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30 April, 2015
Movies must not make jokes involving Native Americans
IT LOOKS like Adam Sandler’s Netflix projects are already brewing up
controversy. About a dozen Native American actors and actresses
walked off the set of Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six, according to the
Indian Country Today Media Network.
Per reports, the actors took offence to racially charged jokes and
inaccuracies during the filming of the movie, which Sandler is
developing for Netflix.
The streaming service, however, downplayed the controversy in a statement issued Thursday.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is
ridiculous,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “It is a broad satire of
Western movies and the stereotypes they popularised, featuring a diverse
cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
According to ICTMN, some female Native American characters were given names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.
“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side,” Loren
Anthony, one of the actors who walked off the set, told ICTMN. “When we
did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect
was not intentional and this was a comedy.”
The Ridiculous Six, a spoof of Western The Magnificent Seven, is the
first in a four-movie deal between Sandler and Netflix that was
announced last October. Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner, Terry
Crews and Vanilla Ice will star, with Frank Coraci directing from a
script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy.
The film is expected to hit Netflix next year.
Homosexuals must not talk to conservatives
Homosexual businessman Ian Reisner met with Republican presidential
candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. The two sat down last week in New York City to
talk politics, specifically, their mutual views on the nation of Israel,
but the conversation strayed into the issue of same-sex marriage — a
topic where the two share opposite beliefs.
In response, homosexual activists announced boycotts on Reisner and his
business partner’s establishments that cater to New York’s LGBT
community. Reisner quickly issued an apology after the blowback: “I am
shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the
past few days. I made a terrible mistake.” Reisner continued, “I was
ignorant, naïve and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a
dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely
understand all of his positions on gay rights.”
For Cruz — who explained to Reisner that he believes the states should
decide the same-sex marriage debate — the meeting was a matter of
engaging with people who might disagree with his views.
29 April, 2015
Katie Hopkins is criticised by the UNITED NATIONS after calling illegal immigrants 'cockroaches'
Being criticized by the hate-filled United Nations is a great honor
The UN's rights chief has urged Britain to crack down on tabloid
newspapers inciting racial hatred after a columnist for The Sun called
In a hard-hitting statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid
Ra'ad Al Husein said Katie Hopkins had used language similar to that
employed by some Rwandan media outlets in the run-up to the 1994
genocide, and by the Nazis in the 1930s.
He said the April 17 article in the newspaper was reflective of a 'nasty
underbelly of racism that is characterising the migration debate in an
increasing number of EU countries'.
This was also 'sapping compassion for the thousands of people fleeing
conflict, human rights violations and economic deprivation who are
drowning in the Mediterranean,' he said.
Zeid asked British authorities, media, and regulatory bodies to take immediate steps to stop racial and inflammatory articles.
The high commissioner said the Hopkins piece was 'simply one of the more
extreme examples of thousands of anti-foreigner articles that have
appeared in UK tabloids over the past two decades.'
Australian public broadcaster presenter fired over obnoxious Anzac tweets
SBS is the smaller of Australia's two taxpayer-funded
broadcasters. That a far-Leftist had a job at SBS says much about
SBS. ANZAC day is the day Australia remembers its war dead
An SBS presenter has been sacked over a vicious public attack on
Australian Diggers ["digger" is a generally honorific term for a soldier
in Australia] in which he implied that Anzacs [WWI Australian soldiers]
were rapists and terrorists.
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid labelled the remarks inappropriate
and disrespectful, saying they breached the broadcaster’s code of
conduct and social media policy. “It’s not tenable to remain on air if
your audience doesn’t respect or trust you,” he said.
Soccer reporter Scott McIntyre, who has a Twitter following of 30,000
people, shocked followers with a post which implied that Australians
commemorating Anzac Day were “poorly-read ... drinkers and gamblers”.
He began his tirade about 5pm, calling Australia’s involvement in the World Wars an “imperialist invasion of a foreign nation”.
Later tweets read: “Wonder if the poorly-read, largely white,
nationalist drinkers and gamblers pause today to consider the horror
that all mankind suffered.”
“Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed
by these ‘brave’ Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan,” said another
Followed by: “Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist
attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in
Hiroshima & Nagasaki.”
The tweets sparked outrage from Australian leaders, including
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments
“despicable”. “Difficult to think of more offensive or
inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted. “Despicable remarks
which deserve to be condemned.”
SBS issued a statement today from its managing director Mr Ebeid and its sport director Ken Shipp that McIntyre had been sacked.
“Late on Anzac Day, sports presenter Scott McIntyre made highly
inappropriate and disrespectful comments via his twitter account which
have caused his on-air position at SBS to become untenable,” the
“Mr McIntyre’s actions have breached the SBS Code of Conduct and social
media policy and as a result, SBS has taken decisive action to terminate
Mr McIntyre’s position at SBS, with immediate effect.
There is an extensive coverage of the free speech issues involved here
but it seems to me that any business is entitled to fire employees who
insult its customers -- and in this case the Australian public who pay
the broadcaster's bills were very insulted. ANZAC day is
Australia's remembrance day for its war dead and is Australia's most
solemn day of the year. Leftists are always trying to disparage it
but it goes from strength to strength despite them. The anti-Anzac play
"The One Day of the Year" by Alan Seymour was written way back in 1958.
It was at times set as reading in Australian High Schools -- but with
no apparent effect
28 April, 2015
Australian TV host causes outrage as she congratulates girl on her 'fair skin'
A petition has been launched asking for Sunrise's Samantha Armytage to
apologise for comments she made on-air last month, dubbed by some
viewers as 'racist'.
The cause of controversy came when the 37-year-old interviewed
non-identical twins from the UK, Lucy and Maria Aylmer, who have become a
sensation around the world due to their opposite skin tones.
Introducing the 18-year-old's, Armytage congratulated ginger-haired Lucy
on getting 'her dad's fair skin,' saying 'good on her.'
'The Aylmer twins come from a mixed race family in the UK,' the Seven
presenter's introduction began. 'Maria has taken after her half Jamaican
mum with dark skin and brown eyes and curly dark hair, but Lucy got her
dad's fair skin, good on her, along with straight red hair and blue
Still, the comment wasn't received well by many viewers, who took to
social media to express their displeasure and to accuse her of making a
In an interview with Seven's Hamish McLachlan, Samantha said she can be
'fragile at times' thanks to her grueling schedule, which she described
as torturous. 'Remember I get up at 3:40 every morning - and sleep
deprivation is a form of torture they used at Guantánamo Bay, so I can
be fragile at times.'
I gather that the comment was directed at the problems of fair skin --
sunburn etc. It's only commenters who saw it as racial. The TV
presenter was in fact trying to console the fair girl but did not choose
her words with the precision that is required of public figures
UPDATE: We also read:
"Mixed race twins Lucy and Maria Aylmer have defended Samantha
Armytage's comments about their skin colour on Sunrise last month, which
were dubbed 'racist' by some viewers. On Tuesday Lucy, 18, released a
statement on Facebook on behalf of her sister and mother, saying, 'we
believe she did not meant this as a racial comment and we have taken no
personal offence to it (sic)... Lucy and her family believe
Armytage's comments were misinterpreted by viewers and what was made as a
remark of solidarity has been perceived as racially offensive."
Feminist hatred of attractive women again
yellow Protein World ad, currently plastered all over billboards around
the London Underground, features a bikini-clad Renee next to text
reading 'ARE YOU BEACH BODY READY?'
The sight of the
24-year-old's toned figure towering above train platforms has caused a
stir among some feminists and body image campaigners, with a change.org
petition started, general social media outrage and defacing of the
posters by bloggers, angry at the perceived insinuation that only women
who look like Renee are ready to go to the beach.
store Protein World, who claim that the image is entirely
unPhotoshopped, have been actively engaging in the furore on social
media, strongly defending their campaign with some biting responses to
'We are a nation of sympathisers for
fatties,' a spokesperson for Protein World tweeted to one user after she
signed the change.org petition calling for the removal of the advert.
'Why make your insecurities our problem?'
