Japanese fashion house accused of cultural appropriation for putting models in cornrow wigs: ‘Racist show!’

Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons faced backlash for the look, which appeared on the runway at its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images) “I’m outraged and disgusted by your models’ choice of hairstyle knowing where it originated from. Where is the real representation?!?” one user wrote on Instagram. “Cancel culture incoming y’all really messed up on this one, man,” another user said. “They wanna make money off the culture but don’t wanna show love and respect to the people,” someone else commented. “Racist show!” another simply wrote. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Others, still, appeared to be just as offended by the placement and quality of the lace-front wigs. “Lmaoooo …

Japanese fashion house accused of cultural appropriation for putting models in cornrow wigs: ‘Racist show!’

Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons faced backlash for the look, which appeared on the runway at its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images) “I’m outraged and disgusted by your models’ choice of hairstyle knowing where it originated from. Where is the real representation?!?” one user wrote on Instagram. “Cancel culture incoming y’all really messed up on this one, man,” another user said. “They wanna make money off the culture but don’t wanna show love and respect to the people,” someone else commented. “Racist show!” another simply wrote. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Others, still, appeared to be just as offended by the placement and quality of the lace-front wigs. “Lmaoooo …

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

“My overall point,” Dick Masterson says, barely a minute into his conversation with Steven Bonnell, “is that I think you’re kind of a weaselly piece of shit.” “Why do you think I’m weaselly?” Bonnell replies in his slight, entreating lisp. “You argue like a scumbag,” Masterson explains. It’s less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and Bonnell is hosting a debate on his Twitch stream with Masterson, a chippy, mustached “Rand Paul Republican” who helms a weekly podcast called The Dick Show. Bonnell, known online as Destiny, has recently made a career of tussling with right-wing figures for the entertainment of his followers, who total about 200,000 on Twitch. He has already dispatched a number of opponents whose notoriety …

From pot to impeachment: The high-wire legal act from Lev Parnas’ attorney

(CNN)On New Year’s Eve, attorney Joseph A. Bondy hopped on a subway train headed toward the US attorney’s office in lower Manhattan to pick up a disk loaded with Lev Parnas’ cell phone contents. It was the first piece of evidence prosecutors had released to him since his client was arrested in October. “I couldn’t get him in the door at the (House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence) without these materials, I started to just raise public awareness. I thought the best friend that we have is the public — and in every case I feel that the best friend you have is the public,” Bondy told CNN. The initial strategy paid off. About 48 hours after Bondy delivered the files …

Build-a-Bear just announced they’ll be selling Baby Yodas, so maybe get in line now

Hold onto your light sabers, Star Wars fans. Official Baby Yoda stuffies are finally on their way. Since the first episode of The Mandalorian aired on Disney’s new streaming service, people have been scrambling to get their hands on any Baby Yoda merchandise they can find—a search that has proven fruitless due to Disney’s staunch protection of the character. As of now, you can pre order aBaby Yoda action figure on Amazon, but you won’t be able to actually receive it until freaking May. If you want a real stuffed Baby Yoda sooner than that—and who doesn’t—you’re stuck trying to make one yourself. But that’s about to change. Today, Build-a-Bear CEO Sharon Price John announced that it has partnered with …

California’s wildfire risk keeps getting worse. Now a decade of blackouts lies ahead

The states 2019 fire season was relatively mild, but included nine public safety power shutoffs. Is it making the system safer? In 2019, millions of Californians experienced a wildfire safety blackout, some for nearly a week at a time, as the troubled utility company Pacific Gas & Electric and other investor-owned utilities grappled with replacing one devastating disaster with another, comparatively manageable one. 2019 was not an anomaly, but the beginning of a new way of life for many California residents. While de-energization for fire safety has been state policy for more than a decade, it had never before been used on such a mass scale. According to utility experts, politicians and PG&E, customers can expect many more years of …

Gambling on credit cards to be banned

“We also know that there are examples of consumers who have accumulated tens of thousands of pounds of debt through gambling because of credit card availability. “There is also evidence that the fees charged by credit cards can exacerbate the situation because the consumer can try to chase losses to a greater extent. “We realise that this change will inconvenience those consumers who use credit cards responsibly, but we are satisfied that reducing the risk of harm to other consumers means that action must be taken.” Gambling addict police officer says industry ‘ignoring’ problems Gambling: How much do we spend in the UK? Culture Minister Helen Whately said: “Whilst millions gamble responsibly, I have also met people whose lives have …

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

Memes continue to be a messy business. They harm as well as empower. Sometimes the harmful ones can become empowering. Sometimes that makes them even messier. In 2014, people began to claim that they sexually identify as attack helicopters. The meme was intended to mock modern expressions of gender identity and sexuality, including those of the transgender community. Its creator, a player of the videogame Team Fortress 2, declared in the original copypasta that anyone who refused to accept their right to kill people was a “heliphobe” who should “check their vehicle privilege.” To a certain kind of internet user, the post was riotously funny. From Team Fortress 2 chat rooms, the meme spread to Reddit and then on to …

Nissan says it’s not splitting up with Renault

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Nissan is dismissing reports that it is engineering a corporate divorce from Renault. Ghosn engineered the global car alliance, andthere has been talk of its demise ever since he was arrested. The three carmakers share ownership stakes, technology and manufacturing facilities. The setup has brought financial benefits. Pooling resources among the three manufacturers saves them more than €5 billion ($5.7 billion) a year in costs, according to the companies. Nissan on Tuesday highlighted the benefits of sticking with Renault and Mitsubishi. “The Alliance is the source of Nissan’s competitiveness. Through the Alliance, to achieve sustainable and profitable growth, Nissan will look to continue delivering win-win results for all member companies,” the company said. The government of France, …

Slaves, nannies, and maids: Oscars value women of colour in subservient roles

For non-white actors, an award nomination seems to depend on whether the role is deserving of white pity making recent diversity moves look pathetic For Oscar voters, what makes a great performance has disturbingly narrow criteria for non-white performers. The observation that people of colour are only ever recognised for playing slaves and criminals, that their stories are only ever seen as important when they deal with tragedy and suffering, does not strictly belong to the unenlightened past. This weeks Jennifer Lopez as savvy stripper Ramona in Awkwafina) as the conflicted granddaughter of a dying matriarch in Us. This all goes without mentioning the incredible performances that never quite picked up steam: Song Kang-Ho in Parasite. But never mind the …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Start your Monday smart: China trade, 2020 Dems, NCAA football, Oscar noms, NFL

(CNN)A meteor shower is a dazzling show. Glimpsed from space — thanks to astronaut Christina Koch— it’s Earth like you’ve never seen before. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Star quarterback spotted in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode • ‘Tis (still) the season for awards shows. This time it’s the Critics’ Choice Awards, giving those who make a living evaluating Hollywood another chance to pass judgment. Eddie Murphy and Kristen Bell are up for special recognition. And if Joaquin Phoenix shows …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …