Drugmaker to Roseanne after she blames tweet on pills: "Racism is not a known side effect"

Remember that episode of Roseanne where Roseanne said something deeply racist on Twitter, faced a massive public outcry, and dealt with actual consequences for her behavior? Neither do we, but replace “that episode of Roseanne” with “the other night,” and suddenly—depressingly—it makes perfect sense. Such has been the…

PewDiePie did something racist again, indie developer decides to cut him off

About six months after getting in trouble for anti-Semitic “jokes” and pro-Hitler comments that were apparently totally cool if taken “in context” with the rest of his horrible sense of humor, excessively wealthy and excessively popular YouTuber PewDiePie is once again in trouble for saying something racist. As…

Kal Penn shares the insanely stereotypical audition scripts from his early career

Kal Penn may have had his breakout role in the stereotype-busting Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, but like many actors of color, his early years were spent going out for every stereotypical role under the sun. Penn took to Twitter to share some of his early audition sides and scripts, and a pattern quickly began to…

Racial dialogue opened after American Idol’s Bo Bice is called “white boy” at Popeye’s

The need for serious racial dialogue in America has been called for by presidents and protesters, pundits and people who reply to pundits with “#WhiteGenocide” hashtags alike. And as 2017 dawns, it seems that dialogue is at last ready to begin, thanks to the efforts of one Bob Ice Bo Bice. The former American Idol…

Read This: Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay talk Black Lives Matter

Preferring to speak of “inclusion,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay cringes at the buzzword “diversity,” even though it’s a term that her friend and frequent producer, Oprah Winfrey, has used in the past when talking about the changing role of African-Americans within the entertainment industry. But has that controversial word…

Read This: In 2002, Black People Love Us artfully spoofed racial cluelessness

Today, people know Chelsea Peretti from her stand-up and her role on Fox’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, not to mention her Booking.com commercials with hubby Jordan Peele. And people know her older brother, Jonah, for having founded BuzzFeed, that eternal source of lists, quizzes, and adorable cat videos. But back…

Read This: Twitter has been failing its users for a decade by enabling harassment

Many Twitter users who are not straight white men have received some sort of harassment in the form of an aggressive @-reply. Activists tweeting about #BlackLivesMatter wind up with mentions clogged by racism and hate. Women receive rape and death threats for merely existing. Black women are attacked by hoards of…

Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and other black artists state “My Life Matters”

The activist group Blackout For Human Rights has gathered together several prominent black actors, creators, and influencers for a video series called “My Life Matters.” The videos are focused on raising awareness about police brutality. The black creators discuss their personal and professional accomplishments before…

Read This: Donald Trump’s dad was Woody Guthrie’s racist landlord

Since self-mythologizing is a key part of Donald Trump’s brand, it is a near-certainty that the public will be hearing a few glowing anecdotes about the supposed greatness of the GOP candidate’s father, Fred, between now and November. But there is one chapter of this story that Trump is bound to skip right past, even…

Read This: Hollywood insiders share their stories of the industry’s racism, sexism

There are numerous ways to talk about Hollywood’s embarrassing lack of diversity. One could, for instance, bombard readers with discouraging statistics about how few characters in film and television are anything other than white, straight, and male. There is certainly enough data for such a report. Writer Melena…