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Retailer Tesco "very sorry" (again) for their latest "amusing" product: "The Inflatable Gay Best Friend"

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tesco gay best friend dollProduct description, in case you can't read the teeny font:

"Inflatable g*y Best Friend if SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season."

The description goes on to say, "We've had the manbag, we've had leg warmers and iPhone fever, now it's time for the new craze. Although not much can be said for his own attire, your Inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn't wear Jimmy Choo's."

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Gee, that's not stereotypical at all.

Common sense rule of thumb, generally speaking: Know when to stop. Or in this case, know when to never start in the first place.

Apparently British retailer Tesco doesn't have much common sense, or business sense for that matter. They already got in hot water and apologized for selling offensive "Psycho Ward" Halloween "mental patient" costumes which reinforced stigmatization and misconceptions of mental illness. But, hey, they were "really sorry for any offence caused."

Now they're "very sorry" about their latest offering, an inflatable "g*y best friend." They added the asterisk, I didn't. Yes, they censored the Evil G Word as if it were a vulgarity.

Via Sky News:

It comes a day after the retailer was forced to remove a Halloween costume called "Psycho Ward" from its shelves after it sparked widespread criticism.

On its website Tesco said "The Inflatable g*y Best Friend" was suitable for children aged three to four and was an "amusing gift".

To put it in the Queen's English, we are not amused.

Tesco claims that the doll was "uploaded to the website by a third party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive." Offensive? Why, whoever would find that offensive? I mean other than anybody with a functioning brain and sense of decency.

According to the article, the "amusing gift" is still on sale on Amazon.

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Video- State of the Union: Grampy McCain Defends Bigot at Arizona Town Hall

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No McDouche, you're wrong and you should have told that neanderthal he was wrong.

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Video- Hawaii Congresswoman Scolds O'Reilly For His 'Offensive' Statements On Asians

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Notice how he prefaces the whole thing with how Hawaii is such a degenerate state. What a bully. Here's the original video of what Billo said. Via.

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Video- O'Reilly 'Asian People Aren't Liberal By Nature' Because 'They're Usually More Industrious And Hard Working'

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Via.

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Michelle Obama Takes on Bigoted Stereotypes and Shows Grace Under Pressure

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my friend Mark Karlin:

In an exclusive interview with Truthout about "Sister Citizen," we asked Professor [Melissa] Harris-Perry [author of "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women." and rising star at MSNBC] about the challenge of racial stereotypes confronting Michelle Obama:

[snip]

Professor Harris-Perry: ... These stereotypes don't exist because they are accurate representations of black women. They exist because they serve the goal of maintaining racial and gender inequality. You can't overcome a stereotype by acting opposite of it. The point is not to convince other people that you are worthy of being a fully participating citizen, the point is to convince yourself of that truth and to act and organize accordingly.

Clearly, Michelle Obama is like Hillary Clinton, an Ivy League-educated undergraduate (Princeton) and attorney (Harvard Law School) - but she has to face stereotypes confronted both by women in general and black women in particular.  Melissa V. Harris-Perry talks about the challenges facing "black women [who] attempt to stand upright in a room made by the crooked stereotypes" about them. 

In doing so, whatever the interpretations from Kantor's book, Michelle Obama has shown what Ernest Hemingway called "grace under pressure."

That's no stereotype; that's the essence of character and integrity.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Please read the entire post here.

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VIDEO: Cook defends fried chicken choice for Black History Month menu

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By GottaLaff

I previously wrote a piece about a controversial menu honoring Black History Month that was posted at the NBC commissary.

There have been valid arguments for both sides of this story. However, I think Leslie Calhoun, the chef, wins the day on this one.

And now, thanks to GrrrlRomeo, we have a wonderful video that explains Ms. Calhoun's decisions, in her own words.

There's more here, follow the link:

One person who doesn't understand how offense could be taken: Chef Leslie Calhoun. It was her decision to select the menu items and create the sign. TheGrio caught up with her minutes after the tweet fiasco erupted and she seemed genuinely upset by the whole thing. Calhoun is an African-American and employee of Flick, a catering service that runs the NBC commissary. She said that for the last eight years she's been seeking approval from Flick management for a special Black History Month menu, and had finally been told that every Thursday for the month of February, she could serve whatever she chose. [...]

This isn't the first time this year that fried chicken and collard greens on a menu have created a stir. Last month, Denver Public Schools experienced a backlash after announcing they would serve fried chicken and collard greens in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's good to have both sides aired. Fair and balanced and all that, right?

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Oh no they di-in't!

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By GottaLaff
UPDATE HERE. Video of the chef that clears a lot of things up.

What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by serving up a steaming plateful of stereotype?

NBCU employee Questlove is bringing it to the attention of his 1 million plus Twitter followers.

Ooops.

Questlove, the band leader and drummer for The Roots (the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) tweeted this picture from the NBC Commissary at 30 Rock, with the comment: “Hmm HR?”


Oh, but don't worry your pretty little head about it:


Apparently, not everyone was offended by it. They're just apologizing to those of us who were.

Oh sorry. Apologized for anyone who was offended. Not only are they insensitive, they're illiterate, too.

Good thing they removed it before only a million of us saw it. Whew! Close call.

Brought to you by the very same group that makes Al Franken a little jittery.

UPDATE: The apology came from someone who has a grand total of 9 followers on Twitter. I'm guessing it won't be too effective.

H/t: Misha 1234, Raine 1967

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