One of the users there notorious for posting sexist and anti-LGBTQ+ drivel, as well as wishing war and death upon the Wraith, says “Chinese and Russians have philosophies completely incompatible with those of the Occidentals.”
“Occidentals”? Who even says that in this century? 😛 This is a dog whistle word for alt-righters and Google results show alt-right links. This site keeps getting worse. White xenophobes claiming incompatibility with Asian culture is no surprise, but the Orient-Occident binary, a false binary created to justify colonialism and imperialism, is something Gaters need to be aware of as well. Looking on maps of what this even consists of, different sites list different European nations as East or West and not all agree on who is grouped where. Most list Russia and some list Poland. But, Slavic nations are among those divided in the false binary. The false binary is throwback to the WW2 era, when white racists also outgrouped Irish and Italian immigrants.
The binary and the incompatibility are, of course, uneducated lies. Fusion philosophy exists and has always existed, such as Christianity being a mash-up of Judaism, Greek philosophy, and other European pagan traditions, especially the Christmas and Easter pop culture symbols. Transcendentalism, as a philosophy, was inspired by Indian Asian philosophy and Greek philosophy, which in itself had also been influenced by trade with the Middle East and Far East and vice-versa with Greek culture impacting others in turn. The cross-cultural impacts are all around.
There are a lot of Gaters of Slavic heritage, especially Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish. The Russian language SGA and Wraith-specific sites are among the best for photo references. So often, I find a thumbnail of an old photo, use Google to find better versions with more resolution, and the Russian sites have always been there. Geoblocking does not give fans in these countries anywhere near enough recognition, and, without these sites, a lot of Stargate history would have been lost to the sands of time. So, I say it here that I am thankful. And, Stargate comics? Two Polish Wraith artists have rocked that, pumping out a page a week, each artist doing her own story, sketching, inking, and coloring and have given us complete comics, for free and for the love of it. The comics are respectful to the New Lanteans and the Wraith, aim for canon accuracy, and have better likenesses than the licensed tie-in ones for sale. The comics are read and understood by people around the world.
Meanwhile, the xenophobic people have contributed nothing to the fandom and have nothing to show for themselves. But, they sure do kill threads and ruin forums. The thread this dog whistle post was in started out about living among others with differences in a Star Trek way.
Down with walls, barriers, false binaries, and hate. We are all Gaters, no matter our heritages. We understand the Stargate shows, one another, and we are compatible. There is a saying that art speaks 1,000 languages and it is true, as we all view art from SGA on our screens and create and share fanworks of our own. Art inspires art and we all build one another up.
The Wraith are human hybrid characters with fusion Ancient in their Wraith language and writing and their worshippers are also a fusion culture too. And, Spike rocked Earth clothes, games, and music.
I am thankful that there are people all around the world who love the Wraith and who want to see nonviolence– for all Earthlings and all intergalactic beings– and see more likenesses than differences.