Jared Leeds shoots Top Chef Kristen Kish for Inked Magazine.
It has been brought to my attention (repeatedly) that I am neglecting my duties as a co-moderator. (Apparently saving a bunch of things as drafts and never posting them is not helpful.)
Anyway, I have been holding on to this, because OMG, Kristen Kish came out as having a girlfriend!
To my knowledge, she has not publicly said how she identifies yet, but it is so great to see a badass Asian chef who is into women. Also, she has cool hair. Also, integrity! (She was eliminated during Restaurant Wars for someone else’s mistake, but then won Last Chance Kitchen and came back and won her season.) Watching Kristen compete was a constant debate of “Do I want to date her or be her?” Still not sure.
I grew up watching cooking shows on PBS, until we finally got cable in high school, but Martin Yan was never exactly relatable as a role model. So Kristen coming out was all kinds of wonderful and joyous, and so exciting for her! I have many more thoughts about representation and coming out and diaspora and Korean adoptees.
In any case, YAY!
Needless to say, many Natives are not fans of the trend. But that hasn’t stopped the festival from capitalizing on the “white kids playing Indian” motif and offering tipi rentals for the low weekend price of … $2,200? Paying rent in a New York City rat hole never sounded so good.
"White kids playing Indian"
Coachella, AKA white girls appropriating Native and Indian culture conference.
Lol @ white chicks “apprecating Native American culture.” I bet any of these white chicks can’t tell you which Native American nations use headdresses (which are SACRED and EARNED) and which nations don’t use them.
More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke.
And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is?
Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right.
oh my god if i have to see this post on my dashboard one more time
all right, okay. let’s talk.
last year on a slow day in law/society class, my teacher showed us a movie where charlize theron was one of the only female workers in a mine in minnesota. she experienced a fuckload of sexual harassment, ofc; it was when she started daring to complain about the sexual harassment that shit got really bad.
i remember watching charlize theron go through all these awful things, and i remember getting vaguely invested in her as a heroine; yeah, you go charlize theron, you continue to work despite these harassment and assaults, you stand up for yourself when people shun you in the community, etc
and there was this climactic scene where the miners’ union was having a meeting, and charlize theron was going up to complain about something or tell people she was suing the company or smth, i can’t remember, and she stood there in front of this huge crowd of angry men who were booing her and catcalling her and shouting the worst things at her and she’s getting really miserable
and then her father, who also works at the mine, goes up and says “hey, you’re all jerks, think of your mothers & daughters, would you treat them this way,” and the miners are like “oh wow charlize theron totally does deserve our support etc” and then the movie continues
but all i could think was— what, so they’ll listen to a man but not to the woman who’s actually affected? why doesn’t charlize theron get to save the day and be the hero? in a conversation about sexism, why is his voice more important than hers?
we’re not mad at macklemore. or— well, we are mad at macklemore, but we’re more mad at the system that prioritizes macklemore over actual queer rappers, over actual rappers of color, who have been saying exactly the same shit for decades and been ignored.
we’re mad at the system that gives more attention to straight allies than queer activists.
we’re mad at the system that only supports queer rights when they are quiet and polite and have cute graphics.
we’re mad at the system that makes macklemore a hero of of the queer struggle but doesn’t know marsha p. johnson’s name.
we’re mad at the system that will listen to macklemore when he comes to defend us— but won’t listen to us.
we’re mad at the system that has constructed itself to make damn certain that only straight cis white boys can be heroes.
it’s fuckin’ great that macklemore thought he was gay in third grade. but the system would rather give his third grade gay freakout the spotlight than our actual whole-life queer experiences— and that’s not okay.
That commentary. Spot on.
HYPHENATED* Episode 5- Beyoncé’s Feminism & New Album
In this week’s discussion, BlackinAsia and unapologetically-yellow discuss Beyoncé’s surprise album, Beyoncé, and the feminism she embodies in this work. There is a lot to love about the album (x, x, x, x, x, x, x), and we discuss some of the problematic aspects of the album as well (x, x, x).
Will white people and other people who aren’t black women willfully misinterpret Beyoncé?
What does this album mean for the world as a manifesto for black American womanhood?
