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  1. 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 There's nothing wrong with admitting openly that outdated and possibly offensive stereotypes and imagery exist in older cartoons or any kind of entertainment.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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. The BBC Responds To Doctor Who Racism Accusations

    Suddenly

    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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  10. 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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