that would meet their standards of correctness.

In contrast, mass media creators generally get a pass for reasons that are likely as varied as the antis that cut them the slack, but in general, mass media creators - particularly white, cis, male mass media creators - just aren’t expected to know as much about activism. Antis don’t bother to try to fix them because they won’t even understand what antis are getting up in arms about in the first place.

Other prominent reasons for cutting mass media creators relative slack:

  • they don’t respond as strongly as fan creators do, if they respond at all, to anti pressure/harassment, and calling people out isn’t as interesting/doesn’t feel productive if the target doesn’t react
  • antis, like all humans, are prone to double-standards, and mass media creators are put on a pedastal that fan creators are not
  • antis feel that as long as they recognize the problems with the canon work and don’t interact with them in fandom it’s 'safe’ to be in problematic fandoms

It is, however, worth noting that if a creator shows the slightest awareness of social justice issues but in some way falls short of anti-shipping purity standards, antis will frequently go after the creator as brutally as they go after fellow fans. Additionally, antishipping tends to be more prominent in mass media fandoms where the canon content is socially aware, like Steven Universe.

*in 2013-2014, social justice education on tumblr took a very hard, very sudden turn directly into REG territory. About the same time, anti-shipping culture sprang up. Coincidence? I think not.