As Neal Pollack and a bunch of other less famous people know, it’s hard to be on a game show. Sure, from the comfort of your couch, without the hot glare of the studio lights or the live audience or the family members counting on you to win or the other contestants counting on you to lose or the kindly (though not so kindly this close up, now that you’re right next to him) face of the host whose been hosting this program for years now–like this is his life and its no big deal just give an answer already–it’s pretty easy to judge people for giving silly answers.
We don’t know what it’s like, for instance, to have prepared and studied for months so we could learn what the majority of 100 polled Americans would say they kept in their fridge, or find empty around the house, or do at home on a Saturday night if they can’t afford to go out. That’s just not what we spend our day thinking about, but if we had, if we had practiced and studied and put our noses to the grindstone and beat out other families with less determination to meet Steve Harvey, and we finally made it onto television only to be asked a question about zombies–goddamn zombies! Which aren’t even real, most of the time!– we’d probably freeze up and say the first person thing to come to our mind, as well.
There’s a storm a-brewin’ in the media world in response to Richard Cohen’s most recent Washington Post column, wherein a lot of inexcusable bigotry occurs in a very short span of words.
This week’s New York cover is eye-catching, certainly: a cover story on mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his multiracial family, of whom the media can’t seem to get enough. (Dante’s hair! Chiara’s flowers and/or college! Chirlane McCray’s lesbian past!)
But there’s more to it than immediately meets the eye.
Law & Fashion
Stop and frisk might be illegal now as a police practice, but inside at least one store on Madison Avenue, racial profiling is still an issue according to a new lawsuit published in the Daily News yesterday. Today, a second customer has come forward to complain about their treatment in Barneys, where they said they were harassed because of the color of their skin.
XX in Tech
No week is an especially great week to be a woman in tech, but this week has been especially terrible–and ladies, it’s only Tuesday.
Hot on the heels of Techcrunch’s Titstare embarrassment, the CTO of one of tech media’s most prolific publications revealed himself to be a hateful bigot fond of tweeting Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Five years ago, Vogue published an article in its July 2008 issue titled “Is Fashion Racist?” When the magazine sold out nearly overnight, it seemed there might be hope. Today, the answer to Vogue’s question has hardly changed.
The dialogue about race was revived again this Thursday when former model Bethann Hardison sent Read More
Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer’s supporters gathered in front of a public housing complex this afternoon, railing against his opponent, Eliot Spitzer, for appearing at an event alongside a race-baiting candidate. They did this as the same controversial pol, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, stood beside them.
The end result was one of the wilder press conferences of this year’s election cycle.
“We are gathered here at the Douglass Houses as a community to repudiate one of the things that Eliot Spitzer has done, which is he has embraced individuals who are hate mongers,” said community activist Brian Benjamin at the event, which was crashed by Mr. Lopez-Pierre.
Talk about a picky bouncer.
Times Square nightclub Circle NYC is no stranger to accusations of racism regarding whom they choose to let past the velvet rope. On Thursday, however, those complaints came to the fore when the megaclub was slapped with more than $20,000 in fines for its history of discriminatory practices.
In an Read More
After being labeled a victim of the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson coalitions by some of her more fervent fans, the drama of Paula “Sambo Burger” Deen took a turn last night when Sharpton, confronted by TMZ on the street, cautioned against judging Deen’s actions from over 40 years ago as a barometer for her current situation. (Reverend Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition is still planning on investigating Deen’s hiring practices.)
And though Reverend Sharpton was promoting not a defense of Deen, but merely saying she deserves a fair trial based on current evidence, Ms. Deen took his words as a sign of support.
Racist Home Cooking
Paula Deen may have been roasted to a crisp by the media last week, after a civil lawsuit had her on the stand admitting to using some un-P.C.-language and raising allegations that Ms. Deen is a not-so-secret bigot.
But the Butter Bouffante is not out for the count! Here’s five ways Ms. Deen will continue to be churned in our news cycle this week.