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This Week in Fandom, Volume 43

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago this year? I feel so old…

First up this week is a call for papers to be presented at the fifth annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, which will be held on June 10th and 11th, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A 500-word abstract along with your CV must be submitted by April 30th, 2017. See the link for more information and a list of suggested possible topics.


Disney has been getting the attention of the LGBT+ community recently. As Hello Giggles reported, Disney just released their first animated same-sex kiss–a few of them, actually–and it was a totally un-hyped moment. The kiss(es) happened in an episode of Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil. A whole bunch of concert-going couples kiss during a love song, and it appears that some of the couples are pairs of men, while others are are pairs of women. As the article explains, “It’s definitely a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene which is even better — since it promotes the fact that same-sex couples aren’t anything to stop and gawk at… [I]t’s still rare to include an LGBTQ-friendly message in a show geared for children. And it’s even rarer for it to not be an obvious plotline (or worse, a joke.)”


On the flip side of things, Disney fans are unhappy with the inclusion of LeFou as a gay character in the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. While some people just don’t want gay characters in a family movie (which, ugh), there are LGBT+ fans who are unhappy with the type of representation this character provides. As Tumblr user nerdfighterwhatevernumber explains in a post, “His sexuality is basically a joke… [since] we already know the character will be the butt of the joke even if his sexuality itself isn’t.” And it appears that others feel similarly.


And to finish things off, The Philippine Daily Inquirer has published a list of the top 10 k-pop fandoms in the Philippines. The list is in alphabetical order by fandom name, so there is no “winner” for the biggest fandom, but it does highlight the popularity of the k-pop genre in the Philippines. Are you a k-pop fan from outside Korea? Let us know in the comment which group is your favourite!


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