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what’s the big stink about pork magazine?

ok so like what’s the big stink about pork magazine?
Anonymous

long story short:

i had heard of pork magazine via tumblr a year or two ago, namely via some style bloggers who wore pins and cool shit from the mag. i kinda dug the aesthetic, but didn’t really look more into it. i flipped through a few issues i came across in a store but it’s not like i had a subscription or anything.

this changed last summer.

july 2011: pork magazine published some photos of a “cowboys and indians” photoshoot, featuring white folks dressed up as - you guessed it - stereotypical cowboys and indians. worse still, one of the people dressed up as an “indian” is swigging back hard liquor (as if we didn’t have enough bullshit propagating the stereotype of native people = drunks). some people involved in the photoshoot have a pretty big online following more around fat positive politics, so most critical folks involved in that community were totally caught off guard by this blatantly racist photoshoot.

then, the reaction to criticisms and comments saying “hey white folks you might want to think twice before putting on a headdress and playing dressup this way” was even worse than the photoshoot itself, if you can believe it.

fatpeopleofcolor wrote this great rundown of the situation if you want more details and links.

march 2012: made these “pork army” membership cards using nazi imagery. white folks reblog saying “sign me up, mein fuhrer.” haha! so funny, right?

april 2012: people point out that even with all of this behind us, some fat-positive blogs are still celebrating the people who have yet to be held accountable for participating in a racist photoshoot and very publicly aligning themselves with a publication that prides itself on using offensive imagery, racist language, and saying “fuck off” to anyone who disagrees with them.

and that, unfortunately, is why people are still talking about this shit almost a year later.

personally, i have directly contacted the editor of the magazine and some of the people i saw very publicly associating themselves with pork magazine who i had otherwise thought were cool dudes. sean responded quickly and respectfully enough, but we clearly disagree on the basics. i prefer that to the radio silence i got from people who still get lauded as “amazing babes.” there is ZERO accountability here and ZERO reason to support an independent magazine that is completely unapologetic about any criticisms that it uses violent racist imagery and language.

and hey, what a lovely ironic surprise: here, founder of PORK sean aaberg writes about his boner for gavin mcinnes, cofounder of vice, about his love for the t-shirt “the last of the white niggers.”

enough said.

Anonymous asked: ok so like what's the big stink about pork magazine?

long story short:

i had heard of pork magazine via tumblr a year or two ago, namely via some style bloggers who worn pins and cool shit from the mag. i kinda dug the aesthetic, but didn’t really look more into it. i flipped through a few issues i came across in a store but it’s not like i had a subscription or anything.

this changed last summer.

july 2011: pork magazine published some photos of a “cowboys and indians" photoshoot, featuring white folks dressed up as - you guessed it - stereotypical cowboys and indians. worse still, one of the people dressed up as an "indian" is swigging back hard liquor (as if we didn’t have enough bullshit propagating the stereotype of native people = drunks). some people involved in the photoshoot have a pretty big online following more around fat positive politics, so most critical folks involved in that community were totally caught off guard by this blatantly racist photoshoot.

then, the reaction to criticisms and comments saying “hey white folks you might want to think twice before putting on a headdress and playing dressup this way” was even worse than the photoshoot itself, if you can believe it.

fatpeopleofcolor wrote this great rundown of the situation if you want more details or links.

march 2012: made these “pork army” membership cards using nazi imagery. white folks reblog saying “sign me up, mein fuhrer.” haha! so funny, right?

april 2012: people point out that even with all of this behind us, some fat-positive blogs are still celebrating the people who have yet to be held accountable for participating in a racist photoshoot and very publicly aligning themselves with a publication that prides itself on using offensive imagery, racist language, and saying “fuck off” to anyone who disagrees with them.

and that, unfortunately, is why people are still talking about this shit almost a year later.

personally, i have directly contacted the editor of the magazine and some of the people i saw very publicly associating themselves with pork magazine who i had otherwise thought were cool dudes. sean responded quickly and respectfully enough, but we clearly disagree on the basics. i prefer that to the radio silence i got from people who still get lauded as “amazing babes.” there is ZERO accountability here and ZERO reason to support an independent magazine that is completely unapologetic about any criticisms that it uses violent racist imagery and language.

and hey, what a lovely ironic surprise: here, founder of PORK sean aaberg writes about his boney for gavin mcinnes, cofounder of vice, about his love for the t-shirt “the last of the white niggers.”

enough said.

