Features and Interviews
Typically, I contribute to the media as a journalist. Sometimes I like talking to the media to comment on a variety of topics. My features are below:
A Toronto-based freelance writer has been talking to Ariana Grande in DMs after the pop star's fans viciously attacked her for several days over her criticisms of the singer.
Roslyn Talusan, 27, told BuzzFeed News that while she was shocked to hear from Grande directly, and they've since apologized to each other, she also felt "victim-blamed and gaslit" by the singer's defense of her fans.
She's hoping Grande will be less "passive" about how her fans act on her behalf — and take a firmer stance against abusive online behavior.
The incident sheds light on the ecosystem in which celebrity culture now exists and its consequences. Social media has made it easier than ever for stars to interact with both their fans and critics—there’s no need for a middle man publicist when you’ve got a Twitter and Instagram account. Although there are positives to that, including celebrities fostering a more “authentic” connection with their fan bases and openly discussing issues like mental health or substance abuse, there is also an undeniably ugly side to stan culture that emerges when a fav is being challenged.
My online life came to a full circle when ONTD features a post about how Ariana Grande reacted when I called her out for her dangerous comments about “them blogs” and the unfulfilled, purposeless souls who work at them (a.k.a. me).
Roslyn Talusan said the experience of talking about past assaults is re-traumatizing, especially when journalists get things wrong.
“Rape apologists have more reason to blame us, disbelieve us, and it makes it that much harder for advocates to affect change,” she said. “Reporters have the luxury of not having to give that much of a fuck in getting the details right or addressing the nuance.”
Why Sexual-Assault Survivors Look Outside the Criminal System for Justice
After she became involved in the criminal process when she was raped by a co-worker in 2015, Roslyn Talusan wishes the prosecutor had given her more information about what her options were—ones that didn’t involve potential jail time for her attacker. Or that the Crown prosecutor, at the very least, had clarified what would happen during the criminal law process. Talusan had wanted to move forward in way that made her feel empowered and in control. Instead, the opposite happened.
Conde Nast's Exploitation Of Writers Of Color Is Inexcusable
The hashtag #CondeNasty was aptly started by Roslyn Talusan to vocalize the injustices suffered by writers of color at the hands of Condé Nast. These egregious acts are perhaps most apparent within media darling Teen Vogue, which has seen a sudden explosion in adoration since their political coverage went stratospherically viral during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Femsplain Member’s Spotlight: Roslyn Talusan
I found Femsplain in one of the darkest moments of my life, and the community was a huge part in my healing process as a survivor of sexual violence. Femsplain ran my first ever published piece, and it opened up the world of writing to me. Their platform changed my life and helped me grow into the person I am today.