fan culture

anonymous asked:

Addison is meant to be a dude right? Why does he have a bindi? (I apologize if I spelt it wrong or got the term wrong) I get that he's an lgbt character but aren't women the only ones that wear bindies?

Him being gay has nothing to do with wearing a bindi; sexuality doesn’t determine what you wear. He is a male, so he shouldn't have one. He only wears a bindi because Viv made his adoptive mother-snake Indian and doesn’t do her research; the only criticism she willingly takes from fans is pointing out cultural mistakes she already published, so I’m just waiting for fans to point this out to her and see if she’ll take it out.

As fans, sometimes we need to remember that the things we like don’t define our worth as people. So there’s no need to defend them from every single criticism or pretend they are perfect. Really loving something means seeing it as it really is, not as you wish it were. You can still be a good fan while acknowledging the problematic elements of the things you love. In fact, that’s the only way to be a good fan of problematic things.

Yesterday a (relatively) well-known film critic declared that “fandom” is “broken” in a piece for the website he edits. It was a big messy conflation of problems both real and imagined, and plenty of us have read it and spent yesterday yelling about it. In the interest of not giving it more clicks, I won’t link to it here. A++ journalist (and my fandom newsletter partner) @hellotailor does a great job laying out what was said in the piece and why it was garbage, if you’d like to know where I’m starting from: 

I wasn’t planning on writing anything substantial about this. I tweeted a lot yesterday and started linking to other peoples’ stuff. But the more I think about it, the more I have this burning desire to say something. And after reading @earlgreytea68’s novella-length response, I thought I’d say a couple of things? 

Maybe, too, it was watching all those creators, big and small, share the piece with a combination of glee and self-satisfaction (the piece presented them as victims—the only victims, in fact—in the fan/creator exchange). Maybe it was thinking beyond “fandom,” to the bigger interplay between artist and consumer of art, and what, exactly, we’re all entitled to. Because, after all, the crux of the piece was about fan entitlement. The author manages to miss a lot of marks, but that one might be the biggest.

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The Techniques of Erasure

This is part one of a hybrid essay-rant series focusing on fandom (the collective community) and its intense race/racism problems. If you’re new to my blog and to this project, start here with the introduction post. Make sure to click the links and read the content because they’ll add further nuance to the essay here.

In addition to talking about race and racism, this post also mentions incest (with regard to how fandom interprets familial relationships to suit their shipping needs).

One thing that becomes overwhelmingly clear when it comes to the treatment of characters of color is the lengths that fandom is willing to go to in order to get them out of the way of their favorite white character ships. There are so many techniques that we could tackle, many of them framed subtly enough that it’s difficult to combat them, but for the purposes of this post we’re going to look at five of the most popular:

  1. Distancing
  2. Willful misinterpretation of relationships
  3. Theorizing that a character of color is really evil (and therefore shouldn’t be shipped/the relationship should be placed under suspicion)
  4. Deciding that a character of color in a POC/White Fandom Darling ship is actually asexual and/or a “strong [race/ethnicity] man/woman/non-binary person that don’t need no significant other”
  5. POC reduced to an agony aunt character to get white characters together

For the rest of the post (which nearly hits 5000 words in length because I go in hard), continue on to read Fandom’s Huge Race Problem - Essay #1 Techniques of Erasure

Comments are enabled but moderated at the source but I look forward to the conversations that will form from this post!

anonymous asked:

why don't they just sue them? what is this

in the back of my mind, I’m sTILL thinking this can be an elaborate (very elaborate) set up in order for NT to have a justified reason to change the fan culture. What we have said STILL STANDS… you can’t hack an icloud, you can’t find celeb’s numbers multiple times if that celeb is changing their #, and literally if niall just took that phone to a police station, they’d be able to do something. I’m thinking that victimizing 1d in this way makes the fans angry at the stalker/ invasive fans, and that gives them a justification to push back against the stalkers in due course. otherwise, it makes no sense. instead of whining on twitter, niall would DO SOMETHING about it. and louis would have sued their asses for talking about ANY child that way. for them to be all passive and sit back and complain but not do anything just… does not add up

I used to believe in Glee.

Disclaimer: All thoughts are my own. As a fan, and a lover of all things media/fandom/pop culture, I wanted to express my current feelings towards Glee. I am in no way saying this is how everyone feels or should feel. I know this is kind of all over the place, but so is the show. So….enjoy and thanks for reading!

