The Scandal fandom (and it’s obvious by “Scandal fandom”, the secret writer means Olitz shippers) on Tumblr is educated enough to write with decent grammar, punctuation, and spelling, which is more than can be said for the stupid Shonda piglet who wrote this secret.
Did the anon mean mind? And she doesn’t follow/stalk Scandal fans how can she have an opinion on what’s being posted?
I’m not sure which blogs anon checked out, because deep discussions on sexism, classism, racism, and anti-blackness are precisely are a daily occurrence this side of the fandom, Scandal related or not. Posting shirtless pics of Tony/Fitz does not negate that.
But, but, but
I picked this thread to follow-up on baronessvondengler sentiment. I don’t know where this statement came from (i.e. the platform on which it was posted). The ideology behind it matters more than who actually said it. I”m not going to insult this person about their grammar because I make dumb mistakes when I’m being lazy when writing something. I do take umbrage with the intentional and insinuated meaning of the original comment. I’m sorry, but I have a lot to say:
1) Let’s forget the fact that every platform has some not-so-bright people and folks that get on your goddamn nerves. The Scandal fandom on Tumblr is actually pretty broad, fairly engaged, intelligent and witty because that’s also a general description for Tumblr users, full stop (source and source). It’s one of several reasons why I decided to join the Scandal fandom on this platform as opposed to Facebook, TwoP or some other kind of television forum (Twitter is a side dish for me), even though I had no idea how to use it. Boy has that changed!
2) I really hate when people reduce the Scandal fandom on Tumblr to brash, hypercritical, harpie fangirls. It’s a tried and true way of dismissing people. I remember having to tell that industrygolddish person to be careful of this just because he/she (?) was dealing with a handful of fans in a specific context. Now, as the show has gone on, I have personally observed that the ideological factions have become a little more entrenched. Some of us are more vocal (i.e. post more) than others, but there are still a range of diverse opinions about the show even just within Scandal's black audience on Tumblr (more on that in #5). It sounds to me like the commenter has encountered a few threads which rankled them and somehow dismissed the entire fandom on this platform. It needn't have been so because there are plenty of blogs here that discuss the issues mentioned above all the time.
3) It is true (my opinion only) that some discussions give me a headache and make we want to punch a wall, but I understand that those discussions aren’t for me. Sounds to me like the commenter just doesn’t value (or understand?) the various ways in which Scandal's Tumblr fandom expresses its commentary. It's not all about long, drawn out posts or statements about wanting to lick Tony's chest hair. Finely honed gif sets, gif mash-ups, photo memes, fan videos, satirical word posts, etc. are all valid and great ways to comment on the socio-political contenr in Scandal. People on Tumblr do that every week—even during the hiatus of the damn show. What other platform do you find that all in one place? Salivating over Olitz sexytimes and a show of intelligence need not be mutually exclusive. In fact that’s my brand.
4) I’m glad the poster’s comment was posted here on Tumblr because this points to exactly what my PhD research regarding Tumblr is about: the use of this platform as an alternative forum for social education topics such as race, gender and sexuality, particularly with regard to how the discourse revolves around American television with black female leads (a stunningly new concept for Hollywood). Tumblr is evenly divided along (binary) gender lines, has a significant percentage of POC, and fairly visible in sexuality diversity. So it’s prime territory for discussion around those intersections of identity. This is the fastest grown platform (see sources above), yet most Americans (especially the media) still don’t fully get it, which speaks to the ignorance of the original poster. When you don’t understand something, it’s easy to dismiss it.
5 and last) A lot (not all) of the the more visible (well-followed) Scandal blogs on Tumblr are led by black women. Coincidence that people want to dismiss the intelligent content that can be found here? Riiiiiiiight. And again, intelligence is not only about text-based analysis. But speaking of that kind, both Trudy (Gradient Lair) and Luvvie (Awesomely Luvvie)—the two most visible and popular black female Scandal critics (obviously Trudy won’t be doing it come S4) push their content to Tumblr. Valuable discussion around social issues, as presented in Scandal, then develop here. If this wasn’t an important platform for topical social issues, they wouldn’t need to push their content here, would they? It could just stay on a stand alone blogging platform. Personally, writing for the Scandal audience on Tumblr has forced me to become a better writer because this is a platform where people are not shy to detail in full all they ways in which you are wrong and they will provide supportive evidence.
The point is, this can be an intellectual community filled with much passion and debate. Whether or not you want to participate in that debate is another matter, but the original comment’s reductivist reasoning of Tumblr’s Scandal fandom doesn’t curl all the way over for me.
Btw, lazyexceptwhencooking and marylinj thanks for the shoutouts on your replies.
This. Trying to call out rthe Tumblr Scandal fandom cause we don’t feed into Shonda greatest and drink her kool aide. Cause we expect a AA lead to b treated with respect and not b written as a after thought r thrown to side for a white lead. Cause most don’t settle for mediocre writing and plots holes bigger than the grand cayon. That we r intelligent enough to garbage is garbage no matter how u package it and won’t except. Plus we were basically the only fandom who called Shonda out on her bs hypocrisy. Besides it’s not only the Tumblr Scandal fandom who thought Shonda work was crap other critics did the Emmys did cause she hasn’t gotten any nod. Magazine and papers alike is calling Scandal a soap opera. So they can continue to try to make us as Tumblr Scandal fandom feel less than but our intelligence out ranks the kool aide ass kissing SR mediocre stan..