Stitch

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Name: Stitch
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Type: fanwriter
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Other: She/They pronouns
URL: Stitch's Media Mix (website)
stitchmediamix on tumblr (archived link)
@stichomancery on twitter (currently locked)
Stitch in Teen Vogue
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Stitch is a black nonbinary fan and writer. They publish fanfiction, original fiction, book reviews, and meta essays about fandom on her site, Stitch's Media Mix both in text and podcast/audio form. She was previously active on Tumblr and can currently be found on Twitter, as @stichomancery.

In their meta essays, Stitch primarily writes about issues connected with race and fandom, the characterisation and perception of characters of colour, representation and erasure, toxic fandom, and fandom tropes and trends.

They have also written a fandom-related column for Teen Vogue; her first article for Teen Vogue, ATEEZ Parent Company KQ Entertainment Issues Apology for Hongjoong’s Cornrows, was published on July 14th in 2020.[1]

Controversy

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While many praise Stitch for speaking up about racism in fandom, others note that they most frequently aim their criticism at fans and fandom trends which contradict their favored ships and/or characters (i.e., criticizing Reylo and Rosefinn works in particular while being a Finnrey and Finn fan). Other marginalized fans object to them accusing them of being "Pickmes" and "having internalized racism".[2][3][4][5][6]

Their "Weaponized White Womanhood" essay has been criticized for incompleteness and a lack of intersectionality.[7]

Others have criticized them for siding with bigoted commentators when they happen to be mocking targets such as Reylos.[8]

They are also of the opinion that Archive of Our Own should be filtered for racist fanworks, although they are unclear about how this should be done, which some comment is most likely to impact kinky marginalized creators first. [9][10] In particular, they have been criticized for advocating the harassment of authors of works which they find objectionable:[11][12][13]

Currently, the only guaranteed way to ensure the removal of racist fanworks on the AO3 is to make having the story up no longer worth it for the author. As in, by making their online lives hell.


Notable Fanworks

References

  1. ^ Teen Vogue, Stitch. Archived from the site on May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Comment on a thread on Fail Fandom Anon titled "Fandom Venting"
  3. ^
    "We are clearly at different stages in our journey towards unlearning internalized ish considering that they're people who'll try to dunk on me so nonblack fans feel less what... threatened? We are not the same, my PickMe phase was a decade ago, & I'm not slowing down for anyone."
  4. ^ "Stitch trying really hard to pretend she's not a bully and it's just that she cares about racist fanworks when called out for being a bully and being warned about when others use her as a source. She then goes on to call them a "PickMe POC" for criticizing her behavior." A link to the tweet within.
  5. ^ Another thread commenting on the above: "Why would other POC possibly be offended at being mocked, blocked, called Pickmes and told they have internalized racism for the crime of shipping Reylo? How very WEIRD of them."
  6. ^ FFAnon thread: "(Anonymous) Stitch's tweet
    [WIP Post] WFRLL: Pick Me POC (Snippet #1)

    ~ $1+ Tier ~ relevant to the fans of color in the R/K side of Star Wars fandom like... showing their priorities

    ~ stop constantly derailing, you fucks

    Stitch wants you to pay her to have her tell you what a bad BAD PoC you are."

  7. ^ Thread from FFAnon. One of the tweets within.
  8. ^ "Why is Stitch defending that shitty "Shit Reylos Say" twitter and acting like they really care about "calling out racism" when it's run by a bigoted dude? I can even tell from looking at their tweets and the people in their mentions that it's white dudebro central. And Jenny Nicholson is not incorrect here for what she's saying about that account." A link to the tweet within.
  9. ^ A FFAnon thread on the comment. The tweet in question.
  10. ^ FFAnon thread, Nuthead's tweet and Stitch's tweet.
  11. ^ Tweet
  12. ^ FFAnon thread.
  13. ^ FFAnon commentary and the tweet in question.