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Pharrell Apologizes For Wearing Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover

  • Pharrell issued an apology for posing on the cover of Elle UK wearing a Native American headdress, which is yet another example of appropriating articles of someone else’s culture as “fashion.” The singer said he respects all cultures and is “genuinely sorry.” [Buzzfeed]
  • “Louie” depicted an attempted rape between friends (Louie CK’s character and the character played by Pamela Adlon), which we so often don’t see handled on television. [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Melissa McCarthy has debuted her plus-size clothing line! [People]
  • Here’s 18-year-old Kendall Jenner posing topless in Interview magazine. [Interview]

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Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

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  • Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network]
  • On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine]
  • Meet Dorothy Irene Height, a feminist and “godmother of the civil rights movement,” and today’s Google Doodle. [Washington Post]
  • The Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit tomorrow, in which the store argues they should not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Republicans Block Renewal Of The Violence Against Women Act

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  • House Republicans have blocked the Violence Against Women Act, making it the first time the bill has not been renewed since 1994. GOP legislators balked at VAWA’s inclusions for Native Americans, immigrant women, and LGBTQ folks. God, this is depressing. [MSNBC]
  • A judge has ruled that Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics and deny health care coverage to nearly 50,000 poor women (it objects to clinics providing abortions) while a trial goes forward to ascertain the legality of the state’s defunding. [New York Daily News, Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Pregnancies by Latina women declined from 2007 to 2010, as Hispanic women are planning for smaller families. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Paul Frank In Hot Water For Appropriating Native American Culture On Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion, music, art — they all routinely mine the world’s bounty of riches for inspiration. But there’s an area where appreciation for someone else’s history and culture becomes straight-up appropriation and that is why allegations of insensitivity are being lobbed against fashion line Paul Frank.

For its Fashion’s Night Out celebration in New York City last week, Paul Frank held a “pow wow,” decked out its employees in neon “war paint” on their faces, and served drinks with names like “Neon Teepee” and “Rain Dance Refresher.” The advertisement depicted the signature Paul Frank monkey wearing a headdress inside a tee pee. As Hollywood Reporter described the actual event:

Glow-in-the-dark war-painted employees in feather headbands and bow and arrows invited guests to be photographed on a mini-runway holding prop tomahawks.

You can see pictures of guests — including the singer Christina Milian — posing with the “props” here.

Oof.  Oof, I say!

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The Daily Squeeze: Amazing Animals, Native Americans, And Low-Weight Babies

  • Animals that “adopt” baby animals of another species are basically our favorite news stories ever. [AP]
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