The Nerds Of Color: Political Engagement In And Through A Racialized Fandom Space

My time as a contributor to the Nerds of Color was definitely a blessed one. The story of how I was recruited is a story in itself. From a professional standpoint, being a contributor led to some excellent opportunities. Everything from networking, to receiving gigs, projects and other opportunities. More than that I gained some amazing friends. For all of that I am truly appreciative.

One specific highlight was when myself, N.O.C. Founder and Publisher Keith Chow, several other N.O.C. colleagues as well as Black Girl Nerds Founder and Publisher Jamie Broadnax were interviewed by Ama Uytingco for a research paper she penned for a class at New York University.

To say I was honored and humbled to be interviewed would be a major understatement. But more than that, this paper reminded me that speaking truth to power can have a  ripple effect in unimaginable ways as well as make an impact.

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Color Commentary: Iron Cyst and the Return of the Draggin’

Just when Marvel thought it was safe.

Color Commentary is back and this time we’re breaking out the Snark Fu once more on arguably the biggest disaster of 2017: Netflix’s Iron Fist.

That’s right. Myself and Madame Gao will once again be providing the tea, the shade, and the truth on all things Discount Arrow.

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But wait. There’s more. For this Ben-Hurring sequel. I’m not alone. That’s right, I’m bringing backup.

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Normally I’d be providing a disclaimer at this point and juncture but if you’re stanning and caping for this tripe, then you deserve to have your fee fees hurt.

 

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Iron Cyst and the Eight Point Strike

It’s too bad Iron Fist wasn’t remotely close to being as entertaining and brilliant as the backlash it’s been receiving. If it had, it would’ve been as popular as Daredevil or Luke Cage as opposed to being one of the biggest punchlines of 2017.

I’m sure one day we’ll all be tired of the proverbial “T” Madame Gao is serving us.

However, today is not that day.

Shifting into Midnighter mode, I’m about to demonstrate my 8-point strike on the fustercluck of white mediocrity that is Iron Cyst.

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The Law of Liefeld

So in desperate need of attention and relevance, Rob Liefeld has decided to weigh in on the Asian Iron Fist controversy.

For those of you just joining us, this summary here breaks it down.

“Created at the height of the 1970s kung-fu movie craze, Iron Fist is an American who learns martial arts from masters at the hidden city of K’un-Lun. He becomes their best student and earns the power of Iron Fist, the ability to channel superhuman energy into his fists. Basically it’s a story about a white guy being better at martial arts than everyone else, steeped in tropes that critics regard as examples of cultural appropriation.”

According to Liefeld, Iron Fist “has never ever been considered racist,”  (never ever never ever) and casting an Asian American actor would be “reverse white-washing.”

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