Behind The Curtain: Is It Villains We Want?

Please note: this column discusses spoilers for a number of movies, series and books, including Black Panther, The Incredibles, Umbrella Academy (Seasons 1 and 2), Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and (2009), the Harry Potter series and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Child abuse, abandonment, transmisogyny, genocide, anti-Blackness and anti-biracial sentiment are discussed below. If fandom's the most famous … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: Is It Villains We Want?

Genrefvckery: Ten (More) Songs On Spotify You’ve Probably Never Heard

Back in 2018, I did a fun little column about five songs you'd probably never heard - including Montreal bluegrass, Canadian indie rock and rock cello. Now I'm circling back with a sequel and some more little-heard gems that you should give a shot. But first, why Spotify? Bandcamp gives more to artists, and Spotify's … Continue reading Genrefvckery: Ten (More) Songs On Spotify You’ve Probably Never Heard

Behind the Curtain: Let’s Talk About Pseudicide

TW: This column discusses suicide, ableist harassment, and stigma against mental illness, suicide and particularly personality disorders like BPD. Fandom's got its issues; we all know this. It's about as obvious a statement as "Star Wars has robots" or "The Reagan administration was bigoted". But there's an unwillingness in fandom to challenge some of its … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Let’s Talk About Pseudicide

Behind the Curtain: The Line Between Harassment and Public Pressure

It was perhaps two years ago now, maybe more, when an account on Twitter with a reputation for going after marginalized creators admitted - I paraphrase - that they went after marginalized "problematic" creators on purpose. They wanted them to lose their jobs, their livelihood, to be driven to the streets. They were not welcome … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: The Line Between Harassment and Public Pressure