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First! The obsession with being the first commenter

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

If you’ve ever read any of the XXL blogs, you’ll be familiar with the phenomenon of “first commenting.” You know, those guys/gals who wait with bated breath for a new post, and then rush over and write “First!” in the comment box.

I had a chuckle at this video, which pokes fun at “first comment” culture. Hat tip to Oh Word, and check out an old post of Rafi’s in which he discusses this phenomenon.

Is there a CosmoGirl conspiracy against Kiri Davis?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

No, there isn’t. At least not in my opinion.

As you know, Racialicious has been among the many blogs encouraging people to vote for Kiri Davis’s short film “A Girl Like Me,” a finalist for CosmoGirl.com’s film contest. The winner would have received a $10,000 scholarship and would have been featured in the August 2007 issue.

CosmoGirl suddenly canceled the online film competition on Thursday evening, just hours before the competition would have ended and posted this rather vague message:

We have determined that the online voting has been corrupted as a result of one or more instances of tampering with the voting process by users. As a result, none of the online votes will be counted, and we will submit all three of the semi-finalists to our panel of experts for final judging and selection of a winner.

Because the competition was canceled just as Kiri was soaring into the lead for the first time since the competition started, may are wondering if canceling the competition was some sort of conspiracy to prevent her from winning. Even Radar caught wind of conspiracy theory fears (thanks Patrice!).

But spokespeople from CosmoGirl have responded to confirm that the vote tampering did indeed happen. See CosmoGirl Editor-in-Chief Susan Schulz’s comment on Afrobella, and another spokesperson’s response to Radar (see update at the bottom of the post). And ExpatJane posted screenshots on Afrobella that do seem to show some serious irregularities.

Given the fervor with which people have been supporting Kiri’s film and the deep emotional connection we felt to the subject matter, CosmoGirl could probably have handled this better. Posting a long message detailing exactly what kind of tampering they uncovered, for example, would have been a good move to dispel the skepticism that was bound to exist.

But I think it’s safe to say that no, there is no conspiracy. If CosmoGirl had really be so threatened by the content of Kiri’s film (its themes of Eurocentric ideals of beauty and white supremacy) I doubt the film would have made it as far as it did.

Reminder: Please vote for Kiri Davis!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Last week I urged all of you to vote for Kiri Davis’s short film “A Girl Like Me,” a finalist for CosmoGirl.com’s film contest. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship!

Voting ends tomorrow at noon! So please head on over and vote right now! And vote again tomorrow morning!

Last time I checked, Kiri was in second place with 9550 votes, which is about 400 votes less than the number one spot. I know we can band together and show her some support!

“A Girl Like Me” does an incredible job of showing just how deeply we are affected by European beauty ideals. Even young children aren’t immune, as she demonstrates in her black/white doll test. You might have seen me blog about it at Anti-Racist Parent a couple months back.

Thank you to Tayari for reminding me to post again about this. And thank you to all the other bloggers who have urged their readers to vote. So far that list includes:

Birthmother; Reprise
The Chronicles of Munchkin Land
Family Living; Hatfield Style
this woman’s work
uplifting the cinematically tragic
a wrung sponge
No Snow Here

The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum
Tayari Jones
F-Words
Writing is Fighting
13.69
Third Mom
The Life of a Ladybug
Afrobella
Our Kind of Parenting
CarlaGirl

If I’ve left you out, feel free to email me and I’ll add your blog to the list. And please post a reminder today, if you can!

Bill O’Reilly uses car crash tragedy to attack immigrants

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Bill O’Reilly goes ballistic on Geraldo in this clip. The background from The Raw Story (thanks Tereza for the tip!):

Bill O’Reilly has used the tragedy of the death of two young girls in Virginia Beach, VA, whose car was struck by a drunk driver, to launch an attack on illegal immigrants.

Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien, was charged with aggravated manslaughter for the deaths of two teen aged girls during an auto accident in which he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Making the fashion industry think beyond a size 6

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

This is an interesting campaign started by two plus-size models. They are calling for the fashion industry to take concrete steps to rethink dress sizes. (Thanks to Kimberly for the tip!) From the Walk the Catwalk web site:

Diane Pellini and Liis Windischmann have a combined 20 years experience modeling in the plus-size fashion world…Immense change cannot happen overnight and Diane and Liis know this. “Walk the Catwalk” is a simple solution to start reducing the gap between the “straight” size fashion world and the “curvy” fashion world, to start counting all sizes in. They believe that implementing rules and regulations is not the solution to this problem. Solutions are currently being offered to change fashion at the end of its process – this pair aims to prove that change needs to come from fashion’s foundation by changing the very philosophies that have helped create it.

Here’s the video they’ve made in support of the campaign:

 

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