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Janay Rice Speaks Out About Those Racist Domestic Violence Halloween Costumes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:18
Janay Rice Speaks Out About Those Racist Domestic Violence Halloween Costumes

Over the weekend, some awful human beings decided to dress up like Ray Rice -- blackface paint and all -- and poke fun at his brutal assault on his then-fiance, Janay, that got him kicked out of the NFL. Here's one that appeared on TMZ:

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Keith Olbermann has since started retweeting others:

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Oh great. Who's got large # for Child Services? RT @tchopstl @mdlamaster And also this one. pic.twitter.com/AkUoLTlr6l

-- Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 26, 2014

And another one RT @mdlamaster @KeithOlbermann And we have a winner in the proud daughter sweepstakes for morons. pic.twitter.com/KWlzNK9B7p

-- Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 26, 2014

Janay Rice, the woman at the center of the controversy, spoke out on Twitter:

.@TMZ it's sad, that my suffering amuses others

-- Janay Rice (@JanayRice) October 22, 2014
Categories: Diversity Headlines

Mindy Kaling Is Not Malala Yousafzai

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:18
Mindy Kaling Is Not Malala Yousafzai

Mindy Kaling is a 35-year-old Indian-American writer and creator of the hit show "The Mindy Project." Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year-old Pakastani activist who just won a Nobel Peace Prize for championing girls' education. They're not the same person. But the New York Times unearthed an embarassing episode from this month's New Yorker Festival:

As she stood by the banquettes, a tipsy man in his 80s cornered her and showered her with compliments, apparently mistaking her for Malala Yousafzai. "Congratulations on your Nobel Prize," he said, before expressing wonder at how well she had recovered from Taliban gunshots.

Ms. Kaling was speechless. "Did he really think I'm Malala?" she said when he was safely out of sight. "And that if I were, I'd be at the Boom Boom Room?"

Still, she thought it was pretty funny: "That's the best thing that's happened all night."

But, you know, this sorta thing happens all the time. Casual racism -- guess there's not much to do but laugh it off, right?

(h/t Vox)

Categories: Diversity Headlines

Outrage Over Ebola Quarantine, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff Wins, #TaintedMeat

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:05
Outrage Over Ebola Quarantine, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff Wins, #TaintedMeat

Here's what I'm reading up this lovely Monday morning: 

  • Gia Soriano, who was shot by Jaylen Fryberg in a school rampage on Friday, has died
  • The captain who abandoned a sinking ferry in South Korea, leaving more than 300 people--mostly school kids--to die, may face the death penalty
  • It was bad, or maybe it wasn't so bad, that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told women not to ask for raises--and Rick Smith mansplains why
Categories: Diversity Headlines