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The Tom Holland Fandom is Problematic: Yet ANOTHER Racism Rant ft. Fat Shaming and Toxic Masculinity because I'M ANGRY

and it’s a collaborative rant! with @spideyfloof and @themultilingualmartell and my sm:h fam because we’re all very very done with this. Let’s get to it! (This is a very long rant.  But if you can read a 10k word long smut fanfic then you can certainly read this.)

JUST BECAUSE JACOB BATALON ISN’T A SKINNY WHITE BOY DOESN’T MEAN HE DOESN’T DESERVE LOVE AND APPRECIATION.

Okay, to start off, this rant isn’t about one specific person.  It’s about the Tom Holland fandom as a whole (and really every fandom), but it was triggered by one event.  A user on here said that they didn’t write for Jacob because they don’t know much about him.  That’s an excuse that I’ve seen too many times and I’m tired of it.  It’s not just that person, it’s almost every user in the fandom.  

1) Disproving this excuse. I think we all know the real reason behind this: our 2 favorite horsemen of the apocalypse: racism and fatshaming!  Isabel, you don’t know these people, why would you saw that? Now let me back myself up.  Let’s take an example.  Sam Holland. You all know him, love him, write headcanons and fanfiction about him every easily.  He rarely posts on social media, and is very quiet about his private life.  And yet, somehow, some way, the fandom has developed a popular characterization of him.  Now let’s look at Jacob.  He posts on social media a lot more than Sam, including using Instagram stories, and has MULTIPLE interviews.  AND HE WAS LITERALLY IN THE MOVIE!  Harrison, Harry, AND Sam were all not in the movie, and yet we’ve developed detailed headcanons about them.  So why can’t we characterize Jacob?  Why don’t we “know much about him”?  Oh, that’s right.  RACISM AND FAT SHAMING!  Nobody wants to bother to at least give a couple thoughts about to Jacob’s characterization, and so it becomes a cycle of ignorance.  

2) Racism in the fandom. I’ve already talked about this before.  We constantly ignore any person of color in the Marvel universe, and I’m going to use Jacob and Tony Revolori as examples.  A direct quote from the sm:h fam group chat (I don’t remember who said this, someone lmk!) “I joined the fandom thinking that there would be a lot of Jacob content because he basically starred in the movie.”  STARRED.  He was Peter’s BEST FRIEND.  Yet the only posts in the jacob batalon tag are pictures of Tom..  And TONY!  Tony was the star of an Oscar winning movie, who brought a totally new and realistic spin to the Flash Thompson character, and do I see anything about him?  NO.  And it’s because we inherently discount any person who isn’t white. I know (most of) you don’t intend to be racist, but in the society we’re raised in, there’s always an undercurrent of racism by which we’re affected.  Please at least try to fight that internalized racism, or else we’ll end up worse than where we are. 

3) Fat shaming.  This is Jacob specific, but he’s not skinny or has toned abs like Tom or Harrison.  And we all know that’s part of the reason why you all ignore him.  NOT EVERY BOY, NOT EVERY PERSON, IS GOING TO BE TALL AND FIT AND ATTRACTIVE ACCORDING TO OUR SOCIETY’S UNREALISTIC STANDARDS.  We always talk about fat shaming with girls, BUT IT’S JUST AS REAL FOR GUYS!  Body type is (literally) skin deep, and it’s no excuse to ignore someone and their accomplishments, which brings us to…

4) Toxic masculinity.  Now you might think, “I’m a #woke tumblr user!  I know what toxic masculinity is and I don’t support it!”  Ok, sure, so why don’t you support Jacob?  Jacob, who is around 5′5″ and not skinny and a person of color.  THIS. THIS IS TOXIC MASCULINITY.  BOYS WHO ARE UNDER 6 FEET ARE LOVED AND VALID, BOYS WHO HAVE BMIS OF OVER 18 ARE LOVED AND VALID, BOYS OF ANY BODY SHAPE AND TYPE AND LOOK ARE LOVED VALID.  Do you realize that when you say “I only like boys who are taller than me”, you COMPLETELY INVALIDATE any other boy’s experience?  And make them feel like they are unlovable and not enough for people?  Because you do.  Toxic masculinity is NOT just boys bullying boys, it’s girls and nonbinary people who unknowingly perpetrate it too when they fall prey to society’s standards.  And a great segue into…

