As of June 30th 2009 Imeem has unilaterally removed all user generated videos including this one. Their reason for decimating 1000s of people’s creative work and the communities around it? “There is no ROI for UGV”. That unbelievable answer makes us nauseous. When this video is available again on another sharing site we will re-post it.
In this slash vid, thingswithwings uses famous slash paring from popular speculative fiction TV shows and movies. She relies on subtext to read between the lines within her source material and imply a romantic relationship between two characters of the same gender. While the source material and its authors may have had no original intention of hinting at their character’s sexual orientation, this vid deliberately slashes the character relationships in Star Trek, BSG: Razor, Babylon 5, Homicide, due South, The West Wing, Buffy, Lost, Stargate Atlantis, Starsky & Hutch, The X-Files, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Primeval, Angel, Doctor Who, and Xena to reveal what happens when these relationships are reinterpreted by fans.
thingswithwings sites Henry Jenkin’s quote “slash is what happens when you take away the glass”, as the inspiration for this vid. What Jenkins was referring to was the social barriers in traditional masculinity that prevent men from articulating emotions or expressing intimacy.
The discussion in the vidding community regarding slash, its meaning and usage, is ongoing. Check out our previous posting for more on slash. Through the vidding process, fans become participants in media and culture creation by changing or queering story lines and characters, taking ownership over corporate owned media to make it their own. We think this is a very political act.
Read thingswithwings original livejournal entry.