Ridley is out today as we all try to remember why we took this hobby up in the first place.
- An Insider’s View On Ableist Language – I disagree with just about everything in this Dear Author post but others are responding positively. The way this post equates mental illness with crazy bothers me. Short version – Mental Illness =/= Crazy.
For me, such terms have triggered some of my own mental health problems to the point I am seriously considering whether I want to remain part of the book community. A community that, despite being one of my few connections to the outside world, has been so full of hate speech and lack of acceptance towards mental illness during the past week it has been devastating to me. I have had to wonder if it is doing me more harm than good. Something I am still thinking about.
- Don’t Attack Reviewers – I missed this one on Friday but Sunita brought it to my attention. There is so much that resonates with me. When we say we’ve burnt out and need a break, it’s rarely because we no longer feel passionately about the art.
I sympathise with Kathleen Hale’s critics because I received far less intense blow-back for my reviewing and collapsed like a house of cards. These days, I consider anyone who dares to post a negative review to be heroic because I know what it’s like out there and I know that I probably don’t have another dog-pile in me.
- Just Say Hale No to The Taliban – Jenny Trout breaks down some of what blackout bloggers have been experiencing this week. Back in the long ago and far away I was a fan of Deborah Smith’s. It seems like that was another reader’s life.
There are many, many more tweets that I’ve screencapped from this nonsense, but they all say basically the same thing: Deborah Smith believes that she, as an author (and publisher; she is co-founder of BelleBooks), is entitled to free publicity, great reviews, and unending adulation from the blogging community. And if she doesn’t get all of that, she’s being victimized by terrorists.
- What You Said Means A Lot To Me – Read-React-Review has put together a beautiful collage of blackout blogger sentiments from this last week. I’d say that even if I wasn’t featured twice. But I am, so judge for yourself.
To the people I quote here and to everyone who is speaking up for book bloggers, thank you.
- This Is not Esther Jones And Betty Boop Was Not Black – I’ve seen a resurgence lately of a photo mistakenly labeled as Esther Jones. This is a reasonable overview of it’s origin. Esther Jones should be remembered for herself and her courageous attempt to assert her rights. Betty Boop’s ethnicity I leave to someone else.
Esther is one of many black American entertainers who have been hijacked and compensated far less while white imitators flourished in spite of complete mediocrity.
- Do You Think Mickey Mouse Was Based Off Of Blackface? – When Disney reissues it’s “unedited” original films they often pan & scan to snip out the things they’d rather not remember. Devoted to Diversity In Art has an excellent piece here about why the answer to this question is yes. TW for racist imagery, but the links included in this article are an excellent primer for the curious.
To some degree, most introductory cartoons from the 1920s/30s drew from vaudeville -Blackface and minstrel aesthetic included – when it came to both character design and content. And by most, I mean Disney, Warner Brothers (Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes), MGM, and R.K.O