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Artist. Activist. Wraith fan.

Don’t Let “Yeah, But You Didn’t” Be You

“Modern Art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t.” –Third Drawer Down Studio and Craig Damrauer

Don’t let “yeah, but you didn’t” be you, for modern art or for anything else.

What all could you be doing, but haven’t yet? Digital art. Short story writing. Origami. Making some nice Chef Chloe Coscarelli recipes from her books.

Turn those “yeah, but you didn’ts” into some fun projects. It’s your life and you deserve creative fun time too. 🙂

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The City of Atlantis as a Symbol of Oppression to Pegasus Citizens

The city of Atlantis, to the audience and to the Earthborn human characters, is all wonder, awe, and excitement. It is a place to explore and to enjoy.

Not so for many of the citizens of the Pegasus galaxy.

For the Wraith, the Asurans, and possibly the grey Daedalus Variations race, the city symbolizes the Ancients and their their genocidal campaigns, the captives who died in the prisons there and the genocidal weapons manufactured there. That anger was so great that it did not fade in Todd nor Oberoth, after 10,000 years, and caused both leaders to make jumpy actions (Oberoth wanting to destroy Atlantis just for vengeance and Todd jumping to conclusions about the who reactivated the Attero device.)

For the native Pegasus humans, the city’s technology means domination, such as “The Game” and “The Tower.” The fact that humans arrived from the Milky Way galaxy just means someone else wields power now, rather than the Ancients. Season 5 showed the New Lanteans being heavy-handed with the native humans. In “Identity,” John had used the city as a threat: “You know about Atlantis, right? Then you know you’re better off being our friend than our enemy, so why don’t you be our friend and show us where that terminal is?” Yes, John was under pressure to save Jennifer, but, in a season 6, this threat probably would have have led to more problems with the existing governments in Pegasus, such as they faced in “Inquisition.” The Genii and other Pegasus natives want to rule themselves.

Some of the problems the Lanteans face is just from living in Atlantis, that symbol of the Ancients and all its baggage. Being human in an over 10,000 year old family feud doesn’t help either and amplifies their association with the Ancients. Weir said the Asurans “look at the Ancients like parents who betrayed them, and now they see humans as the favoured siblings who receive all the parents’ love.” That’s not the New Lanteans’ fault, but that makes it harder on them, as other races in the galaxy might have the same feelings as the Asurans.

Living in Atlantis is political and it would do the New Lanteans some good to better reflect on that when interacting with all of the galaxy’s inhabitants.

Female Stargate Fans, Don’t Be Sorry, Be Clear

Women have been historically taught to apologize when they have done nothing wrong and are trying to be assertive. Ladies, don’t do it. Speak the truth and don’t ever be sorry for it.

https://thinkbonfire.com/blog/women-stop-apologizing-at-work/

Do not apologize when you speak out about xenophobia, geoblocking, and any other injustice, on Stargate forums or anywhere else.

*One should not apologize to xenophobes, who are the ones with the problems and who are messing up the world. They do not censor their negativity. Why should you censor yourself? Let them put you on ignore if they hate Wraith or anyone else so much. Do not accommodate bigotry. Disrupt it.

*One should not stay small and let other speak for them or erase them.

*One should not apologize for being a customer/consumer. Companies exist to market to us– not the other way around. If we stay hidden, silent, or downplay our wants, how will merchandise makers, and even 3D printing content creators, know we exist to market to us? Otherwise, we end up with crap for tie-in merchandise such as we largely have now.

Don’t be sorry, be confident, clear, and proud.

Carson is a Better and More Compassionate Doctor than Jennifer

Jennifer ran her mouth a lot about compassion, talking over Todd, as if she were some expert on treating others compassionately. But, who is the better doctor? Jennifer or Carson? Is Jennifer really compassionate?

Upon seeing downed Wraith:
*Carson offers medical assistance to Hector, a stranger in a downed dart.
*Jennifer acts as though she doesn’t even see Bullseye, someone she had just invited and worked with in a peaceful delegation.

Upon the brink of preventable losses:
*Carson speaks up for the retrovirused Wraith, pleading on their behalf about the mess the Lanteans caused them.
*Jennifer says nothing when Todd is pleading on behalf of his crew’s infection, which the Lanteans, especially Jennifer, partly caused them. She only seems mad that Todd can’t help her to work on the ship at the moment.

