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That Time Bill Maher Questioned Anne-Marie Johnson’s Blackness While Defending His Use of the Word ‘Nigga’

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Friday’s moment when TV host Bill Maher uttered the n-word was not the first time he crossed the line where race is concerned. Long before Real Time With Bill Maher was a thing, Maher once talked over, insulted and questioned the blackness of veteran black actress Anne-Marie Johnson, all while arguing that white people should be able to say “nigga.”

Read my commentary, “#NeverForget: Bill Maher Once Questioned a Black Woman’s Blackness Over the N-Word

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

What Happens When A Journalist Uses Your Tweets For A Story? (Part One)

(Co-written by Jamie Nesbitt Golden, originally published on Medium)

It all started with a ruined Wednesday morning.

A tweet of mine had found its way into a Washington Post op-ed calling for the dismissal of University of Missouri professors accused of assaulting students at a rally celebrating the resignation of the school president. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me; I’d grown accustomed to journalists using my tweets in their stories without giving me so much as a heads up (which usually leaves me open to trolling), and my Twitter account has never been private. But, as I’d spent the last 48 hours ridding my mentions of trolls wanting to debate First Amendment rights and freedom of the press, I was in no mood to entertain any more, and there was something about this particular post that stunk.

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@WaymoTheGod, free speech, and the right to be ignorant when you want to

First Amendment protected speech is a tricky thing. We may not always agree with what people have to say, but we have to defend their right to say it.

Let me explain.

There are ignorant people in this world, not unlike that Waymo dude. They will always be there to say some bullshit we disagree with and/or are offended by. Exhibit A:

 

 

Now. Is this dude an ignorant ass porch monkey? Yes. Yes, he is. What he is saying is deplorable, and he deserves the fire that is happening in his mentions right now to burn his shit-stained drawers as he sits in his dorm room click-clacking away on Twitter for reactions, RTs and mentions. 

I saw people calling for us to block him and report him as spam, and the reason I will not do that is simple. 

Waymo is exercising his right to express himself. It is First Amendment protected speech whether we agree with what he is saying or not. He has his right to let his ignorant ass word diarrhea flow freely from the asshole that is on his face just the same way as we have to right to react and call him out on it. He actually got a very proper dragging from Danie, and we all loved it.  

The problem I have with reporting him as spam and having his account possibly get deleted is that it sets an ugly precedent, and if you understand anything about the way the court systems work (and shit rolls downhill), then you know that courts work on precedent. 

If every time someone says something we don’t like or agree with we get their account banned on Twitter, what happens when those people on the other side don’t like what we have to say? I’m talking the #AllLivesMatter people or even your sensitive ass #NotAllWhites or #NotAllPolice people. If they get even an inkling that they can use blocking and reporting accounts as spam as a tool to silence us on this social network, where will we be? 

Think about what briefly happened to Feminista Jones yesterday on Facebook. Someone who obviously doesn’t like or or disagrees with her reported her account to Facebook, and it was temporarily shut down while Facebook forced her to go through the motions of proving she is a real person who actually operates in this world using the name Feminista Jones. We can’t have that. 

While Waymo’s ignorant ass speech is worthy of all the ire of every shea butter bitch from here to Africa, it is not worth us derailing the First Amendment protections that allow all of us to express ourselves on this medium.

You may not agree with my words or ideas. You may think I’m dumb, but please, always defend my right to say it, because my right is your right, and that is what is most important. 

Feel free to hop in his mentions and tell him his words are trash though. 

Alleged hacker of NY Mag has Twitter account suspended

#TheEmptyChair cover photo for the Bill Cosby feature in New York Magazine

#TheEmptyChair cover photo for the Bill Cosby feature in New York Magazine

The Twitter account of the supposed NY Magazine hacker (you know the account that I told you had only been running for 6 days and had less than 100 tweets) has been suspended by Twitter.

The account handle was @Vikingdom2016. It was mentioned in the Daily Dot article I also referenced. The embedded tweet they included in their article is no longer available, and when you go to Twitter, the account shows as suspended.