5) Representation.  Jacob played a short, plus size character of color who WAS NOT USED AS A STEREOTYPE.  He is smart and kind and never once was the butt of a fat joke, or stuck into the “smart, square Asian” stereotype, or a short joke, or ANYTHING.  Do you REALIZE how refreshing that is? For short kids or kids who aren’t skinny who get teased at school to see someone like them on that screen?  For ME, and MARE, Filipinos who FINALLY SEE SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE US.  On a movie screen!  A Filipino with tan skin and tapered eyes and big lips who is smart but not the stereotypical Asian smart, someone who I can finally RELATE TO.  And you completely ignore all of the impact he has.  It’s bothersome and, frankly, rude and it needs to stop.

6) I actually don’t understand why people don’t stan Jacob.  He’s sweet and caring and talented and unproblematic and he ACTUALLY SUPPORTS THE TRANS!PETER PARKER HEADCANON.  HAS SAID IT, OUT LOUD, AND WAS QUOTED IN AN ARTICLE.  COME ON.  The guy plays multiple instruments (not just piano cough), sings, acts, CARES ABOUT KIDS SO MUCH (went on the hospital visits WITH Tom), has a great sense of style, has a great sense of family, and yet you stick to your same skinny white boys for who knows what reason (actually, I addressed those reasons in the previous 5 paragraphs). 

7) Conclusion. THIS FANDOM IS A MICROCOSM FOR SOCIETY.  It’s not just one person who’s perpetrating all of these injustices, it’s ALL OF US.  Including me.  And we need to stop.  We need to start giving attention to people who deserve it, and BROADEN THE DIVERSITY IN THE FANDOM!  I’m not saying to completely stop stanning the Hollands and Harrison, or that you’re required to write for Jacob and Ned or whatever.  I’m saying to diversify your blog, because if none of us start, then this ignorance will never stop.  Start writing about Jacob or include Laura in your headcanons or add Tony to your list of ships or SOMETHING.  This isn’t just about Jacob, this applies to every fandom with people of color in it.  

At the risk of sounding arrogant, you really can’t argue with this.  You might be able to argue with the details, but not with the main points of why people don’t stan Jacob, and needing to appreciate actors & characters of color in general more, because I’m right and I have this entire website (and other social media websites!) as evidence.  If you disagree with this, go ahead and bring your finger or cursor to the upper right hand corner and hit that unfollow button because it’s been time to take out the racist/fat shaming/generally rude trash. 

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5-DAY INCEPTION/BOND FANDOM ROUND ROBIN CHALLENGE 2017!

WHAT: for the second year running, two fandoms will spend 5 days battling it out over an assigned fic prompt

WHO: the inception and james bond fandoms, via the blogs @inceptiversary and @mi6-cafe (please follow one or both!)

WHERE: right here on tumblr - when you get tagged in the post, reblog it, add 50 words to the fic, and then tag someone who has not yet participated

WHEN: july 18 -22 inclusive, starting and ending at midnight ET (New York)

WHY: because we had an absolute blast last year (see the 2016 bond fandom thread vs. the inception thread - congrats team inception!); because fandom is a community and we want you all to get to know each other and be able to quickly identify fandom members whom you can tag; because we needed a fandom challenge where points are based on speed and not certain talent or creativity so nobody is left out; and because @castillon02 and @a-forger-and-a-point-man love these two fandoms very very much :D

no signups required. just watch for your fandom’s main blog to launch the round robin post at midnight ET when it becomes july 18. when you get tagged, you must write something - anything - to continue the story, between 10 and 50 words. we don’t care what it is, just move it along and tag the next person! it must be a person who hasn’t been tagged before! speed is everything! 

sternchencas replied to your post “PSA: Save your fanfic faves - emwebb17 emwebb17 just deleted her RPF…”

as a fic writer I feel like if I delete my stuff I want it to be gone from the internet and not distributed any further. of course it’s sad to lose a beloved story but still. or what don’t I understand here?

As far as I’m aware, it’s because she’s trying to get published - this is something many fic writers do when they’re trying to get published. She didn’t post an AN stating she was forbidding any kind of distribution of her fics, or I would have respected that. This is also why I’m not just posting the link and keeping the distribution very limited - one-on-one only.

If the author posts anything saying she doesn’t want her fics being distributed, I will retract my offer to do so and won’t share the links with anyone else. And nobody has the right to repost her fics to another platform.

