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All Of Twitter Watched And Waited For Justine Sacco To Land In Africa Last Night After PR Exec Tweeted Racist AIDS Joke

Just No: IAC Communications Executive Justine Sacco Tweets Racist & Homophobic AIDS "Joke" Before Trip To Africa

Welp, that was interesting. Late yesterday, I told you about Justine Sacco, the IAC Communications Executive who tweeted a racist joke about AIDS shortly before departing on her flight to somewhere in Africa. While Sacco was in the air and presumably did not have access to the internet (while some international flights have wi-fi, Sacco did not appear to be online for many hours), her tweet made Valleywag and before Sacco probably had a chance to finish an in-flight movie, #HasJustineLandedYet began to trend on the social network. Basically, my entire timeline (and I follow a wide variety of people) was riveted. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen go down online. It was really kind of astonishing. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

  • The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park, an organizer and writer. [BBC, Salon]
  • What R. Kelly teaches us about how sexual predators choose and silence their victims. [Think Progress]
  • A woman working on behalf of women’s affairs at the Indian Consulate in New York City was arrested for paying her nanny $3.13 an hour. Uh, you’re doing feminism wrong, lady. [Jezebel]
  • Chilean president Michele Bachelet has been reelected. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Rashida Jones Addresses That Time She Told Other Women To “Stop Acting Like Whores”

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You may remember back in October when Our Collective Imaginary Best Friend/”Parks & Rec” actress Rashida Jones gave everyone a big case of the “UGHs” when she took to Twitter to complain about the over-sexualization of female celebrities. In a series of tweets, Rashida mused “she who comes closet to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular” with the hashtag #stopactinglikewhores and urged us “to take a look at what we are accepting as the norm.”

I didn’t disagree with Rashida Jones’ observations. But using “whore” as a derogatory term? Not cool. And implying women are “whores” for behaving sexually in ways you may not like? Really not cool.

In the January issue of Glamour, Rashida addresses the blowback to her remarks and how she was “shocked” (really?) by the responses: Keep reading »

10 Reasons Reading Rob Delaney’s Book Will Make Your Life Better

10 Reasons Reading Rob Delaney's Book Will Make Your Life Better

If you are on Twitter and don’t follow @RobDelaney, you need to rethink your life. It’s like going to Italy and not eating pizza, or driving through New Jersey for the first time and not listening to Bruce Springsteen, which I’m pretty sure is illegal. Bruce Springsteen is the King of New Jersey, and Rob Delaney is the King of Twitter.

Delaney is more than a hairy Twitter King in a green speedo, however, and he recently wrote a fantastic book called, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

I just finished reading it, and now I want to hug people who look sad, call my mom to tell her I love her, trespass on creepy abandoned property, tickle a kitten, and be a better, funnier person.

Here are 10 reasons to read the book: Keep reading »

GOP Tweets That Racism Has Ended, Twitter Hashtag Says Otherwise

GOP Tweets That Racism Has Ended, Twitter Hashtag Says Otherwise

Hey guys, great news. According to a tweet posted to the GOP’s official Twitter account — acknowledging the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of the bus in Birmingham, Alabama — racism has ended. I’m not sure when it happened, but it must have been recently. I was in Pennsylvania this weekend, though, and phone and internet service was pretty spotty up there, so I wouldn’t be surprised if racism ended over the holiday weekend, possibly even during Thanksgiving dinner. Talk about something to be thankful for!

But seriously. Racism has ended? O RLY?  The ridiculousness of such a statement prompted Twitter user @FeministaJones – follow her! — to start the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen as a “satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it.” You can check out a Storify of just some of the tweets after the jump. Meanwhile, the GOP backtracked and tweeted an update: “Previous tweet should have read ‘Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.’” That’s better. [#RacismEndedWhen via The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

GAP Rallies Around Sikh Model After Ad Was Defaced By Racist Graffiti

Gap Ad Racist Graffiti

GAP’s #MakeLove ad campaign features a variety of diverse models, including Sikh actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia, who appears in a simple, beautiful portrait with illustrator Quentin Jones next to the words “Make Love.” The image appeared on billboards and in NYC subway stations, where unfortunately, the sight of Ahluwalia’s turban inspired some dim-witted vandals to deface the photo with racist graffiti. The word “love” was crossed out and replaced with “bombs,” and “Please stop driving taxis!” was scrawled in the white space. The defaced ad was spotted by a friend of Arsalan Iftikhar, a senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, who snapped the photo above. Iftikhar posted it to Twitter to show the world “how millions of brown people are viewed in America today.”