Talk is cheap. Jennifer just talks. When the time comes for action, Carson acts. No wonder why he was better liked of the two.

Alienizing Wraith is Still Humanizing Wraith

Wraith fans sometimes try to set their OC Wraith apart by adding to their OC world-building. But, the majority of the so-called “alien” additions are actually customs that global cultures have had for thousands of years (or used to have, before being steamrolled over by Western colonialism and cis-hetero-masculine-dominant religions).

Inclusiveness for non-binary people, community bathing, not sleeping on Western-style beds, community child-raising, non-nuclear families, and community sleeping, for example, are all parts of Earth human cultures.

Even in Legacyverse, the games, fashion, and names are found in a mashup of the ways of other cultures, both past and present. The words “zenana,” “blade,” and “Consort,” for instance, were taken from court life, Eastern and Western, but with the Wraith Queen being the court leader, rather than a human king. What was once old is now new again.

Similarly, on-screen details about Wraith, such as matriarchy, tribal style tattoo art, males having long hair and wearing nail lacquer too, chanting, and martial arts have existed globally on Earth for thousands of years.

Recognizing these traditions, here or on other planets is great. But, to label any non-Western traditions as “alien” is to erase global Earth cultures and to mythologize the white Western way as the only human way.

Also, humans can and should have what Wraith do too: environmentally-friendly, lab-grown items and respect for the environment. Some of that exists to us now, from emerging cruelty-free, lab-grown and cultured materials, such as from pineapple leaves, coconut water, kombucha, and mushrooms.

Within SGA, the White-cis-hetero-masculine-ableist-colonialist way is what is represented to the Pegasus galaxy’s citizens, though the military’s presence. At least the Goa’uld in SG1 had a better picture of humanity as a whole, by their posing as various global and multicultural deities and figures.

When it all boils down, there is no way around that we are all more similar than different.

(((Note: Mistaking global traditions, past or present, for alien is seen more so from comments on Wraith fanfics than in the fanfics themselves. Often, the authors are very well-versed in history and know exactly what they are using as building blocks, even disclosing them and expounding on them when readers do ask.)))

SGC Site Is a Consumer Psychology Train Wreck

Stargate Fandom Geoblocking

Still only 6 countries have access to SGC. It is like watching a train wreck, except no one is clearing away the wreckage.

I have stopped posting on most Origins forums and threads in all Stargate sites, not just SGC, because the All Access Haves keep needling the No Access Have Nots and there keeps being the same fights over and over again, like a broken record. Some deliberately rub in their privilege and still other accidentally spoil stuff. Long-time fans are upset and they take it out on one another, instead of challenging the source of the division.

This level of ineptitude is an opportunity for any consumer psychologists out there studying the modern effects of outmoded, regional release roll-outs and/or the effects of random privilege.

Endowment effect: People in 6 select countries who were allowed access and paid $20 for the site overwhelmingly praise SGC and Origins. Meanwhile, people who were excluded and who watched Origins on the sly overwhelmingly ridicule Origins, dropping by just to briefly mock it, and then moving on, leaving the all-access people to shake their fists at the posts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endowment_effect

Privilege: The all-access people, through no merit of their own, but by random luck of having residence in 6 select countries, act in the same privileged way. When excluded people protest, privileged people tell them to be thankful for the 3 episodes and what they have in life, to shut up and go away, that they have too much free time and are bitter, that privileged people can’t be bothered to see reminder posts from those excluded, that excluded people should pirate or chance using a VPN and forfeiting their accounts and $20 if caught. Stargate fans have been divided and fall into the random roles their lots fell to, just like the Stanford Prison Experiment, where random people, all innocent, were assigned roles and the people in privileged roles started to act in unkind ways, just because of roles. The shameful way excluded fans are being treated makes SCG, GW, and other sites hostile places.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment

