This HuffPost Live interview with Romeo Rose —the guy behind “Sleepless In Austin,” a blog offering money to someone who can introduce him to a woman who fits his absurd list of racist, slut-shaming requirements — doesn’t just have me wondering why this one person is sucking up so much media attention with his opinions on why he doesn’t want “a fat woman” and “the skin color of black is not pretty.” I’m also starting to feel uncomfortable that there’s actually something wrong with him … like Kony 2012 Jason Russell naked-public-meltdown wrong with him. I’m not totally sure Romeo Rose, vile and offensive as he is, is self-aware enough to realize he’s the joke here. He seems utterly sincere in this interview — which, by the way, is filled with racist, offensive shit towards the end and NSFW — in a way that’s, frankly, sad. Watching this trainwreck is starting to feel Hugo Schwyzer-esque. The interviewer, Caitlyn Becker, composed herself pretty well during this, but I’m inclined to think Romeo Rose’s next conversation should be with some good doctors. [Huffington Post]
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Marissa Alexander, Black Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Ex-Husband, Will Get A New Trial
Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, will get a new trial.
In August 2010, Alexander’s ex-husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became angry, strangled her and threatened to kill her. After the broke free, the 31-year-old mom of three fired a handgun into the air in an attempt to scare him off. Note: she didn’t actually injure him or anyone else.
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I am desperately hoping Sleepless In Austin — allegedly the work of a photographer named Larry Busby who goes by the name Romeo Rose — is a prank.
But given that he’s offered $1,500 as a “finder’s fee” for the person who finds him a girlfriend and an extra $1,000 if it leads to marriage, this miiiight be serious.
Now, we could all use a little extra scratch. Shouldn’t be so hard to find some bro in Austin a lady, right? Well, let’s take a look at Larry Busby’s dating requirements! Keep reading »
Another Fashion Week, another heap of headlines reaming out the industry for the lack of diversity on the runway — it’s not to suggest that the conversation is overplayed, but rather that the long-standing issue remains an issue, season after season. Most designers, as a general rule, in a notoriously judgmental climate, cast black and Asian models in “token” slots — as novelties, as gimmicks, as a statement. Prada, for example, went a decade without placing a single black model on a catwalk, and 19 years without a black woman in an editorial campaign.
German designer Philipp Plein, who showed in Milan this week, is no stranger to headline-grabbing statements: he sent male models down the runway with assault rifles earlier this year, and has collaborated with such erstwhile figures as Terry Richardson and Lindsay Lohan. For his Spring 2014 collection, Plein cast exclusively black models, including popular faces like Alek Wek and Liya Kebede. Of the influence behind his decision, Plein reasoned, Keep reading »
Who could blame you if on Sunday night, after Miss America was crowned, you wanted to quit America for a little bit — or at least Twitter? Nina Davuluri, an aspiring med student, performed a Bollywood dance, charmed the judges’ hearts, and took home the coveted, glitzy Miss America crown. She also poked the bear that is racist morons on the Internet. The Syracuse, New York-born Davuluri was called everything from an “Arab” to a member of “Al-Quaeda” to “Miss 7-11″ … despite being from the good ol’ U.S. of A suburbs.
Well, this story gets even more depressing. Miss America Nina Davuluri might be too brown for some racist twats to consider her “American.” But, some people have noted, Davulauri might be too dark-skinned to be considered pageant-worthy in India, a country that has been known to privilege fair-skinned women who lighten their complexion with dangerous skin-bleaching creams. Keep reading »
Jonathan Ferrell, Ex-College Football Player & Unarmed Black Man, Shot 10 Times By North Carolina Police After Car Accident
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former college football player at Florida A&M University, who is black, was shot to death by police on Saturday after he suffered a major car accident and sought help from a neighbor.
Ferrell crashed his car in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina, around 2:30am Saturday morning. Investigators think he may have had to climb out of his rear window in order to get out of his car; Raw Story reported Ferrell may have had a possible head injury from the accident. He then walked to the nearest house on Reedy Creek Road looking for help and banged on the door repeatedly. The woman who answered the door thought he might be her husband coming home from work; she did not recognize Ferrell and closed the door. According to CNN, she hit her panic alarm and called 911 to report a “breaking and entering.” The Charlotte Observer reported that the Police Chief Rodney Monroe does not believe any threats were made by Ferrell at the door. Keep reading »
Sarah Silverman went on “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” on Thursday to hash out … well, a lot of stuff.
First, there were Bell’s problems: eight years ago when Silverman’s comedy/documentary “Jesus Is Magic” came out, Bell wrote an impassioned blog post (on MySpace, which is what we did back then) about how he thought some of her jokes were racist. Now when you Google his name, that post comes up rather highly. But Sarah Silverman had no hard feelings, I guess, because she wanted to work with Bell a couple years ago. All should be well and good, right? Well, no. Silverman recently appeared at the Comedy Central roast of James Franco, where she cracked a bunch of gay jokes. One of the “Totally Biased” comedians responded to her with some (frankly dumb) jokes about how old she looks. Forty-two is practically dead. So W. Kamau Bell played that dumb clip for her while Silverman was his guest on the show and what resulted was a really refreshing conversation about sexism. Keep reading »
I didn’t watch the Miss America Pageant last night because “Breaking Bad” was on and DUH. But when I learned that the woman crowned, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, was the first woman of Indian descent to be awarded the crown, I was like, Oh cool. Stupid honor, no doubt, but hey, diversity! Some people who apparently take the Miss America Pageant seriously had the opposite reaction. Davuluri was forced to spend her first few hours with the title defending herself against those who say she’s not American simply because she’s brown. First, there were the moronic tweets (collected by The New York Daily News):
“How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.”
“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American.”
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”
Julie Chen got plastic surgery to look less Asian after blatant racial pressures from her agent and co-workers jeopardized her success. I read this story this morning and was brought to tears because it is so effing depressing and obviously, Julie Chen isn’t the first or last Asian woman to experience this crap! Read more at College Candy…
Fashion tip number one: before you decide to go ahead and emblazon a Cool, Edgy Symbol on a $70 T-shirt, why not use the fine resource known as this here Internet to confirm that it hasn’t already been claimed by a white power rock band, you know, just to play it safe? Come on, Marc Jacobs, haven’t you heard of a reverse Google search? Obviously you’ve never tried online dating. (In my opinion, Nordstrom commenter “whay” is the hands-down winner of this entire discussion: “This shirt is just wrong on so many levels!!! No one should get this shirt! it’s to [sic] small.”) [via Gawker]