Posts tagged "racism"

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? Or…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2012

Black Woman Pretends To Be Caucasian In Her Job Search, Has Easier Time

An unemployed black woman named Yolanda Spivey pretended to be white (and named Bianca White) in her Monster.com job search and found that her employment prospects dramatically increased. [Clutch Magazine] The police chief of Saratoga Springs, New York, has had to apologize for his team's mishandling of a violent rape case. [Jezebel] Contraception use i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2012

Azealia Banks Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana For “Racist” Collection

Azealia Banks has quite a relationship with fashion. Her unique look has earned praise from fashionistas, and over the summer, she was anointed the face of Alexander Wang’s T diffusion line. She also had her very own shade of limited edition lipstick from MAC. Now, the outspoken rapper, known for her Twitter tiffs with other artists, has turned her…

By: PopCrush / October 24, 2012

Police Say Sharmeka Moffitt Set Herself On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack

Yesterday. we were aghast to hear that a 20-year-old Louisiana woman named Sharmeka Moffitt claimed she had been attacked by three men and set on fire, burning the majority of her body, in a hate crime. Last night, police confirmed that Sharmeka Moffitt actually faked the "attack," scrawled the n-word and KKK on her car,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

UPDATE: Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, Set On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack In Louisiana

UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote "KKK" and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN] There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by the Ku…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2012

If You Like Feet, Then You Might Like These Feet Shoes (But Only If You’re White)

Because fashion never puts a moratorium on being weirdly racially-charged (but not quite "racist"): French house Céline showed yesterday at Paris Fashion Week, and while the clothes were perfection (as Céline is wont to be), things got weird with the footwear, including some AstroTurf offerings and, um, these. They're to die for, I know, but…

By: Rachel Krause / October 3, 2012

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 hair stick…

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 issued a brief…

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" is extremely smart

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 enough acting…

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 up every…

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 popularity of…

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
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