Posts tagged "racism"

“Big Brother” Houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman Fired For Saying The N-Word & Making Racist Comments

What is it about “Big Brother” that inherently lends itself to racism? Every time a new season begins, the majority of the controversy seems to surround racism. I guess when you put a bunch of racist idiots together, that’s what ends up happening.

The latest instigator of idiotic racism is GinaMarie Zimmerman – the “Big Brother”…

By: Celeb Dirty Laundry / July 7, 2013

Jourdan Dunn Isn’t Even Mad The She Was Cut From Dior’s Show Over Her Boobs

You know the fashion industry is in a bad place when a model doesn’t mind being cut from a runway show for the size of her boobs because she’s usually dropped from shows for her race. Yesterday, Jourdan Dunn tweeted that she had been cut from the Christian Dior Couture show in Paris that took…

By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

Granted, the UK’s Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna “surely invites rape [and] disrespect” by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it’s “fair” to “berate female stars” more than young male ones because “young wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2013

Paula Deen Cries On “The Today Show”

Paula Deen made her much anticipated appearance on “The Today Show” this morning and attempted to convince Matt Lauer and the public that she is not a racist. Deen insisted that she only ever used the n-word once, during the incident mentioned in her deposition, and went on to say, “If there’s anyone out there…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 26, 2013

Kate Gosselin Makes Fun of Asian People, Despite Having 8 Asian Children

Casual racism is really having a moment these days. The next pseudo-celeb to stick their foot in their mouth is Kate Gosselin, of “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ fame. Take a gander at this picture. It’s confusing, I know, so let me break it down for you. Kate Gosselin, white woman, mother of eight lovely…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 25, 2013

Yet Another Example of Paula Deen’s Racism: She Allegedly Paid African-Americans In Booze, Not Money

“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink.  It was insulting and unfair.  I was like, ‘Pay me! She knew I had just gotten married.  I had a baby on the way.  I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it…

By: Erica Boorstein / June 24, 2013

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will “correct the information” in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org]

School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the new dress code at…

By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Paula Deen Fired From The Food Network

The Food Network announced it will not renew Paula Deen’s contract for the end of the month following the gigantic racism shitstorm that’s been brewing all week. You can watch the extended cut of Deen’s disastrous apology video over at Buzzfeed; the edited version has been yanked offline for some reason. Tonight, she drow…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

Paula Deen Has Officially Jumped The Racism Shark

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men,…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 19, 2013

Talib Kweli Talks About White Male Privilege In Hip Hop

Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that’s a cold-ass honky

Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka “the TMZ of hip hop”), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

A Guide For Dealing With Casual Racism

I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 22, 2013

Zoe Saldana: “There Is No Such Thing As People Of Color”

“I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 17, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my “Star Wars” obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe.

I never expected my race to be one of those reasons.

I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans,…

By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They’re both too young for him to be “wife”-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story “Heartbroken Chris

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2013

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Becomes First Woman On FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

Assata Shakur, an ex member of the Black Panthers who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba in 1979, has officially been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, making her the first woman ever. Shakur — born JoAnne Byron (married name Chesimard) — was a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberatio…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 3, 2013

Yes, Blackface Is Still Offensive, Vogue Netherlands

You might have been sitting at your desk at work wondering to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder if it’s a good idea now for fashion magazines to hire Caucasian fashion models and smear their faces in blackface paint.” I am here now to put your mind at ease. No, it’s still not a good idea.  You…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

Brad Paisley & LL Cool J’s Song “Accidental Racist” Is All Kinds Of WTF

The South. It’s a beautiful but haunted kind of place, filled with the vestiges of the Civil War, slavery and romantic longing for a “different way of life.” You may ask, “What does this Jewish girl living in Brooklyn know about the South?” but I actually lived there as a kid, in Fort Worth, Texas.

By: Julie Gerstein / April 8, 2013

Was Kerry Washington’s Skin Lightened On The Cover Of Entertainment Weekly?

Fresh off a week of the Internet wondering whether singer Indie.Arie lightened her skin on the artwork for her new single, there’s a new Black woman looking awfully light-skinned. “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn posed in flagrante on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly and if you aren’t distracted by Goldwyn’s chest…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

India.Arie Responds To Skin Bleaching Accusations: “I Have No Desire To Bleach Myself”

Has India.Arie been bleaching her dark skin to a lighter color?!?! That didn’t sound right to me when tongues started wagging last week that the famously self-accepting singer behind the song “I Am Not My Hair” might have either used skin bleaching creams — which is notoriously terrible for skin — or purposefully been lightened…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

The Soapbox: It’s Impossible To “Not See Color,” No Matter What Kim Kardashian Says

As most people already know, the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby. I’m happy for them. Unlike most people, I don’t mind Kim Kardashian. She makes an obscene amount of money for being herself (or the version of herself she wants us to see). I’m someone who’d be happy to make…

By: Christiana Mbakwe / March 29, 2013
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