GAP responded the next day, asking Iftikhar to let them know the location of the vandalized ad so they could replace it. And then they did something really cool… Keep reading »

#KanyeJobTitles Is The Internet’s Best Response To Kanye’s Latest Boast

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Kanye On Kim: "The Most Beautiful Woman Of All Time"
He calls her "the most beautiful woman of all time." Read More »
Kanye's Blowup
Last Night On Twitter: Kanye West Got Really, Really Mad Jimmy Kimmel Over This Skit
Kanye West got really, really mad at Jimmy Kimmel over this skit. Read More »
Kanye's $120 Shirt
Kanye APC Tshirt
Kanye West "designed" a $120 white tee. Read More »
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Nope, not quite done talking about Kanye’s Big Day Out yet! One of the other notable quotes that came out of Kanye’s mouth yesterday, beyond all the gushing he did about Kim Kardashian, was when he, while telling Angie Martinez why he was dropping Nike and starting a partnership with Adidas, explained his intension to become “the Tupac of product.” (This is something he also said a few weeks ago, in an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106, so it seems to be a somewhat pre-planned talking point for the ambitious rapper/producer/designer/whatever.) This grandiose aspiration inspired Twitter users @YoungSinick and @JamilahLemieux to start the hashtag #KanyeJobTitles, featuring similar over-the-top comparisons. You know, like “the John the Baptist of Blogging.” Check out the Storify after the jump for all the hilarity. [Twitter via Awesomely Luvvie] Keep reading »

LeAnn Rimes Is In A Twitter Fight With Her Ex-Husband Over Gay Remarks

LeeAnne Rymes and Dean Sheremet

I don’t think LeAnn and Dean have spoken since their divorce, really, but the words they’re exchanging now aren’t all that friendly. Apparently LeAnn retweeted a photo of herself and Sheremet the other day, which the original poster had captioned: “Remember the good old days when @leannrimes was just a chubby country bumpkin married to a gay dude?” Read more of their nasty tweets on Evil Beet Gossip…

13 Selfies I’ve Taken (And How Feminist They Are)

Over the last few days, a bunch of ink has been spilled discussing the topic of selfies — officially the word of the year! — and whether or not they’re good or bad for women. First, at Slate, Rachel Simmons suggested that selfies are a powerful self-esteem builder for girls. Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel took the opposite point of view at Jezebel, writing yesterday selfies are not empowering or feminist and are, in fact, a “cry for help.” Many women on Twitter were angry with her piece, because it failed to recognize that for women who don’t fit the white, cisgender, thin, able-bodied norm, posting selfies can be a radical act. Twitter user ConvergeCollide started the hashtag #feministselfie and encouraged women to start posting their selfies and before you knew it, the topic was trending.

I take a ton of selfies, for a variety of reasons, because most people who take selfies take them for a variety of reasons and not simply because we are A) making a feminist statement or B) crying for help. I take selfies because I used to feel like I was ugly and now I don’t anymore. I take selfies because my dog can’t take pictures of me. I take selfies because I like to spend most of my time alone but I still want to document that I exist. Here are 13 of those selfies, judged on how feminist they are.

Join Us Tonight: We’re Live Tweeting Through “Nashville”!

For those of you who watched “Nashville” last week, you’re aware that they left us with the most shocking, WTF cliffhanger ever. I literally yelled “WHATTTT?!?” and paced around my living room for 20 minutes. And Lesbe honest…you probably did, too. (See what I did there?)

Thankfully, they’re picking up where they left off tonight with “Hanky Panky Woman,” and we’ll be live tweeting through the entire episode, thus minimizing my chances of injuring myself from barefoot living room-pacing. Keep reading »

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