Dear Denizens of Unfunny Business,
I know you were thinking "Gosh, I'm so glad 2009 is almost over, because it's been a pretty long year of race!fail in fandom. I'm so happy that nothing else could possibly go terribly wrong."
Oh, my fellow naive fen. How wrong we were.
Final Fantasy 13 hasn't even been released in North America yet, but already, we've got race!fail. Sad, pathetic race!fail.Time to discuss racism and humour! aka how about them mildly infamous icons?
To make clear whither and whence this post: I have recently seen some icons of Sazh (dark-skinned character from Final Fantasy XIII) that I found objectionable, as did [others]. The icons can be seen below this cut — I did say they are uncomfortably racist, right?
I made this face D: D: D:
Justira's post is a pretty good read and takes down the whole issue nicely.
The creator of the icons has since taken them down
No, this is some other bozo who took similar icons down, sorry! (correction via justira
) but also wrote a post that starts with "Dear fandom, shut up" and goes downhill from there. You can read some of it here
, where he basically gets out the bingo card and starts on using it as a template for responses.
I know that 2010 will also bring on some form of Race!fail, but it just seems that this year seems like race!fail in fandom never ever ended
I apparently have been reading this FAIL backward. I think the first post is here:PSA To Emerging FF XIII fans: Don't do racist shit
, which includes at least one person using the icon in question in response. I guess that's ~edgy~.Bingo in FF Fandom
. "It's not new that fandom isn't a safe space*, but it's disheartening to see this happen in one of my favourite fandoms. However, it is heartening to see the creator of a widely-read FF newsletter speak out on this issue."