links for 2006-11-02

Borat: just plain funny? or racist and xenophobic?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

boratQuite a few of you have brought up the upcoming movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan to us lately. I’ve watched the Ali G Show on HBO and am familiar with the character, but to be honest I don’t know a whole lot about the premise of the movie.

So I thought I’d make this an open thread and pose a question to all of you. What do you think of the Borat movie? Is it just silly and funny? Or do you think Sacha Baron Cohen is tapping into a racist and/or xenophobic vein in the United States?

If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS

links for 2006-11-01

A million to one. Again.

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

black white twinsGee. For a “million-to-one” odds, it seems like we’re seeing a whole lot of “miracle black and white twins” these days. Just a few days after our last reported twins, here comes yet another set.

Ok I’m sorry but this case is a great example of what I talked about in the last post. These babies look totally alike to me – one is just slightly darker-skinned than the other. What is all the damned hysteria about? It’s just genetic variation. It’s not such a big mystery.

(Thanks to Tariq for the tip!)

More blackface on political blogs

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

wolf blitzer blackfaceWow, do we need to start a “blackface blogging” category here on Racialicious?

Just a couple months ago we told you about a Huffington Post blogger who decided to put Joseph Lieberman in blackface. And now yet another liberal blogger is dipping into the burnt cork, this time to mock CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. (Hat tip to Rachel’s Tavern.)

And check out his lame defense of his “politically incorrect” act. Gimme a break.

When are people going to realize that there’s nothing new or edgy about racism? I can’t believe people are still using this lipstick-on-a-pig tactic of referring to racism as “political incorrectness.”

Is another racist reality show headed our way?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

cbs logoFirst we had ABC’s Welcome to the Neighborhood, in which gay families and families of color got to compete to move into a white neighborhood. Thankfully it never saw the light of day, thanks to lobbying from multiple organizations. Then we had the blackface/whiteface extravaganza Black.White. on F/X. And then CBS’s Survivor: Cook Islands pulled their lame segregationist publicity stunt by splitting contestants into team based on their race.

Les Moonves must be hitting that Racialicious juice hard, because it sounds like we might have yet another racist reality show headed our way from CBS. (Remember, according to Jeff Probst in this interview, Moonves was gung ho about the segregation tactic, telling him “Yes, I want you to do it. If you do it, I want you to do it right. Don’t back off of it. Just do it.” But you know, Moonves’s wife is Asian so he like, can’t be racist.)

Gawker spotted this ad on CraigsList:

Do you get nervous when you see a Muslim on an airplane? Have your opinions about Muslims changed since September 11? Do you have family or friends that get nervous around Muslims?

A NEW CBS SHOW SEEKS New York families who have traditional family values but are uneasy around Muslims.

The show will profile families in different communities across the country. This one hour documentary-style series from the producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Deal or No Deal” will take a look at the people and cultures that make up America.

This series will also explore other issues that families from varied backgrounds face in their day-to-day life and provide opportunities to them that they might not have access to otherwise. This is not a home makeover show.

links for 2006-10-31

Brand-new “Addicted to Race” episode out now (#46)!

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

A brand-new episode of Addicted to Race is out! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our podcast in iTunes. Click here to launch iTunes and subscribe today, it’s absolutely free.

We hand the reins over to our listeners in this episode – it’s a special all listener feedback show! The topics we discuss include:

  • Asian-American women and interracial relationships
  • Our interview with Ad Age reporter Matthew Creamer in episode 43 about racial discrimination in the advertising industry
  • Our discussion in episode 44 about offensive Halloween costumes
  • Jen’s rant in episode 43 about people’s over-the-top reactions when they learn she’s Jewish
  • Our discussion in episode 44 about racial profiling
  • Our live show, podcasted in episode 45, about the dangers of positive stereotypes
  • Whether the average white person really considers himself multiracial
  • Opposition to an interracial relationship between a black woman and white man

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
Please help us reach new listeners by voting for us on Podcast Alley, reviewing us on Yahoo’s podcast directory and reviewing us in iTunes.

NEW TO PODCASTS?
Check out this great introduction for the new podcast listener from iTunes. It breaks down all the different ways you can find podcasts, listen to them, subscribe to them, and so on.

Duration – 46:35
File Size – 19.2 MB
Right-click here to download an MP3 of Addicted to Race Episode 46
or
Click here to never miss an episode by subscribing to us in iTunes
or
click the button below to play it immediately

Race, Culture, and Identity in a Colorstruck World