One critic of the ad
has inspired her own hashtag - #growupharriet - as the company responded
to her request about whether she, as a normal woman, was allowed on the
beach with a collage of fitness magazine covers and the cheeky hashtag.
now the blonde at the centre of the summer body storm has responded to
the 'contradictory' drama, with a very level-headed argument citing the
irony of people getting angry about body shaming, whilst body shaming
The vegan fitness fanatic told Huffington Post: 'I think
nearly every ad campaign you have ever seen is open to interpretation.
But saying the ad is body shaming by body shaming the image is very
contradictory. Two wrongs don't make a right.'
27 April, 2015
Robert Downey Jr is accused of making a racist remark about Oscar-winning Mexican
Downey did a good job of mocking a nut with faint praise but mentioning that the nut was Mexican was a big offense
actor, who is promoting his new film Avengers: Age of Ultron, was asked
what he thought of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's claim that superhero
movies were 'cultural genocide'.
The Hollywood star told The
Guardian: 'Look I respect the heck out of him. I think for a man whose
native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like
'cultural genocide' just speaks to how bright he is.'
Inarritu, who took home the Academy Award for best director for Birdman
at this year's ceremony, slammed action films in an interview with
Deadline in 2014.
He said: 'I sometimes enjoy them because they
are basic and simple and go well with popcorn. The problem is that
sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological
kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing.
He added: 'Superheroes…just the word hero bothers me. What the f*** does that mean?
is tasteless and kind of disgusting': Australian anti-vaccination group
slammed after they compare immunisation of children to rape
controversial anti-vaccination organisation has come under fire for
comparing compulsory vaccination to rape in a social media post.
Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, an anti-vaccinations lobby
group, posted an image to their Facebook page on Thursday which shows a
man holding a woman with his hand over her mouth in an aggressive
The tag line on the image read, 'Forced
penetration. Really- no big deal, if it's just a vaccination needle and
he's a doctor. Do you really "need" control over over your own
The image was posted in response to tough new laws
announced by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison earlier in April,
which means that parents will no longer be able to access childcare
benefits simply by signing a form that says they object to immunisation
based on 'personal, philosophical or religious' reasons.
federal law, which was in part prompted by the death of one-month-old
Riley Hughes from complications arising from whooping cough, means that
parents who refuse to immunise their children are set to lose up to
$15,000 a year for every child when the changes come into force from
January 1, 2016.
The post, which has since been removed, caused
an instant outcry from followers and opponents of the group alike, with
social media users labelling the post 'tasteless', 'disgusting', and a
possible trigger for those who had suffered sexual assault.
McCormack, the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria said the comparison
was 'so irresponsible and inappropriate'. 'To compare a doctor injecting
a child against something like the measles to rape … it's obscene,' Ms
McCormack told The Age.
are paranoid and it burns them up that few people share their foolish
fears -- so they resort to shock tactics -- which probably marginalizes
them even further
26 April, 2015
Controversial 'Killing Jews is Worship' posters will soon appear on New York City subways and buses
controversial pro-Israel advocacy group known for publicly criticizing
Islam can display its political advertisement containing the phrase
'Killing Jews is Worship' on New York City's buses, a judge ruled this
Judge John Koeltl said in a decision made public Tuesday that the incendiary ad is speech protected under the First Amendment.
said he was sensitive to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's
claim that the poster could incite violence and appreciates the efforts
necessary to prevent violent attacks targeting Jewish people.
he noted that substantially the same advertisement ran in San Francisco
and Chicago in 2013 without incident. He added that examples of violent
attacks cited by the MTA show that individuals may commit heinous acts
Koeltl also noted that the MTA and Chairman
Thomas Prendergast 'underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers
and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements.'
the First Amendment, the fear of such spontaneous attacks, without
more, cannot override individuals' rights to freedom of expression,'
Koeltl said in a ruling dated Monday.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the agency is disappointed in the ruling and is preparing a response.
came in a lawsuit filed last year by the American Freedom Defense
Initiative, an organization headed by firebrand blogger Pamela Geller
that's behind the advertisement.
David Yerushalmi, a lawyer for
the organization, said the decision 'sends a strong message both to
government bureaucrats who would restrict our freedom of speech based
upon what they perceive to be a global jihadist threat, and it also
sends a telling message to our enemies abroad and at home: Their threats
of violence will not prevent the courts from upholding the First
The lawsuit said Geller's group buys the
advertisements to express its message on current events and public
issues 'including issues such as Islam's hatred of Jews.'
ad, a man's menacing face wrapped with a checkered scarf is shown next
to the quote, which is attributed to "Hamas MTV." It is followed by the
words: 'That's his Jihad. What's yours?'
It also includes a
disclaimer that the ad's display does not imply the MTA's endorsement of
its views. The MTA, whose buses and subways have been forums for policy
debates, has accepted other ads from the American Freedom Defense
Monica Klein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de
Blasio, noted in a statement that the mayor has said 'these anti-Islamic
ads are outrageous, inflammatory and wrong, and have no place in New
York City, or anywhere.'
Australia: Conservative organization uses Leftist tactics -- threats of disruption -- against the Left
There should be more of this. If there were, the Left might pull their horns in
University of Sydney has refused to play host to an anti-war talk on
Anzac Day, after members of nationalist group Reclaim Australia
threatened to disrupt it.
The meeting, originally planned for
Sunday April 26 and entitled ‘Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism
and the drive to World War III’, was organised by the Socialist
Equality Party (SEP).
‘The Great Aussie Patriot’, a Facebook page
run by Sherman Burgess—the national events organiser of extreme
right-wing group Reclaim Australia—was quick to pick up on the event,
posting an image of a flyer for the debate (which was originally to take
place in Burwood) and calling the party "pure Left Wing filth”.
Followers were then encouraged to "gatecrash the meeting” in a post that
was shared 187 times, which included demands for "traitors to be
SEP national secretary James Cogan told Honi that,
"You can’t expect us to accept that a so called bastion of intellectual
freedom will prevent us from doing what we’ve done numerous times and
hold a public lecture in their facilities because of claims that there
is going to be some sort of disturbance”.
However, the university told Cogan that the "potential for disruption to activities” was the reason for the cancellation.
turn around and refuse our hire request amounts to them joining with
Burwood Council [who originally cancelled SEP’s event at Burwood Library
Auditorium] in political censorship and it accommodates the demands of
24 April, 2015
UK: Clever crack was disrespectful
Ukip candidate was forced to apology after he appeared to mock the
victims of the Mediterranean refugee crisis – just days after hundreds
Peter Endean, who is standing for Nigel Farage's party
in council elections, re-tweeted an image with a caption that said:
'Labour's new floating voters. Coming to a country near you soon'.
1,300 people are believed to have drowned in the past two weeks while
trying to reach Europe in make-shift boats launched by people smugglers
from Libya – with up to 950 perishing off the Italian island of
Lampedusa over the weekend alone.
Mr Endean, who is seeking
election in Plymouth, Devon, and is also UKIP's communications manager
for the city, has apologised and claims he re-tweeted it by mistake.
He said: 'I retweeted it by accident. It was not intentional and clearly a mistake. I apologise unreservedly.'
Ukip's deputy chair Suzanne Evans described the situation as a
'devastating tragedy', but insisted Britain needed to be careful not to
'encourage' fleeing refugees from moving to the UK.
In Florida, Term ‘Climate Change’ is banned
of Environmental Protection officials have been ordered not to use the
term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official
communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees,
consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for
The policy goes beyond semantics and has
affected reports, educational efforts and public policy in a department
that has about 3,200 employees and $1.4 billion budget.
told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or
‘sustainability,’ ” said Christopher Byrd, an attorney with the DEP’s
Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. “That
message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the
Office of General Counsel.”
Kristina Trotta, another former DEP
employee who worked in Miami, said her supervisor told her not to use
the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in a 2014 staff
meeting. “We were told that we were not allowed to discuss
anything that was not a true fact,” she said.
matter is from a little while back but I have not mentioned it before
so I thought I should say something about it at this juncture -- as Mr Obama has just been in Florida mocking it.
instruction does appear to come from Governor Scott and he is within
his rights in ordering it. It applies only to language used by
government officials speaking on behalf of the government. As the
head of the government, Scott is entitled to specify how his employees
must behave while representing the government.
