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  1. Disney’s Sudanese Princess Movie Will Have White Main Characters, Be Egregiously Racist

    What fresh hell.

    Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter wrote that screenwriter Stephany Folsom had been tapped to write Disney's latest princess movie, a "unique princess tale inspired by the true account of an American [white] man claiming a territory in Africa and proclaiming himself and his family its royal rulers," which, uh...where to begin?

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  2. Hunger Games Star Amandla Stenberg Calls Out White Pop Stars for Appropriating Black Culture

    "What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?"

    Amandla Stenberg may already be well-known for roles like Rue in The Hunger Games or Macey irving on Sleepy Hollow, but she's still just a 16-year-old who sometimes has to do assignments for her history class; and for a high school project earlier this year, Stenberg addressed the long history of white pop stars profiting off of black culture in her video entitled "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows."

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  3. Scientists Use Virtual Reality to Trick Subjects’ Brains Into Responding Less to Implicit Racial Biases

    For at least a little bit. Also we don't really know how it works.

    I don't remember much about VR Troopers, other than that I could probably find a good image for this post by searching for it, and that the show had a talking dog.

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  4. Fans of Pippi Longstocking Protest the Removal of Racial Slurs From Children’s Show

    If you're getting sentimental for derogatory terms, it's time to check your privilege.

    Pippi Longstocking, the heroine of Astrid Lindgren's books and a 1969 TV show, helped popularize "girl power before it was known." And now the nine-year-old, a cultural icon in Sweden since the first book was published in 1945, has received a much-needed modern update to remove racial slurs and reflect Sweden's diversity—and fans are not happy about it.

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  5. Ridley Scott Blames Lack of Diversity in Exodus on Needing Money

    Women are too hard to animate, brown people are too expensive to make films about.

    There are polite and considerate ways to say that in the face of a modern age of Biblical scholarship and historical study, the pressures of a racist Hollywood system forced you to cast only white people in the lead roles of a movie about a known era of Middle Eastern history. This is not one of them.

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  6. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Daniel Handler Makes Racist Jokes At Expense Of African-American Authors

    Last night Jacqueline Woodson was awarded the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming, her book of poetry about growing up as an African-American woman during the '60s and '70s. Upon accepting the award, Woodson thanked the audience of authors for "changing the world," a statement to which ceremony host Daniel Handler (better known by his pseudonym of Lemony Snicket) chose to respond with a "joke" about watermelon.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: The Absurdity That Was “Portable” Gaming in 1991

    "Just sling this white Xbox over your shoulder..."

    I can't tell if this is an ad or photographic evidence taken just seconds before this kid was wedgied into oblivion and had his little gaming briefcase stolen. I'm also pretty sure that case is larger than if he just carried a whole NES around with him and called it "portable gaming."

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  8. Amazon Has a Racism Disclaimer on Tom and Jerry Cartoons, Cue the Censorship Complaints

    How dare they accurately describe a show!

    A quick lesson in censorship: A disclaimer is not censorship. There's nothing wrong with admitting openly that outdated and possibly offensive stereotypes and imagery exist in older cartoons or any kind of entertainment. Amazon has done just that with Tom and Jerry on their instant streaming video service, and people are reacting about as well as you'd expect.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Lucy Translated! (Really?)

    I see you, Lucy. I see you.

    Apparently Hollywood likes to write random words behind their heroines in foreign countries.

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  10. We All Benefit From Better Representation

    C'mon, people, it's not rocket science.

    It's 2014, and I keep asking myself: Why aren't we farther than this? I don't just mean the lack of space colonization, sarcastic robots, and hoverboards that films promised me would be here by now. I mean representation in pop culture and storytelling. Seems we should be better about that, especially when the explanations for why we're not all sound pretty crap.

