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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
...who are actually black and Asian heads 'shopped onto white guys from the company stock photo:
Not creepy enough for you? Well, an astute TPM reader noted that in the stock photo, "the two men who are now Asian and black are the same man in the photo twice. Even the stock photo is doctored." Is the oil lobby The Matrix?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Years ago, this guy hit on me at a coffee shop by saying, "You know, you are definitely some kind of culture." To this ad, I say, "You know, you are definitely some kind of ... something." But I leave it to you, readers, to explain to me what that something is.
at first i thought it was just racist and now that i think about what i just saw in the grocery store i'm also annoyed because it's kind of semantically out of order too. look, "hamburger helper" means stuff you add to your hamburger to stretch it into extra servings. "tuna helper" means stuff you add to your tuna to stretch into extra servings. so is "asian helper" stuff you add to your asian? oh wait, it does say "chicken" really small between the asian and the helper. it's like betty crocker had the last minute thought that it might be racist. eagerly awaiting "mexican helper" which is sure to come out any day now.I think if Helper is going to go in this direction, it should go whole-heartedly and put the little glove guy in ethnic hats.
The Huffington Post reported that "Universal changed 'Couples Retreat' marketing material for the film's UK release, and removed the black actors from both the poster's photo and the list of stars typed out ... The studio said it regretted causing offence and has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries.... A Universal spokesman said the revised advert aimed 'to simplify the poster to actors who are most recognisable in international markets'."
So I guess what the studio is saying is, "We're not racist; international markets are racist."
Does that make it less racist??
Monday, November 16, 2009
Napoleon Perdis "China Doll Foundation" is described as "a lightweight, long wearing luxe formula that combines the benefits of a self-setting foundation and powder in one. Designed for ample playtime before setting to a soft-velvet finish that takes you from perfect to precious."
I have no idea what that last phrase means.
Given the name, I was surprised that the packaging is not "Chinese red." It also doesn't use that Chinese take-out carton font, and I'm surprised by the lack of Chinese characters and/or dragons. So is it still racist?This is an excellent question. Do things get points for being less racist than one can imagine them being?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The two South Carolina Republican chairmen who compared Sen. Jim DeMint to a penny-watching Jew have apologized for the remark. DeMint himself called it thoughtless and hurtful.
Ulmer, the Orangeburg County chairman, said the remark was "truly in admiration for a method of bettering one's lot in life" and he meant nothing derogatory.
Added Merwin, the Bamberg County chair: "I have always abhorred in the past, and shall continue to do so in the future, anti-Semitism in any form whatsoever. I ... beg that any and all who were offended will accept my deep felt apology."
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Two South Carolina County Republican Party chairmen stepped up to rebut criticism of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in a newspaper editorial Sunday. But their defense of the senator might be overshadowed by their use of an anti-Semitic stereotype to praise him.
After a Democratic state senator wrote in The State that DeMint didn't bring enough money back home, Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer responded that he was just looking after the nation's pennies -- like a Jew would.
"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," Ulmer and Merwin wrote in a joint letter published by The Times and Democrat. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."
"It's people like Ulmer and Merwin that make many folks fear for the future of the once Grand Ole Party," wrote the conservative Palmetto Scoop.
Even if it's coming from a place of "admiration," it's really not okay, guys.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
MyFox Atlanta says that Best Buy vice president Armando Alavarez's first class upgrade was revoked last week, after the gate agent saw he was wearing a Puma running outfit. He said he frequently checks his suits and wears more comfortable clothes for the flight. You can see by the photo or the video clip below that his Puma running outfit was in excellent shape.
For those who don't want to watch the video (are you sure? you'll miss Alvarez talking about his Puma running outfit!), MyFox Atlanta says Alvarez wrote a letter to United to complain about having his upgrade revoked, but he hasn't heard back from them. The network says it contacted their customer service department three times but never heard back, either.
I have a hard time believing someone who looked like Paris Hilton would have faced the same shit.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The far-right British National party has agreed to change its constitution to allow non-white people to join, it emerged today.
The BNP confirmed it would consider changes to its rules and membership criteria after the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched county court proceedings against the party's leader, Nick Griffin, and two other party officials: Simon Darby and Tanya Jane Lumby.
Robin Allen QC, counsel for the commission, said Griffin had agreed to present members with a revised constitution at its general meeting next month.
He added that the party had agreed not to accept any new members until the new constitution was in place.
John Wadham, group director legal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: "We are pleased that the party has conceded this case and agreed to all of the commission's requirements. Political parties, like any other organisation are obliged to respect the law and not discriminate against people.
"It is unfortunate that the BNP spent several months before conceding and dealing properly with our legal requirements. We will be monitoring the BNP's compliance with this court order on membership, and its other legal obligations, including to its constituents."
The Central London county court heard Griffin would be given 10 days to submit a signed undertaking confirming the proposed changes.
