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A recent cover of The Village Voice features a colorful rendition of Ms. Marvel and the New Inclusive World of Comics. But as minorities gain prominence within geek properties, the blowback against this progress has increased in kind, especially within the fandom itself.
The fandom for shows like this have always been intense, but the issues with Iris often seem less based in the writers not using her well enough, and more in her not being a blank slate that white fans can project their desires or identity upon. Since her comics debut in the mids, Iris has been portrayed as a white woman; casting a black actress in the role was both a major selling point and point of contention amongst fans.
Patton embodies the role spectacularly. Iris is integral to the Flash mythos—something many of the criticisms seek to downplay. A similar level of animosity came to the forefront when it was announced that Zendayathe former Disney Channel star, would be playing Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Both Iris and Mary Jane are long-running female characters intrinsically tied to the stories of their superhero partners; they are also some of the most superhero fantasies that readers can identify with, or desire for themselves. That DC and Marvel have decided to disrupt these fantasies is why the casting receives so much backlash.
Despite being about a black hero with a primarily black and Latino cast, which is been true in the comics as well, a subsection of fans feel that the show itself is racist for not including white people. This summer, when SNL writer and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones faced criticism for starring in an innocuous reboot of a mediocre but beloved s franchise, her website was hacked, nude pictures leaked without her consent, and an onslaught of vile racist comments were sent her way on Twitter.
This phenomenon extends far beyond actresses to even the women who cover these films and TV shows. Look through the mentions of any female journalist who covers geek properties and you will find an onslaught of vile responses no matter how mild her coverage.
For black women this dynamic is even worse. I never had to block so many people on Twitter until I covered Suicide Squad this summer. But what was more interesting to me was the level of hurt coming from these men and their routine way of doubting my comic knowledge — a dynamic other female journalists get time and time again.
I have been reading comics obsessively since I was about ten years old. You can only delete s and block people on Twitter for so long until you feel burnt out.
In recent years, as people of color have become more visible as creators and characters within geek properties, white male fans have felt that the mediums that so often acted as power fantasies for them no longer cater to their every whim. So much of the genre trades in metaphors for people of color—what is the X-Men without the language of the Civil Rights Movement?
Even when heroes of color were depicted, white people were still the primary creators and audience. As times are changing, white audiences are having to face this privilege and are forced to reckon with the fact that the geek community has far more diversity than they are willing to acknowledge. Science fiction and fantasy are nothing without the presence of women who look like Leslie Jones, Candace Patton, and Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura on the original Star Trekinspiring women of color for generations. Is it possible to find safety in these communities?
Websites like Black Girl Nerds have found considerable visibility and champions partially because they offer a safe haven for geeks of color who love these works but not necessarily the scrutiny they face in more mainstream parts of the fandom.
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