Sat. Feb 16th, 2019

Everything That Upset the Internet This Week

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What is the web-o-sphere indignant about this week? A pop star who claimed her lyrics will clear up racism, the that means behind the MAGA hat and a Latina actress who’s being known as “anti-black.” Here’s all the things you have to know.

Ariana Grande Responds to “7 Rings” Backlash With a Fan Comment

THE STORY: Everyone from 2 Chainz to Soulja Boy to Princess Nokia has taken concern with the lyrics, beat and video for “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande’s just lately launched single about popping Champagne, splurging at Tiffany’s and being unapologetically wealthy.

“Does that sound familiar to you? ‘Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my god!” Princess Nokia stated in a since-deleted video. “Ain’t that the lil’ song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… sounds about white.”

Grande then (seemingly in response) reposted a fan’s Instagram Story about why the “7 Rings” hair lyric—’You like my hair? Gee, thanks, simply purchased it…’—was justified: “White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism,” wrote the Instagram person. Grande added that she had “so much love” for the fan, ending the sentiment with a signature Ari black coronary heart emoji.

Grande’s story was shortly taken down—however not earlier than it was display capped and shared throughout the online.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Grande slid into the feedback part of The Shade Room’s submit, leaving a heartfelt apology. “Hi hi,” she wrote. “I think her intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stariotype [sic] that is paired with the word ‘weave’… however I’m so sorry my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”

A fast delete, apology and assertion of appreciation for the communal dialog when she missteps—she has this complete backlash response factor all the way down to a system, doesn’t she? Besides, was there actually ever any doubt that Ariana Grande’s hair is actual…

Fox News Compares Judging MAGA Hat to Blaming Rape Victims’ Outfits

THE STORY: So you know these MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky teenagers who taunted an indigenous elder at a Washington protest? Of course you do. They’ve been the centre of the information cycle for the previous week: the clip went viral, totally different narratives had been spun on all sides of the political spectrum and Nicholas Sandmann, “The MAGA Hat Boy,” was invited to share his non-apology on the Today Show. And then, Fox News’ The Five hopped in on the dialog to state that judging these younger boys based mostly on their Trump-affiliated merch is similar to judging a sufferer of sexual assault based mostly on their outfit on the time of the crime.

“What kills me is the idea [that], if you’re wearing something, you had it coming. We’ve learned that that’s not what you say to people,” stated host Greg Gutfeld.

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: The commentators are proper on one factor: it’s best to by no means choose a girl’s alternative of clothes when a violent crime is dedicated towards her. What they’ve finished right here, nonetheless, is about up a false equivalence. The MAGA hat is just not a meaningless piece of attire—and so far as I’ve heard, a mini skirt or tube prime isn’t broadly perceived to precise hateful views in the direction of marginalized individuals. (A Zara jacket with the phrases “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” scrawled on the again, nonetheless, shares its message loud and clear.)

When individuals placed on that crimson cap, they know the message they’re sending. It’s actually no totally different than another baseball hat: if you’re carrying a blue Maple Leaf in your brow, you’re signalling to these round you that, for no matter motive, you’re a fan of Toronto’s hockey staff. Wearing a MAGA hat aligns you with the president’s exclusionist insurance policies and hateful rhetoric, and when you’re placing one on, it’s best to know that—even when you’re a 17-year-old highschool scholar.

Gina Rodriguez Addresses Accusations of Being Anti-Black With Tears

THE STORY: Back in November, Porter‘s “Women in Television” roundtable with actresses Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo, and Emma Roberts went viral on-line. Pompeo was praised for calling out the dearth of range within the room, whereas Rodriguez caught warmth for commenting on the intersectional facet of the gender pay hole in America.

“White women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women,” Rodriguez stated. “It’s like a very scary space to step into.”

Her assertion sparked backlash, with many accusing the Golden Globe-winning Jane the Virgin star of being “anti-black” and pitting POC ladies towards each other. Months later, throughout an look on Sway within the Morning, she broke down into tears as addressed the controversy.

“The backlash was devastating, to say the least,” stated Rodriguez. “The black community was the only community I looked towards growing up. We didn’t have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel like I was seen. So to get anti-black is to say I’m anti-family.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Cancel tradition is poisonous, and it pushes individuals to change into defensive. But no matter intention, Rodriguez’s phrases harm, and she or he ought to have finished was listened to that and brought accountability for her feedback—fairly than making excuses.

“Gina Rodriguez is really really really really ignorant, socially unaware, dismissive with black issues, and entitled,” writes Twitter person , “BUT I don’t think she’s necessarily hateful. I think she needs to talk less and listen more.”

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