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Celebrities Who Say They’re Done With Your Labels

December 18th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Serious question: should we get more educated about labels and how we put them on people? KeKe Palmer is the umpteenth celebrity to set us straight on their sexuality, gender, bodies or clothing choices.

Do you co-sign these distinctions, or are you stuck feeling like you don’t know what to call anyone anymore?

What Things Should Celebrities Keep To Themselves?

December 4th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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A big part of fame is living your life out in the open. But should some celebrities keep these touchy subjects and things to themselves?

Whoopi Went All The Way Off: Celebrities Who Certainly Aren’t Afraid To Speak Their Minds

October 5th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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When things got heated, these outspoken celebrities asked “hold my tongue for what?” Do you agree with these bold statements? Or should some of these stars have kept their comments to themselves?

Too Much Or Too Real? Michael Brown Sr. Calls Exhibit Featuring Replica Of His Son’s Corpse Disgusting

July 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I’m a creative person, so I understand that art is supposed to elicit some type of emotion. And sometimes those emotions won’t be pleasant.

Perhaps that was the rationale artist Ti-Rock-Moore utilized as she crafted her latest, controversial exhibit, Confronting Truths: Wake Up. Housed in Chicago’s Gallery Guichard, the piece recreates the scene of Mike Brown’s lifeless body, lying face down in the middle of that street in Ferguson, Missouri.

Most of us remember what Brown’s body looked like in the street. Images and video of it were shared all over social media and the news, as it took police hours to cover Brown’s corpse. Many of us not only remember the images, we remember the hurt, outrage, anger, frustration and grief that image produced within us.

Many of us didn’t want to relive it again. But we did with Eric Garner and then again Walter Scott and the other innocent Black men and women killed at the hands of police who didn’t receive excessive media coverage. Sadly, living in this country, it wouldn’t be surprising if we were confronted with an image like it again.

But perhaps Ti-Rock Moore wasn’t thinking about us when she created her exhibit for the Chicago. Perhaps she was thinking about the people who didn’t feel those emotions. And maybe she wanted to produce that response within them.

Moore, a White woman from New Orleans whose work often centers around race, says this piece represents White privilege in America and how it negatively affects the Black community.

The exhibit also features a Black statue of liberty, a noose hanging from a neon sign, and the words “I Can’t Breathe,” over a sculpture of the crucifix.

While Moore’s aims and her message are both needed and noble, not all members of the Brown family see it this way.

While some applaud the exhibit, Mike Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr. is anything but pleased.

In an interview with Fox 2, Brown senior said, “I really, really, really would like for them to take that away. I think it’s really disturbing, disgusting. I keep the thought, that thought, that picture is still in my head.” 

Brown Sr. also said no one contacted him before the exhibit went on display.

“The feelings that I kind of tried to ball up and put the side a little bit–which I have good days and bad days, still anyway–, that just brought the whole day back alive.” 

He says that he has no problem with the artist who created the images but he believes Moore, (though he didn’t mention her by name), should have reached out to both his side of the family as well as Mike Brown’s mother’s side of the family.

I can understand Moore’s intent. And I admire her for it. Still, there’s something almost cruel about making Brown’s family relive this moment again.

Maybe it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that in her attempt to confront White privilege she highlighted another element of it. Moore, even in recreating this scene, still gets to be removed from it. This was an art project, a way to promote a message. And for Michael Brown’s family, this tragic event was their life.

What do you think about the exhibit? Do you respect Moore’s message and believe it should stand? Or was is the piece disrespectful, no matter her initial intent? Should the exhibit be closed, should the life size replica of Mike Brown’s corpse be removed? Let us know in the comment section below.

PC Mode Off: 15 Celebrities In Trouble For Saying The Wrong Thing

May 18th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Is it just us? Or is 2015 shaping up to be the year of the foot in mouth? From Azealia Banks to Benedict Cumberbatch, here are the celebrities who slipped up and said the wrong thing.

Off-Screen Drama: 15 Controversies That Empire Accidentally Stirred Up

May 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Empire may be the only show on TV with just as much drama happening off the screen as on it. From Diddy’s copyright claims to Mo’Nique’s emails, Empire is spilling tea and making headlines all over Hollywood. Here are a few of the crazy stories that spawned from the show’s success.

University President Tweets Photo With Shirtless Students, Lands In Hot Water

December 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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East Stroudsburg University President Marcia Welsh is currently receiving a lot of criticism for tweeting a photo of herself with the Hawthorn Hotties, a student group known for performing erotic dances to raise money for prostate cancer research, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Many faculty members at the university believe President Welsh did not mean for the photo to have a sexual undercurrent, however they do believe if she were a male president who took a picture with female students dressed in revealing attire, she would have been fired.

