Hey folks, to be honest, at first I wanted to make this a ragey ranty, yet humorous post that you would normally read like last year in 2013, but then I had to stop myself. I want to stop and talk about the serious nature of badly done parody accounts, that take cheap shots at people who I consider to be friends. Yesterday, a parody account named Da Love Cop, tweeted at me that I am too concerned all the time about racism, and this really had me upset. But I had heard/read these words before, and I should have known who this person was, but Da Love Cop confessed who he was and he apologized for his cultural appropriation of Black culture. I forgave him, and yet, we must move forward, and move from guilt to praxis.
I am okay with parody accounts of stereotypes and celebrities, we need to learn to be self-critical. However, when it comes to personal details and a person’s identity, having fun at denigrating a person made in the image of God is not okay in any sense. FundiFeminist has time and again taken cheap shots at some of my friends, with very few tweets, and these are personal details only a small circle of people would know to begin with. Tonight, I won’t expose who FundiFeminist is because I know who the committee 3-4 persons are. I will let them come out in their own time. What I do want to say is this, the accusations that my friend Jason, a friend and ally to my friends Dianna and Sarah (the primary targets of FundiFeminist) are baseless. In short, to accuse Jason of this without any real proof, is flat out VICTIM-BLAMING. In communities that bully other communities throughout history, victim-blaming is a practice that is the norm. Thanks to some help from some of Encyclopedia Black’s assistants, a more complete search for the IP information that FundiFeminist left on Da Love Cop’s blogpost, shows that Whoever FundiFeminist is (one of the three to four people) is at a conference (an area filled with hotels) in Chicago right now. There are a few conferences going on in the Windy City so you are left to do the rest of the detective work yourself. Why?
Because this post is not about FundiFeminist. This isn’t about Da Love Cop. This goes beyond that. This goes to the heart of post-evangelicalism and the Christian Publishing Industrial Complex. We were warned about the latter weeks ago yes? The same persons who call for UNITY! are the same persons who want to silence the “angry” social justice writers. Why is this? I think it’s because the narrative has gotten disrupted. I think that postevangelicalism is far too obsessed with
alternative realities “deeper stories” and abstract notions of healing that it’s far too busy wanting to read/hear other voices, particular online. Healing is going to look different for everyone, and anger is just one mode of that process. A number of postevangelical leaders have chimed in, questioned angry social justice writers’ faith all because persons like Sarah Moon, for example, who has an anti-rape culture critique of Christian books from the past (well, and present too). I mean, but we’re more than just our “angry social justice” tweets and blogs and tumblr. We’re people of faith, we attend church, we play videogames. This post is taking away from my Arkham City time BTW.
Sometimes we make fun of, “parody,” what we do not understand. I think the fear is that the narrative that my friends are bringing are going to tear apart the post-evangelical writing industry because they are saying things that need to be said, but we don’t want to have our dirty laundry out in public like that. As theologians like Katie Canon, James Cone and Gustavo Guittierez and Rosa Parks have all testified to, when persons speak truth to power in love, there is a risk involved. They are putting themselves on the line. Folks get nervous when the status quo is endangered, they get real nervous, and sometimes, they may do and act in a way that is contrary to their good-natured civilized habits.
The problem is just not with FundiFeminist as a lone obscure individual parody account. The problem is the environment that makes FundiFeminist okay, that endorses linguistic violence towards others’ personhoods in the name of “free speech.” Free speech is not truly free if it violates your neighbor. Words do indeed have meaning. This environment is possible in post-evangelical internet hotspots like Stuff Christian Culture Likes. The community’s history has been (and continues to be) well documented when it comes to detractors. When one person questioned the community’s commitment to justice, trolls were sic’d on them via Twitter. The thing is, when it comes to things like “STORY” and “being relational,” it’s only SCCL’S way of being relational that matters, and only their story that should be AT THE CENTER (post-evangelical, post-fundy, now all kumbaya blah). This is basically the narrative of white postevangelicalism, a grand narrative of false moral equivalencies and hegemonic communities. If you don’t see things exactly SCCL’s way, and you happen to be a white female, and a little bit of an intellectual, consider the probablity that you will be trolled and harassed into being relational with SCCL. While holding to an on-the-fly, ahistorical definition of a fundamentalist (basically, anyone who passionately disagrees with you), “the symptoms” like “controlling the narrative” are exactly what SCCL does.
The parody FundiFeminist is not the threat to the status quo; the stories that Dianna and Sarah and others have to offer as alternatives to post-evangelical just don’t fit, and that perhaps suggesting the dangerous offering that Liberationist theologians have done for decades, to consider and prioritize the stories of the marginalized are what threatens “margi-privileged” communities like SCCL. If anyone has experienced bullying and torment by the Stuff Christian Culture Likes community, I would suggest documenting and submitting screen shots of interactions on the SCCL Watchdog Tumblr.