OTW Fannews: Threats to or from fandom

  • Slate wrote about a recent hacking attack on Tumblr, reporting on how the target was a fandom. “The original target appears to have been the ‘brony’ tag on tumblr…The first Tumblrs that were infected…used the brony tag, and from there, it seems, thousands of other Tumblrs fell victim, including those belonging to USA Today, the Verge, and Reuters. In a press release announcing today’s attack…GNAA insults brony culture with racist, inflammatory language typical of trolls, before mentioning an upcoming ‘brony-removal drive.’ The group claims to have infected 8,600 individual Tumblrs with the worm.”
  • Anime News Network wrote about the cancellation of various fandom events due to death threats. “Since last month, more than 20 locations linked to Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki, including the Comic Market dōjinshi event, have received threat letters with powdered and liquid substances. A source in the investigation of Kuroko’s Basketball threat letters said there is a high possibility that the liquid sent to Sophia University on October 12 could emit a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide if vaporized. ”
  • On the other hand, a TV show’s fandom is being blamed for the cancellation of a popular show. “Producers and actors in North American, Asian, and European media have had a few decades to get used to the impact of organized fandom on their series. But in other parts of the world, online fandoms are only just beginning to interact with and influence television and film production decisions. Sometimes the road to harmony between the two can be quite rocky, as fans of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, affectionately known as IPKKND, learned when its lead actor, Barun Sobti, decided to leave the show.”

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