Posts tagged "racism"

The Soapbox: On Getting A Black “Bachelorette”

Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black “Bachelorette.” This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose a…

By: Shanelle Matthews / March 4, 2013

10 Things Every Non-Black Person Should Know (By Now) About Black Women

We’re more than a decade into the 21st century. I’d hoped — in vain — that some basic understandings of how non-Black people should interact with Black people could be something I could take for granted. But no. Somehow there are “those people” who remain entirely clueless, so much so that they will call a…

By: Demetria L. Lucas / March 1, 2013

Girl Bitten By A “Racist” Bull Terrier

When Sean Norman’s bull terrier slipped into Pam Nkosi’s yard and bit her seven-year-old daughter, she felt that it was an act of racism. “I feel that the dog is racist. The way it behaved. It shows that it was not familiar with other races,” Nkosi said.

Norman initially denied that his dog…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 26, 2013

Nope, Blackface Is Still A Terrible Idea, Fashion Industry

This spread in Numero magazine is a headscratcher. Why did they hire a white model and cover her in brown makeup instead of just hiring a brown-skinned model? Or is she supposed to be a white woman in Africa who is, for some reason, Tanning Mom-level tan? Numero likely knew that photographing a 16-year-old white…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Lisa Lampanelli’s Racist Schtick Abuses The Art Of Comedy

Insult comedian Lisa Lampanelli has made headlines again – for all the wrong reasons. Last week during the Writers Guild Awards, she shamelessly tweeted a picture of she and HBO “Girls” producer and star, Lena Dunham captioned “Me with my Ni**a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”

The interwebs erupted with…

By: Shanelle Matthews / February 25, 2013

The Onion Crosses The Line With Joke About 9-Year-Old Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis — But So Did Host Seth MacFarlane [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Onion has posted an apology on their Facebook page. Read it here.

Last night’s Oscars draggggggged on and on, but if you managed to stay up for the full exhausting affair, and were fooling around on Twitter at the same time, then you probably saw controversy erupt over a tweet posted to The…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 25, 2013

This Week In Style: Moncler Boss Accused Of Stealing Salvador Dali Painting

Well, that’s one way to get fired: Phivos Lampros Istavrioglou (what a name), the head of international relations at French fashion brand Moncler, has been accused of one major art heist. He was arrested at JFK airport for the theft of ‘Cartel Des Don Juan Tenorio 1949,’ a $150,000 Salvador Dali painting (shown), from…

By: Rachel Krause / February 23, 2013

Lena Dunham Says Lisa Lampanelli Using The N-Word Made Her “Supremely Uncomfortable”

Lena Dunham has finally tweeted a response about comedian Lisa Lampanelli’s use of the N-word in a TwitPic caption of the two ladies this Thursday. I believe Lena when she says that she would never use the racial slur herself  — and I realize she didn’t use the word in this — but I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

“Seeking Asian Female” Documentary & A Visual History Of The Vibrator

I totally want to see the 2012 documentary film called “Seeking Asian Female” about so-called “yellow fever” explores what Asian women really think about Western men. [AskMen]
Why a wedding at home, while cheaper than renting a venue, could actually be a huge mistake. [Hello Beautiful]
How to ask your partner to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

We’re Breaking Up: Republican Who Tweeted Racist Remarks About Trayvon Martin During The Super Bowl

Dear Todd Kincannon,

I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but we’re breaking up. You’re the former executive director of the your state’s Republican Party. I can appreciate a strong fiscal policy. You live in South Carolina. I hear Charleston is lovely at any time of year. You know how to use…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2013

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Tackle White Privilege And Diversifying Friendship Circles

This may be my favorite episode so far in our “I Always Wanted To Ask” series, which features the staff at Madame Noire — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women, and The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women. In this episode, we…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 23, 2013

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss White People Using The N-Word

I am so so so stoked to have you guys watch the second episode of “I Always Wanted To Ask,” the video series we did in collaboration with the fantastic women of Madame Noire. The series features The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women, and Madame Noire’s staff — Brande, Veronica…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 15, 2013

Rumor: “All My Babies’ Mamas” Reality Show Canceled By Oxygen

Did Oxygen actually listen to their viewers? Sources say the network is canceling the program “All My Babies’ Mamas” about the rapper Shawty Lo and the 10 women who’ve fathered his 11 children, following a petition alleging the program is offensive and racist. However, an Oxygen rep told AllHipHop.com the rumor is “simply untrue”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2013

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

Last week, ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who is black, shared on Twitter a horrifically racist and sexist letter that she received from a viewer. It’s pretty fucking awful. [Clutch Magazine, Huffington Post]
I don’t even want to know about a “bulimia machine.” [Jezebel]
Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, who is openly gay,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2013

Rhonda Lee, Black Meteorologist, On Getting Fired For Speaking Out About Her Hair

Two weeks ago, we were disturbed to learn the story of Rhonda Lee, a black meteorologist who was fired from KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, after she responded in the comments, kindly and politely, to two racist Facebook posts written by viewers on the station’s page. One of the racist posts, in fact, had even bee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2012

UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company’s “guidelines” (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2012

Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki Accused Of Racism For Mimicry Of Serena Williams

The Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of racism after she stuffed her bra and skirt, to give the appearance of ample breasts and butt, on the court yesterday, apparently mimicking her fellow women’s tennis player Serena Williams. Wozniacki was playing a game in Sao Paolo, Brazil, against Anna Kournikova when, with a big gri…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012

Racist Sorority Photo Is Sad Reminder That Ignorance Is Everywhere

There’s really little use debating if the photo currently under fire from a Penn State Mexican-themed sorority party is offensive. It is, without a doubt. In a picture from the party, members of the Chi Omega sorority are seen dressed in ponchos, sombreros, and fake mustaches. That alone is questionable to some, but the signs they were holding were undeniably outrageous.

By: The Stir / December 6, 2012

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a…

By: Erica Watson / December 6, 2012

Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casirhagi Dressed Up Like A Native American

Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casirhagi is in trubs for wearing a Native American headdress and “war paint” during a show jumping competition. I can understand that she’s from Monaco and may not realize that appropriating the culture for a costume was ignorant and tone-deaf. But you would hope she’s come to that conclusion herself?

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2012
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