Somehow, the fact that the BNP had to be legally forced to be less racist only makes it more racist, don't you think?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Racist, or just idiotic?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
She also correctly takes issue with the use of Comic Sans in public signage. But my question is this: "no towels"?? The only way I can possibly understand that prohibition is definitely racist.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
The North American Crayfish is the Mike Tyson of crayfish.Monbiot is understandably chagrined at being appropriated to the BNP cause; he comments, "Mr Barnes appears to be comparing the American red signal crayfish to human immigrants, whom he apparently wishes to put to death. 'I'm saying nothing governor' means: you know exactly what I'm saying, but if you do your worst I can't be held responsible." Must those committed to the protection of native non-human species be concerned about their unwitting participation in "eco-xenophobia"?
It is a diseased, psychotic, evil, illegal immigrant colonist who displaces the indigenous crayfish, colonises their territory and then reproduces until it totally devastates the indigenous environment and indigenous crayfish.
I am saying nothing governor.
But theres a phrase of his that I believe should be the motto of the Eco-Xenophobes everywhere.
I intend to use it more and when I do I will accredit it to George Monbiot ;
DEATH TO THE USURPERS !
Monday, September 28, 2009
Serious Eats writes, "Somehow a kid posed as a geriatric chicken icon is really adorable and not creepy at all in this scenario." Even when the geriatric icon in question is also a symbol of Confederate patriarchal power? Or about to, like, sacrifice that stuffed chicken to the cause of crispy goodness? Mmmmm, fried chicken. What was I saying?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
LuckyFortune is an inspiring app for you and your friends. Simply shake your iPhone or iPod touch and you will soon be greeted with a message that will enlighten.As the video demonstration shows, by "Chinese music jingle" they mean that ubiquitous "ching-chong Chinaman" motif, and by "wise Chinese man" they mean some computer geek half-assedly affecting a "Chinese-y" accent. Uplifting...or racist?
After you shake your device an actual Fortune Cookie will bounce around the screen until it ultimately breaks. As the fortune is revealed a Chinese music jingle is played and a wise Chinese man delivers your fortune.
This is a must have application if you enjoy uplifting themes, creative applications, or if you just like fortune cookies.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
U.S. Forest Service warns against campers drinking Tecate beer, eating tortillas, and playing Spanish music.
The Wonk Room reports that the US Forest Service issued and then retracted a Labor Day warning advising hikers to beware of campers in national forests speaking Spanish, drinking Tecate beer, eating tortillas, spam or tuna, and playing Spanish music because “they could be armed marijuana growers.” Polly Baca of the Colorado Latino Forum accused the U.S. Forest Service of racial profiling and said the warning is discriminatory. Julien Ross, Executive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, added:
All Coloradans, and in particular elected lawmakers, should restrain from blaming entire communities for the acts of a few individuals…lawmakers concerned about the drug trade would be better served focusing on lessening the demand for drugs in their local district than scapegoating immigrants.
Hank Kashdan, associate chief of the U.S. Forest Service, later apologized on behalf of his colleagues.Oh, Smokey.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
McDonald's is running an ad campaign in Japan that uses Mr. James, a bumbling white guy who speaks broken katakana (i.e. accented) Japanese. Basically a gaijin, a derogatory term for a foreigner in Japan, he's even got his own blog while he tours McDonald's locations across Japan. People are upset because he's perpetuating racist stereotypes, and comparisons to Stepin Fetchit being made. Even stern letters are being written to McDonald's by FRANCA, a human rights group concerned with the rights of non-Japanese residents in Japan.
Here are a couple of commercials we dug up:
I don't really know enough about Japanese racial politics to know how offensive this is. I mean, white guys are kind of lovably stupid, right? (Kidding, kidding...kind of.)
Monday, August 3, 2009
Apparently, "On Sunday night, Dr. David McKalip forwarded to fellow members of a Google listserv affiliated with the Tea Party movement the image below. Above it, he wrote: 'Funny stuff.'" If by "funny," you mean "RACIST," then yes, Dr. McKalip, yes it is.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
As astute reader Amy notes, he himself looks kind of uncomfortable with the whole thing. Understandably, I'd say.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Toronto District School Board opens an Africentric elementary school. Following months of debate, the TDSB decided Tuesday to go ahead with the controversial plan. Macleans reports:
Amid the hoopla following Tuesday's decision, many questions remain about how such a program will address deep-rooted problems inside the TDSB, including the oft-cited statistic that 40 per cent of the city’s black students aren’t graduating (compared with roughly 25 per cent of students overall). Is a black-focused school—which would be open to students of all backgrounds, and draw heavily on African experience and knowledge—really the answer to these problems?I'm honestly torn on this one, folks. I mean, on the one hand, it's an imperfect solution to a serious problem—as are all desperate measures. On the other, if I had kids, I'd kind of want to send them to this school. I think it would make them awesome.