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Guilty Pleasures on Appeal

Image, funnily enough, from "5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate" that disputes chocolate's place as a guilty pleasure.  http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

Image, funnily enough, from “5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate” that disputes chocolate’s place as a guilty pleasure.
http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

So, it seems only fitting that I follow my post on pop culture binges with one on another element of pop culture consumption: guilty pleasures.

I have more than once had to explain to another person that I know a movie/TV show/book is bad, but I still love it.

“What?!” They exclaim as their monocles pop out. “You can love something even though you claim it’s crap? How is this possible?”

This is where we come across the concept of “guilty pleasures.” Continue reading

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Look At Debate in Fandom.

Note: Some of the below videos contain cursing/juvenile humor. And Hitler.

I don’t know a single person who won’t throw down in a debate over something. That something may be politics, religion, social justice, or men’s facial hair; but everyone I know has at least some topic they believe to hold the moral/factual/logical/etc. high ground in and they will try to prove their side.

Now, I don’t know if everyone’s this way. Maybe I just know many opinionated people. Perhaps there are people out there who are either not argumentative enough or not passionate enough to engage in debates with others who don’t share their opinions.

I imagine these people, if they do exist, either have a lot of repressed rage or are the happiest people on the planet because debates are often either an invigorating way to get your opinion out into the world or vampiric exchanges that suck the life out of the participants.

And if there’s one thing every fandom seems to know how to do, it’s holding passionate, hate-filled, endless debates about fictional characters, places, and minutia. Continue reading

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Updates: Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, Videos With Better Analysis Than Mine, Babsgirl vs Oracle, and My New Action Figure

So, I’m currently a little stalled on my next blog post, “Are Cartoons Just For Kids?” (I’m sure you know what my answer is). Therefore, I thought I’d introduce some updates.

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First, I mentioned in my “Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race” that many fans of established characters  often have issues accepting a white character being made a minority. For some people this is still true, as tumblr. (I know, they’re probably all 10-year-olds who lied about their age) got into a little tizzy recently about some very popular fancasting for Wonder Woman:

She's our big damn hero. (Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

She’s our big damn hero.
(Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

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Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race

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Depp as “Tonto” in The Lone Ranger

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about representations of race in media. This is partly because I personally cringe every time I see a commercial for The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp as Tonto, but I know there aren’t wide-spread protests about it, and many Native Americans seem fine with his representation (though others do find it offensive). So, I find myself asking, “Is it okay for me to be offended as a non-member of the minority being represented? Am I just showing my liberal white guilt when my first reaction to Johnny Depp Johnny-Depping it up as Tonto is to smack my forehead and ask how anyone thought this was a good idea?” I’m not sure I have the answer, hence why I ask the question.

Another reason racial representation has been on my mind lately, especially as it pertains to fandom, is due to representations, and the reactions to those representations, of my favorite character from one of my favorite shows, Young Justice (RIP). This character, Artemis Crock, was  half-Vietnamese with naturally blonde hair. Largely due to this unusual genetic combination, representations of this character, both in the companion comic and fan art are constantly being criticized as “whitewashing” the character, even if the artist makes a clear attempt to show Vietnamese facial features. Seriously, it seems there are some users on tumblr whose only occupations are seeking out representations of this character and arguing whether or not they’re offensive. 

Now, changing representations of established characters is something I covered in my last post about “adaption rage.” But, I’ll be expanding on it here. Continue reading

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