R. Kelly's latest album, Black Panties
, was released earlier this month to great praise from music
outlets alike. However, Kelly's continued success has brought his history of sexual abuse and pedophilia back into the spotlight. Chicago-based music journalist Jim Derogatis speaks with the Village Voice
about his coverage of Kelly's court appearances. On WBEZ, DeRogatis and several music critics, fans, and professors to discuss the intersection of Kelly's music and his offstage behavior.
posted by pxe2000
on Dec 16, 2013 -
There are many subjects that will get people mad on the internet, but in cinephile circles, the reddest flag is aspect ratio
. Ever since the bad old practice of pan and scan
was abandoned, DVD and Blu-Ray releases have tried to echo the widescreen aspect ratio that a film was released in, but that's often very hard
to get right
. Most recently, the Blu-Ray reissue of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon resulted in prolonged arguing
and triumphant research
. How did things get so confused? Filmmaker John Hess is here to explain, with an extensive and excellent history of aspect ratios
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard
on Jul 5, 2013 -
Above The Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women
has raised $16,369 out of its $2,000 goal on Kickstarter. Casey Malone has called it out as "a book about how to sexually assault women"
and "a rape manual"
, including quotes from seddit, the seduction subReddit
(Google cache). A petition asking Kickstarter to withdraw funding
has gathered close to 50,000 signatures, but while Kickstarter agrees that the material is "abhorrent and inconsistent with our values", it has declined to cancel the project
Author Ken Hoinsky
is "devastated and troubled"
by allegations that his book promotes rape, because the quotes were taken out
. However, Jezebel reports that Hoinsky e-mailed them, "Wanna let your readers know [about the Kickstarter]? I'm sure they'll have a field day with this"
which indicates he may be banking on the outrage
and the backlash
for added publicity.
[via /r/feminism and /r/nottheonion]
posted by Lush
on Jun 20, 2013 -
A recent TV ad
for Cheerios depits a heartwarming family vignette: An adorable tyke asks her mother if the cereal is good for the heart, her mother says yes, and the dad wakes up from his nap to find a pile of Cheerios on his chest.
But the fact that the mother is white, the dad is black and the child mixed-race has touched off a firestorm of criticism
that one media critic described as "a progressive-looking commercial collides with the ugliness of the Internet."
Parent company General Mills says it is has no plans to stop airing the spot or to take it down from its YouTube channel. [more inside]
posted by Gelatin
on Jun 7, 2013 -
"Better known as the “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade
, Norma McCorvey
has led a conflicted life. Forty years ago, she was at the center of the court decision that famously legalized abortion. Today, she is a zealous anti-abortion advocate
." Why did McCorvey turn against the cause she once championed? Tracing the life of an Accidental Activist
posted by zarq
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Some critics have noted that there is no indication that those who had what Dr. Bouchard is calling an adverse response to exercise actually had more heart attacks or other bad health outcomes. But Dr. Bouchard said if people wanted to use changes in risk factors to infer that those who exercise are healthier, they could not then turn around and say there is no evidence of harm when the risk factor changes go in the wrong direction. "You can’t have it both ways," Dr. Bouchard said. (SLNYT
posted by Nomyte
on Jun 3, 2012 -
Mass Effect 3, a blockbuster
video game (previously: 1
), and no stranger to controversy, is encountering controversy of a different sort over the series ending. Some fans feel it is incomplete and lacks closure, over 90% by some polls. It opens up interesting questions, such as: how are video games different than other media? Do consumers of video games have a reasonable right to ask for another ending, or is it akin to asking for modifications to the Mona Lisa? Many spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by brool
on Mar 17, 2012 -
From 1935 to 1951, Time Magazine bridged the gap between print & radio news reporting and the new visual medium of film, with March of Time
: award-winning newsreel reports that were a combination of objective documentary, dramatized fiction and pro-American, anti-totalitarian propaganda. They “often tackled subjects and themes that audiences weren’t used to seeing
— foreign affairs
, social trends
, public-health issues — and did so with a combination of panache and subterfuge that today seems either absurd or visionary.” (Previous two links have autoplaying video.)
