CEDAR PARK, TEXAS - It hasn't been a terribly long time since fans and critics alike voiced their opinions over the new aesthetic of the 'Teen Titans' live-action tv series adaption. Much of the early criticism centered on the costumes, the people writing the story, and of course--StarFire being a black woman.
Not only has the recent 'Titans' trailer attracted all the familiar, racist, sexist remarks regarding actress Anne Diop's portrayal of StarFire, fans of the series have directly attacked Diop on social media and she's shutdown her Instagram. The actress actually responded to the initial round of race-powered backlash with this post she made on her Instagram:
Too often, social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misued as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others. This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser. Racist, derogatory, and/or cruel comments have nothing to do with the person on the receiving end of that abuse. And because I know this, I'm unfazed :)
Unfortunately, she did eventually shut down her Instagram account as the cyber bullying and trolling had become to much for her to have to deal with. And she shouldn't have too. It serves as yet another reminder as to how Black women in the industry are treated. Even with overwhelmingly positive support from fans in the industry, Diop is still catching unwarranted flack.
Here's the 18+ 'Titans' trailer that debut back at SDCC:
CEDAR PARK, TEXAS - This new, strange romantic comedy directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time) is coming to U.S. theaters August 21st and August 22nd through a partnership with Fathom Events.
Synopsis: As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as ‘The Girl with Black Hair’ experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.
Memphis, TN - When I was in 4th or 5th grade, our elementary had these little magazines they would give out called "Scholastic". Every time they would come, I would look for magic kits and comic books! Lucky for me, Marvel Comics was strategically selling their lesser-known comics in volumes and graphic novels. Through these orders, I was able to make the acquaintance of a certain Anya Corazon, previously known as Araña and now known as Spider-Girl. And yet most people haven’t heard of this character by the fault of Marvel.
Here's why she should be getting the attention that Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales are:
AUSTIN - JazzyNe' here! Now a lot of you saw the headline and are wondering why we're talking about Momokun? Well it's mostly because she's 1) representative of the issues that continue to plague the geek community and 2) she should've been cancelled a long time ago but is only feeling any burn now because she's sexually assaulted other female cosplayers.
Here's a quick run down - Sometime during the 4th of July week, people began sharing stories about their interactions with Mariah Mallad aka Momokun Cosplay. And with the power of the innanets news spread like wildfire that she had been sexually harassing and assaulting female cosplayers. Momokun then blamed her actions on being bullied, fat-shamed, and because she has ADHD *cue REALLY hard side eye*. After about 2 days she issued out an apology hoping to save her now tarnished image and career.
*See the screenshots below of the evidence of Mariah's shenanigans.*
Now my question is WHY did it take these brave women coming out and telling the world what this chick has done in order for us to go, "Hey Momokun is a terrible person and doesn't deserve any of the attention or fame she's garnered over the years!" Like there's probably mile's long proof of her showing her tail and it's really sad. She has utilized racial slurs and many have shared stories of their not-so-pleasant interactions with the cosplayer at various conventions that she's been to. Why is she even still a thing? WHY? Because there are men she panders to, who worship the ground she walks on, and she's considered a member of the plus-sized community and thus feels she has a safety net to do whatever she wants... that's not how this should work but it is. Now little Ms. Cosplay Carol is finally feeling the burn...
She should've fried months ago! The things we all know to be problematic shouldn't be made an exemption within the geek community. People like her give cosplayers a really bad rep and it's bad enough that others already think we're weird for simply living our lives and reveling in our hobbies. What we shouldn't stand for is the continued abuse of our community members. I've said this once and I'll keep saying it - the geek community is NOT exempt from experiencing racism, abuse, etc. It is not. We are not some super private club that is "above" society and Momokun is a prime example of how NOT to act at all. So what she's a thick girl. And? Does that mean it's okay for her to act like a complete ass and disrespect other women and men? No. Momokun isn't just a mean girl. Momokun is a brat - yeah I said it. She's a brat who thinks that some mediocre apology will help salvage any damage she's already done. Honey when the snowball starts rolling ain't no stopping it all!
