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Culturally Clueless FAQs—Number 2

by Guest Contributor Highjive, originally published at MultiCultClassics

    Change has come to America. But it took a detour around Madison Avenue. While citizens have adopted phrases like “post-racial,” the advertising industry operates in a pre-Civil Rights time warp. Whenever the topics of diversity and inclusion appear, ad executives consistently display stunning ignorance. MultiCultClassics has sought to address the issues in the past. However, the matters have evolved along with society, despite Madison Avenue’s retarded development. As a public service, [The MultiCultClassics] blog will answer a series of Frequently Asked Questions to enlighten the asses… er, masses.

Question: Given the tanking economy and widespread advertising agency layoffs, isn’t this the absolute worst possible time imaginable to wage a diversity war?

Answer: Oh, there are worse timings one could imagine. Like during a supernova, or at the moment of Armageddon. Try to keep matters in perspective. As noted on numerous posts, the battle first erupted in the 1930s. Madison Avenue has seen lots of catastrophic occurrences over that period. We shouldn’t let the probability of a total economic collapse prevent progress.

Besides, it’s actually easier to ignore the issues in good times. When jobs are plentiful and the corporate coffers overflow, advertising executives feel less obligated to make diversity a priority. But when your shop is teetering on financial ruin, well, the prospect of Cyrus Mehri seizing gobs of cash certainly grabs your attention.

Other considerations loom large too. The ad business is experiencing seismic shifts right now. The old ways are being abandoned. The old hierarchies are being redrafted. The old business models are being shattered. The grizzled cynics proclaim, “The ad biz as we know it is OVER.” The seasoned veterans are in the process of Reinventing Advertising. Everyone foresees a brand new day. Even the culturally clueless aren’t completely clueless.

So while Madison Avenue is undergoing an extreme makeover, why not fight to ensure diversity becomes a part of the foundation? This could be the absolute best possible time imaginable.

Culturally Clueless FAQs—Number 1

by Guest Contributor HighJive, originally published at MultiCultClassics

Change has come to America. But it took a detour around Madison Avenue. While citizens have adopted phrases like “post-racial,” the advertising industry operates in a pre-Civil Rights time warp. Whenever the topics of diversity and inclusion appear, ad executives consistently display stunning ignorance. MultiCultClassics has sought to address the issues in the past. However, the matters have evolved along with society, despite Madison Avenue’s retarded development. As a public service, this blog will answer a series of Frequently Asked Questions to enlighten the asses… er, masses.

Question: Why do all the diversity discussions focus on Blacks—what about Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, People With Disabilities, Gays, Lesbians, Women, Veterans, Older Employees, Pit Bull Lovers, Mutants and The Rest Of Us?

Answer: Get in line. Unfortunately, the deeper you dig into Madison Avenue’s corporate closet, the more skeletons you’ll find. Recent years have seen work and deeds demeaning everyone listed above, including a Jewish creative director allegedly sexually harassed by a neo-Japanese warlord. Continue reading

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down: The Racialicious Review of Heroes 4.4

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By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, also posted at The Instant Callback

This week on SEXY TORTURE THEATRE: Noah and Mohinder, come on down!


Mo MugAfter crunk-napping Mr. Bennet last week, Mo, Matt & Peter took him down memory lane to gain more intel on his role in Nathan’s Hero-hunting initiative. So why did Noah start playing HRG.I. Joe? The economy.

See, after Primatech was gutted awhile back, Noah ended up another recession casualty, with a (presumably) decent severance package and gold watch from Mrs. Petrelli. Sure enough, though, his old life comes calling when Nate recruits him – not to head up the operation, but to serve under the EEEEVIL Danko. Though the flashback sequences throughout the show made sense, it’s a pity that we didn’t see Noah get recruited by another prominent paper company in the NBCverse. Where’s corporate synergy when you need it?

Scoff if you will, but even a hint of humor, or something a little more relatable about Noah’s joblessness, would have livened up the multitude of flashbacks that framed the show. He even spells it out for us (and Angela) at the end of the show: “You know me,” he assures everyone. “You know I’m comfortable with morally gray.” I always enjoy Jack Coleman’s performances, but we get it, already. Hopefully Bennet’s newest gambit – cozying up to the Hunter – will yield a good payoff. Continue reading

The Brazil Files: Conflict of Interest

by Special Correspondent Wendi Muse

Before I utter any statements of depth in this piece, I have to present a bias. Though not meant to offend those who believe in proselytizing, I find myself firmly standing on the side of those against it. If you feel that religion and/or a faith tradition of some sort is your source of hope, guidance for life, and possibly even your ticket to eternal salvation, so be it. I respect that, and I fully honor the right we each have to practice some form of the aforementioned. However, the second you start telling me or someone else which form is best (read: which version will prevent me from burning in hell for the rest of eternity), we’ve got beef.