I used to believe in Glee. I believed in the characters and the stories and the music. I once knew those singing and dancing kids in school. I once was one of those kids. And I was thrilled to finally see that on my TV. Instead of teenagers living lavish lifestyles like on popular shows such as Gossip Girl and The O.C., I was going to get to watch Midwest kids who loved musical theatre. That really felt like something to believe in.

And then in that glorious first episode, they told us “don’t stop believing.” Don’t stop believing in kids like these, in kids like me. As the seasons went on, I still believed, but I found myself having to defend that idea. I was familiar with Ryan Murphy’s work thanks to having seen every ridiculous episode of Nip/Tuck, but when I told people that I was a Glee fan, the question “Ew, why?” would follow. I personally had accepted the unrealistic and out-there aspects of this musical TV show, but it seems like those around me had not. However, I learned to ignore their eye-rolling and just enjoy the fun. But things have changed, and I’ve started to understand the questions and the scoffs.

There’s so much I could say in terms of what has gone wrong throughout all 4 seasons of Glee, but today I’m going to focus on the points that I find most significant. These events lead to fandom distaste, media scrutiny, and a lot of anger here on tumblr. So let’s just get right into it with the big one….Klaine.

When Glee began, I, like many viewers, instantly loved the character of Kurt Hummel. Chris Colfer’s innocence and sweetness on screen was so incredibly appealing to a young audience. Hell, the role was even written for him. He was perfect. And then when Blaine was introduced and we could all tell a relationship was about to begin, well, we pretty much all went nuts. We were excited for our favorite character. His happiness (finally) meant our happiness. Of course, in the end, we all fell in love with Blaine as well, and Darren Criss rose to instant stardom. We finally were going to see a young, loving, positive gay relationship on basic cable TV. And going back to what I formerly wrote about regarding slash, you can see that this is something that truly excited the already devoted legion of Glee/Kurt fans. Klaine has been voted time and time again as one of the best TV couples of all time. But look at them now. Does the word “couple” make anyone else feel a little uncomfortable right now? It sure seems that way to Kurt! Do the writers not realize that these votes are our way of saying “Please, please, please don’t fuck this up. It means something to us!”? I guess not.

When Klaine broke up, it was difficult to deal with, but the fandom stuck together. We analyzed and predicted and handled it the best we could. Drama, even within a “comedy,” can be necessary. You definitely don’t want a couple to become stagnant and boring, especially when they are young. So we got it. As hard as it was, we learned to understand and begin the waiting process. But then the second half of season 4 happened….

Despite maybe 1 or 2 scenes that lasted about 30 seconds each, the Glee audience never witnessed Kurt and Blaine discuss their breakup. They never talked about what went wrong, what lead to cheating, and what happens next. We never actually even saw them break up! And then, all of a sudden, a new guy is introduced into Kurt’s life. Yeah, Adam was kind and friendly and good to Kurt, but we knew nothing about him. The writers literally gave us nothing. And again, we waited. Waited to see if this was worth it. But then, low and behold, Adam basically disappeared. So along with Kurt and Blaine never breaking up for the audience, Kurt and Adam didn’t either. It’s all very confusing. However, we continued to wait it out, hoping that one day, the writers would sacrifice maybe 2 minutes of an episode for a real look at how Kurt and Blaine were feeling. And what have we learned? Blaine is crazy, head over heels in love with Kurt still, to the point that it’s slightly uncomfortable, and Kurt appears to be relatively indifferent. I think. I still don’t really even know. I remember when Blaine said that Kurt would zig when he expected him to zag, and it seems like lately, Kurt is zigging and zagging all over the place. One episode he seems like he desperately wants Blaine to ask him on a date again, and then the next episode he instantly says “we aren’t a couple” in regards to his relationship with Blaine, all while never even making eye contact with him within the entire scene. It just doesn’t make sense.

Darren Criss once described Kurt and Blaine as the “Ross and Rachel” of Glee. I find it safe to assume that by this he meant that they were a strong couple that broke up due to some misunderstandings, but would find their way to eachother once again. That sounds wonderful. We’d love that. But how are they going to get there when they hardly interact? There’s only so many correct assumptions we can make from the few loving looks the two give each other from across a room. Were Kurt’s tears at regionals due to his feelings for Blaine, or because he felt nostalgia for his former Glee club? We really have no way of knowing for sure.

