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Dear White Fandom: Enough With The Bogus Racebending "Campaigns"

Anyone who's known me for five seconds knows how important diversity and inclusion is for me. Being a double minority myself, I've campaigned long and hard for it in real life, online and in the media. And with one novel under my belt, I'm striving to take that work to the next level. Being a proud comic book geek, obviously the inclusion of women, people of color, LGBTQs, disabled, etc. is also something important to me.

I would love nothing more than to see a black Spider-Man or a black Wonder Woman and any real efforts to make that a reality, I would be down for. In fact, I'd be on the front lines fighting to make that happen.

All of that said, I'm gonna need white fandom to stop pimping these bogus letter writing "campaigns" to racebend white characters in fandom. Because quite frankly, you're not doing POCs any favors.

Before I go any further, let me be clear. I'm not talking about the fun racebending reimaginings memes and posts that bloggers do or the fantasy castings. I love that shit. It's awesome. Keep doing it.

Hell I do that myself: CASE IN POINT!!!!

I'm talking about these bogus ass campaigns and petitions from white folks which do more harm to genuine and legitimate efforts.

Why are they doomed from the start? Usually because they're primarily run by fauxgressive white fauxial justice circle jerks who think they're more equipped to battle the institutional oppression of racism better than POCs. Nevermind the fact that as POCs, having the insight and understanding the dynamics of activism, is part of our culture. But no, Mighty Whitey always knows best.

White most white folks don't understand is that protesting and campaigning is more than sending an email to a movie studio or going to a weekend pep rally that constitutes a protest. It takes boycotts, sacrifice, it means coming out of your comfort zone and willing to suffer for progress and a greater good. Most whites don't get this and many of them don't want to. Because to do so would threaten the entitlement and perks that come with white privilege.

And typically fauxial justice white fandom who clutch their pearls and place the back of their hands on their foreheads and put on the performance for the ally medal.

"OH HOW I WISH THEY HAD MADE DOCTOR WHO BLACK, IT'S SO TRAGIC THAT THEY DIDN'T. AND HOW I WISH THE WINCHESTER BROTHERS WERE LATINO. I SOOOO WOULD SUPPORT THAT."

And don't be a POC who actually tries to give them advice on how to campaign the right way. Because it will NEVER end well.

"Hey guys, I would love nothing more than to see a black Spider-Man but given the dynamics right now, it probably wouldn't go over. So since diversity is the ultimate goal, rather than racebending pre-existing white characters and getting a lot of pushback, let's promote and celebrate the wonderful characters of color and put them in the spotlight. Rather than casting Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, let's cast her as Nubia or Vixen or better yet Storm and give her a solo spinoff film. And rather than having Donald Glover play Spider-Man, let's campaign to make a Static Shock movie. After all, Static Shock is for all intents and purposes a reimagining of Spider-Man, he's had a hit cartoon series and that might actually be a better pitch."

At this point, I'm usually getting this reaction:

Pssst. Neo, we white folks really don't want to see a POC-lead fandom flick happen. This is how we pass the time online, get our ally cookies and get off rubbing it in POCs faces why we're better than them.

The thing is they make a fucking mockery of the issue that they're essentially adding salt to a wound they caused by rubbing POCs noses in the fact that we're marginalized in a backhanded passive aggressive manner. So to the 90 percent of white fandom who talks all this shit about how they want to see more diversity and how they would so support it, I just have this to say: STOP LYING!!!!!!

You would not support a black Spider-Man, anymore than you would support a black Wonder Woman. You fauxgressive white folks, more than the conservatives would be the main ones trying to dismantle any efforts of seeing that movie or efforts happen. When POCs get supporting roles and break ground, white fandom flips its shit every fucking time.When Doctor Who got a black companion, legions of white fan girls bawwed because their pretend alien boyfriend got stolen by that uppity Negress. Nyota Uhura is STILL catching shade for kissing Spock in NuTrek even though the attraction between those two has been canon for decades. When an Asian heroine with disabilities became Batgirl, we saw how quick fandom hemmed and hawwed when she got thrown under the bus both in the comics and out of it for an incompetent white replacement.

