ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Suggests To Abused Women: “Let’s Make Sure We Don’t Do Anything To Provoke Wrong Actions”

  • Hoo boy. So, on the ESPN program “First Take,” panelist Stephen A. Smith was discussing the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for two games in the upcoming season. Rice faces jail-time for aggravated assault on his wife, Janay Rice. In discussing Rice’s suspension, Smith oh so helpfully turned it around on women, imploring “let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.” Smith also suggested, “We … got to make sure  [women] can do your part to do whatever you can to do make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Yeah, he actually went there with suggesting that potential victims could have just prevented what happened to them by not pissing their violent offender off! Anyway, today, in a huffy series of tweets in which he whined about getting called out by “Sports Nation”‘s Michelle Beadle, Smith complained that what he said was “misconstrued.” Then he repeats almost as many times as he did in his original speech that domestic violence is wrong wrong wrong. It’s bad enough to blame victims of violence. But then he has to try and twist his words as if he didn’t really mean what he actually said? I mean, if you’re going to be a shithead, at least stand by it. [Deadspin (1), Deadspin (2), SB Nation]
  • The White House will bestow African-American women’s historian Professor Darlene Clark Hine with the National Humanities Medal. Professor Hine is an author and history professor at Northwestern University. [For Harriet]
  • For some reason, anti-abortion activists still think the fundamentalist Christian Duggar family and their NINETEEN-FREAKING-CHILDREN are good spokespeople for why abortion should be illegal. [Slate]
  • On the rise of fangirls at Comic-Con … [TIME]
  • … and the rise of sexual harassment. [The Mary Sue]
  • A Black feminist reviews Angelina Jolie’s film “Maleficent.” [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • On “Lucy,” “Nikita” and the state of the female action movie. [Flavorwire]
  • Up The Down Staircase author Bel Kaufman, a former teacher who wrote a realistic novel about the struggles of a New York City public school in the ’60s, has died at 103. [New York Times]

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