Get out the ladies, ladies! It’s National Cleavage Day! And I, your resident humorless feminist fuddy-duddy, am here to poop all over it.
Wow Bruce. That actually made me tear up. Lyrics below the fold.
Belvedere vodka has some competition for Most Tasteless Marketing of a Consumer Product (Facebook Edition). Atlanta-area restaurant Chops & Hops has put in its bid with their newest celebrity-themed burger: Rihanna’s “Caribbean Black & Bleu” sandwich.
After The Hunger Games was released in the U.S. on Friday, “fans” who hadn’t seen a lot of advance materials got the shock of their lives to see a black character depicted by a black actress. Rue, played by the adorable Amandla Sternberg, was described as having “dark brown skin and eyes”–thus the ruination of the film at the hands of a dark-skinned, dark-eyed actress. And where else would enraged moviegoers turn but Twitter?
WAM!NYC Gender Justice in Media Conference is NEXT Saturday, March 31 in lower Manhattan! Registration now open!
So, Mad Men! Two pieces you should read: Alyssa Rosenberg on the show’s race and gender coverage, and Amanda Marcotte on watching 60s sexism in a year where retro misogyny is back in vogue. First Alyssa (spoilers!):
Belvedere has officially apologized for their rapey ad, and made a donation to RAINN. Which is… fine. But kind of always how these things go, right? Someone fucks up big time, and the fuck-up appears to be an institutional problem and not just one idiot running their mouth off, and then Outrage, and then a Statement that the fuck-up is Not What We Stand For, and then a donation to X organization. Here’s Belvedere’s statement:
Do your thing.
Does this even qualify as a rape “joke”? (Sexual assault trigger warning on the link and the rest of this post).