It may be a grey area, but since she hasn’t outright forbidden it (yet) and also AO3 has always had the ability to download and save fics (and authors know this when they post their fics on it) I don’t feel like I’m doing something horribly wrong. If lots of people disagree with me, I’m happy to change my mind though…

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY NOBODY HAS DONE THIS YET.

“What’s Dipper Getting Bill for Christmas?” (2.5/4)

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 2.5 || Part 3 || Part 4

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Random Creek Outta Nowhere

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Tweek: Y-you want to get back together? Why, Craig? For the town’s sake?

Craig: No, Tweek. For our sake.

Tweek: What? H-how about the deal?

Craig: The deal’s over. I’ve fallen. *pulls in Tweek for a hug* I’m doing this for us and nobody else. *hugs slightly tighter* I love you, Tweek. Let’s start this again at square one.

Tweek: No, Craig. *breaks hug, hands holding Craig’s shoulder* This has started a long time ago.*Hugs again*

Craig: …

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I have a story for this but still haven’t thought it through yet. Filling the gaps and stuffs. FIRST ORIGINAL POST. But yeah,South Park is awesome.

crookedbeast replied to your post: Is there a way you taught yourself…

“Funfortunately, we’re all replaceable to somebody.” CHEERS. As a person with at least enough anxiety that I’d probably live a good long life were I like, a deer or something, the thought that most people never really think all that much or hard about you is incredibly comforting. (Also gotta second the advice to observe from the shadows more often, at least on social media. I credit that to why nobody has told me to kill myself on the internet yet.)

DUUUDE YES ahah. The internet is like gorilla-watching, except there’s no chance they’ll smell you from the bushes. You can see all sorts of crazy shit and come away unscathed.

Granted, some of us just really enjoy wrestling gorillas.

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“What do you think, Evangeline? You’re the one who knows things about the Infested.” Eris is right: it does look bad. Why nobody has moved against this thing yet, Van can’t even guess. The Lotus must have a plan, but it makes Van anxious to wait around when something this big has presented itself as a threat.

“I think you can see for yourself how bad this looks,” they say. They’d come here for a closer look, but now they just want to get away from it.

long overdue plague star post…… this was supposed to be like. before it even started, so you can see just how late it is lmao

You know what I breaks my heart about Kang Chul? Up until Yeon Joo confesses her love, he literally cannot comprehend why she, or anybody would want to save him. He hates himself, he thinks he’s a monster, and he doesn’t think he deserves to live, let alone deserving to be saved. He doesn’t believe that he deserves love even though he so desperately craves it and needs it. 

He’s also so angry because he feels so betrayed. He wanted to die. He wanted to end everything, and it was the one thing he had control over. He thought he had finally gained a semblance of free will, of choice, when he jumped off that bridge and yet again it’s taken away from him. He’s constantly treated like a fictional character, like he’s not alive, human. Nobody ever asks what he wants, and when he makes a choice it’s immediately taken away. Can you imagine being so self aware, and yet being stripped of your free will? 

“Am I some kind of toy?” he says. Why would you hold onto such a pathetic webtoon…?” Because why should Chul be saved when he has nothing left.

Let’s change the game!

I’m 131 followers away from 500 followers! I want to thank you all for the support and love. It mans a lot.

My work has always been something private, since I’ve always felt like it wasn’t good enough. That’s why I want to say thank you. You’ve maganed to turn those lines that I saw as rubbish into something that I’ve grown to like.

Thank you.

I’ve been cheating on this blog. I’ve been writing a lot, things that nobody requested, and I want to post them. Think it’s a good idea? Tell me what you think!

Also, remember the photos I promised? Should I post them now, even when I haven’t reached 500 followers yet?

I want to take a moment to appreciate Agent Carter for something

No, it’s not what you expect, although I do really love its portrayal of strong female characters.

I’m talking about Jack Thompson.

Now don’t get all up in arms and scream about how he started out as a sexist jerkface who deserved to get pummeled by Peggy. Because all of that is true (although he is starting to come around). But I want to bring attention to one very specific scene regarding his character because I think it has significant social importance yet practically nobody on this godforsaken website has been paying attention to it.