The beautiful and talented Angel Coulby has been catching heat something fierce from white bigots because OMG! Guinevere is a black girl on Merlin. We can't have that. And many white Merlin fans would rather see Arthur with Morgana than that icky Negress. That's right, white bigots would rather see Arthur banging his evil sister than with the black girl. And to the Coulby haters, [points at pic below]. Now play with it!

How many Speedy Gonzalez jokes got made about Kyle Rayner when it was revealed he was half-Mexican.

Hell, look at how you treat POCs in your motherfucking spaces. How many racefails have gone down and how many times have POCs been cyber-lynched in these spaces. And then ya'll wonder why we don't fuck with you.

The bottom line is, there's only a handful of whites who are genuinely trying to bring about change. The rest of you.....fuckers please. You're not doing me or mine any favors and you're not fooling anyone other than yourselves. If you genuinely wanted more diversity, you would step out of your comfort zones, check your privilege and do these campaigns right. If you genuinely wanted diverstiy and POC-centric movies to be a reality, it would've already happened.


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And you KNOW someone is going to pull out Catwoman as a valid excuse why it "wouldn't work".

Catwoman was awful because it had an awful script, among other problems. It would have been equally awful had it starred Demi Moore instead of Halle Berry.

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OMG that pic at the end! Ah hahahaha! :D

I don't see any reason why Spiderman couldn't be black. Do radioactive spiders only like to bite bland white dudes? IDK, IDK.

When Doctor Who got a black companion, legions of white fan girls bawwed because their pretend alien boyfriend got stolen by that uppity Negress.

Well, anyone who followed RTD's self!insert Mary Sue Rose Tyler would have been in for a certain amount of venom, bashing, and hatred. I suspect that a white chick wouldn't have gotten it quite as bad as Martha Jones did, though. I can't count how many times I've heard her called the WORST COMPANION EVER!!! despite the fact that she's an incredibly competent, intelligent, and beautiful woman who's also a fully-qualified MD! As opposed to Rose, who was a rather bland, boring teenaged mallrat who never struck me as being especially interesting or bright. Hmm, maybe I've just explained right there why so many of the fangirls prefer her to Martha; they can't identify with Martha, because they're basically all Roses! :p

Nyota Uhura is STILL catching shade for kissing Spock in NuTrek even though the attraction between those two has been canon for decades.

I don't get that one, either.

The beautiful and talented Angel Coulby has been catching heat something fierce from white bigots because OMG! Guinevere is a black girl on Merlin. We can't have that.

A black girl in that place and time is arguably an anachronism. And a black girl in that place and time would never, ever have ended up marrying the king. It just wouldn't have happened. But if someone is seriously going to argue historical accuracy, well... I think they've picked the wrong show! Given the fact that it also features magic, evil wizards, and talking dragons, Gwen being black is hardly the most unbelievable thing we've seen on Merlin!

And many white Merlin fans would rather see Arthur with Morgana than that icky Negress. That's right, white bigots would rather see Arthur banging his evil sister than with the black girl.

Arthur banging his evil sister is canon (in the myths/legends), so if the show goes in that direction, it won't exactly be a surprise. That's where Mordred came from, after all. But Arthur marrying Gwen is also canon! In fact, she is canonically the love of his life, even after she betrays him with Lancelot! So... .yeah.

I've seen Coulby getting a lot of hate for her looks. Apparently she's hideously ugly or something, IDEK. I wish I were as hideously ugly as she is! :p

But if someone is seriously going to argue historical accuracy, well... I think they've picked the wrong show! Given the fact that it also features magic, evil wizards, and talking dragons, Gwen being black is hardly the most unbelievable thing we've seen on Merlin!

LOL! Look at you trying to use logic! I used to do that once upon a time!