The moment she posted the ever-forbidden N-word on Twitter? She should've been cancelled. When she decided to expose Kay Bear, Nana Bear, and countless others in front of attendees? She should've been cancelled. When people were telling stories of how rude and stuck up she was acting at conventions? People should've started looking at her sideways. But no. Sadly this type of abusive behavior is tolerated. It is NOT okay to treat people that way and if you think so then don't be surprised at the consequences. Momokun has no power to do anything to anybody and she sees that now. Money and fame don't make you untouchable! It just may make you richer, but you'll still be who you are at the end of the day. Don't be a Momokun. Here are some 'receipts' for you to consider:
Screenshots courtesy of Slade (click here to follow his cosplay page)
Video courtesy of Kurt Meyer
AUSTIN - Film director Rian Johnson (Last Jedi, Looper, Brick) recently deleted 20,000 tweets off of his Twitter profile's history. Fans and critics alike wondered if this was the result of some official mandate from Disney. Anticipating the questions, Mr. Johnson had this to say:
No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad," he wrote. "But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a 'why not?' move.
About a week or so ago, James Gunn was fired over some strangely inappropriate tweets he had posted 9 years ago. Much of the criticism of Gunn's situation dealt with how Gunn deserved to be fired, blackballed, and Disney also held accountable because of the retroactive tweets.
Some fans sardonically asked 'sexual predators' and those who support offenders to delete their tweets before they too fall prey to social media justice.
Johnson, although not accused of anything, seems to be covering all his bases, just in case he did express problematic views in the past.
A smart move, even if critics will express skepticism. In the entertainment business, you really are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Johnson's foresight into what could happen, is all the reason why even more of our favorite celebrities should follow suit. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have already done the same.
How do you feel about retroactive justice for things posted on social media? Should someone be punished or scrutinized for something they've posted years earlier? Do you subscribe to the idea that people change as they grow, even until old age? Or are people of the same character once they've hit a certain age?
Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedar Park, Texas - The Nexcrew will be at the Classic Game Festival this weekend! If you're looking for a great way to spend your weekend in downtown, Austin, Texas--this is the event for you! So, it's your first year at Classic Game Fest and you don't really know what to expect? Well, you're reading the write article, my friends! This whole write-up is about the types of things you'll see at this year's 2-day CGF event. The information you need will be right after this video below.
The event will be at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704). The event is for two days and ticket prices are as follows:
Price for SAT & SUN: $30 per attendee
KIDS: 1 Kid gets in free for every ADULT wristband purchased (ex: 2 SAT passes purchased equals 2 kids (12 years old and under) admitted free of cost)
Video Game Tournaments
Get ready for supreme, competition with games like Street Fighter 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, Virtua Fighter 4, and a 16-PLAYER MARIO KART! Get here early and stay both days to compete, win, and make your name on the stage of history.
Interestingly enough Terrible Enough will have a challenge for con-goers called, 'This Controller Sucks' light gun and giant joystick challenge.
Live Video Game Music
This year's event will feature some of the very best in video game music--Rock, Nerdcore, Ocarina, Piano and more! You'll see musical acts such as Bit Force, 1-UP, and Mega Ran.
[Click here for more information]
Video Game Panels
If you're unsure what a 'panel' is, just think of something like a class, lecture, or demonstration based on a specific topic of interest. The panel can be about someone's life, a type of culture, or something as silly as a Cards Against Humanity session.
This year's panels at CGF will be exemplary and everything will kick off with a 'Women in Game Dev' panel. Keep in mind these are some real industry types sharing their knowledge and experience working within the video game industry! The list of panels for this year's event isn't super-long, but the 8 different panels selected are sure to make a lasting impression on you as an attendee some do your best to catch at least one or two of them.
[Click here for more information about the panels]
Vendors and Exhibitors
There will be a sizable amount of vendors at this event, all of them offering a service, product, or championing a great cause; directly tied into the video game industry or at least within Nerd/Geek Culture. [Click Here for additional information about Vendors and Exhibitors]
Cedar Park, Texas - Here's another recommendation from Nexcrew's resident movie buff, Desmond Childs. This one is titled, 'Kimi no Suizo o Tabetai' or 'Let Me Eat Your Pancreas'. Now before you allow the unsual title to run you off, take a look at this synopsis and trailer from the brand new, anime adapation:
An unnamed protagonist happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.