The Blaine we met at the start of season 2 was confident and inspiring. The Blaine we have now is lovesick and lost. His reality is completely skewed due to his love for Kurt. Their relationship used to be so strong because it felt equal and real. Now it is so one sided, but overwhelmingly so. Fans reblogged Papa Burt’s advice to Blaine to wait it out and let their love win, but Blaine ignored it. He went and got a ring, and found his new lesbian mentor while he was at it. The scene with the older women was hyped and spoiled like none other within the fandom and the media. And of course, it ended up feeling underwhelming and awkward. Kurt was distant, Blaine was naïve, and the mentors felt random. All the spoilers said they would help lead Klaine to their happily ever after, but no forward steps appeared to have been taken whatsoever. We were teased. Again. First the box scene, and now this. All of the spoilers, interviews, and tweets just lead to one big sigh of disappointment as the finale aired. How can we be excited about the possibility of an engagement when we have absolutely no idea how one person in the relationship is feeling? We know better than to jump for joy over that ring purchase when it seems like the answer could possibly be a big fat no. We just want more. More discussion, more context, and more understanding. But we are left to wait 3 months for all of that. Hopefully.

The Klaine fandom is strong and amazing. The fiction and art produced by these fans is unbelievable. It makes sense though. The relationship of Kurt and Blaine in canon is lacking so much substance that we have to make up for it within the fandom. Because we know that these characters deserve better. They should be heard and understood. But what Glee has become good at lately is ignoring their characters and their actors.

Since adding the “new class” of Glee characters, the show has truly become a mess. Joe and Sugar are absent from full episodes time and time again with no explanation. Quinn popped in a few times in the season but then was never heard from again. It’s just sad how easily these characters can be neglected. On the other hand, we also see certain characters focused on for a ridiculous amount of time. The “catfish” storyline dragged on and on and on, and when Unique was revealed to be “Katie,” no opportunity was really given to her to gain any sympathy. On the show Catfish, the people actually get to talk it out and make sense of the situation. But on Glee, Ryder just says “I’m never talking to you again” while Unique cries to Marley only saying “we made a connection, I took it too far, etc.” We never knew how it started, why it went on, and why Unique was so afraid to reveal herself, but then so quick to do it after Marley had taken the blame. This is another character who, like Kurt, has the opportunity to be portrayed as such a positive role model, but instead she struts in the background and has awkward, transphobic lines hurled her way. It’s frustrating, to say the least. Add the overdone storyline of Brittany being a “genius,” while also being so unnervingly stupid, and you just get a whole mess of aggravation.

It just really seems like the Glee writers are constantly missing opportunities. Not necessarily opportunities for greatness, but simply to do better. And now the future just seems bleak. Our expectations are lower than ever and fans are giving up. I myself have been in a few situations where I decided to stop watching some TV shows because I’ve lost interest, but I’ve never seen people want to openly quit a fandom with such distaste. I get it though. Especially now when we are left asking so many questions with the fact that the season 5 premiere will be taking place in spring in the Glee verse, and then a large mid-season break will be occurring after the holidays. Will we even get our beloved Christmas episode? Won’t that actually be summer in Lima?

In a perfect world, the Glee writers and producers would take this summer to look at where everything went wrong, and fix it. They would learn to stop doing outrageous, uncomfortable episodes such as “Shooting Star” and go back to the way Glee used to be; fun, inspiring, and hopeful. It rarely feels like a comedy any more so it’s no surprise that the show and it’s actors constantly lose awards in comedy categories. Which is such a shame because people like Colfer do give incredible performances.

Glee has 2 more seasons, at least, in the future. That means they have so many chances to fix things. And my lord, I hope they do. Because I really did used to believe in Glee. I used to get so excited on Thursday nights. I want that excitement back, rather than the anxious feeling of “ugh, what crap are they going to pull now?” I want to be able to stop guessing character’s motivation and actually see it on my screen. I want the characters to grow up and mature as the audience is as well. I just want to like one of my favorite shows again. Watching an hour long episode a week shouldn’t feel like such a chore. And yes, I can give up like so many have. But I don’t want to. I was told to “don’t stop believing,” and I want that to mean something. So come on Glee, make it all matter. Because as a show, you matter. Don’t take advantage of that, and do not take advantage of your audience anymore. Give us a reason to believe again.

Fan fiction is inherently subversive, postmodern, and intellectual… it is a powerful method of resistance against mainstream authority and pop cultural narratives, and has huge potential to change the ways we understand and engage with popular media.
To Ship or Not To Ship — Fansplaining
An explainer about the terms “ship” and “slash”
By Flourish Klink

So Flourish kind of got into a minor internet fight with the Merriam-Webster dictionary and then she and @allthingslinguistic went on a crusade along with a bunch of fans and word nerds to figure out the first recorded use of “ship” as a verb and then we decided it had to be an explainer. So if you need to explain “ship” and “slash” to people then, you know, you’ve got it right here!