In the episode (I really suck at remembering episode names/numbers, sorry) where he and Peggy meet up with the Howling Commandos, there’s that part during the firefight when Jack completely freezes up and Peggy literally has to scream at him to get him to move. Why is this important, you ask? Because even though it was a just a tidbit of the entire episode, this show actually bothered to show a soldier who was clearly going through a post-traumatic flashback. Although there’s some PSA’s circling around now promoting awareness about soldiers who’ve come home and have suffered from PTSD, there’s still a vast amount of ignorance about it. I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about the specifics of how the disorder operates. But I have known a police officer that suffered from it due to a particularly bad case he dealt with, and from what little I do know, the pain and fear associated with it are very real to those who suffer from PTSD.

I basically just want to applaud Agent Carter for not glorifying the horrors of war/violence in that moment and focusing for a little bit on what has actually happened to real people who have experienced war firsthand. Fortunately for me, I’ve never been to war, never had to deal with violence like that. But a lot of people have and have come home to suffer in silence and sometimes end up taking their own lives. The fact that the team behind the show decided to have a character go through a post-traumatic episode is really important. It was really important for people who might not normally watch things like war dramas or for people who have not experienced it or known someone who has to see that, even if it didn’t take up that much time in the episode.

What was also great about it was Peggy’s response to Jack on the plane ride home. Did she shame him for cracking under pressure? NO. She was compassionate and sympathetic because she understood that what he had gone through in that moment was not a case of a man being a coward but instead a case of a man feeling like he’d been pulled back to a horrific time of his life against his will. Whatever other flaws Jack has that he needs to overcome, that, at least, was not his fault, and Peggy’s response was entirely appropriate. People who have experienced trauma like that have triggers, and sometimes when there’s a trigger, there is literally nothing they can do to stop from feeling like they’re back in the past/freezing up. Peggy clearly got this. She’s seen war too and she understands the terrible things that people go through, and that people who have suffered through war should not be made to feel ashamed of uncontrollable reactions to significant emotional trauma.

Anyway, I just felt like I needed to point this out. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

To the Monbebes complaining about Hyunho’s stage name I’M
  • I.M’s name is written 아이엠 and pronounced A-i-em. I’M’s name is written 아임 and pronounced A-im. They are written and pronounced differently so no, they are not the same.
  • If you’re gonna complain about Hyunho “copying” I.M’s stage name, why aren’t you also complaining about NCT’s Mark “copying” GOT7′s Mark? Or all of the idols called Hansol, Kibum, Youngjae or Taeyang?
  • I’m pretty sure both I.M and I’M chose these names because it meant something to them. No one chooses their stage name because someone else has it.
  • Instead of complaining about something as meaningless as a stage name, why don’t you concentrate on supporting MONSTA X? As far as I know, they haven’t had their first win yet and need the support of all of their fans (please keep in mind that I absolutely love MONSTA X, there is absolutely no hate towards them in this post!). If you don’t like I’M’s debut song, that’s totally okay! But there is no need to hate on him, it will only give a bad image to your fandom. And nobody wants that.

I hope the Monbebes who kept complaining will soon get over it and go put all of their energy in supporting MONSTA X, rather than hating on other artists. Do everything you can so that they can get the recognition they deserve!

Okay, so nobody else has made a post about this yet. This is a still of the very last few frames of Weirdmageddon 3 before the Disney XD vanity plate, and nobody on Tumblr seems to have seen it, although the people I watched it with sure as hell did. I have several questions. What is Bill doing in what looks like a crappy camcorder recording? Why is he there? Where is he? Is this a sophisticated sequel hook, or is something very wrong here?

Get your facts straight, people! I don’t care if you ship kaistal or kaisoo or whoever you want. I never criticized any of kaistal shippers. I never called them delulu. I never said they’re reaching. I never even mentioned kaistal negatively

‘Everyone has the right to ship anyone and speak their mind. It’s a free world.’ You, yourself said that. Everyone can ship whoever they want.

But why can’t we post analysis/theory and believe in kaisoo without being called delulu? Yet you all can go down with your ship like nobody business and no one called you delulu?

Why can’t we get the same treatment? I don’t understand the logic in this.

And then you make us looked like the bad people when you’re the one unconsciously convicted cyber bullying. Have you noticed that? Nope. Oh okay. Reaching much are we hah?

I’m going to repeat this again and again and again till its embedded in the deepest part of your brain. I don’t hate kai stal shippers. But whoever mention the word delulu towards kaisoo shippers bcoz they believe in kaisoo, post and believe theories/analysis, you’re going down with, man. I’m going to drag you down along with your ship.