links for 2010-10-16

  • "If [Bloomberg] believes food stamp recipients are so in need of assistance in regard to how to eat, why not actually talk to the individuals to find out what problems they face so that you’re not disillusioned about what problems they really face? Or is that too much conversation to be had with people who won’t be donating to a campaign any time soon? They have answers that are worth listening to… being on government assistance doesn’t equate to “being stupid.”

    I don’t believe this is about truly addressing obesity in impoverished communities. I wholeheartedly believe this is about people wanting to feel like they can lord over “people who need it.” And lets face it – when you think of “overweight and poor” or “overweight and on government assistance,” you think Black (thanks to the “welfare queen” analogy) … and America is a country that is notorious for trying to rescue some needy Black [or Black-looking] people. Even in its philanthropic nature, it is ridiculously misanthropic."

  • "Fox News host Brian Kilmeade claimed Monday morning that "all terrorists are Muslims."

    In a follow-up discussion to Bill O'Reilly's appearance on "The View" Thursday — in which Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set after O'Reilly claimed "the Muslims killed us on 9/11" — the "Fox & Friends" co-host both dismissed the "View" debate as elementary and made the shocking claim.

    "That debate is almost like our debate on training wheels," Kilmeade said of the "View" discussion. "That was our debate seven weeks ago, and they can't handle the give-and-take of a debate. They were outraged that somebody was saying…there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn't just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."

  • "The white British host, Sarah Harris, narrates the film with an air of derision, from the way she speaks about Hindu legends and traditions ("convoluted, surreal," "doesn't make much sense," calling Hindu icons "garish"), the ease with which she switches from "she" to "he" when referring to a trans sex worker, obvious translation issues, to the overall lack of attention to the economic environment that sex work exists and an assumption that prostitution is inherently wrong. All this is sandwiched with observations of how India is "A land of contradiction! East meets west! Old meets new!"

    Only there's a twist to this one-sided voyeurism–the subjects are taking the filmmakers to task for misrepresenting their lives."