Cedar Park, Texas - At the risk of sounding like an apologist; society has really got to start examining the amount of stock it places in social media. Whether it pertains to politics, health, or even criminal behavior--social media has made a huge, mostly positive impact.
This past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired over posts he made on Twitter nearly years earlier. The subject matter dealt with pedophilia and rape, all being very disturbing and crude. However, the backlash of said tweets coming to the public eye has been mixed. Obviously, Disney was going to fire him. But many, celebrities included, have shown satisfaction, comfort, outrage, and anger over Gunn's firing.
"...yes those comments were over 9 years old. Yes they were terrible awful comments. Not excusing his behavior. Disney knew about these comments (surely) yet waited to fire him until they made their $."
"So I guess you dudes caping for #JamesGunn ALSO have a plethora of rape/transphobic/pedophilia obsessive tweets you are also hoping you never get judged for, huh?"
"Even if #JamesGunn hadn't apologized for his jokes, there shouldn't have been any reason to fire him. I don't find that kind of shock value humour funny either, but in the end, it's just 'humour' & no reality. Family Guy has a whole character entirely based on this kind of humour."
With these quotes, one can identify three very different forms of criticisms of the situation. Yes, Gunn was wrong for the posts he made. Yes, it's incredible suspicious that Disney is only now taking disciplinary action against him for it. However, the argument against 'retroactive justice' especially justice via social media is growing. A familiar saying has resurfaced out of the age of social media justice, "In the court of public opinion, one is guilty until proven innocent". While social media is seeing many of the guilty answering for their various sins--many casualties are people like you and me. People who, maybe a decade or so ago--were problematic, toxic individuals who utilized social media (in it's early years) to spread hatred and discriminatory speech across the web. Many to a very small degree. Is it still reprehensible? Absolutely. Do I believe situations like this should start going to trial? Absolutely.
Cases like James Gunn's deserve their day in a court of law: Because Gunn was unfairly fired? Dunno.
Because Disney's delayed action toward Gunn shouldn't be explained away as ignorance? Yes.
Because there needs to be a precedent set for the way businesses move based on evidence provided wholly through social media. Why? Because in the age of memes, photographic gags, and original posts being edited for shock value--the whole truth should still be the goal.
As of this posts, thousands have started a petition to Disney to re-hire director James Gunn. Among those who have signed the petition is actress Selma Blair.
Cedar Park, Texas - This week's episode of ShckValue features Desmond Child's radio interview with Memphis-based Hip-hop recording artist, Cadillack Jack (aka Jun1or). The rapper discusses his latest album, Year of 10 as well as what all went into the new project. He also describes his unique style, blending a sharp, lyrical flow seasoned in Memphis rap culture.
Links to Support The Artist:
Bandcamp - Purchase a copy of his new album, Year of 10
Twitter - Follow Cadillac Jack on Twitter
Austin, Texas - Another week has passed and several new Summer hits have made their way into theaters! Before we get into which five films are earning the most this week, let's take a look at the films that are just outside the Top Five. I like to call it our Bottom Five:
#5 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1,860,630)
The second installment in the 'Jurassic World' franchise is still doing well off of it's reported budget of between $180-$187 million.
#4 - Skyscraper ($18,896,860)
The Rock's homage to 90's action flicks has definitely made it's mark in theaters.
#3 - Incredibles 2 ($2,093,667)
The sequel to Pixar's 2005 smash hit has not only outperformed the original in theaters, it's starting to be perceived as better than the original.
#2 - Ant-man and the Wasp ($2,992,247)
If anybody's surprised about Marvel's staying power--I don't know what to tell you. The Ant-man sequel is doing fairly well on it's own. It's budget was between $162-$195 million, and it's reportedly earned north of $299.4 million.
#1 - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($4,333,438)
The Adam Sandler-driven sequel is cashing in on the family movie genre. It's budget reportedly of $80 million converting to about $121 million+ in earnings.