Kelly Marie Tran

 

Social media sites are the bridges between us and the rest of the world on the internet. And like any good bridge… they each have their share of trolls. But fandoms, parts of the nerd community that should bring people together to use our nerdy powers for good, are also bringing toxic nostalgia zealots together to use their powers for evil. No other fandom encapsulates that as well as Star Wars. The vitriol around the new movies is spawning some of the worst campaigns in the history of nerddom, driving cast and crew away from social media, disrupting the hype for other movies, and causing drama and turmoil throughout the fandom. These factions dividing us are unclear to some. But is there a correct, constructive way to discuss and air our grievances with our entertainment? Should we? How are lives being affected? Who is being caught in the crossfire? How does it affect other fandoms? And how do we move forward?

 

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Chloe Dykstra, cast-member of Heroes of Cosplay and co-host of the web series Just Cos, grew up apart of the entertainment and nerd communities. This is because her father, John Dykstra, is a special effects artist, best known for his work on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 2.

Dykstra clearly developed a taste for nerdiness herself, fostering a love of cosplay, conventions, and sci-fi fantasy characters. She remains wholly involved in the nerd community, sharing her cosplays and providing commentary on geekdom as her full-time job.

However, Dykstra has recently taken to Medium to detail the haunting three-year abuse committed by an unnamed ex-boyfriend when she was in her young 20’s. (more…)

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