And presenting a shaky theory as fact is certainly well within the ambit of inappropriate behavior.
How employees behave in a private capacity is unrestricted, however.
23 April, 2015
Again: Must not use American Indian names
Even if you are one!
Native American woman has accused Facebook of being discriminatory
after she was prevented from continuing to use her unusual name on the
social media platform. Brenna Happy Cloud of Salem, Oregon, found
herself locked out of her Facebook account last week.
no access to her contacts, photos and messages, Happy Cloud admits it
was a difficult time as she typically posts five or six times a day and
has a large network of more than one thousand online friends.
helpdesk eventually contacted Happy Cloud and asked for proof of
identity and even a copy of her social security card. In order to
get her account back online, Happy Cloud has had to change her screen
name to her married name, Rojas, even though she is no longer with her
Happy Cloud also said that she believes her Native American heritage has been undermined by Facebook's discriminatory policies.
UK: Must not disrespect fat
Loose Women panellist Jamelia has sparked controversy after insisting that shops should not stock clothes for obese women.
a discussion about overweight teenagers, the 34-year-old mother-of-two
said that obese women 'should feel uncomfortable' about their unhealthy
size, and that high street stores should not be catering for them.
said: 'I do not think it's right to facilitate people living an
unhealthy lifestyle, in the same way I don't believe that a size zero
should be available - it's not a healthy size for an average woman to
Jamelia, who also claimed she was 'all for celebrating
people as they are', added: 'I don't believe they [high street stores]
should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.
have specialist shops, but you should feel uncomfortable if you are
unhealthy... to be available in every High Street store, I don't think
Viewers were quick to criticise the former
singer's comments on Twitter, with many declaring she should be 'sacked'
from the show, and not a single user taking her side.
appeared to respond to today's Twitter backlash with a quote this
afternoon. 'Never waste your time trying to explain, to people
committed to misunderstanding you,' she tweeted to her 34,000 followers.
22 April, 2015
Horrors! TV host posts picture of herself in 'black face'
Fox Sports Australia will not take action against a freelance presenter
who posted an Instagram picture of herself and a friend in blackface
Briony Ingerson posted the image from an 'African-themed party' almost
three months ago, writing that the costume was as a light-hearted
tribute to a friend who was working on Network Ten program 'I'm A
Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!'.
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! aired on Network Ten and involved
more than a dozen identities camping under the stars in South Africa's
Kruger National Park.
She used the hashtag #IHopeThisComesOff alongside the photo of herself
painted in black, seemingly oblivious that people would take offence
from her costume.
Must not joke about women
I am by no means a hardcore feminist, but I came across a status while
browsing the homepage of my Facebook the other day that really bothered
me: “Dating a woman with a child is like playing on someone else’s saved
file.” [of a computer game]
Whereas it is obviously meant to be a joke, this statement is disturbing on a number of levels.
First off, comparing a single mother to a video game demonstrates a
depersonalization of women. It seems to be saying that women are only
there for men’s entertainment- to be played with and ultimately
discarded as men please.
Second, it classifies single mothers as both used and undesirable.
Third, it expresses a total disregard for the child. This joke seems to
be saying that because the child is not your own “achievement,” it is
21 April, 2015
Must not say women are different
Nigel Short, 49, said women were not suited to playing chess because it required logical thinking.
The chess commentator and writer said women should accept they were
‘hard-wired very differently’ and weren’t as adept at playing chess as
Mr Short, who was the first English player to play a World Chess
Championship match, made the comments when explaining why there were so
few women in competitive chess.
He told New in Chess magazine: ‘Why should [men and women] function in
the same way? ‘One is not better than the other, we just have
different skills. It would be wonderful to see more girls playing chess,
and at a higher level, but rather than fretting about inequality,
perhaps we should just gracefully accept it as a fact.’
His comments mirror those of his rival Garry Kasparov, who infamously
said: ‘Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they
are not great fighters.’
Female chess players reacted angrily to Mr Short’s statements last
night. Amanda Ross, the leader of the Casual Chess club in London,
told The Daily Telegraph the comments were ‘incredibly damaging when
someone so respected basically endorses sexism’.
Mr Short responded to Miss Ross’s comments on Twitter, writing: You seem
to suffer from incomprehension. ‘Men and women do have different
brains. This is a biological fact. ‘Furthermore, I never said
women have inferior brains. That is your crude and false attempt to
Less than two per cent of grandmasters are female, but Hungarian Miss
Polgar broke into the upper echelons of the game when she became one of
the youngest grandmasters of all time at the age of 15.
Some things that may not be said
Conservative NY Jewish journalist Myron Magnet reminisces
Over the course of a year or two as the 1970s turned into the 1980s, I
lost all my friends, for saying what I had recently come to believe. I
was teaching at Columbia, and my friends were my English department
colleagues, along with some of what used to be called the New York
Intellectuals. But I was moving rightward politically, pushed by the
reality I saw all around me in emphatically ungentrified Morningside
Maybe the criminal isn’t a victim, I hazarded at one dinner party. Maybe
he’s to blame for his actions, not “society.” Maybe the real victim is,
well, the victim. Shocked silence, as if I had flatulated. “That’s
racist,” one guest muttered to her plate, tacitly admitting the
not-to-be-mentioned truth that criminals were disproportionally
Then conversation resumed on another topic, as if no noxious disturbance
had occurred—certainly not one that polite society would acknowledge.
In those days, every right-thinking person knew that crime had its “root
causes” in poverty and racism
Later, I opined to another friend, a music professor, that rent control
was an injustice to the landlord, confiscating what was rightfully
his—and this in my friend’s rent-controlled apartment. “Do you want me
to be homeless?” he spluttered incredulously. “Do you want to evict me
from New York?” However tactless—one doesn’t speak about the Fifth
Amendment takings clause in the house of the rent-controlled—I really
wasn’t being personal. But alas, so ended another long and cherished
Later still, at Diana Trilling’s dinner table, I committed yet another
of my irrepressible faux pas. Turning to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, then
the august daily book reviewer of the then-august New York Times, I
asked, in all seriousness, “Don’t you think the whole effort of
modernism—in architecture, in literature, in music, in painting—might
have been a huge dead end, from which Western culture will painfully
have to extricate itself?”
Shocked silence again, though all these decades later, the question
still seems inexhaustibly interesting to me. But again, conversation
resumed as if I hadn’t spoken and wasn’t there. As soon enough I wasn’t,
for the invitations stopped.
20 April, 2015
College Serves Mexican Food at Intergalactic Night. Guess Why that Was Racist…
A University of California at Santa Clara official has apologized for a
monthly college theme dinner, which has been deemed racist and
Stevenson College, part of the UCSC campus, chose ‘Intergalactic’ as its
theme for the dinner. A photo of the preparations for the event were
sent out on Twitter by a school official, Carolyn Golz:
But some took issue with the event. Why? Mexican food was served.
The unintended connection between space aliens and illegal aliens was
later deemed inappropriate. As an official told Fox News Latino:
For (the sci-fi) event, students landed on Mexican food because they
weren’t sure what food would work with the intergalactic theme. It
sounds like an honest mistake – choosing a food for college night
without thinking about how it could be perceived by others.
Incorrectness at Hollywood
The following article called "The Year Of Ethnic Castings" on Hollywood publication Deadline is causing great heartburn. See if you can guess why
There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with
more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for
non-Caucasian thesps. It was a concerted effort, with more than one
instance where a family member role was rewritten as adopted to make
them ethnic. Then, following the success of freshman series How To Get
Away With Murder, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Jane the Virgin and
especially Empire, which launched to huge ratings at the kickoff of
pilot casting season, ethnic castings exploded this season.
The change is welcomed by talent agents who no longer have to call
casting directors and ask them if they would possibly consider an ethnic
actor for a part, knowing they would most likely be rejected. “I feel
that the tide has turned,” one agent said. “I can pitch any actor for
any role, and I think that’s good.”
Because of the sudden flood of roles for ethnic actors after years of
suppressed opportunities for them, the talent pool of experienced
minority performers — especially in the younger range — is pretty
limited. That has led to a feeding frenzy, with a number of straight
offers locking in ethnic talent before they could be snatched by another
This is not to say that there weren’t other hot commodities this pilot
season; star names were in demand as usual, as were hot young guys and
girls and occasional foreigners with that “sparkle.” But the big trend
this pilot casting season was the huge spike in the number and
prominence of roles that went to minority actors.
