The Soapbox: On “Big Brother,” Racism & Scapegoating

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On last night’s episode of “Big Brother,” 22-year-old Aaryn Gries was given the boot by her fellow houseguests and, as is customary, sat down for her live post-show interview with host Julie Chen. Over the past two-and-a-half months, Aryan Aaryn, as she’s jokingly been called...

Another War? Sec. John Kerry Makes the Case For Intervening in Syria

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Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the nation this afternoon to make the case for American intervention in Syria. After dozens of videos hit the web last week that allegedly showed hundreds of victims of a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb, many wondered whether...

Did Miley Cyrus’ MTV Performance Mark ‘The End of The White Girl’?

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I’ve been trying to avoid saying her name all week. And considering it’s Friday, I almost made it. So much has been said, written, debated, and hashed out already about Cyrus’ MTV debacle, that I felt there was nothing left to say (and damn sure nothing I wanted to add). But an interesting essay by Tanya Steele of Shadow & Act made me consider talking about ol’ girl.

NY Lawmakers Propose Bill Banning Anonymous Comments Online

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The comment section on websites are funny places. By funny,  I mean occasionally they’re inhabited by people with keyboard cojones. Earlier this month Huffington Post decided to ban all anonymous comments because the trolling was getting out of hand.  Although the details haven’t been made...

Mother Accused Of Having Son Beat Brother To ‘Beat The Gay Away’

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Mary Gowans is facing misdemeanor child abuse charges after she allegedly instructed her 12-year-old son to “beat the gay away” from his older brother, 15. Police were summoned to Gowans’ home on Aug. 24. When they arrived, there were “several people yelling and screaming,” according to...