Look. I don’t understand why bloggers are sh*tting all over these Asian American mom bloggers in the comments. They’re attacking the AA bloggers with stuff** like
- “You’re just jealous you didn’t get invited.”
- Did you not read their blog posts?
- Are you in high school?! “You’re just jealous…” For real, I can’t believe you’re gonna throw that one in the face of your fellow bloggers.
- “You’re only looking at the photo and judging by the photo.”
- What else would Grace and the other bloggers to do? Use FBI technology to run a facial recognition program and label EACH blogger in some Instagram photo as white, latino, asian, black? She used the photo as an example of “Where are my Asian peeps?”
- You judge me by my photos I post here, so what’s the difference? Don’t even.
- You post photos on your social platforms and expect me to say “I don’t see color”?
- “We don’t slander those who made it…”
- To my knowledge, Grace, Thien-Kim and the other bloggers who have written posts about this did not slander any other blogger. In fact, they are calling out Disney. Not the bloggers.
- GIRL please. I know you want to keep going to Disney/ABC events but you don’t have to smear your peers to look good.
- “You only saw one picture.”
- Ya think we have time to spend days, weeks on scouring the internet looking for other photos? We ARE parents too. [Some people have tiny babies who require a boob every few hours and can’t do a days-long investigation at the same time.]
- I DON’T know whether these parents have Asian kids at home or foster children or labradors instead of poodles. Sure you can’t judge a book by its cover. At the end of the day, if I saw a photo like that, wouldn’t I wonder “Hmm there is no one that looks like me represented here.”
- “This was actually an event for McFarland USA, and the FOB stop was additional.”
- Does that mean Asian American bloggers can only be invited to Asian-centric movies and tv shows? … because FOB. You just argued for my point.
- “Don’t make this about race.”
- OF COURSE I can never talk about race. Ever. I’m Asian American – the quiet, polite ethnicity of North America! I bow to you, oh special non-Asians! You are so much better than me because “you don’t see color.” [You exercise white privilege if you use that statement. To not see color means you erase my culture and identity as a Asian American. I am not going to into social justice and race relations with you on this blog. I live it already.]
While the comments – positive or negative – are being left up on my fellow bloggers’ sites, I ask you this:
In these types of events, how many Asian American family bloggers have been present?
That is the underlying question that I believe my fellow bloggers are asking. Obviously I can’t go through years of social media photos and dig to find an Asian face – I mean, would you ask that of someone if she was looking for an African American face?
Other questions that rise up for me:
To the bloggers who go to these junkets and events, kudos. If that’s your thing, yay for you. It looks like a neat thing to attend, and there is a camaraderie amongst you all.
Why are you attacking your fellow mom/family bloggers of color? From what I understand, these AA bloggers are asking why there wasn’t an AA family blogger at the table. Does your camaraderie only extend to your own group?
Sure you could argue stats and reach and followers. We don’t know how Disney/ABC events choose their criteria, so I’m not going to speculate. I’ve been in the position of pulling lists of bloggers for press events when I was in PR. I just want to point out that there are influential AA family bloggers out there and that’s too bad that they and their audiences were (possibly) overlooked.
Someone on Jessica Gottlieb’s post said “If this was an event regarding Black-ish and there were no African American bloggers, Black Twitter would be in an uproar.” (Again, paraphrasing.)
Does that mean we Asian Americans have to abide by the stereotyped mantra of “Be quiet, don’t make waves”? “Yellow Twitter, you don’t matter.” Do we have to continue to not make waves to be accepted, even in the blog world?
We’ll return to our regular programming tomorrow. Miss Spawn needs a boob.
** I am paraphrasing.