Posts tagged "racism"

“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

Where Are The Black Folks On “Mad Men”? Matt Weiner Explains

Forget for a second that every guest on "Charlie Rose," a PBS news program for wonks, looks like they're struggling to stay awake. The cast of "Mad Men" appeared last night with guest host Gayle King and she pressed the show's creator, Matt Weiner, with a good question: where are the black folks? "As you…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

Geraldo Rivera’s Mustache Is The Real Enemy

Friday morning, Geraldo Rivera was on "Fox News and Friends" to discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting case. He claimed that Trayvon's hoodie was actually equally to blame for his death as "nutty neighborhood watchguy" George Zimmerman, and urged parents -- especially parents of black and Latino children -- to ban their kids from…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 23, 2012

This Is Obviously The Best Way To Celebrate Black History Month

So much WTFery in one little flier: an elementary school class in Waxhaw, North Carolina, sent home this grammatically incorrect flier with students asking them to dress in "African American attire" for Black History Day on February 28. What exactly is "African American attire"? Well, that part isn't clear. A Flava Flav grill, perhaps? Fur-lined…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2012

Dealbreaker: The Woman Who Loved Me Was Also A Racist

My online-dating profile was an exercise in what I hoped was witty sarcasm; I opened by noting that people usually just click on the pictures of people they find attractive and hope to find an interesting profile behind them. It was an approach that got me a couple of hate e-mails, but it also helped…
By: Markham Lee / March 16, 2012

Is This Vogue Italia Editorial A Haute, Racist Mess?

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you the GIFs Steven Meisel created as a teaser for this spread, which will be featured in Vogue Italia's April issue. The usual cover girls are in some distinctly unusual ensembles, poses, and situations, and it seems to have stirred up a bit of controversy. The publicatio…
By: Rachel Krause / March 9, 2012

Evening Quickies: Rihanna’s Racist Rice Cake Tweet

Rihanna tweeted a photo of a bag of rice cakes with sunglasses and hoop earrings, which some people are saying is a racist potshot at Chris Brown's girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, who is half-Vietnamese. Considering how Rihanna was rightfully outraged when a Dutch magazine called her the n-word last year, I'm surprised she would do…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

Hot Links: Urban Outfitters Accused Of Selling Racist Crap For The Millionth Time

Some Irish folks are pissed off at Urban Outfitters, calling their St. Patrick's Day garb -- which paints the Irish as drunks -- "racist." [Styleite] Here's something we could probably all use a refresher on: the 10 commandments of casual sex. [College Candy] I am equal parts excited and dismayed that…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 1, 2012

xoJane Blogger Defends ESPN Journalist Fired Over Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

Earlier this week, xoJane's sports blogger Daisy Barringer wrote a piece called "Do We Really Think That ESPN Headline Was Intentionally Racist?" In it, Daisy argued that the ESPN headline writer who penned the "Chink In The Armor" headline -- after the Knicks lost on Saturday night -- might have made an honest…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

"The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. ... We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve bee…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2012

Controversy Over French Elle’s “Black Style” Article Drags On

After running a wholly inappropriate article on "black style" last month, editors at French Elle removed the piece without comment. They later blandly acknowledged the backlash it received with the excuse that the story was misunderstood. Speaking over the weekend, Elle's managing editor Valerie Toranian said it was "full of good intentions" that were just expressed badly, which only ignited a new…
By: NYMag.com's The Cut / February 2, 2012
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