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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 There's nothing wrong with admitting openly that outdated and possibly offensive stereotypes and imagery exist in older cartoons or any kind of entertainment.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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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