Some of it has been organic. Last year, the leads in Extant and How To
Get Away With Murder, originally not written as black, became ethnic
once stars of the caliber of Halle Berry and Viola Davis became
interested. Such was the case with Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria, who
both commanded on-air episodic orders from NBC when they committed to
star in drama Shades Of Blue and comedy Telenovela, respectively, as
well as Paula Patton, who lifted the cast-contingency off the ABC drama
pilot Runner. (ABC and 20th TV cast Patten, who is black, knowing
already that the male lead had been conceived as Hispanic. The role went
to Adam Rodriguez.) That also was the case with meaty supporting roles
on Fox’s Gotham last year, which went for Jada Pinkett Smith, and NBC
drama pilot Endgame this time, landing Wesley Snipes.
Some of the outrage here. Must not even MENTION race in Hollywood, let alone question affirmative action.
19 April, 2015
Outside the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Gatlinburg, TN. Yay! We get a whole AREA for freespeech!
What's with the quotation marks?
Has the Bublé bubble burst?"
I have been waiting for ages to write that headline
Michael Bublé has been accused of body-shaming a woman while on holiday
with his wife and 19-month-old son Noah, in Miami, Florida.
The 39-year-old singer left many fans unhappy after he posted a
photograph which features an unidentified woman's backside in the
background, with the singer noting: '#myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts
The photo shows a close shot of Michael in the foreground, with his arms
crossed as he sports a form-fitting blue, V-neck T-shirt. Behind
him, a woman at the counter sporting a pair of revealing booty shorts.
'There was something about this photo lu took ,that seemed worthy of
instagram,' Michael noted of the shot, taken by his wife, Luisana
The father-of-one followed that remark with a series of hashtags, in
case it hadn't been clear what he was talking about: '#myhumps
#babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami #picoftheday #beautifulbum'
But while the Haven't Met You Yet singer thought it was a harmless joke,
plenty of followers on Instagram and Twitter took quite the offense to
Michael was bombarded with angry messages, such as one Twitter user who wrote: 'That's someone's daughter, dude.'
He has since responded to the controversy in a statement to UsWeekly,
saying: 'I do not court controversy, but I realize that a photo that was
meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a
17 April, 2015
Political incorrectness in Saudi Arabia
Must not mention poverty, apparently
Despite offering several apologies, a Saudi man has found himself at the
center of an unending furor of social media anger after Snapchatting an
offensive selfie with a African immigrant girl who was rummaging
through a dumpster in the kingdom.
While walking, Faisal Hafez noticed a young girl rummaging through the
garbage, apparently looking for items that her family could resell or
use. As the child was wearing an Al-Ittihad football jersey, Hafez said
he found it humorous to see the jersey in the trash as he is a fan of
rival football team Al-Ahli.
Hafez snapped the selfie and included a caption reading, “Look at where
al-Ittihad is, in the bin.” Sharing the image via SnapChat, Hafez
probably never realized the storm of anger the image would bring via
The message quickly went viral at the beginning of last week, and
tweeters within Saudi Arabia viewed the actions of Hafez not only as
highly insensitive to the plight of the poor girl but also racist, as
she is an African immigrant.
The storm on Twitter has already led Hafez to apologize publicly through
several videos. He also brought presents to the girl and took more
selfies with her and the gifts. He videoed himself handing her the
presents, apologizing and kissing her head.
Still, social media hasn’t been satisfied with what they saw as a fake
apology to downplay the controversy. Users shared the new selfie and
continued to criticize the man and his “fake smiles.”
Young Hispanic responsible for hate daubs
A suburban Washington teenager reportedly has confessed to police that he vandalized a local synagogue.
Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza, 18, told detectives this week in
Gaithersburg, Maryland, that he carried out the April 7 attack on the
Shaare Torah Synagogue because he disliked the Jewish people who
worshipped there, the WTOP radio station reported.
Espinoza-Carranza painted swastikas and other racist graffiti on the
walls of the Conservative synagogue, according to WTOP, which cited law
enforcement sources familiar with the case. He was charged under the
state’s hate crimes law.
The teen was identified from a surveillance video taken at a 7-Eleven
near the synagogue in which he appeared before and after the vandalism,
according to the report.
He was apparently part of an Hispanic gang in the action.
Subsequently denied being racist. No apparent KKK or political
connections. I'm guessing that he will be voting Democrat, though
-- like most Hispanics.
16 April, 2015
Store withdraws offensive 'blokey' joke book
"Bloke" is the British equivalent for "guy" but always refers to males
A 'blokey' joke book on sale at River Island containing an offensive
joke about domestic violence has caused a Twitter storm prompting the
high street brand to withdraw it from shelves.
The 'Very Blokey Joke Book' by Jake Harris, which was displayed in the
high street brand's menswear department and is also available on Amazon,
contains a quip about a man watching his wife being beaten up by
'A man is watching his wife get beaten up by five men when the police arrive,' reads the joke.
'"Why didn't you help?"' asks one stunned cop. "Five seemed enough," the man replied,' in the offensive punchline.
Shocked Twitter users branded the joke 'horrific' and 'staggeringly offensive' and demanded action from the clothing brand.
A picture of the offensive joke was first tweeted by media commentator
Tim Doble via @BetterThanToday who was shocked when he noticed the joke
in the publication.
'Despicable!' was users response to the post, while another simply posted 'Wow!'
A joke is not meant to be a literal report but the humorless Left
cannot be expected to understand that, I guess. The fact that it
was labelled "blokey" was a warning that it might not be "correct"
Australia: Companies must not post tributes to war heroes
Woolworths still exists in Australia as the nation's biggest
supermarket chain. "Anzac" (Australian and New Zealand Army corps)
refers to the involvement of Australian and New Zealand troops in WWI,
where many died due to bungles by British generals. Incompetence
seems to be compulsory for British generals
The Minister of Veteran Affairs has lashed out at supermarket giant
Woolworths for insulting the Anzac memory with a controversial social
The grocery giant is grappling with a marketing disaster of monumental
proportions after its Anzac commemoration website caused social media
outrage by inviting users to share war tributes under the slogan "fresh
in our memories".
Michael Ronaldson said the supermarket did not seek permission to use
the word 'Anzac' and that its campaign was an insult to the memory of
Under law, permission is needed for the use of the word Anzac in any
such material and it must be granted by the Australian Government.
Companies that fail to obtain this permission are liable for fines of up to $50,000.
Ronaldson said he rang Woolworths on Tuesday night and demanded the company remove its campaign.
“The Australian community quite rightly expects that the word ‘Anzac’ is
not trivialised or used inappropriately and as Minister for Veterans’
Affairs, I am responsible for ensuring that any use of the word ‘Anzac’
does not provide commercial benefit to an organisation.
The campaign was pulled down shortly afterwards.
As a former member of both the reserves and the regular Australian army,
I would have seen the campaign as a bit impertinent but not offensive
15 April, 2015
British bookmakers provoke outrage with 'joke' about African-American police beatings
Controversial bookmakers Paddy Power have provoked outrage with a 'joke' about the African-American police beatings.
In a tweet published ahead of Liverpool's clash against Newcastle
tonight, the bookmakers appeared to make light of the issue in the wake
of a succession of stories in the US regarding police shootings on
On the Paddy Power Offers page, a tweet was published that read:
'Newcastle have suffered more Kop beatings over the last 20 years than
an unarmed African-American male'.
It was accompanied by a smirking picture of Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers and has resulted in a furious backlash on social media.
One said: 'This is the most disgusting tweet I've read in probably my
entire time on Twitter.' She added: 'How dare you make the
execution of Black men in America the butt of your jokes'.
Others lined up to condemn the bookmakers describing the tweet as 'deplorable', 'unbelievable', 'horrible' and 'disgusting'.
The following is said to be the most politically incorrect joke of all time
A sadist, a masochist, a murderer, a necrophiliac, a zoophiliac and a
pyromaniac are all sitting on a bench in a mental institution.
