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• TMZ‘s Lil Mama: Sorry For Being a Lil Insensitive, the comments. For those who don’t get why language matters, read some of the freeper style comments on this entertainment site:
- I’m so sick of this….now we have to apologize to freaks of nature. FU to all you Fwads that want to call me a hater. This thing is a freak. End of story!!!! We live in such a PC society we have to say sorry to every whack job that’s out there.
- I tend to be very liberal, but this whole transgender thing just does not sit well with me. The men-to-women transgenders never seem to look or act like real women, they are some gross characterization of women based on stereotypes!
I can’t blame Lil Mama for saying what most people think!
- Um, she should NOT have apologized. That is a freak! All she said is that she should act like a lady. Leiomy is butt ugly anyway!
- Lil Mama did not say anything wrong! The tranny dude is very disguesting indeed!
- Transgenders or whatever they are called are as confused as a person can get. How utterly sad. They need to come to Jesus in the worst way and stop living a life of confusion. GLADD demands respect but come-on, GLADD and it’s lot is a freak show.
- WTF- why did she apologize? It’s the truth- that man was acting a fool. If he wants to be a woman he better start behaving like a lady… I totally agree with that statement.
- She had to do the formal apology because going the PC route is expected of celebrities. But we all know she doesn’t mean it. :) And I for one totally support her original statement. I’m so sick of flamboyant transgender queens.
- Now I think I’ve seen it all. Who wants to see a bunch of chunky, hairy men dancing around with scarves trying to look feminine…. whilst a man who wants to be a woman throws himself all over the stage. Later he has a tantrum and someone calls him on it and that person is made to apologize? It turns your stomach. I’m glad to see people speaking up on this board and calling this what it is. Let’s not stand dumb and salute while our country goes to hell.
Trans people battle words, just as lesbian, gay, and bisexual battle words. For those who think trans folk are battling a small thing when it comes to language, small things matter to me. Underneath the cultural insensitivity that Lil Mama apologized for are layers of other people who see no problem at all in referring to trans people as “freaks.”
Words mean things, words matter.
• Time‘s Why Michelle Obama’s Hair Matters:
When the First Lady attended a country-music event in July without a single strand of hair falling below her jawline, the blogosphere exploded with outbursts ranging from adoration to vitriol. Things settled down only when her deputy press secretary clarified that there had been no First Haircut. In the aftermath, a didactic post on MichelleObamaWatch.com proclaimed that anyone “familiar with the amazing versatility of black hair” would have known that the new summer look was simply “pinned up.”
Many Americans have dismissed this hair hubbub as simply more media-driven noise – like the chatter about Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dresses, J. Crew cardigans, stocking-free legs or, for that matter, recent (shocking!) decision to wear shorts in the Arizona heat. But for African-American women like me, hair is something else altogether – singular in its capacity to command interest and carry cultural baggage. The obsession with Michelle’s hair took hold long before Inaugural Ball gowns were imagined, private-school choices scrutinized or organic gardens harvested. It’s not that she’s done anything outrageous. The new updo wasn’t really all that dramatic a departure from variations we’ve seen on her before (the “flip-out,” the “flip-under,” the long-ago abandoned “helmet”). Still, her hair is the catalyst for a conversation that begins with style but quickly transcends outward appearance and ultimately transcends Michelle herself – a symbol for African-American women’s status in terms of beauty, acceptance and power…
Lots of links in the story — such as links to pictures of Michelle Obama’s hair styles.
• ABC News‘ WA fights transsexual ruling:
The WA Attorney-General will appeal against a court decision which allowed two women who have changed their gender to be legally considered men, despite still having female reproductive organs.
The transsexuals were denied legal recognition of their sex change, and appealed against the decision.
The WA Attorney-General, Christian Porter intervened, arguing that until they had hysterectomies, they could not be considered men under the Gender Reassignment Act.
The State Administrative Tribunal found the Act didn’t require reproductive surgery, and the pair could be legally considered men even with female reproductive organs…
• Los Angeles Times‘ Healthcare activist bites off finger of counter-demonstrator, authorities say:
Authorities today are searching for a healthcare reform activist who they said bit off the finger of a 65-year-old counter-demonstrator during a fight at a MoveOn.org rally in Thousand Oaks.
“It all started with their difference in philosophy over healthcare reform,” said Senior Deputy Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday at a “We Can’t Afford to Wait Vigil” organized by affiliates of the activist group MoveOn.org, which drew supporters of President Obama’s healthcare plan, Buschow said. The rally also attracted several counter-protesters, he said…
• Wiener story of the day: Fox Tampa‘s Hot dogs from a hearse?:
Jim Belcher is looking to build one heck of a good business with his Hellacious Hotdogs. He sells his funeral-themed food from a cart that he hauls around with a big, black hearse.
Carolyn Hanes was stunned when she first saw it.
“I didn’t know what to think, because I saw a hearse and a hot dog stand and I said, ‘those two don’t go together,” Hanes told FOX 13, and laughed. “But it’s cool.”
Belcher’s stand sits in front of Kathleen Tires, just north of Lakeland.
“Everyone needs a gimmick, and that’s a good one,” said Pat Yohn, one of the store’s owners…
So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?
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