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Papa John’s founder used the n-word on a conference call

If you haven’t already, it’s probably time to reconsider your trash pizza alliance: According to a report from Forbes, John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s, used the n-word during a conference call in May. The call, which was between Schnatter and executives from the marketing agency Laundry Service, was reportedly a...CONTINUE READING
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‘Pokémon’ skips airing an episode in the West where Ash does blackface

Pokémon kinda did a little bit of a blackface thing in a recent episode and Disney is not having it. The 64th episode of the latest Pokémon Sun and Moon television series is not airing in the West, probably because the main character, Ash Ketchum, got his face painted black so he could blend in...CONTINUE READING
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Scarlett Johansson apparently learned nothing from the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy

It was a little over a year ago that Scarlett Johansson found herself embroiled in controversy over Ghost in the Shell, in which she plays a Japanese woman in a white woman’s (android) body. Now she and Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders are catching heat again, for a new project that will have...CONTINUE READING
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New report finds abysmal diversity numbers among film directors in 2017

Organizations like Time’s Up are fighting long, hard battles against systemic discrimination in Hollywood. And a new study on the state of diversity among film directors shows not only how much work lies ahead, but how desperately needed these movements for change are. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) released its annual inclusion report for...CONTINUE READING
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‘Deadpool 2’ is the gayest superhero movie yet. That’s not saying much.

Spoilers ahead for Deadpool 2. With an R rating and a gleefully subversive attitude, Deadpool gave audiences a wild, violent, and raunchy good time that boasted everything from a flurry of severed limbs to a holiday-themed sex montage.  Now, its sequel tackles something often dodged by superhero movies: queer representation.  SEE ALSO: ‘Deadpool 2’ tries to have it...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks apologizes for racial slur written on Latino customer’s cup

Less than two weeks before Starbucks is set to close its 8,000 company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias training, the company issued yet another apology for a racist incident that occurred in one of its California stores. On Tuesday, at a Starbucks in La Cañada Flintridge, California, a Latino customer named Pedro reportedly had...CONTINUE READING
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Man wearing MAGA hat not victim of ‘religious’ discrimination for getting kicked out of a bar, Judge says

Unless you’re involuntarily locked in the cellar of some Berkeley farm cooperative, being a Trump supporter does not make you an oppressed minority in America. At least according to one judge. Tell that to Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek, who sued The Happiest Hour bar in New York City after the bar allegedly kicked him out...CONTINUE READING
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‘Beyond I Do’ campaign reveals why LGBTQ discrimination is still legal

It’s been nearly three years since the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges gave same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Yet despite that momentous progress, LGBTQ people across the country still lack basic protection from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations (such as being denied service at a business).  If...CONTINUE READING
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Film academy president accused of sexual harassment

Months into the reckoning of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group behind the Oscars) is looking into its own leadership. John Bailey, who was elected president of the organization last year, is being investigated for sexual harassment, reports Variety.  SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lopez speaks out about her own sexual harassment...CONTINUE READING
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Diane Keaton finally spoke up about Woody Allen, and you won’t like what she has to say

Diane Keaton is standing by Woody Allen. The Annie Hall actress defended the director on Twitter, writing, “Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him.”  SEE ALSO: Woody Allen’s actors are turning against him, and it’s about time The tweet included a video clip of Allen’s 60 Minutes interview from 1992. In...CONTINUE READING
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