Gucci’s new $800 ‘Indy Full Turban’ was not a good idea. Read the rest
I grew up in the UK and moved to the United States after college. Two decades on, it's disarming to be reminded of UK celebrities who were wildly successful there but never made it in America. Sometimes forced efforts are made to make UK stars "happen" in the US — Anne Robinson and Piers Morgan are good examples — and their suddenly-obvious mediocrity exposes much about the media environment they came from.
Sometimes an obituary or where-are-they-now profile might impose upon my hazy recollections a disturbing contemporary reality. Fellow ex-pat Britons who grew up in the 90s, for example, should read this recent interview with once-pervasive TV star Tony Slattery, who has become in person the cold misery of British dark comedy.
But most brit-celebs are forgotten, the neurons assigned to their memory free from the refreshment by Britain's shabby light-entertainment monoculture.
So it is with magnificent surge of nausea that I lurch awake today, bathed in sweat and haunted by the 90s, to the awareness that Danny Baker is still alive, has become physically and performatively indistinguishable from Alan Partridge, and was fired by the BBC for a racist tweet.
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Danny Baker tweeted Thursday that he has been fired after posting an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes and the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
The tweet was seen as a racist reference to baby Archie’s heritage. His grandmother Doria Ragland is African American.
Baker says the posting was an “enormous mistake.” It has since been deleted.
“Why are we just apprehending them (…) not lining them up and shooting them? We have to go back to Hitler days and put them all in a gas chamber.”
Today, we learn that one member of that racist New Mexico border militia told police that another fellow member once said, “Why are we...not lining them up and shooting them? We have to go back to Hitler days and put them all in a gas chamber,” reports Ken Klippenstein. Read the rest
Republican Congressman Steve King was removed from committees and publicly rebuked by his own party after his history of racist remarks flowered into open white supremacy. The experience gave him insight into Jesus's crucifixion.
"For all that I've been through -- and it seems even strange for me to say it -- but I am at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me. And when I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives, and look up at those 400-and-some accusers, you know we just passed through Easter and Christ's passion, and I have better insight into what He went through for us partly because of that experience."
He knows who the true believers are; they believe in him.
Update: Christopher Matias points out that some outlets are falsely suggesting King was censured by congress; it did not go that far.
Washington Post and NY Mag saying Steve King was censured. He was never censured. pic.twitter.com/NtttWMDcWd
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) April 24, 2019
The US Board on Geographic Names has officially renamed Runaway Negro Creek on Savannah, Georgia's Skidaway Island. It's now called Freedom Creek. Last year, State Sen. Lester Jackson sponsored the resolution to get rid of the offensive name. According to WJCL, the creek was originally "named after slaves that escaped after the Civil War."
Just as pretty much everyone predicted, one week after Facebook made a big deal of banning white nationalist and white separatist content on its platform.... Facebook now says a viral video on its site which is obviously and explicitly white supremacist and toxic does not break Facebook's new policy. Read the rest
In San Diego, the United States Border Patrol grabbed a girl who is 9 and a U.S. citizen and on her way to school, accused her of lying about her identity, then detained her for 36 hours. Read the rest