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            Showing posts with label President Cheeto.
            Showing posts with label President Cheeto.

            Thursday, January 11, 2018

            So, About That H&M Monkey Ad...

            So, while this blog was on an 18 month-ish hiatus, a lotta shit's happened. We have a new President. Rappers now are judged solely by how many bright colors they have in their hairstyle. 7 footers in the NBA routinely pull and pop 3 pointers. It snowed in Charleston, SC. For Christmas.[1]

            One thing that hasn't changed is racism. America's Original Sin[2] still persists, and it shows up in some of the most unlikely places. Plenty of people were rightfully enraged earlier this week when an a photo on the H&M website went viral, showing a little black boy wearing a hoodie with the words "The Coolest Monkey In The Jungle". People questioned why a multinational apparel company would do something so utterly dumb in 2018. Where the black folks in the room were, assuming there were any when this decision made, and why they didn't say anything. But one question was most pervasive... "Where in the hell were this boy's parents?"

            Turns out, , and thinks everyone outraged is "crying wolf".
            The mother of a black child featured in a photo shoot slammed as racist has said that those outraged by the image of her son are “crying wolf,” according to reports.

            Swedish clothing giant H&M was forced to issue repeated apologies after the page for a hoodie available in Europe featured an image of the boy with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle” on his chest. Social media users took note that a white child in a similar hoodie was a “survival expert” and decried the company as insensitive to the history of “monkey” being used as a slur against black people.

            “Stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here ......... get over it,” a woman who said she was the mother of the boy claimed in Facebook messages published on social media.

            She said that she was at the shoot and that everyone is entitled to have an opinion about it, but that outrage was “not my way of thinking.”

            The comments were reported by multiple news outlets, though the woman connected to the account, who lives in Sweden, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.

            After originally sending the News a terse apology saying that they were sorry if people took offense to the image, H&M has stopped selling the hoodie and said it will do “everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in the future.”
            This entire story has me conflicted in a million different ways.

            First and foremost, I love H&M. It's trendy, good quality clothing at great prices. A solid percentage of my wardrobe is from there. I'm wearing a damn H&M hoodie right now as I type this. So when black folks were calling for widespread boycotts of a clothing store most have never even visited, I was like "nah breh, I'm good."

            On the flipside, there's no doubt that the imagery was bad, especially given the long history of the use of the word "monkey" in derogatory manner here in the US. I wouldn't put my kids in that hoodie, regardless of how awesome a sale price it would be offered at.

            That said, this mother doesn't live in the US. She's Swedish (yes, for those who don't know, there ARE black people in Sweden. I've been there, I've seen them firsthand. They aren't in large numbers, but they exist). Perhaps the phrase "monkey" doesn't carry the same connotation there, or maybe it does and this mom doesn't feel offended by it. The way that people jumped on this story and talked about the child model in paternalistic phrases like "Young King" as if this child was somehow an orphan who stumbled into a photo shoot and was exploited by Evil Yakubians rubbed me the wrong way. As a parent with kids who have done such work, I know that's seldom the case. There's always a parent or guardian present, and those parents do have a say so in how their children's images are being used. This mom had to issue, and in the grand scheme of things, her opinion should matter more than anyone else's.

            Should H&M have been a bit smarter? Sure. Would black people in the room (or God forbid a focus group) have maybe given them some valuable insight? Probably. But ultimately, there's one person (two if his Dad, who wasn't mentioned, is around) who's responsible here.

            Question: Was this mother wrong? Do you get her rationale? Are you happy the blog is back?

            [1] Maybe it was slightly before/after, but still, IT SNOWED ON THE BATTERY!

            [2] Is the Original Sin slavery, or racism? I forget. It's been a minute.

            Thursday, January 26, 2017

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            Trump's Daughter Also Registered To Vote In Two States.

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            Just one day after President Donald Trump said he would ask for a "major investigation" into his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed back on proof that shows the president's youngest daughter on voter registration rolls in two states.

            Tiffany Trump is currently registered in both New York City and Philadelphia, according to state election records in New York and Pennsylvania. Trump was a student at the University of Pennsylvania until her graduation last May.
            Lord, please let this 4 years be over already.

            Trump's Sr Adviser Participated In Voter Fraud.

            I've been quiet throughout this transition from the Obama administration to whatever you wanna call this spectacle that Donald Trump's got going on. The reasons are many. One, because I'm sorta depressed that this whole thing is actually happening, two because I'm sorta scared that Trump's gonna label bloggers as "the press" and come after me with lawyers, and three, because see reason one.

            This next 4 years will probably look at lot like the Trump candidacy did: a series of unforced errors, legitimate scandals that rile up the left only to be completely dismissed by the right, and oh yeah, plenty of unintentional comedy. Speaking of which, "Alternative Facts" would be an awesome name for a 90's grunge band. But as justification for a errand crowd counts by an official WH spokeswoman? Bruh, there's nothing funny about that. This shit is bordering on tragic and we're not even a week in yet.

            In addition to inflating his inaugural crowd size (I was there in 2009. Friday was no 2009) Trump's been spouting off this week about "5 million illegal votes for Hilary" as if to say that he also won the popular vote in addition to the electoral college. Not only is the untrue (there's no proof, but facts don't matter when you have "alternative facts"), it's also just downright petty. Dude, you won. You are the POTUS. What's your point?

            Oddly, his statement about voter fraud does have some basis in reality. It just so happens that the architect of his campaign's got a minor scandal of his own.
            A senior White House adviser to Donald Trump is registered to vote in two different states, a practice that the US president wrongly claimed amounted to electoral fraud on Wednesday as he called for an inquiry.

            Stephen Bannon registered to vote in New York shortly before the presidential election last year, after the Guardian disclosed that he was registered to vote at a vacant house in Florida where his ex-wife had once lived.

            Bannon, whose registration lists a rented apartment in Manhattan as his address, cast his ballot for Trump in New York, according to a source familiar with his arrangements, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

            Bannon, however, also remains registered to vote in Florida, according to state records. His registration lists as his address the 北京体彩网官方网站 of Andy Badolato, a friend of Bannon’s who has worked on some of his political documentary films and written for Breitbart News, the far-right website that Bannon controlled before entering the White House as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president.

            His registration in Florida was moved to Badolato’s 北京体彩网官方网站 shortly after the publication of the Guardian report in August. Bannon has not cast a ballot in Florida, according to state records. Badolato, who was also registered to vote at the 北京体彩网官方网站 with his adult sons, declined at the time to answer questions on whether Bannon actually lived at the property, which is required under the registration rules of the Florida division of elections.

            In a pair of tweets early on Wednesday morning, Trump said that arrangements such as Bannon’s were unacceptable as he appeared to threaten a crackdown on access to the ballot box.

            “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” the president wrote.
            You couldn't make this shit up. I mean, seriously, how long before we find out Trump actually voted 5x (for Hilary himself)?

            This is gonna be a very sad/scary/awful/hilarious/pick your adjective four years.

            Question: Could you make this sorta sh*t up if you tried?!?