update 11 april 2019
The moderators have removed the entire Bond thread.
I’m still not going back to the forum.
Just for fun, I decided to check whether anything had been added to the Bond thread on the forum.
Yep, there are new posts there.
And neither the racists nor the mods understand what the problem is.
So just in case nobody else understands why I lost my shit, here’s an explanation in plain language:
There’s a difference between nominating an actor who happens to be white on the one hand, and saying “I’m open to suggestions as long as it’s a white dude” on the other.
The former is neutral on its face, until such time as the nominator says that the actor’s whiteness is the deciding factor in their choice.
The latter is racist, because it states specifically that no POC should be allowed to play the role because only a white person should do it.
The former nominates a particular person that someone thinks would be good for the role, which isn’t necessarily a racist statement even if the actor is white.
The latter excludes an entire class of actors based solely on race, which is racist by definition.
And it doesn’t matter one jot what Ian Fleming might or might not have intended when he created the character.
The racist posters on the forum were saying explicitly and repeatedly that the only thing that mattered to them in choosing an actor to play Bond was that the actor be white, and the mods backed them up on this, saying that folks are entitled to their “opinions.”
That’s why it’s a problem.
That’s why I challenged the racists and the mods.
That’s why I left.
(And yeah, I got screen shots of most of the new stuff, too.)
Today I sent messages to the mods asking that my account and all my posts be deleted, because I don’t want to be associated with racists and white nationalists, and I don’t want to be associated with people who think that racism and white nationalism aren’t things to be concerned about.
Just substitute “black” for “female” and you’ll get my point.
(Cartoon by Tom Gauld)
[Image description: a three-panel cartoon. The first panel shows a helmeted person riding in a kind of underwater car, with the caption “James Bond is driving in his underwater car.” The top half of the middle panel shows a forearm and hand of a white person. There’s a watch around the wrist, and a piece of paper is coming out of one side of the watch. The watch is making “bip bip bip” noises. This is captioned “He gets a teleprinted message on his laser-beam watch.” The bottom half shows a white person’s fingers holding a piece of paper with the message “A female 007?” on it. The third panel shows a person flying around with a jet pack, trying to avoid a flying Stetson hat, while a giant rages next to a rocket ship in the background. This is captioned “‘What a silly idea!’ thinks Bond, as he jetpacks towards his spaceship, avoiding a metal-toothed giant and a razor-sharp hat.”]