(made rebloggable here)

feral-femme:

witsfordinner:

I could pledge allegiance to this.
queerfatfemme:

BABE CITY USA!
ameliabutter:

ALLIHALLA SWIMWEAR
AMERICAN THIGHS
MY BEST ATTITUDE
LET’S PARTY



Hey everyone! Isn’t this the racist shithead behind the colonialist/racist Cowboys vs. Indians photoshoot, where they insisted they couldn’t possibly be racist because it was ironic kitch?
HAHA OF COURSE YOU’RE CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN FLAG ON YOUR WHITE BODY YOU COLONIALIST PIECE OF SHIT 

so bummed once again by cool people endorsing people who have not been held accountable for their bullshit. i would add: amelia has consistently refused to respond to criticisms and has yet to address these things. i’ve sent messages, emails, left comments, so reblogging feral-femme’s in your face criticism seems like a last ditch effort to get her to respond.
earlier feelings about this bullshit:
cultural appropriation and racism in fat spaces (july 20th, 2011)
PORK magazine can fuck right off (march 22nd, 2012)
vizz’s awesome rant (march 22nd, 2012)

feral-femme:

witsfordinner:

I could pledge allegiance to this.

queerfatfemme:

BABE CITY USA!

ameliabutter:

ALLIHALLA SWIMWEAR

AMERICAN THIGHS

MY BEST ATTITUDE

LET’S PARTY

Hey everyone! Isn’t this the racist shithead behind the colonialist/racist Cowboys vs. Indians photoshoot, where they insisted they couldn’t possibly be racist because it was ironic kitch?

HAHA OF COURSE YOU’RE CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN FLAG ON YOUR WHITE BODY YOU COLONIALIST PIECE OF SHIT 

so bummed once again by cool people endorsing people who have not been held accountable for their bullshit. i would add: amelia has consistently refused to respond to criticisms and has yet to address these things. i’ve sent messages, emails, left comments, so reblogging feral-femme’s in your face criticism seems like a last ditch effort to get her to respond.

earlier feelings about this bullshit:

“The issue of PORK magazine and its supporters is, in my opinion, about some fat people, who have from the beginning, on purpose, not affiliated themselves with anything remotely resembling social justice, being asked to act like decent human beings who care. They don’t though and they’ve always said they didn’t. They happen to be fat and they definitely reap the benefits of those involved in Fat Acceptance’s blogging community. It is sad to me that people I’ve known for years and years through FA, way back to Livejournal days, continue to involve themselves in a community based in social justice, reap the rewards of that involvement and still do not care enough to be better people and in fact, relish in their indignation. But I can’t change them. All I can do is make peace with the fact that I’ve lost friends and people I’ve had relationships with because of their actions or inactions. That’s a big thing for me in all of this. We build whiteness up by continuing to foster relationships with people who actively participate in white supremacy without any desire to examine that and change. If you see this happening and do nothing, you are the problem too. If you support those involved, you are, by virtue, just as problematic and at fault.”

tangledupinlace (via bowfolk)

jessica lays it down honestly. this is the only other thing i’m going to post about this for now, because it is such a waste of energy and time to communicate with unapologetic assholes. the handful of times i have tried to engage with the people at PORK magazine about ironic racism, it’s been made astoundingly clear they do not give a flying fuck (and are proud of it). the unfollow button is your friend.

PORK MAGAZINE CAN FUCK RIGHT OFF

be-bop-a-lu-la:

I am friends with one of the people involved in the project, and how I feel about the project doesn’t negate my feelings of friendship towards this person… But I really cannot believe the responses I’ve seen from PORK magazine over negative press they are receiving over their racist aesthetic choices.
 
I get what they’re doing, I really do. I’ve known people involved in similar subcultures who exist just far enough outside of the social justice sphere that they truly are ignorant to how shitty what they’re doing is. But intent and ignorance are not a viable defense. I mean it’s bad enough to see someone ignorantly style someone in Native American garb or choose nazi symbolism to use “ironically”, but to be like “okay, I hear your complaints but I’m not going to stop doing that because it’s funny to me”. I dunno it’s just disturbingly, shockingly callous. 