Now. Remind me again why we should believe the bullshit story that this was unrelated to the Cosby article? Because from where I sit, all signs point to yes like a Magic 8-ball.

When I scrolled through the account yesterday, I didn’t notice any tweets that could be considered abusive, so I am wondering when and why the account was suspended by Twitter.

How many long-running Anonymous accounts are there that haven’t been suspended? Isn’t Anonymous known for hacking and disruption as well?

I ask that not to cast a bad light on Anonymous, but rather to highlight the fact that there are plenty of supposed ‘hacker’ accounts that don’t get suspended, so why this one, and why now?

Stay woke, and don’t be afraid to call out the bullshit.

 

Rape culture starts in the home

The relationship that Kylie Jenner is having with Tyga is wholly inappropriate. That none of the adults around her seem to see the problem with it is terrifying. That her sister, Khloe Kardashian, would admit in print that she too had age inappropriate relationships  at 16 gives us an eye-opening look (as if their reality show wasn’t enough) at the level of degenerate dysfunction that is in this family.

Kylie Jenner will be 18 on Aug 10, at which point I suppose we are all suppose to stop talking about the fact that she has been sleeping with dating Tyga since 2014. He has written sexually explicit lyrics about her that are incredibly disturbing.

At 16, you are not equipped to make the same emotional decisions that someone 5 or even 10 years your senior are able to make. It doesn’t matter if you bought a house and flew on a jet with Karl Lagerfeld; sixteen-year-old girls are not emotionally mature no matter how much we want to make them into adults in our heads.

With everything that is going on in her life already, being sexually exploited by both her family members and her ‘boyfriend’ are major causes for alarm. I can only hope she still has money for the therapy bills later in life.

Rape culture starts in the home. At least, it is for Kylie Jenner.

Khloe Kardashian covers Complex Magazine

Khloe Kardashian tried to break the Internet today with her racy photo spread for the cover of Complex Magazine.

While the pictures of her surgically sculpted body are nice to look at, the real center piece of the article is Khloe’s take on her younger sister Kylie’s age inappropriate relationship with rapper Tyga.

 

Complex asked, “Do you feel that the criticisms of Kylie and Tyga’s relationship are fair?”, to which Khloe responded:

I think at 16 I was probably fucking someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn’t say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You’re not gonna say, “Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?” and have her say, “Having a slumber party at my girlfriend’s,” or “Going to prom.” That’s not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That’s not even what people do in their 30s. It’s a rare circumstance, so let’s treat this as a special case.

Hold up. A special case? A special case? In what world is there any type of special case where it is OK for a grown man to be having a sexual relationship with an under-aged girl? Are you kidding me?

The word vomit continues. Complex asked her about the time she tried to slut-shame Amber Rose  and Khloe had this to say:

I just feel like it was unnecessary for her to say anything, and I used her own quote back. It was from her talking about when she became a stripper so I’m like, “How are you judging and saying Kylie should have a curfew?” What I thought was crazy was she was telling my sister to act a certain way or have a curfew, but [she wasn’t] doing the same. So just don’t comment. How was I slut-shaming by saying don’t throw stones at glass houses? There was no slut-shaming. I am not one to slut-shame, I have done slutty behavior myself.

That’s right girl. Four months later and the point of what Amber said is so far from your head as to not even be in the same universe.

It’s a shame that these girls have basically been pimped out by their mother for years; they don’t understand anything else.

In any case, go read the rest of the Khloe-isms and get a good look at what money can buy.

Khloe Kardashian in Complex Magazine (photo credit: Complex)

Khloe Kardashian in Complex Magazine (photo credit: Complex)

 

New York Magazine website hack

This is all a bit much. Within hours of publishing a powerful investigative piece on the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, New York Magazine had their site hacked.

The alleged hacker gave an interview to the Daily Dot:

But it’s not an attempt to silence the 35 women who have come forth to describe their alleged assault, nor the magazine that pieced their story together, ThreatKing said. Instead, he claimed, this stems entirely from his dislike of New York City, which he extends to magazines that share its name.

