Justice for Kenny: A Links Round-Up

Okay, I don’t actually have a link about Kenny, my favorite contestant on this season of The Bachelorette, but I will tell you that there is some racist shit going down on this season, and it is not fun to watch, it’s upsetting. ABC is a tire fire. What else is new.

Roxane Gay’s series “World of Wakanda” was canceled — as usual, because Marvel calculates sales in the stupidest way possible and doesn’t give its new series and new authors the support they need and enough time to find their audience. Swapna Krishna discusses this nonsense.

I still haven’t watched Handmaid’s Tale and I don’t plan to because I can’t face it, but I can’t stop linking to Angelica Jade Bastien’s work so HERE: Have her close-read of the racial politics (and erasure of people of color) of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Joss Whedon’s proposed Wonder Woman script got released online and it is, uh, not great, Bob. Here is a Twitter thread for your enjoyment. Here is another one. What the ffffff.1

I don’t know if y’all know about my intense love of good celebrity profiles, but here’s a Vogue profile of Zendaya that made me DAMMIT sort of want to see new Spiderman.

This is a story about a raccoon.

Sonia Soraiya watched that Alex Jones interview so you don’t have to.

Tor.com’s free ebook for the month of June is John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, which was on the list of SF recs I got from Renay! Get your copy today if you sign up for their newsletter!

Guess who has a new book out in October! It’s John Green! I am sure the book will be good, but I also don’t want to read all the Hot Takes about fanfiction by people who think John Green invented it.

Have a great weekend, friends. I’ll see you back here on Monday.

  1. Do I feel sorry for Joss Whedon for having his unedited work posted publicly and viciously picked over? Like, kind of? But also, he’s a crazy successful film person who talks constantly about being a feminist but whose feminism appears not to have evolved since the 90s even though lots of things have been written and said and done since then. So my answer is that I’d feel sorrier for him getting dragged over his portrayal of ladies if he’d portray ladies better.
  • Oh my gosh, I love Kenny!! And Lee is such a d-bag…I bet the producers are getting her to keep him on for the drama. Google Lee, by the way. He does apparently have some racial and sexist baggage….apparently there were some pretty bad tweets before he went on the show.

    • I am SURE the producers are having her keep him on for drama. There’s that scene in the last episode where she says that she’s getting pressure from all sides but she’s the only person who will be blamed? And to me, that definitely read like she was pushing back against the producers telling her to keep Lee. Anyway I’m ready to be done with it. It’s making the show miserable instead of fun.

  • Jeanne

    The raccoon story is framed in a way that makes it funny; I smiled. And yet it reads like one of those archly ironic pieces from an urban writer who thinks there’s never any real need to kill a wild animal, that you should just call someone to do it for you or something. I dislike that arch tone even more since the election.
    I like Old Man’s War. I wish I could get what the old man gets, a whole new body, rather than just a new knee.

    • You are not wrong about the raccoon story, Jeanne. That is a super good point. I will keep a sharper eye out for that Tone in the future. <3

  • That article on “The Handmaid’s Tale” was fascinating. My husband and I are watching it right now; he actually commented on the relative lack of diversity among the cast and asked what had happened to all of the POCs among the community. He figured that the Christian right would never allow POCs any power in their ideal society. It was an interesting observation given Luke and Moira’s casting.

    Speaking of, you should watch it with someone else, especially someone unfamiliar with the story. I am discovering all sorts of new things about my husband by watching it, as he has a completely different take on Offred’s story than I do. His view of the world, both reality and fictional, is different as well. It is definitely generating discussion between us.

    • I know you are right, Michelle, and it would be totally interesting BUT I also am far too frightened to watch it. Like my worldview and my dream life are already super dark at the moment? And I think the Handmaid’s Tale would really mess me up. Maybe in the future, when we have a different president!

  • Marvel need to stop acting like sh**. Immediately. *face palms*

  • Katherine Koba

    Whedon’s WW script is about as good (which is to say: awful) as any of his finished, final work, so I don’t feel bad for him at all. Glad that in the year of our Lord 2017 the Internet is getting over their collective Whedon boner and coming for him. He’s creeped me out from day 1.

  • This was an interesting round up, so many links to follow. I had read Swapna’s blog post, but did not know about John Green’s new release. Will look it up now.

    • Are you a John Green fan? I like some of his books better than others (er, obviously, I guess?), but I am interested to see what this book will be like. It sounds good! He draws a lot on his own experience of mental illness, apparently.

  • As a writer myself, I don’t think it’s fair for any writer to be judged by unedited work. Editing is where you make you sure what you want to convey is coming through. Regardless of this script, though (which I didn’t read), I agree that Whedon isn’t as feminist as he thinks he is.

    • I wish that he were! I think he has good intentions and just doesn’t want to put in the work to do actual modern feminism? And I wish that he would do it, because it would make his work stronger, and that would be great since PEOPLE KEEP HIRING HIM.

  • I’m so with you on your pop culture critique this week! One of the things that bothers me about the Bachelorette drama is that I don’t believe for a second that the producers didn’t know they’d picked a racist to be on the show. Surely they went over everyone’s social media carefully? And if they didn’t, why not? Sexism and racism in the comics world makes me sad, I can’t handle The Handmaid’s Tale either, and I’m incredibly disappointed in Whedon.

    • Katie, I am such a dumb naive bunny that when Ben Higgins insisted they wouldn’t deliberately have chosen a racist to be on the show. I was like “well he’s met the producers! I haven’t met the producers!” And then it turns out they reached out to him to cast him in the show. He did not audition. >:(

      • Ooh, that’s even worse than I expected. I hate to do it, but I don’t think I’ll be watching anything more from that franchise.

  • So, I agree that Joss Whedon’s feminism has slanted downhill, but that script is not only unedited, it’s also old. I would like him to be picked on for something new and finished, please, and if you could point me to that I would enjoy it.