I tried not to say anything about this for awhile, but really? …REALLY?. I get that you’re trying to be scary/bad/rebellious or whatever, but if that’s how you’re using your “right to free speech and right to be offensive”… Well, you can do better. The attitudes you’re flaunting with your choices are really not too much different than the mainstream/right-wing America you seem to be rebelling against.

I would much rather take delight in offending the appropriate people by my views on sex or ugliness or abortion or (real talk) men/patriarchy/whatever. You’re offending the people who are oppressed by the dominant group you claim to differentiate yourself from. DOES NOT COMPUTE.

And it’s just insulting to those of us who are bonafide, dyed in the wool art weirdos without being total dickheads about it. The two don’t go hand-in-hand.

Grow up, and quit pouting because someone’s trying to take your favourite toy away. There are lots of other fun weird scary toys out there that don’t contribute to a world where white people systemically and routinely intimidate and make POC uncomfortable and anxious.

ETA: HEY you know what else is really amazing? That thing you do when you’re an artist and you finally grow to the point where you can accept and USE criticism. Someone might say “hey this isn’t really working/effective, and this is actually kind of incredibly cruel and hurtful to large groups of people”… And INSTEAD of steadfastly and bitterly defending your artistic/aesthetic choice, you take what they are saying into account and adjust your work accordingly. Because you know what? your work becomes better for it. It really does. An artist who can’t tactfully receive and use criticism is a fucking juvenile baby.

i’m really glad someone wrote this out and i love this angry rant. i personally wrote pork off completely after the july bullshit and an email conversation (if you could even call it that) with sean aaberg. i always resist talking about this because he clearly gets off on being seen as “rebellious,” if that’s what you can even call his licencious excuse for “wierdo art.”

where i’m still disappointed in 2012? the amount of people who i thought were super cool dudes who still support this magazine? thanks for letting me know that I’M DONE.

yeah, amelia butter and pussybow etc etc etc. have great style, are gorgeous, and often post interesting shit, but i’d rather support stylish badasses who don’t happen to be associating themselves with this level of ignorance, or you know, even sarcastically associate themselves with people who actually believe “offending people is part of being american,” and if you express that you are offended by their racist crap that you are “a clucking uptight square.”

sign me up mein fuhrer? for real?

why am i even writing about this. sometimes i forget that the internet is exactly like a fucking playground. the difference? i put up with bullies and assholes then, but i refuse to now.

you’re totally fucking right if you’re going to reblog this/reply to this and say “wah wah aren’t there more important things to be confronting and talking about” fuck yes this is some really insignificant stupid shit right here involving mostly total jackasses, but that doesn’t mean i can’t take ten minutes to vent about it and let people know if they support pork magazine they’re supporting douchebags who use the petty excuse “if you don’t like it then suck it.”

LAST I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS - TW for discussions of racism

… i really wonder how effective it is to reblog these photoshoot photos with commentary, whether it be productive, polite, or expressing rage. the more i see them, and the more i read the responses to criticisms, the more pissed off and upset i get. right now, i am just seeing hateful diatribe being spouted by whoever is behind PORK’s twitter feed (not linking it because it is fucked up and was really triggering for me). oh, and if that’s not enough, as a response to criticisms, sean aaberg is posting (once again not linking to any of this bullshit because it is gross) RACIST AS FUCK cartoons from the 30s and 40s to defend a questionable (to put it lightly) photoshoot made and published in 2011? real bright. ah, must be nice to be a smug, privileged white person who can be nostalgic for an era where racism was just so much more acceptable! and anyone who criticizes it is just oversensitive and taken one too many “racial studies classes,” according to this douchebag.

SO! in short, i find this shit really enraging and fucked up and am disengaging from it. please don’t send me messages or emails about it anymore, i’m just going to step away for my own self-care at this point. i sent them an email to get everything i needed off my chest before noticing this little gem: the white guy from Oakland who is posting some of the most racist/ableist/just straight up rude shit on pork’s website? he calls himself a god damn “shape shifting trickster” in his bio. what a crock of shit!
 
this is the last you’ll read about this fuckery on my tumblr. what could have been settled with a simple genuine apology has turned into a sad, pathetic mess. this has just gotten to another level of fucked-up ness.