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Saturday, October 17, 2009

An Open Letter From The Invisible One...

Hello my wonderful and very, very appreciated readers:

Maybe it's the fact that I am wearing a dashiki today, or maybe it's the Ciroc cocktail, or maybe it's because I have been listening to The Beastie Boys "Ill Communication" all day that I feel the need to let this out. I tweeted about this the other day, but I don't feel satisfied that it was enough. Lots of folks aren't bothered with the Tweet thing, and I want to make sure my feelings are known. My blog sis said that when you engage in things like this you are seen as petty. Unfortunate, but true. But Madame Invisible has to be petty at some point; everybody's allowed at least one.

When I very first started blogging 2 years ago, I was stunned to find out that people would repost, or take an idea of mine, and write it as their own, with not even a smidgen of acknowledgment to me. And some of the sites were very big and well read. I didn't know whether to be flattered that people were taking notice and imitating, or be pissed off. What can you do anyway, as the internet is not like the bookworld, with copyrights and things?

Well here it is 2 years later, and people are still plagiarizing, and now I am pissed when it happens. It's not as bad as before, cause most people have the good sense to realize that Ms. Invisible has a style all of her own that is very recognizable. Except for one blogger, it seems, that should definitely know better by now.

I put great thought into what I write. Even if it's an idea that I came up with quickly, it came from my brain and my heart, my intellect and experience. I also think about things like is it funny? Is it informative? Will my readers find it interesting?

So much of ME goes into what I write, that it is tired, tacky, lazy, trifling, and honestly downright f*cking disrespectful to take my ideas, not even change the freaking labels of them, and pass them off as your own, as if it was public property and you have the right to do so, with absolutely no thought whatsoever. WTF?

I don't believe in burning bridges, as Black Hollywood, and especially the Black blogging world regarding it, is too small. Plus my mother taught us to be unfailingly polite, which can sometimes be the bane of my existence. I noticed every single time, but grinned and bore it in silence. But there are times in life where folks put the dynamite down, and then light it or push down on the detonator themselves. They leave you no choice. This is a person I bigged up on this blog, even through their envy, and this person was also the target of my one other rant besides this one. I am sick and tired of this person using my ideas and (not so) secretly hating on me. Hey, try this, hater. Come up with some amusing/readable/original stuff of your own! And if you can't? Wait till you f*cking can!

I'm not telling you all to choose one blog or the other, like in a divorce, cause there is room for everybody. But what I am telling you is that any time I see somebody using my sh*t like it's theirs, with no credit and absolutely no respect,
I WILL call you out, and I WILL ROAST YOUR ASS! I am a QUEEN, o foolish hateful one, and if you don't have any inkling of that by now, then you have no right to even a smidgen of space in my gone, parasite!

That is all. Now back to our show, and enjoy the post below from Madame Invisible's original series from Soul Sis-Star Reviews....thanks! Love You! -Ms. Invisible


msladyDeborah said...

Alrighty IW!

Now that you've had your say, I hope you feel better. I feel you about someone taking your work and giving no respect where it is due.

I think that one of the things about blogging that has become obvious over the short time that I've been doing it is the lack of boundaries that often seems to exist when people admire what you do but don't want to give the credit where it is due.

Hopefully, this will not remain a major problem. I think as long as people get called out it will decrease in due time.

PPR_Scribe said...

Backstory and details, please! :-)

Max Reddick said...

Okay. I admit it. I did set up a site Invisible Man: Black Cinema on the Small Screen but it was a completely original idea and had nothing to do with you at all. It is all a big coincidence.

But this has happened to me too. I just shake my head and move on.

But I agree with PPR_Scribe. I would love the backstory and details.

Cowgirl in the sand said...

Beastie boys and a dashiki. You are sooo awesome. Hope that person takes a hint.

Lenoxave said...

Damn! I'm sorry to hear about this.

clnmike said...

Damn, I can see why your mad.

Marvalus said...


I saw your "rant" on Twitter and silently wondered what the hell was going on. I realize now that I should have said that this has happened to me, and it is part of the reason why I don't blog as much as I used to.

You have every right to be angry...and will bring the vaseline and hair scrunchies if we need to go and get in somebody's ass!

j/k...but seriously...

Invisible Woman said...

@msladyd: thanks, honey, I can always count on you :-) but there is a thin line between disrespect and admiration...if someone is a repeat offender, then guess which side of the line they're on?

@pprscribe and max: i just really wanted this blogger to know i'm not as dense as he probably thought i was...why he would think i was clueless is beyond me. but trust, if it happens again, you WILL know all of the details, lol.

@josephine: takes one to know one, fly girl. and yes, i do think they'll get the message.

@lenox ave and cln mike: well i feel better that folks understand my need to rant..that's great

@ms m: really? the nerve! i would really like to hear more details...maybe you can hit me up with an email

Undercover Black Man said...

Wow. I mean... wow...

Who made you go to the bad place, IW?

Invisible Woman said...

@ubm: well, you can best believe it ain't you, baby ;-)

The Wendilicious Wonder said...

Name and shame, I say. Be petty. In fact, it's not at all petty. Like you said, they wouldn't be able to get away with it so freely in the tradtional publishing world, so why should they get off so freely and shamlessly in the blogging world?

A couple of years ago a witty blogger was outed when it was revealed that she'd plagerised from a genuinely witty blogger her friends and readers were not familiar with. He posted screen shots of her blog, with posted time and dates evident, and the comparison to his own blog, even down to pictures and witty asides, was more than uncanny.

She deleted her post (though he still had the screenshots on his page) and she blogged less frequently from then on... presumably because she um, "ran out of ideas."

Name and shame, I say.