With that said, I want to go ahead and put it out there that I take issue with the bulk of missionary work (past and present), especially that which takes place in developing nations. It is a reminder of the power of nations who sit firmly and comfortably in their G8 seats, spectators in a game of international tennis. Only in the case of missionary work, the victory comes at a higher price, one that can mean not only renouncing one’s culture, but also one’s religion (or at least denouncing it in public) as a means of attaining vital resources. This is not to say that missionaries have not done good work. There are countless records of missionaries who have helped others in excellent ways, minus all the religious rhetoric. However, even if the message of faith lies in no more than an utterance or the simple presence of the mission’s name, missionary work nevertheless boils down to a political campaign in the name of God.

In light of my objection to this line of work, I find myself dealing with a mental conflict almost every day of my present job. My campaign has nothing to do with God, but in terms of international influence, the English language and American culture come pretty darn close. Though I have been teaching English in Brazil since July of 2008, there are still a few things about my current profession that rub me the wrong way. The source of my discomfort in teaching my mother tongue lies in implications more so than tangible, empirical evidence, thus making my inner turmoil all-the-more “inner.” Much like a mosquito bite on the sole of your foot, my conflict has been an itch I can’t quite scratch.

Before enrolling in the program in which I am involved, I already knew I wanted to live in Brazil for a few months to a year to have more exposure to Brazilian culture, particularly an aspect of it that involved more of the quotidian variety. I was looking to go beyond the favela-riddled, bikini-clad, beach bathing, rainforested Brazil with which we are presented on our television screens and in our Netflix queues. I wanted to be forced to speak Portuguese on a regular basis and pushed a bit beyond my comfort zone. I was not looking for a spoiled, privileged, escapist ex-pat experience of the Eat Pray Love genre.

The easiest way to achieve my goal was to teach English here, but I knew in the back of my mind, I would be presented with interesting challenges that I may not have faced if I had chosen another route to secure a job in Brazil. For one, I would have to be a de facto representative of American Culture TM. My language and my country would be placed center stage during class, but what Americans do, eat, buy, and think would be the main topic of conversation at all other times as well. I would be reduced to a living, breathing souvenir. Yet in actuality, I find myself to be a bit of a disappointment to my students and the Brazilian English teachers, not for lack of teaching skills, but for lack of conforming to their ideas of Americans and American life. Continue reading

A Toxic Waltz: The Racialicious Review of Heroes 4.3

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By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, also Published at The Instant Callback


Watching “Building 26” took me back to my days as a fugly kid at the roller-rink, watching the popular kids pair up and the floor clear. Yes, this episode was a Couples Skate!

Sylar and Luke: Our resident Sith and his newfound apprentice did some bonding on the road to … wherever the hell Sylar Senior is holed up these days. Along the way we got hearty bits of exposition on how Sy does what he does and more subtle-as-a-jackhammer reminders from Luke of how similar the two are to one another. Still, the MVP of their sequences was the car radio: “Psycho Killer”? Good stuff.

HiroBreadHiro and Ando: The Dynamic Duo traveled to India – how? Who knows? Who cares, right? — to fulfill one of Parkman’s predictions and save a woman (Amrapali Ambegaokar) from marrying a complete dweeb of a “bad guy.” Neither of the almost-intended exhibited any powers, so it’s quite possible the whole thing was just an excuse to get Hiro to work through his jealousy of Ando’s newfound powers and restore his belief in his own heroism, and to get them a message from Rebel urging them to save Matt – nevermind that they were just hanging around with Matt. Continue reading

The Racialicious Roundtable For Heroes 4.2

Hosted by Arturo R. Garcia

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As Heroes continues to crawl out from under its’ own wreckage — both on-screen and creatively — we turn to our Roundtable of fans to see how the latest reclamation projects are going.

[Writer’s Note:As we head deeper into the season, I continue to be surprised at the controversy surrounding Claire’s apparent wig, mostly because I never notice it. Rest assured, there will be a reckoning with this hairpiece.]

Anyway, on to this week’s topics!

