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Texas Reprentative Betty Brown Tells Asians to Change Their Names

Posted in NEWS, NO!, REPENT on April 9, 2009 by transracial

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She may look like a nice gray-haired lady, but Republican Representative Betty Brown of Texas has got a foul mouth.

No, she uttered no curse words. Rather, she was quoted as saying that Asians should change their names for new names that are
“easier for Americans to deal with.”

WTF!

Unsurprisingly, Texan democrats are fighting mad, demanding Brown issue an apology for her bad form and calling her out as uncouth and insensitive.

The whole debacle began during debates over voter identification requirements current going on in Texas — a move we’ve written about before and whole-heartedly do NOT support.

Rep. Brown’s indiscretion is just one more reason why this entire issue should be scrapped — and fast!

BUSTED: Spanish Coast Steals from Down Under

Posted in MEDIA MOMENT, NEWS, ON OUR RADAR, REPENT on March 5, 2009 by transracial

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Spanish tourism officials are in big trouble — for being big-time poseurs. It appears as if the advertisement above by Spain’s Costa Brava Pyrenees Tourism association features a photo not of Spain’s famous southern coast — but of Western Australia.

Turns out the Spaniards snagged the Getty stock image of a beach in Perth and via the magic of retouching — redesigned the (Australian) father and son t-shirts and lightened the sand to make it look more Euro. Designers then added the text: “Congratulations Costa Brava on 100 Years. You really are great” — a nod to the current celebrations marking the region’s century of tourism.

Shady!

It’s not the first time the Spanish have shopped the globe for beach scenes to pass of as their own. A few weeks back, the Costa Brava folks were forced to scrap a similar campaign after it turned out the beach shots came from the Bahamas.

It appears as if the dodgy — and desperate — Spanish moves are a reaction to desperate times. Owing to the global travel slow-down, Spanish tourism was down 12 percent in usually busy January.

While Spanish tourism officials claim they’re unsure who signed off on the ads, the Spanish public appears far less forgiving — demanding
those responsible resign.

Loco behavior for loco times.

Slave Labor at The New York Observer

Posted in AUSTERITY, MEDIA MOMENT, NEWS, REPENT on February 27, 2009 by transracial

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We understand that times could not be tougher in media land, but the practice of newspapers and magazine not paying freelancers is reaching epidemic — and downright unacceptable — levels. Yesterday, we learned that long-time fave The New York Observer has kinda/sorta stopped paying freelancers.

And we can personally attest that the Observer is not alone. Publications across the nation are stretching out the payment process from what used to weeks to months. In the meantime, freelancers are somehow trying to survive while literally still working for free.

It’s got to stop.

New York’s Freelancers Union has created this petition demanding The Observer pay its writers. Sign it — and hopefully Observer scribes — and your’s truly — will start seeing checks again in the mail.

DAILY TRANSRACIAL: Freida Pinto

Posted in DAILY TRANSRACIAL, NEWS, REPENT on February 17, 2009 by transracial

vanityfairus_freida_pinto-753412 Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is this month’s Vanity Fair pinup girl — as evidenced by the shot above. While the Indian starlet must be supremely stoked by the honor, word on the street is that the Conde Nast pop culture bible lightened her skin during post-shoot retouching.
Typical!