By 1937, the short films were being seen by as many as 26 million people every month and may have helped steer public opinion on numerous issues,
) America’s entry to WWII
. Video samples are available at Time.com,
the March of Time Facebook page
and the entire collection is available online, (free registration required)
at HBO Archives. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 22, 2011 -
(some NSWF images) has made controversial art for decades, with his piece Piss Christ
causing controversy shortly after it was created in 1987. In 1989, the photograph initiated outrage against the National Endowment for the Arts because of "anti-Christian bigotry"
. Then the piece was physically attacked two times in one weekend
, when it was first shown in the National Gallery of Victoria
in 1997. In December 2010, the Collection Lambert museum of contemporary art
in Avignon, France opened a show called "I Believe in Miracles"
that includes pieces of minimal art, conceptual art and land art, and includes Piss Christ
. The photograph had been shown in France before without disturbance, and had been shown without incident in Collection Lambert for four months, but around 1,000 protesters marched to the museum on Saturday, and on Sunday vandals succeeded in attacking the picture
, breaking the plexiglass shield and slashing the photograph. The museum is open again, and the damaged work is still on display
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 19, 2011 -
Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas,
spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously)
: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"
and that the Jews "can go home"
to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,"
sparked media outrage,
prompted her to issue an apology and retire
. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine
. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by zarq
on Mar 22, 2011 -
The credibility of Skeptoid
podcast creator, Brian Dunning, has come under fire from the Science Blog / Skeptic community after he posted a questionable podcast
regarding DDT. A comprehensive fact check in two parts
hit the web soon thereafter, followed by other critiques
- suggesting that Dunning's objectivity may be tainted by conservative / libertarian political leanings. [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Dec 22, 2010 -
MAC Cosmetics and Rodarte partnered to create a makeup collection. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte, "were struck by the ethereal landscape and the impoverished factory workers floating to work at dawn in a sleepy, dreamlike state."
People started questioning
behind the naming, particularly a glittery pink nailpolish named Juarez. [more inside]
posted by nadawi
on Aug 3, 2010 -
Blood and Milk
is the blog of international development worker and writer Alanna Shaikh
, who consults on global health development and writes for publications such as the UN Dispatch
. Her views, based both on her work in the field and her study & understanding of sociology, international relations, and other such subjects, tend to be contrary to most other opinions on international development: voluntourism isn't helpful
, development work is mired in a culture of nice
, don't bother starting an NGO
(or, if you will anyway, here's how to succeed
), global health doesn't need innovation
, and microfinance is a disappointment
. Also, here's how to tell if your health project is doomed
, and Haiti doesn't need your shoes
(some people vehemently disagree
). Educated well-researched iconoclast, or pessimistic Mary Contrary?
posted by divabat
on Feb 4, 2010 -
From October 1972 to October 1973 a controversy over Roald Dahl
's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
simmered in the pages of The Horn Book
. It began with an article, "McLuhan, Youth, and Literature", by Eleanor Cameron
, author of the Mushroom Planet
series for children and of The Green and Burning Tree: On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books
. Spread out over the October
, and February
issues, it tied the ideas of Marshall McLuhan
(The Medium is the Massage
) to the confection of Charlie
, calling it "one of the most tasteless books ever written for children":
"The more I think about Charlie and the character of Willy Wonka and his factory, the more I am reminded of McLuhan’s coolness, the basic nature of his observations, and the kinds of things that excite him. Certainly there are several interesting parallels between the point of view of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and McLuhan’s 'theatrical view of experience as a production or stunt,' as well as his enthusiastic conviction that every ill of mankind can easily be solved by subservience to the senses."
What followed was a knock-down, drag-out, letter-writing brouhaha, refereed by Horn Book
editor Paul Heins
, with librarians, parents, teachers, Ursula K. Le Guin
, and Roald Dahl himself
joining in, and it was one of the main causes of the book's revision that year
. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Oct 15, 2009 -