Ok. I need to say a thing about the ethics of seeing STXII in theaters in the face of its major problems with representation (using a softer phrase than I’d like, in the interest of avoiding spoilers), and the generally shitty sexist/racist attitudes of the director and other members of the production team. It’s been on my dash recently, and this is something I feel strongly about.
Ready? ‘Cause this is gonna get nuanced, bitches.
My dislike for JJ and my dismay at him getting profit/support for his movie is well known. I’m mad enough about it that I will be putting off and/or avoiding seeing the movie (piracy and not caring about spoilers, fuck yeah!), doing my part to help force the opening weekend box office numbers down. HOWEVER…
If seeing STXII in theaters is an important part of your participation in / enjoyment of a Trek fandom culture that
- is based on reinterpretation, recreation, and improvement of canon through fanworks (including meta)
- gives you the tools, passion, or confidence to explain the problems with canon to your friends or family (or to yourself, or to people on the internet, whatever)
- is your space, despite popular stereotypes which hold that (for whatever reason) you and people like you have no place in it, and/or
- is an important part of your mental health or social life
then frankly, I have a limited number of fucks to give about whether JJ & co have gained a couple of dollars from you.
PLEASE DO make a conscious and informed decision about whether/when to give this movie your money. IMLTHO, it would be great if everyone boycotted or delayed seeing it to demonstrate how royally pissed off we are about it. I strongly encourage you to do so. But whatever you personally decide to do, I will respect that choice. Because I trust you and your judgment and your reasons. And I want this fandom to be happy, healthy, and vibrant, first and foremost among all other considerations.
What we pay for is an important part of our influence on society. You have power here; please do wield it! (Can I bold that some more?) But at the same time, I want to acknowledge that spending power is not the extent of our influence—nor, for that matter, is our influence on society the only important part of fandom.
Call me myopic or hypocritical if you like, but my priorities aren’t going to change:
Trekkies first. Star Trek second.
earth wind fire and air
used to love them when i was a little girl still do
i don’t want ANY man touching me or commenting on my body without my consent. gay men don’t get a free pass to sexually harass or assault me.
YOU CAN’T DEFY “READ” SIGNS AND THAT’S TERRIFYING
I’m not even sure what happened here…
I’m still not really sure what happened here…
OH MY GOD APPARENTLY TAKING AN ARROW TO THE KNEE WAS AN OLD NORDIC SLANG FOR GETTING MARRIED
I THOUGHT THAT ALL THOSE GUYS IN SKYRIM HAD LITERALLY BEEN SHOT IN THEIR KNEES WITH ARROWS BUT I GUESS NOT
And at that moment, the foundation of that entire meme became something like this:
THAT EXPLAINS WHY MEN GO DOWN ON ONE KNEE WHEN THEY PROPOSE
OH MY GOD