Stephen Colbert tried to make fun of racists by making a racist joke. It didn't go over well on Twitter. Here's the story behind the latest "weaponized hashtag."
Every Halloween, there are conversations about what's an appropriate costume, and what's insensitive. Historical (but despicable) figures like Genghis Khan? Racial stereotypes like a Geisha? Sexy [anything]? Blackface? (Okay, that one's easy: Don't do it!)
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Jeff Yang, contributor to the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog and editor of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, talks about the first South Asian Miss America and the comments she made about TV personality Julie Chen's decision to have plastic surgery to look less Asian.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen are joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Tao Jones column. Jeff shares his thoughts on the new movie, "21 and Over" - from its depiction of race, to whether it's just a cheap mash-up of "Weekend at Bernie's" and "The Hangover." Along the way, Rafer admits he doesn't remember his twenty first birthday, Kristen falls asleep, and Jeff clarifies that he's not really Jackie Chan (even though he wrote a book called, "I Am Jackie Chan"). Other films discussed in this podcast include the Cold War thriller, "Phantom" and the fairy tale reboot "Jack the Giant Slayer."
The reality is that the radicalization of the GOP is too complete, and the stakes remain too high, for any real post-election coming-together to occur.
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Seventy years ago, half of all Americans read comic books, and much of what they saw were stereotypical images of Asian kamikazes, gurus, temptresses, and lotus flowers. How did Asian Americans read these images? How do they see them now?
The hashtag was overtaken instantly by tweets mocking the concept of specifically “Muslim” rage, detailing rage-triggers that were sometimes inanely innocuous, sometimes darkly ironic, and all very much on point with what it means to be a modern Muslim.
Ryan, with his porcelain-pale skin, deep-set eyes and a pronounced widow's peak, has long been snarked as an Eddie Munster lookalike. Paired with Romney's long-faced, patrician features, the instant invention of a new meme — Herman and Eddie Munster in 2012! - was inevitable.
Every Friday The Takeaway takes a look back at this week’s big stories. From the politics of basketball to the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, this week was full of tension.
Is Jeremy Lin be headed over to the Rockets? Will all ties with the Knicks be cut by tomorrow? Is it finally the end of New York's 'Linsanity'?
Friday on The Takeaway means a chance to look back at this week’s big stories. Talking about the new employment numbers, Anderson Cooper, the Higgs Boson particle and more are Jeff Yang, Charlie Herman, and Lisa Randall.
Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya look back at the week's top stories for this week's Follow Friday. They cover the death and legacy of Rodney King, Jerry Sandusky's trial, Ann Curry's departure from The Today Show, and their selections for the Olympics playlist.
Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya join us for our weekly Friday Follow, looking back at the week's top stories. The two discuss New Orleans' Times-Picayune newspaper's shift from print to digital, Romney's new supporter Sheldon Adelson, White House leaks, the economic visions of both presidential candidates, and the new gay and lesbian iPhone emoticons.
This week, our Follow Friday panel includes Jeff Yang, author of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron and Jeff discuss the unemployment numbers for May, Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination and where his campaign goes from here, the Circuit Court decision holding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and President Obama's "Kill List."
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Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week's panel includes Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, Jeff Yang, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. They'll cover Facebook’s step into public life, developments in the Senate and House showdown over the Violence Against Women Act, and new developments in the death of Trayvon Martin.
My campaign has determined with a reasonably high degree of significance that accepting your invitation would make me - Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney look “spontaneous” and “fun.”
This week we hear more about the Secret Service’s risqué public scandal in Colombia, the death of radio icon Dick Clark, the so-called war on mothers that swept the mideast, Mitt Romney’s possible veep options, and more. We're joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Tao Jones column for Wall Street Journal and blogs for WNYC’s It's a Free Country, journalist and blogger Farai Chideya, and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and political contributor for The Takeaway and It's a Free Country.
It’s clear from both context and content that Obama’s statement about Trayvon Martin's death wasn’t some kind of call to arms on race: It was a heartfelt and impulsive reaction of empathy.