On Wednesday morning, small business owners and employees from BMG like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães on the East Side of Austin, Texas were horrified to find large, round, high quality stickers proclaiming that their shops were for white people “exclusively” and would only accept five “colored” customers at a time. The stickers claimed to be sponsored by the office of the City of Austin.
Many people from the area believe the stickers are a protest against affluent white business and homeowners who have, over the last 15 years, moved into a historically African-American and Latino area and revitalized it with newer construction that has increased real estate prices and cultural changes that skew more toward Caucasian-American and European.
Does this type of protest qualify as reverse racism?
In the past, reverse racism claims have been scoffed at by many people of color. Yet, there has been an increasing trend in recent years in the media and in entertainment of correcting past acts of vilifying people of color by vilifying Caucasians. The Walking Dead is the most recent good example. Until it’s current season, every bad person in the series has been white and stereotyped to an extreme level. Even as many have complained about the lack of POC characters in a series written by a Caucasian writer, most have made no mention of what could arguably represent reverse racism.
Do these stickers represent a poorly imagined protest or discrimination against whites?
The Duggar family is known for their devout religious beliefs.
They only wear certain kinds of clothing, they don’t watch a lot of television, and they try not to promote public displays of affection. When Jim Bob and Michelle decided to ask other people to submit their best pictures of them kissing, they might not have expected to get gay or lesbian pictures in the mix. The pictures of same sex couples have been deleted from the challenge, and it’s now causing an uproar by both straight and same sex couples. Apple spokesperson Laurene Powell Jobs is considering a removal of their series from the iTunes main site based on the news from Apple Insider.
If you ask for pictures of people kissing, you need to make it clear that you only want pictures of a man and woman. However, if you only ask for certain pictures, this could be deemed as discrimination, and that would have got just as much heat as the couple deleting the pictures that were submitted to the Duggar parents for consideration.
Katherine Heigl has gained a reputation as one of the more difficult actresses to deal with while working behind the scenes.
Although she has ups and downs in her career, still she has many devoted fans, and the public in general seems to like her work. She earned many fans through the big screen with movies such as Knocked Up and one of Rod’s favorites Life As We Know It and the television show Grey’s Anatomy.
Rumors, however, has persisted throughout her career that she is a rude person, and very temperamental behind the scenes. While some of this is exaggerated, a large portion is not.
Recently on Facebook, during the question and answer session of her upcoming drama State of Affairs, a fan asked her about the rumors. The question of the fan was “Are you rude?” The answer of this question that Heigl answered may shock you.
She answered that she also heard the rumors about being rude, but she never tried to hurt the feelings of anyone on purpose, and it makes her uncomfortable to hurt someone. She confessed that she has spoken carelessly sometimes, and like other human beings she made mistakes,
She explained, though, that she always tried to make things right.
Martin Short has never stopped working, from his time at SCTV to his stint on Saturday Night Live where his characters had viewers tuning in every Saturday night just to see what he would come up with next. And then there was Glick, the very self-absorbed talk show host who never let his guests get a word in edgewise or any other way.
According to Rolling Stone, he has been busy since then, taking small but colorful roles in movies and is now on a Fox TV sitcom titled “Mulaney”, where he plays the completely self-obsessed boss of the title character.
Short talks about his character, Lou Cannon, who he calls “a moron with power”, adding that “those people are my specialty”. He elaborates on his role, but hedges when asked who it might be based on.
Not to mention the memoir “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend”, which is out in November.
So what is Martin Short doing now? The question might be better phrased as “What is Martin Short not doing now”?