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Nov. 25 2009 — 8:23 am | 17 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Offensive image of First Lady removed, blog apologizes

According to reports, the image depicting First Lady Michelle Obama as a monkey has been removed and the blog hosting it has issued an apology in Chinese and English:

對於此文章感到非常的抱歉,這是由程式自動發文的文章。請勿對種族與政治的議題做過度偏激的討論,誠摯希望世界是非常和平的。

I am very sorry for this article, and that this is the program automatically issued a document from the article. Do not the subject of race and politics make the discussion too radical and sincere hope that the world is very peaceful.

via Hot Girls: michelle obama.

I’d love to know what back-room deal got this issue resolved.



Nov. 24 2009 — 6:50 pm | 0 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

USA Network’s cool ad

I really like USA Network’s “Characters Unite” ad, which celebrates cultural and gender diversity. And the network lives up to the hype, because its lineup of shows has got to be among the most diverse on television.

You can see the ad below:



Nov. 24 2009 — 6:00 pm | 12 views | 0 recommendations | 10 comments

Google bans dogfighting videos, keeps offensive image of First Lady

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Update: The offensive image has been removed.

Wondering why Google hasn’t removed the offensive blog that depicts First Lady Michelle Obama as a monkey?

Simple. They don’t want to. My guess is that they think such an action will sully their reputation in the tech community.

Under the Terms of Service for Blogger (which Google owns and where the offensive image is currently hosted), Google could immediately revoke the blogging account which hosts the offensive image of Mrs. Obama:

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Nov. 16 2009 — 10:22 pm | 4 views | 1 recommendations | 0 comments

Universal excludes Blacks from UK movie poster

You can add Universal Pictures to the list of companies that develop marketing materials with cultural diversity and then surreptitiously remove the Black people from those same materials. When exposed by some enterprising blogger or whoever, they apologized and promised to market the movie differently elsewhere. It’s not like we haven’t heard about this kind of thing before.

This is a move that just doesn’t make sense: why couldn’t all four couples be in both posters?

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Nov. 5 2009 — 10:42 am | 106 views | 0 recommendations | 10 comments

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader celebrates Halloween in blackface

When you’re a cheerleader for a prominent sports team, you have to be careful about posting your blackface photos on Facebook, because, well, someone might just use them as an “anonymous tip”:

dccheerleaderThe cheerleader in question, according to the Facebook screenshots, appears to be 21-year-old Whitney Isleib, who I assume is dressing up for Halloween as Lil Wayne…An anonymous tipster made us aware of these photos on her Facebook page.

via The Situation Where A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Appeared In Blackface For Halloween Will Probably Not End Well – blackface – Deadspin.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid this kind of situation is not to dress up in blackface at all. But she probably has little to worry about: she’s from Texas and the Cowboys have won their last three games.

Think about it: she makes a living cheering for a team of predominantly Black athletes and when she has time off, she thinks blackface is funny.


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