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  11. Neil deGrasse’s Statement on Race, Gender, Genetics, and Science Is Pretty Much Perfect [VIDEO]

    Okay You Primitive Screwheads

    Push through your wince at the fact that former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers suggested that there are so few women in scientific fields because of genetic differences between the sexes. Set aside the inner pain you feel at knowing that Summers used to be the President of Harvard University, too. Instead, bask in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s on point response, which starts with "I've never been female. But I have been black my whole life." (via Upworthy, thanks to tipster Travis) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Controversial Super Bowl Coke Commercial Adds Klingon; No Response Yet From Space Racists

    Great Moments in Advertising

    If you somehow managed to miss the latest instance of Racists Being Racist About Things, A) congratulations, I envy you, and B) this video will require a bit of explanation. It's a spoof of Coke's Super Bowl ad, which featured "America the Beautiful" being sung in different languages. Racists objected to it, because America is a country founded on the principles of equality, freedom, and that people who don't speak English are worth less than people who do. Stephen Colbert did an excellent takedown of the "controversy." And now GarlicJacksonComedy has given the video a geeky twist. No word yet from Morse Code-phobics, a group just as ridiculous as people who think Spanish shouldn't be spoken in a Coke ad. (via: io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. PBS Game/Show Moves Past Simply Asking if Games Are Racist and Instead Asks Why

    Please note that adding an awful stereotype character does not equal adding diversity to your game.

    PBS Game/Show points out racism in games and asks the more important question of why games are racist. Predominantly white characters may come from demographical misconceptions and slightly lame technical issues, but there's no excuse for the stereotype status of some racial depictions.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: All The Batmen Facemorphed Into One Batman

    Things We Saw Today

    Redditor morphinaph, whose facemorph of Superman actors we posted last month, has combined the faces of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck to form the über-Batman. (Nerd Approved)

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  15. Dearth Of Racial Diversity In Children’s Books Is Terrible: Depressingly Unsurprising

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    In unsurprising (yet still disheartening) news, racial representation in children's literature sucks. According to a report from Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University Wisconsin-Madison, there were some disturbing trends in racial representation in children's books for the publishing year of 2012. Out of the thousands of books they received, only 8% were written by or about someone of color. EIGHT percent. Not even a tenth.

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  16. The BBC Responds To Doctor Who Racism Accusations


    Racism in pop-culture is hard to prove but easy to speculate on. Calling someone a racist for something they created is not to be taken lightly but delving into the implications of written works can open up larger discussions on the subject. So was the intention of an upcoming anthology series titled, "Doctor Who and Race," but the essays within contained strong enough accussations for the BBC to make an official statement on it. 

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  17. Geography of Hate Map Reveals Locations for Homophobic and Racist Tweets Across the United States

    In case you needed a dose of depressing news today, here's some for you: Research site Floating Sheep's built a map of homophobia, racism, and ableism across the United States in the form of geotagged tweets. It's about as horrifying as you'd expect, and this doesn't even include accidental or comedic references to any of this stuff. This map is only straight-up intentional instances of hate.

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  18. Upvote: William Shatner Calls Reddit on Racist/Sexist Posts, Does So on Reddit

    We love Reddit here at Geekosystem, but sometimes the deep, dark recesses of the site can get a little frightening due to racist, sexist, or otherwise abusive posts and the championing thereof. One man has chosen to boldly go where many have gone before and complained about the site's offensive content, but when that man is William Shatner, people listen.

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  19. Harvard Professor Says Google Results Reflect Racism

    The results of Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney's new paper sound like the premise of a bad comedy act. Sweeney says advertisements are different based on the perceived race of a searched name. You see, the ads attached to results of Google searches of white names like Brad, Luke, and Katie be all like, "Do you need contact information?" But the resulting ads from searching for names like Leroy, Kareem, and Keisha be all like "Arrested?" Is there a problem with Google's results, or are they just reflecting society?

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  20. Powerful and Comedic Deleted Scene From Lilo & Stitch Tackles Tourists, Exoticism, and Race

    i'll just leave this here

    Said Chris Sanders, head storyboard artist, of the beautiful and atypical-in-many-ways Disney production Lilo & Stitch:

    Animation has been set so much in ancient, medieval Europe — so many fairy tales find their roots there, that to place it in Hawaiʻi was kind of a big leap. But that choice went to color the entire movie, and rewrite the story for us.
    Indeed, the film's crew was only introduced to the foundational concept of 'ohana, which was to color the interactions of most of the movie's characters, and give it some of its most memorable and touching lines, by their tour guide while visiting the islands for research. The film's Hawaiian and Hawaiian raised voice actors were given latitude to rewrite their lines to include more accurate dialect and Hawaiian slang. As to why the scene was cut, well, there's been a lot of speculation.

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