Hiro TakenThe thing that bugged me the most this week was Hiro’s behavior. Dude kept talking about “warrior” this and “hero” that, even moreso than usual. He sounded almost sycophantic this week. What’d you all make of that?

Hexy: It used to fit his character, or at least the story arc his character was going through. I’m not sure if it’s writer laziness, or a badly done attempt to refer back to previous characterisation to show that he’s going through a completely new search for his role. Either way, I found it stilted and annoying.

Clara: I just rolled my eyes because I was kind of expecting this sort of dialogue from him. Perhaps Hiro feels the need to compensate for his lack of powers. I would like to see more variety in his lines though, because the destiny/hero/warrior stuff is getting a little old. Plus, Hiro IS CEO of his own company, in Japan too. He has plenty of resources to draw from, but I guess the writers forgot about that again.

Erica: All the dialogue between Hiro, Mohinder, and Matt was very, very uninspired. “I am a hero.” “This isn’t your fight.” “MATT FIND DAPHNE!” Really? Here’s a tip, Heroes — in addition to interesting new plots, you should have some deep conversations. Speculate on their fear, conflicted emotions, confusion, anger, and all that. If I can predict what each character will say, I’m not entertained. Hiro’s “I am a warrior” variations were just plain bad writing. Continue reading

Lean On Me: The Racialicious Review of Heroes 4.2

By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, Also Posted At The Instant Callback

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A little dab of Galactica helped keep Heroes on an even keel this week – don’t look now, but this makes two consecutive non-heinous episodes!

“Trust and Blood,” penned by former BSG writer/exec. Producer Mark Verheiden was all about bonds: the Heroes solidified theirs; Nathan and Noah worked on keeping theirs together; and both Claire and Sylar made new friends.

clairehiroandoThe episode was told flashback style, as Nate recounted to his mom the events immediately following last week’s fateful Oceanic Flight 815 transport plane crash in Arkansas. While the boys and Claire waste no time trying to regroup, Tracy wastes no time before playing Let’s Make A Deal, offering up Peter in exchange for her freedom.

Peter, obviously, has other plans. After ditching Tracy and escaping yet another confrontation with Nathan, he emerges as the leader of our fugitive fivesome, assuring Hiro, Ando, Mohinder and Matt that NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. You’d think Hiro, the comics fan, would just reassure him that things would be back to normal in a year or two. But nevermind. Continue reading

The Racialicious Roundtable for Heroes 4.1

Hosted by Arturo R. Garcia

Apologies to all our readers for the late start; the recap of Monday’s episode should be up on the site soon. Meanwhile, let’s welcome back our fearless band of critics and kick off another round of critiques!

Mohinder just seemed to dismiss his last encounter with Peter quickly, didn’t he? But I do wonder what he’ll do now that he’s been captured by the very program he expressed support for. Also, touching on a comment from Madame Z. in last week’s recap thread: your thoughts on his working as a cab driver again, as opposed to being … well, a DOCTOR?

Erica: Mohinder probably isn’t really qualified to be a practicing medical doctor; few geneticists and biochemists are. Even in India, he was a professor. While he knows his way around a lab (and doubtless could find his way around the human body if necessary), I would be shocked to see him in a hospital setting. That being said, though, there are a LOT of job options between M.D. and cabbie… oh, wait, unless you’re Indian in New York City, HAHAHA. *sigh*

Mahsino: A part of me wants to be mad that Mohinder is a cab driver again, but the part of me that asked for more logic to be applied to the show is in agreement with his present state of employment. Let’s face it, Mohinder isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box, and in this economy, I’m guessing he was taking what he could get. Besides, it’s not like he has a history of long-term employment anyway. I mean, look at his resume: professor, cab driver, top secret work for top secret company, touting his dad’s crazy ideas, top secret work for top secret government project- I personally wouldn’t be impressed. He did get over his beef with Peter a little too quickly. I mean, the dude left you in a vat o’ chemicals, you could at least give him the ol’ shifty eye.

Hexy: Working as a cab driver both works and doesn’t work. If his aim is to not draw new attention to himself, avoiding applying for science-type jobs is a good idea. Of course, if his aim is to not draw attention to himself from the existing networks of evil that know everything about him including his past as a New York cabbie… well, then he’s an idiot. Dear gorgeous, stupid Mohinder. Never change.

As for the bit where he’s been captured by the same program he expressed support for, it’s all very typical Mohinder, isn’t it? Continue reading