Posts tagged "racism"

Are These Dolce And Gabbana Earrings Racist?

Update 9/27/12: Following the controversy over these earrings, Dolce & Gabbana has given an explanation: the jewelry is "a reference to Sicily's traditional Moorish-inspired artifacts." Vogue UK explains, "The show jewellery is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2012

Victoria’s Secret Offends With “Sexy Little Geisha” Outfit

Sometimes brands are so dopey that you almost feel bad for them for not realizing they were being racist. (Almost.) First Paul Frank were ding-dongs with their Native American tee-pees-and-tomahawks party on Fashion's Night Out. And now Victoria's Secret is selling an outfit called "Sexy Little Geisha" featuring an "Oriental" patterned fan and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

“Only Decent People”: The Dutch Film About Black Women’s Asses That Looks Pretty Racist

Anyone out there in the Frisky-verse speak Dutch? Because I would really love to understand what is going on in the trailer for "Only Decent People" ("Alleen Maar Nette Mensen"), a new film in The Netherlands that many people are decrying as racist. The film is about a white Jewish guy who dumps his white…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2012

The Soapbox: Fall’s Most Controversial New Show Is “Elementary”

CBS’s new fall show "Elementary" has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon? There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons.
By: Lauren Hunter / September 6, 2012

Horrible Racism Of The Day: Black Camerawoman Mocked By RNC Attendees

Well, this is awful. A black camerawoman working for CNN was pelted with nuts by two white RNC attendees and told "this is how we feed the animals" while covering the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Two convention-goers were ejected following the incident, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo. CNN…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 29, 2012

On “The Mindy Project”‘s Squicky Jokes About Race

It's not easy to make offensive jokes about ignorance. One person's ignorant joke can be another person's joke about ignorance and even if your comedy has the best of intentions, it's frequently misunderstood.  Offensive humor is tricky to balance, but smart humorists can do it well. I believe Mindy Kaling from "The Office" i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2012

Gabby Douglas Was “Isolated” At Gym, Called A “Slave”

In her upcoming interview with Oprah, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas says she was "bullied" and "isolated" at her Virginia Beach gym for being black and was even called a "slave." But her gym, Excalibur Gymnastics, denied the claims and called Gabby's comments "hurtful" and "without merit." Err, I think she would know what happened…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2012

The Soapbox: Is Hollywood Still Colorstruck? The Search For Nina Simone Is Skin Deep

When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a "black Twitter" and a "black Facebook") let out a collective "Oh, hell to the naw"! For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had…
By: Erica Watson / August 20, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Aren’t Black Girls Allowed To Be Girls?

This piece was originally published on xoJane.com. When I was a senior in high school [above left], I attended this college prep program held in the sanctuary of a Baptist church across the street from my grandmother's $1 Soul Food restaurant in south central Los Angeles. High-achieving nerds from all over the city would meet…
By: Helena Andrews / August 8, 2012

Today In Racism: YA Series “Save The Pearls” Employs Offensive Blackface And Bizarre Racist Stereotypes Plot

Victoria Foyt is the (white) author of a new young adult book series called Save the Pearls. The book chronicles the adventures of Eden Newman, a white woman, or a "Pearl," whose entire race has been enslaved by the dominant race of "Coals" -- or dark-skinned people. Hoping to capitalize off of the…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 27, 2012

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

"Think Like A Man," the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices: Surprising as it may be, the answer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Evening Quickies: George Zimmerman Enters “Not Guilty” Plea

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed  Trayvon Martin, was arraigned in court today and formally entered the plea of "not guilty." Zimmerman's plea was accepted and he will next appear in court August 8. He faces a charge of second-degree murder for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old black boy. [USA…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2012

Oh Good, Someone Wrote A Classification Of Women Based On Ethnic Backgrounds

Sometimes I get worried that we’re progressing too quickly re: women’s rights and race in this country, so it was with some relief that I saw the press release for the Field Guide to Chicks of the United States, which apparently offers “amusing insights into the most distinctive physical characteristics, vocalizations, behavioral tendencies and mating habits of…
By: Chiara Atik / May 8, 2012

The Soapbox: Can TV Spare Some Change? A Token Negro, Perhaps?

I have never watched HBO's new show "Girls."  Not because I don't want to — I'm actually excited to see a new female-centered TV show that allows actresses to play rich and diverse characters.  But unfortunately, the current role I play in real life, that of a struggling comic/actress, does not afford me the opportunity…
By: Erica Watson / May 3, 2012

Ashton Kutcher Stars In Offensive Ad For PopChips

Ashton Kutcher is in trouble. Again. The "Two and a Half Men" star recently filmed an ad for PopChips which spoofed online dating. In the ad, Kutcher dons "brown face" to play an Indian man, amongst other characters. The ad sparked immediate controversy when it was unleashed on the web yesterday, with many critics saying…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 3, 2012

“The Bachelor” Series Sued For Racial Discrimination

Two black men are taking "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" to court with a lawsuitthat claims the reality shows are blocking contestants of color from starring roles. Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville Wednesday against the popular TV shows claiming they are engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that intentionally excludes people of color. The Nashville men said at…
By: TooFab / April 20, 2012

Teyonah Parris On Playing “Mad Men”‘s First Black Employee

"I know that this show hasn’t had an African-American in the office and I know that comes with a lot of responsibility as to how I portray this woman, but I can’t think about that. I can only go in and do what I think this woman would do. I try not to think, 'Oh,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase "chink in the armor." He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

Some Racist “Hunger Games” Fans Are Pissed The Movie Included Black People

Did you see "The Hunger Games" this weekend? What did you think? I really loved it. I thought it could have been, well, gorier and more horrifying -- after all, we're talking about children fighting to the death for society's entertainment here. But overall, I was super impressed especially with the casting. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 26, 2012

Evening Quickies: Geraldo Rivera’s Own Son Is Ashamed Of His Trayvon Martin Comments

Following that victim-blaming commentary about murdered 17-year-old black male Trayvonn Martin, Geraldo Rivera tweeted this afternoon that his own son is ashamed of his "position on hoodies." Perhaps Geraldo should write a style guide. [Twitter.com/GeraldoRivera] Tori Spelling is pregnant with her fourth baby, just five months after she gave birth to daughter Hattie.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012
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