Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
— Junot Díaz
(FanBros, “The Junot Díaz Episode”)
These mornings where I have to turn on a light for hours before the sun comes up are intolerable. Why are we saving this daylight again?
Now, what on earth are they thinking!?!? Civil Rights Movement icons mashed up with Twitter? No way! I’m reticent to post these here, but some of them are just too good to pass up, and I’ve seen a lot of screencaps (with the original tweeters removed) on Instagram, and very few if any on Tumblr. So here is the Trigger Warning: DISRESPECTFUL to many of your faves from the CRM. None of these here feature the overly lewd or straight up sexual, so when people complain about it, that response is appropriate. After all you can’t hold a humorous crowd-sourced event, and not expect some people to take it too far. Many featured here and others seen were spot on about the behind the scenes tensions that we only found out about later. Continue reading
“life is not printed on dollar bills…”
The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called “errors”) with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not “stealing.” It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe. Continue reading