You are part of a fandom. There are a lot of yous in this fandom. In fact, a fandom cannot exist without so many yous loving and cherishing a thing and wanting to share it with each other. This fandom that you are in happens to be the Welcome to Night Vale fandom.
These charts represent the Cecils created in November. There is an incredibly uneven amount of white to nonwhite amount of Cecils, even worse when you take out the iterations of the Actor. Individually, these are not wrong. You are fine with your headcanons. Plenty of incredible artworks are featured on this blog, and even more sketches are saved in the drafts because people are so eager to create.
However, there is… quite the disparity. In the overall total; in the averages; in the percentages. As a whole, it only contributes to the minimalisation of PoC in the world. Yes—the world. Television shows, movies, books, and podcasts do not not influence the world, and although fandoms often interact in seemingly enclosed spaces on the internet, the vast “series of tubes” actually has far-reaching consequences.
There is no “IRL” as you call it that is totally separate from “Online”. When you say “In Real Life” you know you're really talking about “Away From Keyboard” or “Offline” but these things exist in your real lives and impact you—words, videos, emotions, depression, et cetera—just as much as if they were a newspaper, a television set, or another human being speaking coldly to you across the dinner table.
Even the crew behind the podcast you love so much recognize how much it is influencing people over the web. How it is helping people who are anxious or depressed, and how it is recognized and beloved by members of the LGBT*QQIPA communities.
So, too, has it even been recognized by them (or, rather, Cecil Baldwin, since he gets the most interviews) as intentionally meant to be inclusive of and welcoming to People of Color, using names evocative of nonwhite cultures and deliberately describing characters—especially Carlos, the secondary main character—with dark skin. It featured a white character whose only function was to be a racist and to be called out for his racist actions (actions that white people don’t think of as actually being racist, but in fact they are), and by the main character no less. The one you all keep picturing as white.
You are not being asked to forsake your headcanon, merely to consider drawing and writing other possibilities. This is, after all, a story full of all possibilities at once. You can think more than one thing at once. It is possible to think two things; you are not limited to the types of thought policing that goes on in Night Vale, you know. And if one of these other possibilities does supplant your headcanon? Well… what is so bad about that?
Now, if this shadow has offended, think but this and all is mended:
You are part of a fandom.
You have proudly chased off homophobic bloggers who would intrude on your fandom’s space. Yelled at them. Ranted about them. United in fandom spirit over banishing the bigot.
You laugh when the main character yells—never kindly, never politely—at someone doing something racist. You do not laugh at the main character, but at the unlearning fool unto whom he unleashes his righteous rage.
You cry when a detached hand gets a chance at her dream and it is then snatched away from her, only for the main character to nobly rhapsodize over it. Her dream becomes your dream, your sympathy.
You rally and stir and you check that your hearts are beating normally and prepare for revolution and bloodshed.
Do you realize, though, that:
“There’s never not something that, when feeling pressed to the wall, to a place with no room left to run, gathers its numbers, gathers its forces, and turns on its oppressor. Turns viciously and without inhibition, even on those who merely look like its oppressor.”?
Read it again to be sure.
No. Read it again.
You are part of a fandom, specifically, the Welcome to Night Vale fandom.
Act like it.