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August 31, 2013
Protip for Dunkin’ Donuts: Localized ads (especially racist ones) spread quickly on the internet

A definite step back from “Time to Make the Donuts”: In Thailand, an advertisement from the local variation of Dunkin’ Donuts, featuring a “charcoal” donut—and a woman in severe blackface—is drawing negative reaction from groups such as Human Rights Watch. “It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut,” said the group’s deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson. “Dunkin’ Donuts should immediately withdraw this ad, publicly apologize to those it’s offended and ensure this never happens again.” The company’s Thai head defends the ads, calling the outcry an overreaction. (photo by Grant Peck/Associated Press)

Protip for Dunkin’ Donuts: Localized ads (especially racist ones) spread quickly on the internet

A definite step back from “Time to Make the Donuts”: In Thailand, an advertisement from the local variation of Dunkin’ Donuts, featuring a “charcoal” donut—and a woman in severe blackface—is drawing negative reaction from groups such as Human Rights Watch. “It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her lips with bright pink lipstick to sell a chocolate doughnut,” said the group’s deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson. “Dunkin’ Donuts should immediately withdraw this ad, publicly apologize to those it’s offended and ensure this never happens again.” The company’s Thai head defends the ads, calling the outcry an overreaction. (photo by Grant Peck/Associated Press)

10:31 // 10 months ago
August 15, 2013

brooklynmutt:

The Crazy Thing That Happened on NY1 Last Night Demonstrates Just the Kind Of Person Who Supports Stop-and-Frisk - Complex

She sounds like she’s kidding but she claims she’s not. 

When they put the phrase “tone deaf” in future editions of Webster’s Dictionary, there will be a Bitly link to this post next to the phrase, in place of a definition.

22:27 // 11 months ago
July 19, 2013

But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.

What a country.

Obama Mistaken For Waiter, Asked To Fetch Drink At 2003 Party

White people.

(via waitingonoblivion)

Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.

(via waitingonoblivion)

20:20 // 1 year ago
July 16, 2013

kohenari:

Kids react to the “controversial” Cheerios commercial.

For a counterpoint to the racist morons who found it objectionable.

I was heartened when Cheerios didn’t back down about their commercial, despite all the racist morons out there. I feel a little bit better still now that I’ve seen these kids responding to questions about the commercial and about racism.

Watch this, and feel better about future generations.

(Source: politicalprof)

11:40 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. I'm not sure if this was asked already, but many people are counting down the clock until George Zimmerman will get a book deal and receive high profile interviews; basically the Casey Anthony treatment in a sense. How soon would a civil rights case have to be filed before he could profit from his 'circumstance'? How likely is a civil rights case to be successful.

» SFB says: I’m not a legal expert here, but from what I’ve read, it probably makes more sense of the Martin family to file a wrongful death suit against Zimmerman if their goal is to prevent him from taking advantage of the case for monetary gain. There are prior cases where this route was taken, most notably the Goldman family’s lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to prevent the release of the pseudo-confession “If I Did It,” which the Goldman family released as “Confessions of the Killer” after taking ownership of the book.

As for the chances a civil rights case of finding success, comments on the matter are mixed. The Christian Science Monitor has a good roundup of takes on the matter from legal experts who think the federal government may not see enough of a case to actually go forward, though others think otherwise. But it’s too soon for all that. The NAACP, which is advocating for a civil rights case, has Eric Holder’s ear. Holder is speaking at their annual conference tomorrow, in fact. I’m going with “inconclusive”, personally. — Ernie @ SFB

22:40 // 1 year ago
July 14, 2013
Regarding the KTVU-TV’s demeaning report of the pilots on July 12, ASIANA Airlines is reviewing possible legal action against KTVU-TV and the NTSB. … The reputation of the four pilots and of the company had been seriously damaged by this report.
A statement by Asiana Airlines • Revealing that the company that faced suffered a major plane crash last week may sue KTVU and the NTSB after a TV report falsely naming the pilots of the aircraft, using racially-offensive names, surfaced on Friday.
10:39 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013
Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft. The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.
The NTSB, in a press release revealing that an intern released falsely confirmed the obviously-fake Asiana Airlines pilot names to KTVU earlier today. By the way, KTVU is far from the only San Francisco-area station that’s had blunders or embarrassing moments on air, but in most of those cases, there wasn’t obvious racism playing a factor. (Edit to clarify.)
1:03 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2013
I’m not an NFL player, but as a non-terrorist who happens to be a Jew, let me say that this is hogwash. It’s yellow journalism without any of the flair. Instead of Waksman asking why Aboushi deserves to be employed by the Jets, I think we should ask Yahoo! why they would publish a piece that accuses an NFL player of anti-Semitism without one solitary quote or piece of actual evidence. This is worse than your typical “keep your politics out of my sports” hit piece. It’s slander.
Dave Zirin (via brooklynmutt)

Yahoo Sports fell in the same trap as Jonathan Mael.

(Source: soupsoup, via brooklynmutt)

19:59 // 1 year ago

MLB’s new media coordinator compared an Muslim NFL rookie to a murder suspect, just because he’s of Palestinian heritage

In what might be one of the more ugh-worthy stories of the week, Jonathan Mael, an employee of Major League Baseball in charge of the league’s new media program, compared Oday Aboushi, a recently-drafted New York Jets player whose parents are Palestinian and who is a Muslim, to Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. (It’s only one in a series of controversial racially-tinged attacks on Aboushi, the recent subject of an attack piece on Freedom Center, a site owned by noted anti-Muslim critic David Horowitz.) When Mael’s tweet was noticed by the public, a number of critics spoke up, notably at The Nation, The Electronic Intifada and The Daily Beast. Mael is a former intern for AIPAC, a lobbying group that supports pro-Israel policies; he apologized for his comment a short while ago, but it’s unclear if he will face further discipline.

19:35 // 1 year ago
July 10, 2013
If I were sitting in the courtroom with pad and pen, no one would notice or care. The pen may be mightier than the sword — and a picture may be worth a thousand words — but video cameras alter reality. Their very presence changes the people and events they seek to capture. And, just to keep those cliches rolling, although seeing is believing, what we project for others to see is influenced — and reality is altered — by the fact that a camera is recording that projection.
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker • Arguing against the usage of cameras in courtrooms, particularly in high-profile cases such as George Zimmerman’s trial. Another great point in this: “Meanwhile, the notion of the public’s right to know every detail of what is essentially a show trial suffers a paucity of veracity. If our concern were truly to better understand the machinations of the judicial system, as some have argued, we would record and broadcast all trial proceedings rather than only the ones that involve key elements of modern tabloid storytelling, namely sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and race.”
21:15 // 1 year ago