"Let's have sex with a cat?" asked the zoophiliac.
"Let's have sex with the cat and then torture it?" says the sadist.
"Let's have sex with the cat, torture it and then kill it?" shouted the murderer.
"Let's have sex with the cat, torture it, kill it and then have sex with it again?" said the necrophiliac.
"Let's have sex with the cat, torture it, kill it, have sex with it again and then burn it?" said the pyromaniac.
There was silence, and then the masochist said: "Meow."
14 April, 2015
Companies must not show sympathy
A company has copped a spray after making the 'tasteless decision' to
link its product to the tragic murder of school teacher Stephanie Scott.
Pest control company Mortein posted a picture to the account of its
mascot, Louie the Fly, along with '#putyourdressout', which was a widely
shared hashtag in support of Ms Scott.
The post was accompanied by the caption: 'Even a nasty bug like me can
sense it's been a sad week for our great country.I'm putting my vest out
to support ?#?putyourdressout?. Enjoy this Sunday with your family.
The post was quickly attacked by people who dubbed it insensitive.
'There's a time and a place for everything, and Mortein had no place in
posting an ad tying into Stephanie Scott,' one user tweeted.
'Tasteless decision by the social marketing team,' another said.
A very poor joke
The current climate of fear surrounding women has been done no favours
by the insensitive fashion choice of one festival goer at
A photo of the man wearing a shirt that says ‘eat, sleep, rape, repeat’
was tweeted by magazine editor Jemayel Khawaja and has people furious,
with good reason.
Khawaja said it best in his tweet with the line “I’m not easy to offend, but this is shitty”.
Pushing boundaries has become a norm in the fashion industry, with many
scrambling to grab the attention of others with their fashion choices.
The shirt was spotted by another festival goer who also took to twitter
to voice her anger.
He looks like a loser anyway
13 April, 2015
Must not mention bleach
Clorox has apologized for a seemingly harmless tweet about emojis that
sparked outrage on Twitter. The tweet, which Clorox (CLX) since
deleted, showed a Clorox bottle made up of the new emojis released by
Apple (AAPL, Tech30) as part of this week's iOS 8.3 update. Clorox
tweeted, "New emojis are alright but where's the bleach."
Apple's new iOS 8.3 release consists of 300 new emojis, including
kissing lips, googly eyes and a smiling poop (we wish we were making
that up). But they also include racially diverse emojis, including
cartoon faces with brown and black skin.
In its tweet, Clorox seemed to be commenting on why bleach wasn't
included among the hundreds of other household items that Apple had
added to its list of emojis. But on social media, offense was taken.
"You need to clean up your PR person. Put some bleach on your
distasteful marketing ideas," tweeted @DriNicole. "Black emojis were
added today. Saying this implies you'd rather the emojis be only white,
by adding bleach."
Even Muslims can't disrespect homosexuals now
A New York taxi driver has been ordered to pay a lesbian couple $10,000
in damages after he told them to stop kissing in the back of his cab.
Mohammed Dahbi discriminated against actress Kassie Thornton and her TV
executive partner Christy Spitzer after ordering them to 'keep that
behavior for the bedroom'.
He warned that if they ignored his request during the trip on September 18, 2011, he would throw them out.
When they got out, Dahbi also called the pair 'b*****', 'c****' and 'whores' after they refused to pay the fare and walked away.
He claimed during the city's Office of Administrative Trials and
Hearings they were 'touching each other all over' and 'kissing heavily' .
But according to DNAinfo New York, Judge John Spooner disagreed and ordered him to pay the fine.
12 April, 2015
Must not mock foreign pronunciations
As Cinderella, Lily James repeats the line 'Have courage and be kind' ad nauseam.
However, her fans have accused the 26-year-old actress of being more
than a little unkind to her Japanese audience after she appeared to poke
fun at their accents on Instagram.
'Shinderera' premiere in Tokyo,' she wrote alongside a photograph of
herself on the red carpet. 'The final stop on our tour and it was a
beautiful cold night, thank you!'
'Tacky racist stereotype comment is pretty gross,' replied one
commenter, while another added: 'Not sure if that's a racist comment or
it's the real name there.'
Other fans quickly defended the Downton Abbey star, who played Lady
Rose, pointing out that 'Shinderera' is how the film's title is
pronounced in Japanese.
Must not encourage anorexics to eat more
Amazon has pulled a controversial computer game where players are encouraged to feed a cartoon character battling anorexia.
The game is based on children's favourite Whack-a-mole but instead of
hitting the mole with a mallet players are invited to throw food at the
It was marketed by SmartTouch media and sold on the Amazon and Android
platforms until it was withdrawn following a string of angry complaints.
If the player misses the girl, she starts to lose weight until she eventually dies.
According to the game's instructions, which have now been withdrawn:
'It’s your time to become a real hero with this new amusing game Rescue
The Anorexia Girl!
'You know, heroes are not just superheroes, flying in the skies,
throwing rocks and fighting villains with supernatural powers. Anyone
can be a hero, if he is willing to help others from the bottom of his
heart. Start saving the day now!'
The game's designers continue: 'Anorexia is a serious disease and fatal
if not cured in time. When you have anorexia, the desire to lose weight
becomes more important than anything else.
However, social media users reacted with horror when they first saw the game on the internet.
Brian Cuban, who suffered from eating disorders wrote on his blog: 'The
science of eating disorders is firm. They are biologically based and not
a choice. Simply feeding “anorexia girl” isn’t going to cure anything;
'Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
'Games such as this play into stereotypes and stigma which could cause someone not to seek help.'
Someone should tell the critics it's just a game
10 April, 2015
Bill Maher accused of Islamophobia for comparing Zayn Malik to Boston marathon bomber
Bill Maher has received the outrage of One Direction fans online after
comparing the former band member Zayn Malik to a terrorist.
During his Real Time show, the US talkshow host and comedian was
discussing Zayn’s exit from the boyband when he likened him to the
Boston marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
During a skit in his show, Maher said: “I think after everything we’ve
been through, I at least deserve the common respect of being told face
to face [that you’d quit One Direction]. “Just tell me two things
Zayn. Which one of the band were you? “And where were you during
the Boston marathon?”
At which point, the screen split to show images of Zane and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev side by side, while Maher suggested they looked similar.
The audience can be heard audibly gasping and then applauding on the video, which has been shared on YouTube.
Fans have set up an online petition calling for the host to apologise
for the remarks, which they believe to be racist, and for using an
“Islamophobic terrorist joke”.
'Racist' noose shirt pulled from shelves
Tavik, a surfing clothing company, issued an apology Monday after one of
its T-shirt designs depicting a noose and the words "hang loose"
created a backlash online.
The company removed the shirt from shelves after people on Twitter
called the shirt both racist and insensitive to people affected by
"We sincerely apologize for any offense caused by this T-shirt. This
item was released without going through proper protocols and is not
related to anything other than surfing. We are pulling this item from
retailers immediately," Tavik said in a written statement to USA TODAY
9 April, 2015
Controversial British TV personality says the unsayable
Controversial TV pundit Katie Hopkins has once again provoked outrage,
branding dementia patients as 'bed blockers' and questioning the point
of living with the disease.
In her latest outburst on Twitter, the 39-year-old tweeted: 'Dementia
sufferers should not be blocking beds. 'What is the point of life when
you no longer know you are living it? 'Bang me over the head.'
With 850,000 people living with the debilitating disease in the UK, most
members of the public will have direct experience of family members or
friends suffering the condition.
Hopkins' comment subsequently sparked an outpouring of disgust from
followers, who retaliated calling her 'abysmal', adding she has taken it
And leading charity the Alzheimer's Society today reacted to the
comments, condemning the tweet as 'disgraceful' and 'ill-informed'.
George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the charity, said:
'These disgraceful remarks only serve to reinforce the stigma that
sadly prevents many people with dementia from feeling like valued
members of society.'
Who is this racist?
He "stereotypes" both Jews and the inhabitants of Crete
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and
deception, especially those of the circumcision group [Jews]. They must
be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching
things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil
brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke
them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no
attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who
reject the truth.
