And here we are a whole five months later: the finale. Part three. This part will definitely be long because I have so much that I want to talk about, but I can't split it up again because I feel like the impact will lessen if I do that. So, just like you guys managed with parts one and two, stick around 'til the end, and I promise you won't be disappointed. At first I was having a hard time figuring out how to start off this final part because I had so many thoughts I wanted to un-box, so I waited a few more days to write this post which is also why I'm off a few days for other posts. But within this past week I've seen two videos that really help facilitate the conversation that I want to have: one is from a BookTuber called Amara at Mine for the Reading, and the other is from Christina Marie, also a BookTuber andone of the organizers of the read-a-thon Diverse-A-Thon.
Alright, I've had about a good five days to wane myself off the high that I was on for the first part of this response, and now I'm ready to jump back in. Just to have something to fill up this introductory slot, I'm going to give a quick run down of things to expect in Part 3 of this response. Part 3 will be less a response to the actual video and more of a response to discourse detractors overall. Part 3 will include: + Links to web series's and books created by and featuring POC; social media spaces for POC + Posts about the whitewashing of works created by POC + Links to sites dedicated to Historic POC + A Link to a specific vid about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy + And, of course, my cumulative thoughts and observations about the diversity discourse.
I usually don't care to read or write point by point refutations of people's controversial opinions if nothing of note is being added to whatever conversation is being had at the moment, but Sunday night I witnessed what has to be the worst case of white nonsense that I've ever seen on BookTube. The video was posted several days ago, but I haven't been able to forget about it. It's a video by an adult BookTuber by the name of Bre Faucheux [pronounced foe-shay (don't bother her)] who wanted to make a discussion video about "the problem with diversity". I thought her video would go on a similar route that that of another BookTuber by the name Francina Simone's did, but boy was I wrong! I thought that the video would be primarily an admonishment of the "Groupthink" phenomenon that comes with any discussion of social issues via social media, but then...
Your Theory Sucks is a blog where I talk specifically about things related to pop culture and how things that happen within pop culture reflect broader, systemic inequity in society. I will primarily focus on literature, film, and social media trends on this blog.
The title "Your Theory Sucks" is not to indicate that I'm going to dissect and rebut popular theories about the future of certain media; rather, it comes from the common habit of fans, critics, and the like to guess and formulate ideas about what the future holds for their favorite movies, books, TV shows, video games, etc. Common rebukes to incorrect or unpopular theories - as well as a common trolling retort - are that the theory or the person who made the theory "sucks", which is much more preferable to the torrents of swears and slurs that people could choose to throw out.