Oh, dearest internet husband, let me clear this up for your inferior Negro brain (not your fault being Negro and all, but you really should leave the thinking thing to White people).

I know you're smart and articulate for a Negro, but you must understand that as White people, they are uniquely qualified to be in charge of the movement to transform representations of people of color. See, they come with that outsider's perspective that is so valuable for making sure that we don't get bogged down in our own personal bias, for we Negros are not very good at being objective and rational. So, we need White people to translate our concerns and demands into a language other White people will understand. Namely, English. Unfortunately for us, our native Ebonics is inadequate to the task, for it lacks the ability to make nuanced, insightful commentary that will persuade White people to engage with the issues we speak of amongst ourselves.

Seriously, Neo, it's like you keep forgetting that a White person can speak for you better than you can speak for yourself.

But it's not your fault. Again, you're only a Negro, and you can't help the fact that you didn't have the same opportunities to learn critical skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and basic logic.

So don't feel too bad. I love you anyway.

Reminds me of a part in the movie "A Time to Kill"


Jake Tyler Brigance: We're going to lose this case, Carl lee. There are no more points of law to argue here. I want to cope a plea, maybe Buckley will cop us a second degree murder and we can get you just life in prison.

Carl Lee Hailey: Jake, I can't do no life in prison. You got to get me off. Now if it was you on trial...

Jake Tyler Brigance: It's not me, we're not the same, Carl Lee. The jury has to identify with the defendant. They see you, they see a yardworker; they see me, they see an attorney. I live in town, you live in the hill.

Carl Lee Hailey: Well, you are white and I'm black. See Jake, you think just like them, that's why I picked you; you are one of them , don't you see?. Oh, you think you ain't because you eat in Claude's and you are out there trying to get me off on TV talking about black and white, but the fact is you are just like all the rest of them. When you look at me, you don't see a man, you see a black man.

Jake Tyler Brigance: Carl Lee, I'm your friend.

Carl Lee Hailey: We ain't no friends, Jake. We are on different sides of the line, I ain't never seen you in my part of town. I bet you don't even know where I live. Our daughters, Jake; they ain't never gonna play together.

Jake Tyler Brigance: What are you talking about?

Carl Lee Hailey: America is a war and you are on the other side. How's a black man ever going to get a fair trial with the enemy on the bench and in the jury box?. My life in white hands? You Jake, that's how. You are my secret weapon because you are one of the bad guys. You don't mean to be but you are. It's how you was raised. Nigger, negro, black, African-american, no matter how you see me, you see me different, you see me like that jury sees me, you are them. Now throw out your points of law Jake. If you was on that jury, what would it take to convince you to set me free? That's how you save my ass. That's how you save us both.
(from IMDb)

Ugh. That is all.

Thanks for recommending X-Men First Class, by the way. I am officially even more of a Magneto fan than I was before. :)

I thought Martha Jones had so much possibility and they threw most of it away. She was such a great character -- kickass actress, too -- and it just seemed like the writers didn't like her as much as Rose. (Do not EVEN TALK to me about making her EVIL TWIN in the one episode.) And she was a REAL doctor, too.

I think they got rid of her because she made the Doctor look bad, what with all her good sense and stuff.


it just seemed like the writers didn't like her as much as Rose

What, the writers didn't adore her as much as they adored Rosell T (for Tyler!) Davies? Er, I mean Rose Tyler.

Another good post as usual, Neo. I second Terajjin.

I have to confess something: during the Blackest Night event I was, well going to anyway, work on this art project of mine wherein the superheroes get turned into well, literal black lanterns. As in, they literally got race bended through the rings into....being black. It was a response to the whole White Lantern Corps literally being a White Lantern Corps.

I...scrapped it because I thought it would be offensive and I didn't want to pursue a project that might hurt and offend someone.

Just putting it out there.

When the recent Wonder Woman pilot was being cast, I swear I saw people calling the casting people racist because Adrianna Palicki was white.

Or possibly that she wasn't Gina Torres.