Cosmopolitan says the group suggested the photo with President Welsh: “We asked to get a picture with her. She didn’t have any prior knowledge of that. There’s no promiscuous or sexual reference at all within the picture. There’s really nothing to negatively take from that except for the fact that the guys have their shirts off.” Despite this, followers on Twitter were very upset with President Welsh posting the picture:

Several students did note to the Penn Live publication that faculty may be attacking President Welsh because of her decision to eliminate the university’s music program which prompted laying off faculty members from that department.

No matter the reasoning for the backlash, President Welsh seems unfazed by the criticism she’s received. She released the following statement:

“Our campus community is inspired by students who put forth a tremendous effort to raise funds for causes that are close to their hearts. The students who refer to themselves as the ‘Hawthorn Hotties’ were raising money for the American Cancer Society. To exploit the support of our students is not only an insult to them but a malicious disservice to the good work they do for our university and the community.”

Anaconda’s Not Alone: 15 of the Most Controversial Music Videos

November 7th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Is it just us or are music videos getting more controvesial all the time? And as artists turn the volume up on video’s they’re getting into a lot of hot water. Should these artists be allowed to do what they do? Or are the censors right about things getting out of hand?

Feed A Child Pulls Ad Depicting Small Black Boy Being Fed Like A Dog

July 14th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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feed a childLet’s maybe give Feed A Child’s founder and CEO Alza Rautenbach the benefit of doubt when she says she didn’t realize a recent ad depicting a white woman hand feeding a black child as he sits at her feet like a dog was racist. She told South African news network eNCA, “From Feed A Child’s side, we don’t look at color. To us there isn’t a black and a white and an Indian. … The reason was not to stir a negative reaction or offend anyone. We do apologize for that. To us it was a woman and a child.”

But you can’t tell me that no one in the South African humanitarian organization or at the ad agency, Oglivy & Mather, questioned the ad, which has now been pulled.

In one scene, it shows a white woman watching television while a young black boy lies on her lap and she is feeding him popcorn. In another, while the woman lies in bed, the boy delivers her a newspaper and he is rewarded with a piece of her breakfast. In one more scene, the woman is icing a cake and she holds out her finger for the boy to lick.

The commercial ends with the words: “The average domestic dog eats better than millions of children.”

According to Feed A Child, the commercial was intended to raise awareness about starving children “and the plight of many children in South Africa who go to bed hungry.”

“Unfortunately, the core message of the commercial became diluted or even lost through the interpretation thereof,” a note on the organization’s website reads.

The South Africa”s Advertising Standards Authority said it looked into the issue and “no further action” would be taken, reports News 24.  According to ASA spokesperson Mpumi Mda, they had considered what action to take after receiving several complaints.

Feed a Child SA has since apologized for the commercial, pulled it from television channels and its YouTube channel. They even uploaded a video of Rautenbach apologizing and explaining the intent of the commercial.

“The directorate is therefore satisfied that the voluntary removal of the commercial and the accompanying apologies are adequate under the circumstances, and that no formal consideration of the merits of the matter is needed,” Mda said.

ASA has ordered Feed a Child SA to never broadcast the commerical again. You can still visit The Huffington Post for clips from the ad.

Married Writer Seth Adam Smith Says Marriage Isn’t For Him…And It Isn’t About You Either!

November 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Writer Seth Adam Smith has published one of the most controversial blog posts to hit the internet in months and he’s likely about to become really famous because of it.

Smith published “Marriage Isn’t For You” on his blog six days ago and in that time, the post has received over 24 million views. In his piece, Seth, who has been married for a year and a half, revealed that he’d come to the conclusion that marriage simply wasn’t for him.

Like many other engaged people, Smith started having some doubts about whether or not he was actually ready to take that next step in his relationship with his now wife, Kim. He sat with his father and his dad gave him some shocking advice:

With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

Smith says his wife showed true selflessness a few months ago when they were going through a rough patch. Those hard times made him react in a very selfish way where he ended up withdrawing from his wife and their relationship. But he said instead of Kim reacting to him in the same vain, she reacted in love and “soothed his soul.”  He says Kim continues to show that he chose the right woman to be with and he will remember his dad’s advice that marriage is about the other person because he always wants to see her happy.

Since posting this, Seth Adam Smith’s story has appeared on almost every major news source around the country and on various websites. There’s a good chance that the advice is so compelling and controversial that it could easily be turned into a movie (you know the romantic comedy lovers would eat this right up).

So…what do you think about Seth Adam Smith’s advice?