In this week’s news stories: Oprah fending off more questions about her choice to not have children; Erykah Badu as the latest campaign model for Givenchy; Golden Globe nominations; a plastic surgeon who has operated on his two adopted daughters. We also answer listener questions and submissions from notkingkong about a willfully clueless white friend and waitwhatwhywhenhow about an Ethiopian-American woman’s opinion of Black American women.
Which it is. But thoughts, comments and questions like:
are also racist or adding power to racism.
Learn something. Hop on our level. Stop using your “mind” and the dictionary as reference material.
Pearl Pearson is a 64 year-old diabetic deaf driver who resides in the Oklahoma City area. On the evening of January 3rd, Pearl crossed paths with the wrong cops.
What’s the story?At this time, only limited details can be provided since this case is under investigation.
1. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulled Pearl over late in the evening on January 3, 2014. Pearl pulled over as he should.
2. Pearl’s driver’s license indicates he is Deaf. He also has a placard in his driver’s door that says, “Driver is deaf”.
3. Pearl pulled over and rolled down his window, expecting an officer to ask for this identification. An officer struck him in the face before Pearl had the chance to do anything. As you can see, he was struck multiple times.
4. An interpreter was never provided while Pearl was under the care of law enforcement. Not during the booking, hospital, or time at the jail was an interpreter provided, even through Pearl requested one.
5. Pearl was left wondering “why” the the entire time. He has no clue why he was beat. Pearl and his family are still not sure, but are ready for some answers.
6. Pearl’s own son is a police officer, as was his son-in-law, who is now a deputy sheriff. He respects law enforcement and knows how to respond when pulled over. There is no reason for someone like Pearl to be hurt like this by those who are meant to protect and serve.
[LAL Note: "respect[ing] law enforcement" is not a prerequisite for proper treatment by law enforcement.]
Yelling at a deaf man to put up his hands will not do much, except aggravate an already aggressive police officer. This is a tragic scenario of ignorance and needless escalation of violence.
Eric Foster and Kelton Hayes were the two OHP officers that were involved in what an affidavit claims was a 7 minutes altercation.
Where is the dash cam footage from the units of Eric Foster and Kelton Hayes? Wouldn’t this clear up any inconsistencies in this story?
Naturally, it’s paid vacation time:
The two officers have been suspended with pay while the investigation into this incident continues.
This is hardly the first time a bully in blue has attacked a deaf man for not listening. One other notable example: in 2010, a Seattle cop shot and killed an older, partially deaf man for holding a folded pocket knife he used for whittling when the man couldn’t hear (probably unlawful) orders to drop it. He wasn’t harassing anyone, he was just walking (see video here, as man harmlessly crosses a crosswalk minding his own business, the cop jumps out of his car and starts yelling “hey” and “put the knife down” and literally 8 seconds after the cop first called out three shots are heard). The city of Seattle paid the man’s family $1.5 million. Which means, yet again, taxpayers were on the hook for the wrongdoing of state agents.
Based on this list See Sources below for more info. View pictures fullscreen to see captions
Lemme reblog again and let you know why casting that white woman as the female lead in “Drive” was so fucking wrong and fucked up.
Director literally gave her the part because she looked like someone he would want to protect (read: innocent, delicate, helpless).
These traits were ones he literally did not consider a Latina for. He picked her specifically because he fit that damsel in distress imagine that’s been coded as white (and what’s made women of color “unrapeable”).
Hey! There’s a cool thing happening. ABC is making a pilot for a new sitcom called Far East Orlando and it’s only the second primetime network show featuring an Asian American cast, after Margaret Cho’s show All-American Girl which aired for only one season 20 years ago. This is really encouraging to see and I’m definitely gonna watch it.
people better watch the fuck out of this show
Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)
Funny thing is, in the Hobbit, Hobbits are described as being brown. ‘Long clever brown fingers, good natured faces…’ Unless they’re some weird imaginary thing with white bodies and brown fingers.
I have seen the argument that “brown fingers” was meant to indicate that they liked to garden/play in the dirt, not that they were non-white.
That argument is 100% bullshit, btw.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”"