I hope my Christian readers recognized that it's from chapter 1 of
the apostle Paul's epistle to Titus in the New Testament. Paul
obviously lacked the "advantage" of tutelage from the modern-day Left
8 April, 2015
Even greyface is no good
Kylie Jenner has found herself at the center of another controversy this
week after posting a series of photos from a recent shoot to Instagram
in which the reality star is seen with dark, metallic makeup that some
are claiming resemble blackface. Fans bashed the "Keeping Up With the
Kardashians" star for the shoot, calling it insensitive and racist while
demanding an apology from the star.
Gossip Cop reports that the photos, which were posted by Jenner herself
to her own Instagram account, were shot by photographer Marcelo Cantu
while close Kardashian friend Joyce Bonelli handled the star's makeup.
The snaps show Jenner with darker skin and metallic highlights for an
ultra-glam shot. However, some have taken great offense to the photos as
they interpret the makeup from the shoot as an impression of blackface,
especially after Jenner captioned one shot in particular with, "What I
wish I looked like all the time thank you," further pressing the issue
that she was making a statement about skin color.
Other fans, however, came to Jenner's defense, noting that the makeup is
metallic and that a plethora of lighting conditions could have altered
the appearance of the makeup.
In order to combat the racist rumors, Jenner spoke out regarding the
artistic direction of the shot, telling fans, "This is a black light and
neon lights people lets all calm down."
However, in the short time the photos have been posted to Instagram,
fans have already sounded off regarding the insensitive pics.
Student humor hits trouble again. NOTHING African is amusing
A Princeton University group called Urban Congo was disbanded Monday
after two videos of its performances allegedly mocking African culture
surfaced over the weekend.
Urban Congo’s president apologized on Sunday and announced he would
disband on Monday amid criticism from other students and people on
One of the videos, which was taken down by the group but recorded and
reposted to YouTube, shows Urban Congo’s members – most, if not all, of
whom appear to be white males – with painted streaks on their faces and
bodies, wearing loincloths, and banging on objects while chanting.
That video, which was from this past weekend, when the group performed
the act as filler during the eXpressions dance show on Saturday night.
The eXpressions Dance Company is Princeton’s oldest student-run dance
group and puts on two shows a year.
The second, similar video that surfaced was from late 2014. The similar
performance by Urban Congo was recorded during the annual Princeton
Varsity Club “Tigers Got Talent” talent show in November, The Daily
In both videos, the audience can be heard laughing and cheering during Urban Congo’s performance.
7 April, 2015
Even a member of the Green/Left must not criticize Islamic practices
On March 9, the country's Social Democratic Foreign Minister, Margot
Wallström, was to address the foreign ministers of the Arab League
assembled in Cairo.
Wallström had been invited by Arab League Secretary General Nabil
el-Araby as a guest of honor. According to Egyptian sources, it is
believed that the unusual offer to listen to a European foreign minister
was made in light of Sweden's recent decision to recognize Palestine.
Wallström never got a chance to speak. According to her own explanation,
she was blocked from addressing the meeting after protests by Saudi
Arabia. "They have reacted strongly to what we have said about democracy
and human rights," she told Swedish public radio. Secretary General
el-Araby refused to comment, and spokespersons for the Swedish and Saudi
embassies in Cairo were unavailable for comment.
It is unknown if the text of Wallström's address was distributed to the
Arab foreign ministers before the meeting. They cannot, however, have
been unaware that she had previously spoken out against the flogging of
the Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, who was convicted of "insulting Islam,"
and that she had criticized the status of women's rights in the Gulf
How many layers of bureaucracy does it take to write a joke these days?
The joyless Left is the enemy of humor, as well as much else
Comics at the BBC must go through a lengthy process to get some jokes on
air because the Corporation is extra-wary about causing offence, an
editor at the company has claimed.
Chris Sussman, executive editor for comedy, revealed particular jokes have to go through 'quite a lot of layers' to be approved.
Some jokes even have to be looked over by director general Lord Hall -
alongside editorial policy advisers, the channel and legal advisers -
before they are aired, he said.
6 April, 2015
Another noose! What fun! I wonder which Leftist will be found to have put it up this time?
The discovery of a noose at Duke University is only the latest in a
string of racially charged incidents on campuses nationwide. Colleges
might be serving as a crucible for America's seismic racial shifts.
Less than a week after the United States Department of Justice indicted a
Georgia man for putting a noose around a civil rights statue at the
University of Mississippi, students in Durham, N.C., early Wednesday
discovered a noose hanging from a tree at Duke University.
The noose is the latest in a series of high-profile incidents at
colleges in the United States, including revelations of racist
fraternity chants at the University of Oklahoma and other schools,
Hysterical "justice". Part of a witch-hunt on fraternities?
North Carolina State University disbanded a fraternity chapter Wednesday
following the discovery of a notebook filled with sexist and racially
offensive entries in a restaurant off campus.
University Chancellor Randy Woodson announced that the Tau Chapter of
the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was disbanded, effective immediately. The
fraternity was ordered to immediately vacate its on-campus house.
Woodson's announcement comes one week after the notebook containing
sexist and racist remarks attributed to Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members
was found at a restaurant near campus. The book and its contents were
then featured by a local television station.
The notebook was not found at or near the fraternity house nor was it
linked to any particular fraternity member. Some people obviously
supect that it was written by a fratertnity member but where is the
proof? Is there any evidence at all? It could be just
another Leftist provocation.
5 April, 2015
Fat is unmentionable
The left’s assault on speech and common sense has taken on the cause of banning offensive emoticons.
Emoticons, just to be clear, are those cute little cartoonish characters
that are used in emails and social media to add a touch of “feeling”
when words won’t suffice.
According to offended hipsters at “Endangered Bodies” a group that
challenges the “current toxic culture that promotes negative body
image,” Facebook’s “feeling fat” emoticon has got to go – ASAP.
The group had launched a campaign to enlist people to sign their
multinational petitions, demanding that the social media giant remove
their “body shaming” emoticons before any more feelings are hurt.
The U.S. version of the petition already has over 16,000 supporters and growing…
Must not suggest that white women are more attractive than black ones
Cosmopolitan magazine's website is facing heavy criticism over a
beauty-focused trends feature which compared old, 'dead' looks with
fresh and 'gorgeous' new ones - and used only white models to showcase
the on-trend fashions, while the only women of color featured were all
said to be off-trend.
The article, which is entitled '21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in
2015' has sparked outrage among readers, many of whom have taken to
social media to call for a boycott of the publication, which used only
five black models in the feature, labeling their 'outdated' looks with
'This is blatant racism. Stop letting random white women submit articles
and get a real staff @Cosmopolitan (sic),' one person wrote on Twitter.
The article features a number of famous faces, from Kendall Jenner, who
is applauded for her 'berry-colored lip color' while black model Joan
Smalls is criticized for her 'black lipstick', to former Glee star Naya
Rivera, who 'noticeable contouring' was given the magazine's 'RIP' stamp
of disapproval, while a Calvin Klein catwalk model's more subtle
attempt was given the thumbs up.
Despite being published back in January of this year, the article's
potentially discriminatory angle has only just been brought to light,
after someone posted their views on the piece on Twitter.
Since then it has been shared thousands of times across several social
media platforms, with many people demanding that the article be removed
altogether - while others insist that Cosmopolitan issues a full apology
for its actions.
Despite its apology however, it appears the magazine has made no effort
to remove the offending article from its website - a fact which many of
its critics have found incredibly insensitive.
Since a majority of Americans are white, it's a fair guess that they
find whites more attractive. The magazine was just serving its
3 April, 2015
Why Offensive Speech Is Valuable
Offensive speech contributes to the marketplace of ideas by expanding
its borders. If the marketplace of ideas is the area where “acceptable”
ideas are freely exchanged, then outside is the “black” marketplace of
ideas. There, people talk about things that are not allowed in the
“official” marketplace. That sometimes includes conspiracy theories,
racial hatemongering, and other pure lunacy, but it also includes things
desperately needing a public airing.
For years, if not centuries, the field of sex research was hindered by
taboo and puritanical censorship. Bigotry and prejudice towards
homosexuality, divergent sexual desires of any sort, women’s sexual
health, and sexual dysfunction caused researchers to be relegated to the
black marketplace of ideas. In order to get out of the black market,
they needed to offend.
