so a big part of this fandom has lost their goddamn minds

Preacher Fic: Timeless Confessions

Summary: Cass is always careful not to lie (tie-in fic to S1E3 “The Possibilities”) 

Fandom: Preacher (TV series)

Words: 1,141

Warnings: Language

Pairings: Jesse/Cass (but can be read as gen) 

Where to Read it: Below the cut or on AO3

A/N: Written in the hour after tonight’s episode because these characters have no chill 


Timeless Confessions

Might surprise some, but Cass wasn’t in the habit of lying. Not straight anyway.

There really was a part for the air conditioner coming in the mail, Cass just couldn’t speak to its reliability, not when he’d bummed it off an old “pal” for “services rendered” and now they were - ha! - “even.” Small town shouldn’t expect so much when Cass only had stolen church money to his name and dear old Larry shouldn’t be so damn dumb.

That really was his “gettin’ to it” threads, considering they were the only pants he owned and his shirts were blood-soaked rags. The blanket was just a little something extra.

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I love this fandom. But I maybe love it a little less this morning. The concept of “fandoms” is actually pretty new to me so I’m not really a master of the dynamics yet. It’s not that I’ve never been a fan of anything before - far from it - but prior to becoming a Swiftie I’d never been a fan of someone or something so intensely that I thought I might lose my mind if I didn’t share that feeling with a community of like-minded people. That should tell you how deeply I feel about our girl. And that’s the upside of being here. Being surrounded by so many people who just *get* that Taylor is a singularly amazing human being who is worthy of our love, respect, and unbridled enthusiasm.

There is, however, a downside, and that’s seeing how some people are so quick to doubt her when drama goes down, so seemingly eager to judge, to find fault, to climb up on that high horse and give her a lecture. The first time I witnessed this was the thing with Nicki last summer. I was utterly shocked to see how many people here jumped up to take Nicki’s side. I’m not going to go into the merits of that mess again, although I goddamned well still have feelings about it. What’s important is that a lot of self-proclaimed Swifties couldn’t be bothered to give Taylor the benefit of the doubt for even a minute before they got out their grappling hooks and tried to pull her off the pedestal they imagined her to be on. Some fans.

So here we are now. We have evidence - shoddily assembled and suspiciously timed - that Taylor knew about one part of Kanye’s song and seemed to be OK with it. And based on this alone a sizeable contingent of her fans are shocked and dismayed, accusing her of being dishonest and dissembling. Really? Really?

Here’s the thing. Taylor, despite having no reason besides her natural inclination to see the good in people, has been trying to patch things up with Kanye for years, apparently not realizing that he is a narcissistic sexist prick who doesn’t value anyone but himself. This is why, back in 2015, when it was rumored they were going to collaborate, I was horrified. Like, oh, Taylor, no, don’t you see who he is? But she forged ahead, tried to be friends with him, up to and including apparently signing off on the idea of him talking about them having sex in his song.

She did *not* sign off on “I made that bitch famous”. Because that, in case you’ve lost the plot, is Taylor’s No Go Zone.

I didn’t know about Calvin’s interview - the one where he casually dismisses working with someone who is, one, his girlfriend, and, two, vastly more talented than he is - until quite recently. When I read what he’d said it all made sense. Taylor may be relateable and down-to-earth and everyone’s best friend. She may be dorky and humble *most* of the time. But if there is one thing she has made clear in countless ways over the years - explicitly and implicitly - it is this: You better fucking respect her talents as a songwriter and you better give her credit for her accomplishments as an artist. That is a non-negotiable rule. Calvin broke it in that interview. Kanye broke it with his shitty lyric. That is what she was angry about at the Grammys. That is what she found so embarrassing. Nothing that’s been revealed to us here in dipshit Kim’s snapchat alters that reality.

I know being a Swiftie means different things to different people but to me one very big part of it is this: My first, second, and third instinct will *always* be to take Taylor’s side. The evidence that she was in the wrong would have to be spectacularly compelling for me to do otherwise. She is an extraordinary individual whose strength of character has been demonstrated time and time again. Kanye and Kim, on the other hand, are a fucking tire fire of obnoxious self-aggrandizement and tawdry spectacle. So go ahead, pick a side. Shouldn’t be that hard. I’ve chosen mine.

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Let’s talk about pandering in comics.

1. Comics have always pandered. If you want to talk politics, there are the leftist Superman comics of the 1930s, the jingoist WWII era, all the “hip to the youth movements!! yeah!!!” 1960s/70s fare Marvel put out, etc etc. Anyone remember “A Marvel Pop Art Production”? How about Merry Marvel Marching Society Pins, calculatedly designed to look great next to a frat boy’s chapter pin? But let’s talk about the broader sense of pandering. Let’s talk about endless I’m A Sad Man With A Sad Backstory And No One Knows My Pain!!! origin tales. Let’s talk about Peter Parker, the sad little nerd boy who the pretty girl never looked at when really he was just too smart and talented for them to realize it (p.s. he gets the sexy redheaded supermodel in the end anyway). Let’s talk about endless fantasy jungle girl comics, from Sheena, Queen of the Jungle to Princess Pantha, all of them the lost lily-white daughter of some felled explorer, all of them clad in bikinis and able to talk to animals and desperate for the touch of a civilized man!!! Let’s talk about X-Men comics that indulge the reader’s feelings of being an iconoclastic outsider and sort-of-kind-of flirting with the idea of being a metaphor for race….but rarely ever actually touching on racial issues because that might make the white male readers uncomfortable. Let’s talk about six-foot guns and biceps the size of watermelons and titles like YOUNGBLOOD AND DEATHSHOT DEATHMATE RED: THIS BLOOD’S FOR YOU!!! Let’s talk about the Star Sapphires’ costumes. Let’s talk about bikini armor. Let’s talk about leotards that just skirt the edge of the heroine’s labia majora. Let’s talk about women as they have literally always been portrayed in superhero comics for going on a hundred years for the sake of male readers’ boners.

2. There’s not actually anything wrong with a little bit of pandering! Pandering, in it’s lightest and most judicious form, is really just recognizing an opportunity and acting accordingly. That’s what’s happening here. Marvel has realized that Loki fandom is A BIG FAT OPPORTUNITY and they’re acting accordingly. It’s smart business and I respect them for it.

3. Loki: Agent of Asgard is being created, in many ways, with female fandom in mind. If it doesn’t appeal to you, fine. Ignore it. Female comic book fans have been dealing with an eternal river of shit for the past century, so, y'know. Deal. It is one goddamn book.

4. If you care about comics, you should care about them tapping into new and lucrative markets. Comics are not the most robust industry for a lot of reasons, and it’s a really, really good move on Marvel’s part to expand it’s focus a little bit, especially during the height of Marvel Cinematic Universe mania. The alternative is stagnation. The alternative is to stick to an increasingly obsolete slice of demography in a world that is clamoring for more. Manga proved that women read and buy comics–including comics meant for the hetero female gaze. The Marvel movies are proving that people still care about superheroes. Female fans are everywhere, willing to vote with their dollar. It would be ridiculous for Marvel to ignore this. If you care about the future of superhero comics, Marvel comics in particular, you need to care about Loki: Agent of Asgard, and you need to not mindlessly rebel against it because change makes you uncomfortable and you can’t let people who aren’t like you have even the tiniest crumb of your pie.