Either way, there was definite "how dare they cast a white person!?" going on.

Is this some sort of "reverse racism" argument? HERE? Really?!

You know people like a diverse show as long as the main character in white. Look at Glee, diverse, right? (If you say yes I'll slap you). I had the same problems pointing out the racism in the shows and movies (google Tower Prep Racist).

The funny thing is that fans loyal to the "diverse" show will shoot you down for calling out racism.

But let Media (Television shows, movies, and comic) have a minority character. (If it's black it's get shipped to BET)

Re: The other shows

chaeri

2011-07-21 09:44 pm (UTC)

Or Dinsey, USA, TNT or HBO. I can't think of a network show that has an actually diverse cast.

I'd rather see Arthur bang Merlin, but that has nothing to do with the wonderful Angel Coulby...

Well yeah. I want that too. LOL!!!!!

There you go again, Neo, with your not-playing-well-with-others self.

;)

... a Static movie or live-action series would be #2 on my wishlist, right behind Shadow Cabinet/Heroes (note userpic) and right ahead of Nextwave. I'm more likely to see a Captain Carrot movie than either of those.

And I'll admit, I was disappointed it wasn't John Stewart in the Green Lantern movie. Even though I knew it wouldn't be. (I'm even more mystified why they used Guy Gardner but called him Hal Jordan, but then I'm not a film exec.)

I boggle because surely what you're presenting is common sense?

If you had a black spiderman, it would always be known as "that spiderman film where spiderman was black" The masses would always consider it to be a white character that has been oddly filled (*insert eternal "waah waah PC PC PC" diatribe here, because you know it would happen*). It would be seen as a gimmick and I'd lay odds to evens it would flop and there would be much harrumphing

But elevating an actual black character will... well, actually elevate a black character.

if they actually make movie feat an actual black character like those white fantasy movies, maybe it will pick up.

Like this plot example:
A Teenager living in the urban part of the city (mind you it does not have to be like the Wire or any other hood movie type urban area, but something out of the ordinary) He discovers that he has the power (any superpower). Now he has to fight the bad guys (don't have to be white people or stereotypical Ethnicity).

Make the characters three dimensional and boom you got your story.

Was this recent or something? People are SERIOUSLY trying to campaign in 'racebending' characters that are white, to a POC? I'm kind of giggling at the thought, because it's actually funny to me, but really kind of unnecessary (unless there is some kind of plot to go with it). I agree with supporting POC characters that should have their own show/movie. Except we all know how this country is... *sigh*

Though for a second, I thought you were complaining about another 'racebending.com' problem again... until I realized that you had already cut yourself from that group. I just got a load of WTF-ery on the Facebook comments on the subject of Barbara Gordon 'magically' not being in a wheelchair. The ableist-supporting comments on there just staggered me...
(And, I wanted to point out before, that Racebending.com was actually started by an Asian-American college student. But, the atmosphere itself was just... yeah...).

I have to agree with your point here I always always find it fucking funny when so called white elitists decide that racebending is a cool idea since it insults both groups on a whole and I rater support a book with an original character then some carbon copy.

As to your King Arthur comment I hate it on a whole because it is a misrepresentaion of my faith on so many levels and it has nothing to do with the actress.

Wait, what about my comment misrepresents your faith? I'm confused.

Neo I was talking about the black gwen
on a whole I'm not offended however the entire show is a missrepresentaiton of pagaism or neo-druidism (Im semi practicing by the way.) the way it's presented to the public since magic can only aid you in solving your problems not solve them themselves. All and all we get a lot of folk who think that from watching shows like Merlin or Charmed.
does that clear things up.

OH OKAY!

[sighs in relief]

" the way it's presented to the public since magic can only aid you in solving your problems not solve them themselves. All and all we get a lot of folk who think that from watching shows like Merlin or Charmed."

That's more than fair. I've had other Pagan friends express similar sentiments so I definitely understand where you're coming from.

Thanks for the clarification. That cleared things up.

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