By being offensive, comedians, authors, and artists helped bring sex
research out of the darkness. By saying forbidden words in jokes and
skits, by looking censors in the eyes and saying “cocksucker”—one of the
words that famed comic Lenny Bruce was arrested for in 1961 in a San
Francisco nightclub—the crass and the boorish opened up avenues of
thought and discussion that were previously forbidden. Bruce said, “you
break it down by talking about it.” Slowly, conversations about sex were
freed from puritanical oversight, sex researchers illuminated a crucial
part of human existence, and couples had more fun.
Those comics from the 60s who were “edgy” now seem quaint to our modern
sensibilities. But there are always new innovators in the world of
offensive speech, and no amount of government regulation will stop that.
People define themselves by being offensive. They express themselves
through their willingness to stomp on prevailing sensitivities and, yes,
even other’s feelings. Fostering self-expression and self-development
is another important reason we have a strong and uncompromising First
Amendment. As homosexuals who have “come out” know all too well,
expressing something publicly is crucial to defining oneself.
Does this apply to those who hate other races, religions, and
ethnicities? Yes. They have as much right to define themselves through
speech as anyone. And those who abhor the hateful have a right to shun
them, expose them, and call them out. Government prohibitions on hate
speech drive the hateful underground, where they can proliferate freely
and without pushback from those who dare not enter. Sunlight, not
government, is the best disinfectant. I, for one, would like racists and
bigots to speak freely. I want to know who not to invite to my parties.
Government is not as effective as civil society in properly squelching
and shaming hateful speech. If the government defines the parameters of
acceptable speech, then many people will break those boundaries just
because the government told them not to do it. They will explore the
hidden, underground world of hate speech just because it is a forbidden
fruit. There they will find whole new ways to offend people because
offensive people, like water, will always find a way.
In fact, there is no correlation between the strength of a country’s
hate speech laws and the eradication of hateful views. Greece, for
example, has passed laws that try to combat “certain forms and
expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.” Yet
according to the Anti-Defamation League, 69 percent of Greeks hold
anti-semitic views, compared to just 9 percent of Americans. Just like
drug laws, driving hate speech underground will do little to eliminate
the habit, and could make the situation worse.
So go forth and offend and be offended. Do it for Lenny Bruce.
Confederate display okayed in Florida
A Confederate-themed Civil War display that includes a controversial
battle flag will go up as scheduled Thursday at Brevard County's main
library in Cocoa — just as it has for the past decade.
After hearing speakers on both sides of the issue, the Brevard County
Commission voted Tuesday against changing its policy on displays by the
public at its libraries.
Commissioner voted 4-1 not to change county policy, fearing a change
could be interpreted as censorship. "I do not want to start
censoring," Commissioner Trudie Infantini said.
Tuesday's County Commission discussion followed a citizens' request
filed by the Central Brevard County branch of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP said it opposes the
annual display by the Brevard County-based Confederate Sons Association
of Florida Indian River Camp 47.
2 April, 2015
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear First Amendment Case Challenging School Ban on American Flag Shirts
In an order issued today without comment or explanation, the U.S.
Supreme Court declined to hear a high-profile First Amendment case
challenging a California school district which banned several students
from wearing shirts bearing the image of the American flag.
The case originated in 2010 when the Morgan Hill Unified School District
forbid several students from wearing American flag-themed shirts on
Cinco de Mayo over fears that their attire would spark racial violence
between white and Hispanic students. School officials told the offending
students to either turn their shirts inside out or go home. The
students went home and subsequently filed a legal challenge alleging
that the First Amendment had been violated because the school allowed a
"heckler's veto" to trump their rights to peaceful free expression.
In February 2014, those students lost at the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the 9th Circuit. "School officials anticipated violence or substantial
disruption of or material interference with school activities, and their
response was tailored to the circumstances," the 9th Circuit declared
in Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District. "As a consequence, we
conclude that school officials did not violate the students' rights to
freedom of expression."
Notably, the 9th Circuit claimed that its ruling should be distinguished
from the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1976 precedent in Tinker v. Des
Moines Independent Community School District, in which the Court
invalidated the suspension of three public school students for wearing
black armbands in silent protest of the Vietnam War. According to the
Supreme Court in Tinker, while school officials may have based their
actions "upon their fear of a disturbance from the wearing of the
armband... in our system, undifferentiated fears or apprehension of
disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of
To say the least, the 9th Circuit's judgement in Dariano would appear to
be in conflict with the central free speech holding of Tinker. In fact,
none other than Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker, two of the original
plaintiffs from that 1976 case, filed a friend of the court brief
supporting the students against the Morgan Hill Unified School District
in their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"If students learn that threatening speakers is an effective way to
suppress speech," the Tinkers told SCOTUS, "this will produce more
threats, and more suppression of a wide range of other speech. And
beyond this, even peaceful students will learn that free speech must
yield whenever its opponents are willing to threaten violence—a message
antithetical to all things this Court has tried to convey about the
Yet despite these strong free speech arguments, and despite the 9th
Circuit's questionable adherence to First Amendment precedent, the U.S.
Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Today's order leaves the 9th
Circuit's decision in place.
The ACLU’s Hypocritical Defense of Laws That Violate Religious Liberty
One of the great ironies of our politics is that the American Civil
Liberties Union is now actually hostile to traditional American civil
This is the conclusion one must draw from a letter the organization has
sent to the House of Representatives, seeking to defend two District of
Columbia laws that, under the guise of enforcing non-discrimination,
undermine the First Amendment rights of private organizations.
Essentially, the ACLU seeks to defend regulations that require religious
universities to provide their facilities for the use of student LGBT
advocacy groups and that forbid religious organizations from firing
employees whose personal conduct violates the morality to which the
organizations are dedicated.
As I explain at greater length at Public Discourse, the ACLU’s zeal for
“non-discrimination” here directly infringes on not just one but two
fundamental constitutional freedoms—freedoms that the ACLU was
originally founded to protect.
Under the First Amendment, Americans enjoy the freedom of speech. The
Supreme Court has long held that this freedom includes as well a freedom
of association. Since individuals have a right to free speech, they
also have a right to band together and form organizations that exist to
promote their views. This is precisely the constitutional freedom that
is being exercised by organizations that are constituted to promote a
particular moral and religious worldview, and that in pursuit of that
aim must choose to employ and support only those who will assist them in
This principle should be precious to any freedom-loving American,
regardless of partisanship or ideology. Without it, no Americans
of any point of view could reliably cooperate in order to promote their
shared ideas. Discarding this principle would permit the government to
frustrate their efforts by making them employ or otherwise cooperate
with people bent on undermining rather than advancing the organization’s
cause. Since individuals usually are not powerful enough to make
themselves heard without joining in associations with others, freedom of
association is necessary to any effective form of freedom of speech.
There is, however, an additional problem. The organizations whose
liberties the ACLU seeks to curtail are religious organizations, which
means that their freedom to operate is protected not only by the First
Amendment’s protection for freedom of speech and freedom of association,
but also by its explicit protection for the “free exercise” of
It is impossible for individuals to freely exercise their religion
without permitting them to join into associations for that
purpose. And such associations are rendered effectively useless if
they must employ and otherwise work with people hostile to their
Again, these freedoms should be defended by all Americans. The ACLU is
organized with a view to the defense of certain principles. In its
mission it has often been aided by liberal religious organizations.
Neither the ACLU nor its allies could carry on their political and legal
activism if the law could require them to employ people opposed to
their purposes. To the extent that the ACLU wants this freedom for
itself, it should respect it in others as well. This is the
1 April, 2015
Germanwings: can we no longer call mad people mad?
Apparently it is now forbidden to refer to someone who killed 149 people
in a pointless act of mountainside barbarism as a ‘madman’. Seriously.
The Sun found this out today after it dared to run with the headline
‘Madman in cockpit’ in relation to the Germanwings air disaster, which
is now thought to have been a conscious and suicidal act of mass murder
on the part of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz.
