July 26, 2008 |
There's big trouble in the dollhouse. One of the jurors in the Barbie vs. Bratz trial -- in which toy giant Mattel Inc. already has scored a major victory over rival MGA Entertainment Inc. -- was removed Friday for making slurs about the ethnicity of Isaac Larian, the Iranian-born chief executive of MGA. A court order said the juror remarks characterized Iranians as "stubborn, rude" and as "thieves" who have "stolen other person's ideas."
July 17, 2008 |
The mystery has been cleared up about what else the Rev. Jesse Jackson said last week when he made his crude remarks about Barack Obama. The comment, reported Wednesday morning by the TVNewser blog: "Barack . . . he's talking down to black people . . . telling [black people] how to behave." But he didn't use "black people" on second reference; he used the plural form of the N-word. The initial firestorm concerned Jackson's comments before a July 6 interview on "Fox & Friends."
June 25, 2008 |
Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks on his radio program, said on the air Tuesday that he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood. Imus resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about a women's basketball team. On Tuesday he said he was following the spirit of that promise by calling attention to the unfair treatment of blacks -- in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.
April 9, 2008 |
House Democrats on Tuesday accused the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Julie L. Myers, of trying to cover up events related to a Halloween party last year where she gave a prize for "most original" costume to an employee in blackface and prison garb.
June 19, 2007 |
Sen. Barack Obama scrambled Monday to soothe hurt feelings among some of his strongest supporters after they complained that a memo distributed by his presidential campaign was offensive to Indian Americans. Obama telephoned several Indian American activists to express his regret for the memo, which poked fun at the ties between India and his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
June 8, 2007 |
A contestant on the British reality TV show "Big Brother" was kicked off the show after allegedly using a racist slur. Emily Parr, a 19-year-old student, was removed from the show after using a derogatory term about a black contestant Wednesday night, broadcaster Channel 4 said Thursday. The remark was not broadcast live.