(This is the first explainer since we hit our Patreon goal that allows us to guarantee a fresh piping hot explainer every month! Hooray!)

anonymous asked:

"It’s hard to imagine what kind of appeal a fraught, unexpected, unlikely, intense love affair between two well-drawn characters with personalities and faults and desires facing very high stakes and the disapproval of everyone around them might have to women who…" I don't think it is the nature of the relationship that is being questioned. I think the question is why always m/m? Couldn't a f/f relationship also be all of the things you mentioned?

The “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” survey, which was released by Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, revealed that women accounted for only 15 percent of protagonists, 29 percent of major characters and 30 percent of speaking characters in the top 100 (domestic) grossing films of 2013. [x]

I said “well drawn characters with personalities faults and desires facing very high stakes.” As you can see, there aren’t very many women in popular media who fit the bill. And where they exist, they’re often the only chick in the show who does. It’s hard to get the kind of tension between female characters that inspires slash fiction (like Sherlock and John, like Dean and Castiel, like Kirk and Spock, etc.) when there’s only one well-constructed female character in the cast. If that.

And girls are encouraged early on to identify with male characters. Boys are universal humans. It’s okay for us to identify with them. It doesn’t matter that Harry Potter is a boy, Harry Potter is still a book girls read. If Harry Potter had been a girl, boys would probably not have identified with her, though. As a culture we teach girls to identify with boys, and boys to identify with boys. But girls are unique and specific creatures, not universal humans we can all see ourselves in.

I watch movies and I don’t care who is the protagonist, I feel what that guy is feeling. You know, if it’s Tom Cruise leaping over a building I, I want to make it, you know? And I’m going to, yes, I made it. And yeah, so I get that.

And I’ve grown up, well, partly because there weren’t great girls’ literature. Nancy Drew maybe. But there weren’t things. So there was Huck Finn and Spin and Marty. The boys’ characters were interesting and you lived through them when you’re watching it. You know, you’re not aware of it but you’re following the action of the film through the body of the protagonist.

You know, you feel what he feels when he jumps, when he leaps, when he wins, when he loses. And I think I just took it for granted that, you know, we can all do that. But it became obvious to me that men don’t live through the female characters. [Meryl Streep]

Rather than an anomaly, I think m/m fanfiction written by women generally, including lesbians, is probably happening at predictable rates, given how and how much our culture portrays both men and women in popular media.

Comics News: There’s a new Chuck Dixon comic!

ME: Oh boy what kind of comic is it? I love Dixon’s Birds of Prey and Batman stories.

Comics News: Actually it’s an Anti-Clinton/Pro Trump Propaganda book.

ME: Oh… excuse me while I get something…

Comics News: And he an interview talking about how much he hates political correctness and how diverse characters are ruining comics.

ME: Wait… wait… Sorry I need something a little bit more potent.


Comics News:  And the guy who he agreed to do an interview with?  That was Milo Yiannopoulos.

Me: Send it in…

I’ve recently started a fandom podcast (with Flourish Klink, a long-time fandom person who now works in the entertainment industry) and a few episodes ago, we asked listeners to write in and talk about times when fanfiction helped them through struggles in their lives. The response shouldn’t have surprised us so much; it was overwhelming. People talked about drug addiction and physical illness and sexual identity and social anxiety—there are so many paths to fanfiction, and we take away so many different things, but we all wind up in the same space, trapped on the same ships, joking about how they’re ruining our lives, when actually, they’re saving them.
—  for International Fanworks Day, I wrote about why fanworks are important—and why, to me, they’re the most natural thing in the world (even if I occasionally lose sight of that)

you know, I’m a writer, I absolutely and unequivocally believe that stories matter: that the way we criticise, construct and change our narratives has genuine impact on the world, and that having passionate, diverse, critical opinions about books and films and TV shows and comics and video games is not only wonderful, but necessary, such I will gladly fight and die on the hill of Fictional Feels And Fandom Culture Are Actually Really Important - 

- and then I see snarky fandom trashtalk about how Ship A is stupid while Ship B is perfect and people on all sides acting like fucking five-year-olds fighting over a cardboard box and crying and slapping each other and squabbling for control of various imagined high-horses while getting mortally offended by even polite disagreement and it’s like,

you’re fucking threatening strangers on the internet because you want a different set of pretendy people to kiss

look at your life

look at your choices