Reading for a project and Alice Marwick on the adoption of "ironic" antisemitism and racism"+"triggering tactics" by the alt-right in the US is interesting context for recent trends in fandom..esp as there's evidence of things being written to deliberately hurt/provoke. #cw slurs For the new far-right movement, “irony has a strategic fun
far right movements find "ironic" humour extremely useful as a tool for both gatekeeping - "AHA you're triggered by this so you're weak/politically correct" - and for normalizing content that might cause people to raise eyebrows otherwise... hmmm sounds familiar
It also allows people to "test out" spaces - is this allowable/defensible - while also simultaneously acting as a disavowal of any actual support of white supremacist ideas. When pushback comes, those who voice offence are neatly tagged as oversensitive or not reading correctly.
This is functioning in queer fandom spaces slightly differently...but creating ~edgy content with (self-professed) intent of causing offence and then retreating to various defensive positions - art, freedom of speech, congrats you're the REAL fascist, etc - is pretty textbook.
Lest anyone think I'm talking about only one incident, I'm going to add in that the practice of writing deliberately hurtful things to "troll" certain demographics of fans has been documented for awhile. Here's one in 2016. themardia.tumblr.com/post/152527814…
What is also textbook is the people sounding the alarm about these trends - primarily Black fans and now Jewish fans (those ofc intersect) - are then ignored/undermined/demonized.

It's the exact same script playing out again and it's like we've learnt nothing.

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14 Sep
I'd like ppl to sit with the fact that we're at a point in queer fandom where larger ~discourse around culture wars etc has created a space where sympathetic content abt #nazis is actively/proudly defended.

That may not be what you, personally, intended to happen but here we are
I know I should shut up but it's awful to watch more fans being alienated from parts of fandom they've spent years contributing to/building up.

Jewish ppl are being called variants of fascists for pointing out the holocaust shouldn't be used as a prop.
Leaving aside everything else - pronouncements of free speech etc, platform policies etc - that's the bottom line here. That's what I would like to ask, are you okay with that?

You may well decide that you are, but that also means something about your spaces.
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1 Sep
So @henryjenkins has posted a statement+apology.

I appreciate his clarity about the problems of the initial CFP, the validity of the critiques, and the casual racism and sexism in the response.

henryjenkins.org/blog/2020/8/30…
I accept the apology (only for myself).

It will be a longer process to rebuild trust. I hope that he will continue to show via his actions that he's willing to do the necessary work that he's outlined in the post.
The other person involved, @DrWilliamProct1, has also reached out to me privately with an apology.

I acknowledge it, but I do not accept it because it continues to place the blame on Samira and myself for causing hurt and upset by our critiques.
Read 9 tweets
29 Aug
I'm just really, really devastated by this. I don't know what to say
Yes @SamiraNadkarni and I are the people being named in this. For pointing out that a project claiming to focus on Black Comics should give space to Black academics.
I know what a lot of Fan Studies thinks of me and my work. But it's another thing to see it spelt out. Devastated.
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29 Aug
I'm very glad there will be a series focussing on Black comics, curated by Black academics. That's vital and necessary and I look forward to it!

But once again, it should never have gotten to the point where scholars like @SamiraNadkarni had to pushback publically (again).
I also think it will be great to have a series on multicultural comics.

But, at the same time non-Black POC scholars need to understand that it's not some kind of competition. Black voices and perspectives should be centered at this moment.

It's that simple.
This moment means something specific and it involves a global reckoning with anti-Blackness.

That includes the ways in which non-Black POC contribute to and benefit from the operations of those systems.

I NEED fellow scholars to reflect on our complicity and do better.
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22 Jul
Updates on #AO3 election Q's+responses.

The (merged) Q's aren't great but the first one is a useful distillation of how a part of the AO3 and its associated fandom have responded to the query, "Do Black fans matter?"

It's basically "All Fans Matter" - fandom edition.
It's also a useful distillation because it shows how much this convo has been derailed..

Ppl asking "Does the AO3 care about Black fans?" are (sneakily) framed as advocating harrassment/takedowns/ censorship over things that are "upsetting."

Hmmm what does that remind me of 🤔
I'm going to remind everyone that the #AO3 has repeatedly self-identified as a platform built on the principles of Feminist HCI, in the words of one of its founders.

(Source: muhlenberg.edu/news/2019/arch…) Coppa, shown with author Neil Gaiman during Muhlenberg's 201
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26 Jun
It's a full circle moment because the first time I was loud about racism in fandom as a junior scholar was about Franzeska's meta.

And perhaps it's time I talked about a related experience because it exemplifies how whiteness in fandom/fan studies undermines critical voices.
Note: This is difficult for me to recount.

Because it's deeply damaging pattern that I'm only now finding the courage to name. And I know it will probably be dismissed by most.

But I'm laying it out as it might help another junior POC scholar deal with similar situations.
This was in 2016. I was yet to get my first official academic publication.

As anyone knows, this is a very precarious time for anyone, but particularly if you're a POC scholar (from the Global South) in a historically white-centric field AND you're talking about racism.
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