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Don’t #CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert Blasted Over Satirical Tweet About Racism That He Didn’t Even Send

You read a tweet that looks like it’s from a celebrity and it says this:

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Pretty racist and disturbing, right? Of course it is. Then you realize that it was tweeted from the Twitter handle @ColbertReport, which is run by Comedy Central, and came from the mouth of the character “Stephen Colbert” played by Stephen Colbert.

Oh yes, we are amidst yet another huge Internet outrage shitstorm that grew out of proportion in a New York minute.

The tweet was a reference to Wednesday’s episode of “The Colbert Report” about the Washington Redskins football team and their owner Dan Snyder. The Redskins have long been under fire for their racist team name (a reference to Native Americans) and the ownership’s refusal to change it, despite repeated requests from those in Native communities. (Check out the blog Native Appropriations for lots of backstory on this.) Recently Dan Snyder announced via the team’s website that they created the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which will “commit to making a real, lasting, positive impact on Native American quality of life.” In other words, he is using the offensive name in the title of the foundation they started to help those affected by the offensive name.  Keep reading »

You Can Actually Hire Someone To Live Tweet Your Wedding For $3,000

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In case simply posting wedding pics on Facebook isn’t enough — and these days, apparently that isn’t enough for most people — you can now have someone LiveTweet your wedding for the oh-so-reasonable fee of $3,000. “Just in time for wedding season,” W Hotels in New York City will offer up “social media wedding concierges” to manage all things digital on your special day. Keep reading »

Pay Attention: #RapeCultureIsWhen…

Earlier today, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist writer and political analyst, was inspired to start the Twitter hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen in response to both TIME magazine and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) claiming that feminists have overhyped the existence and impact of rape culture.

Last week, RAINN made their recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and for some reason decided to make a point of deemphasizing the impact of rape culture, writing:

In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campus. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important not to lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.

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No Need To Fear, Courtney Love Found The Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

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Even thought the world’s greatest scientists (and witch doctors) can’t seem figure out what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Courtney Love believes she has solved the mystery.

Of course she has, she’s Courtney Love! In true form, the rock star has been blowing up twitter with what she believes are satellite images of the missing plane. She even marked up the screenshots on Photoshop to make sure the world could see the oil slick and lost plane right near the Malaysian island of Pulau Perak. Keep reading »

Victoria Beckham Rekindles Our 90′s Dreams With A Vintage Spice Girls Pizza

Victoria Beckham is one of my favorite people in the Twittersphere, and the Spice Girls pizza she tweeted this week forever cemented her swoon-worthy status in my eyes. Apparently, her mother unearthed the pizza in the depths of her freezer with its vintage packaging intact. In what is clearly an act of culinary brilliance, every letter of the pizza is a different flavor. Excuse me while my 10-year-old self squeals with fangirl glee. I love that Victoria’s mom saves random, bizarre artifacts of her kid’s life just like the parents of we commonfolk do. The only difference is that if my mom were to pull something from my life out of our freezer, it’d be like a loaf of bake sale bread I made from canned pumpkin in 10th grade rather than, say, a licensed product from my celebrity youth. But it’s all relative right? [People] [Image via Twitter]

A Survivor’s Take On Twitter, Privacy And Telling Somebody Else’s Rape Story

I feel for BuzzFeed writer Jessica Testa. While our blog may not get the massive traffic that BF does, I’ve still experienced brief bouts of hundreds of people being furious with me because I wrote something that genuinely held no ill-intent. I think that no matter how obvious it is that the Internet is full of millions of humans who disagree with you–who can and will let you know that in a heartbeat–it is still stressful when your words become a source of both brief and lengthy critical thought. Read more on The Gloss…

Lena Dunham Cracked A Molestation Joke On Twitter

  • Lena Dunham tweeted and then deleted a rather unfunny joke about molestation this weekend. After she appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” a fan tweeted at her, “You don’t always have to get naked” and  Lena replied, “Please tell that to my uncle, mister. He’s been making me!” She quickly deleted the tweet and then tweeted, “I just made and deleted a not so great molestation joke. Sorry guys. I am really sleepy.” Ooof. [US Weekly]
  • In more positive Lena Dunham news, she spoke at SXSW and pointed out how Adam Driver has appeared in numerous large films thanks to “Girls,” but her female co-stars “are still waiting for parts they can get interested in.” [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

The 20 Best Twitter Reactions To Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Debut

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As you may have heard if you utilize the Internet whatsoever, Lindsay Lohan has a brand new reality show on Oprah‘s network, OWN. It’s ostensibly about her redemption after getting a bunch of DUIs, allegedly stealing from others, and spending a rather remarkable amount of money, but in reality (ha), it’s still just another program where nothing feels genuine and the characters are, well, characters.

Naturally, the whole thing has been fascinating to a lot of people (myself included), because as difficult as I find it to sympathize with somebody who’s experienced a startling amount of wealth, fame and special treatment. Check out some of the funnier, sadder and more poignant responses on The Gloss…

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing Mock’s turbulent childhood and experiences as a young trans woman finding herself.

Despite digging deep and sharing intimate details of her past, Mock still manages to pepper her book with vital LGBT statistics and snippets of important history regarding trans women. While her debut book is most certainly a memoir, it also provides a carefully crafted way to begin discussing the very real issues and challenges many trans women and men face on a daily basis. After quickly devouring the book, I had the pleasure of speaking with the author herself. Keep reading »

Aziz Ansari’s “Friday Night Lights” Super Bowl Was Better Than The Real Super Bowl

I mean, just about anything was more exciting than last night’s Super Bowl, but Aziz Ansari‘s random decision to livetweet an imaginary Super Bowl between the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions — from “Friday Night Lights” — was legitimately entertaining. Some of the cast members of the show even got in on the fun. Scott Porter, who played Jason Street on “FNL,” tweeted the above photo, alongside Michael B. Jordan, who played Vince Howard. Keep reading »

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