“Many stupid people at [sic] New York,” ThreatKing told The Daily Dot over a Skype chat. “I have not even seen the cover, LOL,” he said.

OK. So of all the things a hacker who hates New York could hack, he decides to hack the New York Magazine website on the same evening they release a huge story like this?

This is insulting to the intelligence of us all. There is no way this isn’t some form of technical misogyny. This is a means of silencing voicing. They can frame it around whatever narrative they want, but pay attention to a few things:

  1. In this supposed attack against New York, New York Magazine is the only site that has been attacked, and there seems to be no mention of any other site being attacked.
  2. The Twitter account of the alleged hacker has only been in operation for 6 days, with 94 tweets total as of this writing.
  3. The claim is that this is in no way related to the Cosby story, but why did that Twitter account RT Beverly Johnson’s tweet about the site being down and one of the staffers having their email hacked?

Listen. You can call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but there is no way these things are unrelated.

As someone (who I can’t remember now, sorry!) said on Twitter once, the jig is higher than giraffe pussy with ten joints in it.

That time Khloe Kardashian tried to slut-shame Amber Rose

Welcome to Women’s History Month, that time of year when we are both commemorative of the achievements of women, and mindful of the mistreatment women continue to endure every single day.

As women, we tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to mistreating each other.

Ladies, why do we slut-shame each other? Why do we allow the hand-me-down notion that sexuality is something to be ashamed of to be used against us? Why do we turn this sharp sword in on our fellow sisters in the struggle?

By now you have heard about the twitter altercation between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose. If you missed it, here is the Cliff’s Notes version:

Amber Rose gave an interview to Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club on Feb. 13 during which she criticized 25-year-old rapper Tyga for his alleged relationship with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. During the same interview, Rose also revealed that she started stripping at the age of 15 in order to help support her family.

Khloe got wind of the interview and took to Twitter to defending her sister’s honor. She sent out a tweet comparing her sister to 15-year-old Amber, and said that the youngest Kardashian has her life together at 17.

First of all, Kylie hasn’t done anything in her 17 years to have it together except be born into the right family. Let’s not mistake a silver spoon for any type of real work or struggle.

Secondly, bringing up the stripper past of someone in an attempt to put them in their place is the worst type of behavior, and it runs into the “Mean Girls category when we do it to each other.

A moment of humility would have reminded Khloe that her entire family’s infamy is based on two of the most heinous crimes in history: the Nicole Brown Simpson murder and the Ray J sex tape.

An ability to muddle through her own vacuity would have made Khloe realize that Rose wasn’t dissing her sister; she was dissing Tyga.

Khloe was careful to stay away from the topic of the alleged relationship, and who could blame her? Opening that Pandora’s box would lead to the type of scrutiny her family doesn’t get paid to undergo.

Instead of handling it like a human being, Khloe sank to snake level, and slithered her way (by means of subtweeting no less) into Amber’s Twitter mentions.

Khloe should understand the sting of slut-shaming, because the Ray J sex tape is something that people will not let her sister Kim live down; it comes up regularly when it’s time to crack jokes at Kim’s expense.

This is what we do to each other, ladies. We attack like rabid dogs, tearing each other down over things of a private nature in order to appear to be the morally attractive choice.

The truth is the number of sex partners you have doesn’t matter to anyone other than you and any potential sexual partners.

Being a stripper does not dehumanize you. Wearing revealing clothing is not an automatic societal condemnation.

Don’t believe the hype.

We are women; we are strong, and we give birth to the world.

Your mother had to get sexual at least once; that’s how you got here.

Is she less of a woman for that act? Or is it one of the greatest things she did in her life?

For the rest of Women’s History Month, let’s make a pact to put away our inner mean girls.

Let’s devote our energy to lifting our fellow women up.

And please, no more slut-shaming.

 


 

This originally appeared on the El Camino Union website.

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