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Cupcakes, Pinterest, and LadypornFeminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century$
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Elana Levine

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039577

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039577.001.0001

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ABC’s Scandal and Black Women’s Fandom

ABC’s Scandal and Black Women’s Fandom

(p.32) Chapter 2 ABC’s Scandal and Black Women’s Fandom
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Kristen J. Warner

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes the ways Black women fans have reacted to not being visible in the dominant spaces of fandom. It offers the fandom of ABC's Scandal—a program with Black women in central positions both behind and in front of the camera—as a primary example of the ways Black women fan communities work toward reinscription. Premiering on ABC in April 2012, the prime-time dramatic series produced by Grey's Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes and starring African American actress Kerry Washington became a literal embodiment of the type of labor Black women practice in fan spaces. In this case, Black female fans have transformed the central Black lead, canonically drawn as normative and racially neutral, into a culturally specific Black character. This is commonplace labor for non-White fans—particularly in the early-twenty-first-century's so-called postrace moment.

Keywords:   Scandal, Black women, fandom, non-White fans, reinscription, Black female fans, postrace moment, ABC, television series, Scandal fandom

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