Academics, tweeters and tabloid-loathers have, well, gone mad over the
Sun’s headline, ironically frothing like loonies over the Sun’s use of
loony-like language. I’m sorry, but if you can’t call someone who is
suspected of killing 149 innocent souls in the most horrible and
calculated fashion a ‘madman’, then who can be branded with the m-word?
Anyone? No one?
It has been discovered that Lubitz was suffering from a mental illness,
and officials now believe that this could have been a factor in his
seeming decision to coolly crash his airplane into the side of the Alps.
But according to the Guardian we must be super-careful in how we talk
about Lubitz. It accuses the Sun of ‘stigmatising depression’ by
referring to Lubitz as a ‘madman’.
This is bonkers (I have lots more of these madness-related adjectives):
the Sun was describing Lubitz as a madman because he killed himself and
149 people in a bizarre way (allegedly), not because he was depressed.
He behaved madly, hence the madman tag. What’s the problem?
British TV personality reported to police for 'inciting racial
hatred' over tweets linking Pakistani men to Rochdale child sex abuse
The fact that courts and official enquiries have also linked
Pakistani men to Rochdale child sex abuse doesn't matter, of course
Hopkins sent the tweets after Mr Danczuk attended the raising of a
Pakistani flag over the town hall for half an hour on March 23 to mark
Pakistan's National Day.
She wrote: 'Raising a Pakistani flag in Rochdale is not helping
community cohesion. it is inflammatory. @SimonDanczuk you & your
party disgust me.'
Outspoken Hopkins posted a series of messages to her account after the MP tweeted a picture of himself at the event.
In response the controversial columnist sent a picture of eight men
convicted of child exploitation offences, asking Mr Danczuk if they were
his friends too.
She wrote: 'Are these your friends too ?@SimonDanczuk? Is this why you
are raising the Pakistani flag in Rochdale? 77 years inside.'
'Your Pakistani friends saw young white girls as fair game when they
abused them,' she wrote in a separate post. 'Do NOT lecture me on
community cohesion fool.'
Explaining his decision to make the complaint, the MP said it was about the businesswoman 'inciting racial hatred'.
He said: 'The letter is me asking the Police Commissioner to investigate
whether a crime has been committed in relation to Katie Hopkins.'
He continued: 'It is not right that somebody who has little to do with Rochdale incited hatred of this kind.
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Is the American national anthem politically incorrect? From the 4th verse:
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
"HATE SPEECH" is free speech: The U.S. Supreme Court stated the general
rule regarding protected speech in Texas v. Johnson (109 S.Ct. at
2544), when it held: "The government may not prohibit the verbal or
nonverbal expression of an idea merely because society finds the idea
offensive or disagreeable." Federal courts have consistently followed this. Said Virginia federal district judge Claude Hilton: "The
First Amendment does not recognize exceptions for bigotry, racism, and
religious intolerance or ideas or matters some may deem trivial, vulgar
Even some advocacy of violence is protected by the 1st Amendment. In
Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that
speech advocating violent illegal actions to bring about social change
is protected by the First Amendment "except where such advocacy is
directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely
to incite or produce such action."
The double standard: Atheists can put up signs and billboards saying
that Christianity is wrong and that is hunky dory. But if a Christian
says that homosexuality is wrong, that is attacked as "hate speech"
One for the militant atheists to consider: "...it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg" -- Thomas Jefferson
"I think no subject should be off-limits, and I regard the laws in many
Continental countries criminalizing Holocaust denial as philosophically
repugnant and practically useless – in that they confirm to Jew-haters
that the Jews control everything (otherwise why aren’t we allowed to
talk about it?)" -- Mark Steyn
A prophetic comment on Norwegian hate speech laws: As Justice Brandeis
once noted, repressive censorship “breeds hate” and “that hate menaces
stable government,” rather than promoting safety; “the path of safety
lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and
Voltaire's most famous saying was actually a summary of Voltaire's
thinking by one of his biographers rather than something Voltaire said
himself. Nonetheless it is a wholly admirable sentiment: "I disagree
with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
I am of a similar mind.
The traditional advice about derogatory speech: "Sticks and stones will
break your bones but names will never hurt you". Apparently people today
are not as emotionally robust as their ancestors were.
The KKK were members of the DEMOCRATIC party. Google "Klanbake" if you doubt it
A phobia is an irrational fear, so the terms "Islamophobic" and
"homophobic" embody a claim that the people so described are mentally
ill. There is no evidence for either claim. Both terms are simply abuse
masquerading as diagnoses and suggest that the person using them is
engaged in propaganda rather than in any form of rational or objective
Leftists often pretend that any mention of race is "racist" -- unless
they mention it, of course. But leaving such irrational propaganda
aside, which statements really are racist? Can statements of fact about
race be "racist"? Such statements are simply either true or false. The
most sweeping possible definition of racism is that a racist statement
is a statement that includes a negative value judgment of some race.
Absent that, a statement is not racist, for all that Leftists might howl
that it is. Facts cannot be racist so nor is the simple statement of
them racist. Here is a statement that cannot therefore be racist by
itself, though it could be false: "Blacks are on average much less
intelligent than whites". If it is false and someone utters it, he
could simply be mistaken or misinformed.
Categorization is a basic human survival skill so racism as the Left
define it (i.e. any awareness of race) is in fact neither right nor
wrong. It is simply human
Whatever your definition of racism, however, a statement that simply
mentions race is not thereby racist -- though one would think otherwise
from American Presidential election campaigns. Is a statement that
mentions dogs, "doggist" or a statement that mentions cats, "cattist"?
If any mention of racial differences is racist then all Leftists are
racist too -- as "affirmative action" is an explicit reference to
Was Abraham Lincoln a racist? "You and we are different races. We
have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any
other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but
this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think
your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while
ours suffer from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If
this be admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be
separated. It is better for both, therefore, to be separated." -- Spoken at the White House to a group of black community leaders, August 14th, 1862
Gimlet-eyed Leftist haters sometimes pounce on the word "white" as
racist. Will the time come when we have to refer to the White House as
the "Full spectrum of light" House?
The spirit of liberty is "the spirit which is not too sure that it is
right." and "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save
it." -- Judge Learned Hand
Mostly, a gaffe is just truth slipping out
Two lines below of a famous hymn that would be incomprehensible to
Leftists today ("honor"? "right"? "freedom?" Freedom to agree with them
is the only freedom they believe in)
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean
It is of course the hymn of the USMC -- still today the relentless warriors that they always were.
It seems a pity that the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosopher
Epictetus is now little known. Remember, wrote the Stoic thinker, "that
foul words or blows in themselves are no outrage, but your judgment
that they are so. So when any one makes you angry, know that it is your
own thought that has angered you. Wherefore make it your endeavour not
to let your impressions carry you away."
"Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so
necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error
to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less
danger, scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all
manner of tractates, and hearing all manner of reason?" -- English poet
John Milton (1608-1674) in Areopagitica
Hate speech is verbal communication that induces anger due to the listener's inability to offer an intelligent response
Leftists can try to get you fired from your job over something that you
said and that's not an attack on free speech. But if you just criticize
something that they say, then that IS an attack on free speech
"Negro" is a forbidden word -- unless a Democrat uses it
"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper
Why are Leftists always talking about hate? Because it fills their own hearts
Leftists don't have principles. How can they when "there is no such
thing as right and wrong"? All they have is postures, pretend-principles
that can be changed as easily as one changes one's shirt
When you have an argument with a Leftist, you are not really discussing
the facts. You are threatening his self esteem. Which is why the normal
Leftist response to challenge is mere abuse.
naive scholar who searches for a consistent Leftist program will not
find it. What there is consists only in the negation of the present.
The intellectual Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) could have
been speaking of much that goes on today when he said: "The object in
life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding
oneself in the ranks of the insane."
I despair of the ADL. Jews have
enough problems already and yet in the ADL one has a prominent Jewish
organization that does its best to make itself offensive to Christians.
Their Leftism is more important to them than the welfare of Jewry --
which is the exact opposite of what they ostensibly stand for! Jewish
cleverness seems to vanish when politics are involved. Fortunately,
Christians are true to their saviour and have loving hearts. Jewish
dissatisfaction with the myopia of the ADL is outlined here. Note that Foxy was too grand to reply to it.
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