Loss Aversion and Scarcity: What rehashed behind-the-scenes photos for SG1, SGA, and SGU that are uploaded to SGC, by both SGC in the feed and users mining them from Pinterest for the “forum,” are just bitter reminders that all those photos, and thousands more, used to available on the old MGM site, in resolutions many times larger, and videos and interviews too, in an easy-to-search format. There were also pages on the various races and even whole pages and galleries for notable characters, treating them with respect, not some short and silly, xenophobic and misgendering “creature feature” blurbs. Why go through all the trouble of deleting a site of about 10 years (the Wayback Machine started recording it as of 2007) with so many resources and monumental work, only to strip out the MGM and replace it with a paltry page which is costing money to run through TopFan and paying people to re-upload stuff? It’s like someone replacing your Transformers with Gobots and thinking you won’t notice. Taking things away from consumers, in whole or in part, e.g. replacing the free-for-all MGM site with the smaller SGC app limited by geography, also goes up against established consumer psychology research. As Robert Cialdini says, newly-experienced scarcity is more powerful than constant scarcity. Humans are hard-wired to avoid losses, be it anything from intangible rights to tangible goods. And, Daniel Kahneman’s research on loss aversion says losses loom larger than gains.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion

They pit fans against one another another by geography, buying ability, and fans of human characters vs fans of the other races with their xenophobic language.

Why the sudden xenophobia and simplified world-building to make the aliens 2D and dismissable? The tie-in books veered from Legacy and the tie-in comics will be veering from their main arc, to match the language and spirit of the new SGC site’s, which is to over-simplify and outgroup established Stargate races and societies in a way that does not match the TV shows (even Ronon called Wraith people and he/him and not it). All this seems to be happening around the same time of the new SGC site and downplays Stargate’s past as well as indicates fewer long-term, long-arc investments. Legacy and the AM comic arcs went for years. Conversely, a simplified set of characters makes for quick, 2D stories, not sophisticated world-building modern audiences are used to, but cheaper and easier to pump out– and, you get what you pay for. And, you also condone bigotry that way. Not cool.

And, how has that all been working out for the fandom? Stargate sites are at a crawl and are so desperate for fandom news that they post editorial pieces and bits about other franchises that past Stargate directors are working on just to fill the empty space. Fanart is at an all-time low and Origins fanart is exceedingly rare, as artists have no reference material. The Stargate fanart Twitter account recently died.

So long as we all accept random roles, there is no incentive for media to change. Let us reject the random roles and support one another as fellow Stargate fans. At the very least, if someone asks for access, people can comment that they wish the fandom were not divided so and that regional roll-outs are outdated. If someone makes a bigoted remark, including SGC, people can comment that is misgendering, racist, etc.

Another fan said it well: the franchise has a lot of potential, but it needs someone with a vision to come along modernize it, the way Charles Duhigg described Alcoa’s transformation by focusing on keystone habits such as safety. Updating Stargate includes both in social norms, cleaning up the xenophobia against its own races, and in distribution channels. The xenophobia remarks function for MGM as worker accidents did for Alcoa. Until then, it is a good example of what NOT to do in your management and marketing.

White Racist Bias in Stargate Transcripts

I’ve previously written about the non-canon and xenophobic misgendering of Wraith. Looking more deeply into this, one sees the spectacle of White racist bias in the transcript writers by their very deliberate misgendering of male characters: male characters who are not in white bodies are misgendered, objectified, and de-animated by use of the word “it.”

*Among fully or partially machine-based life forms, white-skinned Asuran Oberoth is a “he” while the grey-skinned Daedalus Variations aliens are “it.”

*Among the Alliance of the Four Great Races, white-skinned Janus is a “he” and white-skinned Nox are “he” while the pinkish-greyish-skinned  Asgard are “it.” (Furlings were never shown in their real forms.)

*Among the Wraith themselves, Michael was forced to have his skin changed to white without his permission and because of this, he gets to be a “he” while all other Wraith with green skin, such as Todd, are continually misgendered “it,” no matter how much good Todd does for the majority-white New Lanteans.

*Somehow, inanimate ships are given more consideration than non-white characters. The Daedalus is a “she”!!!? What the actual frell?!

This is blatant racist bias and this is wrong. Calling anyone an “it” is never OK either. No one would call Gamora, Ninja Turtles, or The Hulk “it” because other fandoms would not tolerate this crap. Stargate gets away with it because it is a tiny fandom and not taken seriously, for such crap as this.

It is people such as these transcript writers who make me love the Wraith, but feel ashamed of Stargate.