Race in Fandom

How Race and Fandom Collide Online and Offline

Michelle Rodriguez’s Racist Rant About ‘Minorities’ Stealing White Superheroes

Hmmm, apparently Rodriguez has been asleep for the past couple of decades and was wallowing in blissful ignorance since many roles that could have gone to non-whites were automatically given to white performers (e.g. Dragonball Z, Exodus, the “Akira” remake in development, and a host of other examples). Even when the character is ‘black’ there are fans – possibly those who aren’t white – who whine and make rancorous comments about the casting (e.g. Rue in “The Hunger Games).

If the racial aspect isn’t the center of the character, it shouldn’t really matter. “Battlestar Galactica” changed two black characters; one into a white male and another into an Asian female. And, It wasn’t bad casting (even though I wondered about the lack of black characters) but hey.

Here is a link of the ‘apology’ from Ms. Rodriguez.

(On a similar note, I understand that Jimmy Olsen is now ‘black’ in the upcoming “Supergirl” series. And, he’s going to be Kara/Supergirl’s love interest. Something, I’m looking forward to).

T’Bonz = Bonnie Melmat

So, the poster T’Bonz (the individual who currently runs the site Trektoday and who seems to be a very nasty, racist individual based on her online demeanor) is named Bonnie Melmat. It’s interesting what a random hit on Wikipedia reveals.

Facebook Change?

I am considering moving over to Facebook, with a new name, but keeping the idea of analyzing ‘race in fandom.’

Racism in Doctor Who Fandom

The current season with the new Doctor (from the long-running British television show “Doctor Who”) starring British actor Peter Capaldi has some online posters upset since there is a black male character (Danny Pink portrayed by Samuel Anderson) in a relationship with a white female character (Clara Oswald portrayed by Jenna Louise-Coleman). However, I’m not sure if some of these posters are British or American – I’m guessing they may be American, although there definitely may be exceptions.

Here is a thread from the site Trektoday (which has its share of questionable individuals as posters as well as moderators) where I’m talking with a few about their own personal dislike of Danny Pink. As well as a link to a previous thread where one poster is upset that the show “Doctor Who” has so many mixed couples!

Starting of post about hatred of mixed couples…

A page, on another forum, where I call out another poster for bringing up the race of Danny Pink as a reason to why he is disliked.

Egypt Bans “Exodus” (And Rightfully So!)

I love it….I love it…I love it…

And, here is The NY Times article…

And, here is the BBC News article…

Name Change

Now that this blog has its own domain, I was thinking about a name change. Especially, since there are other blogs or sites that are named (or have variations of the name) “Race in Fandom.”

Hmmm…

Infraction! (Part 3)

This site is really something else. Apparently, anything goes.

You would think for a ‘Star Trek’ site that there would be more open-minded individuals. However, this is online so coming across a few bozos (racist, ignorant, etc.) is inevitable.

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=254623

(It’s interesting how the ‘Moderator’s Actions’ are hidden from the public).

 

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Post #2 and 3

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1st Part of Post #8

 

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The moderator who goes by the name ‘T’Bonz’ makes the crack that I should have spoken up a few days after the infraction. Yet, I wonder, if things would have actually turned out different? They can’t even keep to the current rules they have in place!

Infraction! (Part 2)

So, I sent a message today to the moderator of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” boards, Mutai Sho-Rin, who gave me an infraction sometime ago because he didn’t care for me arguing against comments made against black people.

I wanted to know if I was the only one to get an infraction, and was curious about why he had to ‘justify’ his giving me an infraction by a random paragraph about him doing whatever activism. (Again, this was on the episode ‘Code of Honor’ where you have some white folk online who feel they are experts on the black experience that they will then tell anyone – even if that person is black – that they should feel the episode is racist).

A copy of my message to 'Mutai Sho-Rin.' (That name!)

A copy of my message to ‘Mutai Sho-Rin.’ (That name!)

Trektoday has a little rule that a message to a moderator is to be answered within 28 – 48 hours. I’ve had my issues with some racist moderators (the aforementioned individual who went by the onscreen name ‘Karyn Archer’ in the “Star Trek: Enterprise” boards)…and now, seemingly, this guy who goes by Mutai Sho-Rin.

The moderator of the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" boards: Mutai Sho-Rin

The moderator of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” boards: Mutai Sho-Rin

I swear I have keep on looking at the name before I type it.

In any event, let’s see if I get a reply.

Diversity in Film – Beyond the Trailer

I disagree with Grace Randolph frequently, but I do find her comments on diversity interesting. And, I do have to show some admiration for her supporting the huge need for diversity in American television and film….as well as speaking out against the whitewashing of historical epics (e.g. the upcoming Ridley Scott film “Exodus”).

Backlash for Wanting Diversity in Film – A Thought

The backlash for wanting diversity (or excuse for not having diversity) in American films is “there are more white people in America than black people” (note: “black people” are used more than the term “non-whites” since ‘race’ is usually talked about whenever black people are involved – something that annoys me).

So, a heroic role that could go to a non-white is possibly given to a white actor – note: a white male actor. And a sidekick or token role is given to a non-white actor or actress. (Or non-whites aren’t in the picture at all).

A non-white doesn’t get to be ‘the hero’ since they are considered a ‘minority’ in overall American society. And, history (like Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” or any biblical story) gets to be rewritten to favor or feature the white male as hero because America has a majority of white people. (If I’m not mistaken, “Noah” had a white cast that was from the UK – well, some were from the UK – yet it was American produced).

It’s so interesting the stupidity that some people will believe or rationalize.

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Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton from Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Exodus.” A film that takes place in Egypt (i.e. Africa).

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A poster from Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”

Excuses for not seeing female superheroes (or superheroine) is usually “They don’t do too well….” Of course, that is because we never had a superheroine who had a strong screenplay and director.

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Helen Slater as Supergirl from the 1984 film, “Supergirl.”

If a movie is made half-assed, you obviously won’t get a good movie (e.g. “Elektra”…”Catwoman”…”Tomb Raider” – not based on a ‘superheroine’ per se, but features a miscast Angelina Jolie as the intelligent, acrobatic, independent archaeologist – and “Supergirl”).

Of course, wanting to see a superheroine in a strong film is considering to be a ‘feminist’ statement by primarily some white men. And, it’s not believed to be a feminist statement in regards to equality of the sexes, but the stereotypical ‘man hating’ agenda.

Indeed, it’s so interesting the stupidity that some people will believe or rationalize.

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