-Stitch is a black writer that has written extensively about fandom racism.
-During the hey days of the Star Wars sequels fandom, she wrote frequently about the harassment and racism directed at John Boyega from Reylo fans, including from beloved blue checkmarks like Jenny Nicholson.
-She also wrote critically about the treatment of Boyega's character, Finn, by Disney
-Stitch recently had the opportunity to interview Kelly Marie Tran for Teen Vogue. They spoke candidly about racism and bullying within fandom. Interview is shared below (featuring a note added by Teen Vogue after the harassment commenced):
In this @stitchmediamix interview with Kelly Marie Tran, they talk about bullying and racism in fandom.— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 29, 2021
Note: @stitchmediamix’s work to continually unpack the good and bad sides of fandom culture is incredibly important to us and readers. https://t.co/6t8YbmlmNk
-As soon as the interview was shared, a bunch of people with pictures of Adam Driver as their avatar proceeded to flood Teen Vogue demanding Stitch to be fired for being an "anti" and accused her of being a bully.
-Thankfully, Teen Vogue was having none of it!
-Stitch has been excellent at documenting the harassment and lies of this group of individuals set on ruining her reputation:
I have documented this in detail that this has been happening to me at least since 2017https://t.co/FHySwLgJyahttps://t.co/xoIc5ckZY1https://t.co/Fa5b5u3fZAhttps://t.co/w4aODKvNVrhttps://t.co/jWzf9adCMM— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
I have written about how Rey/Kylo fans specifically have harassed A LOT OF PEOPLE - lots of Black/brown authors, fans and journalists over the years... but also JOHN BOYEGA.https://t.co/S23womdBtNhttps://t.co/wgMTgjK9K8https://t.co/xPdfMa5IFY— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
These people - literally the same ones like @acagoldsmith is here every single time calling for me to be fired - tried to get me fired in February of this year for Fan Service #2 on the value of criticism in fandom (https://t.co/BIMOtmmzuQ)— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
I am not a bully. I've never bullied anyone. I'm not the nicest when it comes to talking about racism in fandom, but why should I be? I'm rarely ever talking TO any of the people I'm dealing with.— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
Saying something or someone is racist is a STATEMENT. I back mine up with proof.
I have documented how me trying to curate my space in fandom and trying to protect myself from racists who are clearly intent on destroying my life and livelihood is used as an excuse to harass me MORE and as "proof" of harm done.https://t.co/KkRXQhrXHN— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
And I need people to be firm about this shit. You know I'm not bullying people. I barely even talk to people. Because of how many people twist my words, overreact to a comment or judgement they read, etc.— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
Demand proof, but don't waffle about what you DO know:
And remember that this is all about ships FOR THEM. This is a game TO THEM.— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 29, 2021
For me? This is emotionally draining harassment that I have done nothing at all to deserve except to care and write about racism in fandom and how it shapes our experiences as POC.
-More documentation on Stitch's part of Reylo fans flooding Teen Vogue with unfounded accusations against them:
People like Amber spend months and years harassing and lying about Black women/femmes and attempting to get us fired from gigs (esp during a pandemic)... All over fandom. All over ships they value more then people. And yet, we're somehow the people who don't belong in fandom? Ok.— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 28, 2021
And, let's not forget that this antiblackness from Amber and their ilk is because they don't like how I talk about their fandom of Rey/Kylo fans has treated John Boyega, the character of Finn, and Black fans who talk about their issues with the franchise or fandom. That's it.— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 28, 2021
And yes, plainly a lot of these people involved are other people of color. Some of them are even Black too. That doesn't stop this from being incredibly antiblack. It doesn't stop their bullying and harassment from hurting me - and they are actively trying to destroy my life. 🤢— Stitch's Media Mix (@stitchmediamix) May 28, 2021
-Thankfully, Teen Vogue stood by Stitch and stated: "@stitchmediamix
’s work to continually unpack the good and bad sides of fandom culture is incredibly important to us and readers."
-Thankfully pt.2, a bunch of blue checkmark fandom writers came out in support of Stitch and to laugh at the receipts being shown as proof of their "bullying" - such as this
Source: stitchmediamix, 2