Stuff That Happened This Week (April 8-14)

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“Accidentally Racist”  Is A Giant Clusterfuck ~ The song “Accidental Racist” is the collaboration of country singer, Brad Paisley, and LL Cool J. The song is about white people and black people trying to come together and overcome prejudice/years of racial tension. It’s a tall order for any song but “Accidental Racist” falls hysterically short of being any sort of watershed moment in racial harmony. Mostly because it glosses over the systematic oppression of black people and ignores white privilege completely. The best description of the song: “an attempt to heal America’s racial wounds with a fist bump.”

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J clearly made this song with the purest intentions and seemed to genuinely have thought this would be a positive step forward. Both of them stand by the song and “are proud of the discussion it is creating.”

The song does in fact reveal how desperately we need to have more conversations on race when these two are legitimately puzzled why racism is still around.

“Why CAN’T we be friends?”

According to the song, it’s because we are all just holding on to the past. Paisley says in an interview, “Let’s not be victims of things that happened SO LONG AGO.”

  1. LET’S BE CLEAR. In the song, the black barista at Starbucks gives Paisley the stink-eye for wearing a shirt with a confederate flag on it. That is why Paisley feels like a victim. Feeling uncomfortable at Starbucks is a cross he can bear no longer.

Feeling sad or uncomfortable isn’t the same as systematic oppression.


  • Let Me Break It Down For You [Racialicious]
  • Why “Accidental Racist” Is Just Racist [The Atlantic]
  • The Road To “Accidental Racist” Is Paved With Good Intentions [Grantland]
  • What Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Don’t Understand About Accidents In “Accidental Racist” [Think Progress]
  • Whoooooooops, I’m A Racist [Shakesville]
  • Louis C.K. Explains Historical Context Behind Racial Discrimination On The Tonight Show [Panache]

How Did “Pretend To Be A Nazi” Sound Like A Good Idea To You? ~ Oh my GOD. This week was basically a week of people getting tripped up by COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE THINGS. First, there was Accidental Racist (see above). Then, after visiting Anne Frank’s house, Justin Bieber wrote in the guest book that he hoped Anne would be a Belieber (a Justin Bieber fan)– which ARLRJFHBKLJGLJ! And then this: A teacher in Albany tasked their students with a creative writing assignment: PRETEND TO BE A NAZI. What makes it worse (yes, it get’s worse) is that it was an exercise in persuasive writing. The students were given the following writing prompt: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” So, basically, the assignment was to write really solid hate-speech. Also, “solid rationale from government propaganda“? Are you fucking serious? [Jezebel]

Margaret Thatcher and Jonathan Winters Are Dead– but Cher Is Actually Alive ~ Margaret Thatcher and Jonathan Winters both passed this week. Jonathan Winters was a beloved comedian known for his characters, his appearances on the old Friar’s Roasts, and . Reactions to Thatcher’s death were divided (to say the least). Instead of writing about either of these two figures, I’ve just included some links to some articles/tributes. (NOTE: There was a terrible moment this week where people thought Cher had died. A hashtag on twitter (#nowthatchersdead) was misinterpreted as “Now That Chers Dead.” But, it’s okay. She’s alive, you guys. Which is awesome– because I am not in a place in my life where I could even begin to deal with such a tragedy.)

Margaret Thatcher

  • Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher. [The Guardian]
  • Margaret Thatcher’s Death: American vs. British Reactions [Buzzfeed]
  • That Thatcher Era’s Effect On British Music [NPR]
  • How To Explain Margaret Thatcher To A One Direction Fan [Buzzfeed]

Jonathan Winters

  • Remembering Jonathan Winters: Father Of Improvisational Comedy [LA TImes]
  • Jonathan Winter Roasts Johnny Carson [YouTube]
  • How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters? [NPR]
  • Comedy Heavyweights Remember Jonathan Winters in Tweets [Mashable]
  • 5 of the Actor’s Funniest Moments [The Wrap]

(and just to celebrate that Cher is still alive…)

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– Andrew Lloyd Weber is adapting School of Rock for Broadway [Vulture]

– Life In Your Early 20s vs. Your Late 20s [Buzzfeed]

– Just so you know, in China, Kim Jong-Un is often called “Fatty The Third” in casual conversation [The New York Times]

– Sweden now has a gender neutral pronoun [Jezebel]

– Jay-Z wrote a song in response to er’body giving him crap for taking a trip to Cuba [Pitchfork]

– Katee Sackhoff is the only girl in Riddick [The Mary Sue]

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Sorry Not Sorry: How To Non-Apologize (Laura Beck // Jezebel)

Why School Shooting Episodes Need To Stop (Louis Peitzman // Buzzfeed)

Science vs. Scripture And The Difference Between Curiosity And Wonder (Maria Popova // BrainPickings)

Does Buzzfeed Know The Secret (Andrew Rice // New York Magazine)

Life Is Beautiful, And So Is This Stand-up Special – A Review of Louis C.K.’s New Special, Oh My God (Matt Zoller Seitz // Vulture)

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In 1993, Conan taped some interviews for a Late-Night Audition [Team Coco]

Julie Klausner asks the important questions: “What Do Bravo Reality Stars Think of North Korea?” Watch. This. Now. (and then read Julie Klausner’s book I Don’t Care About Your Band) [Huffington Post]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson thinks about what it would be like to live forever [It’s Okay To Be Smart]

Weekend Update: LL Cool J and Brad Paisley (“We did it! Racism is over, ya’ll!!”) [Hulu]

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The Way, Way Back trailer


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