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- Repeatedly used the t-slur on SNL during an impression of fashion designer Christian Siriano
- Problematic depictions of Native people on her show Parks and Recreation
- Problematic depiction of “E****os” during her 2008 Sarah Palin rap on SNL
- When asked if she has an eating disorder: “Thank you so much. That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.”
- On Parks and Rec costar Adam Scott: “He is really generous and kind and like a real pro. And by ‘pro’ I mean prostitute. But he’s such a wonderful, kind, and funny male prostitute.”
- Really gross racism and fatphobia on P&R when all the characters are surprised that a bunch of men find Donna, a fat black woman, more attractive than any of the other women working at the parks department.
- A lot of general fatphobia on P&R (more here)
- Brownface in old Upright Citizens Brigade makeup test shots (And if you don’t think this is brownface, please look through the rest of the slideshow and notice how her skin is significantly lighter in most of the other shots. It was almost definitely darkened with makeup in this one.)
- Appropriation of Cleopatra/Egyptian imagery in same photo tests
- Appropriation of Native American-style headdress
- Racist, Nativist, and Homophobic lyrics in the song “One in a Million”
- On the cover of G n’ R Lies, the album “One in a Million” is on, there is a disclaimer in the form of a faux article titled “One in a Million” stating “This song is very simple and extremely generic or generalized, my apologies to those who may take offense.”
- Responded to criticism with the song “Don’t Damn Me”.
- In 1992 he justified the use of the N-Word in “One in a Million” because he was “pissed off about some black people who were trying to rob me. I wanted to insult those particular black people. I didn’t want to support racism.” and that it was “A way to express my anger at how vulnerable I felt in certain situations that had gone down in my life.”
- He hates being called a racist or associated with racists, and expresses ‘concern’ and ‘disapproval’ towards those who use the song to promote ‘their own’ racist views.
- He abused Erin Everly, Stephanie Seymour, and Gina Siler.
- The original cover for Appetite for Destruction was going to depict a robot rapist and a sexually assaulted woman. This was only changed due to stores refusal to stock it.
- Rose bit a security guard in the leg, the conflict is thought to have ensued when the security guard tried to break up an argument between Rose and a woman.
- “I used words like police and n*****s because you’re not allowed to use the word n****r. Why can black people go up to each other and say, “N****r,” but when a white guy does it all of a sudden it’s a big put-down. I don’t like boundaries of any kind. I don’t like being told what I can and what I can’t say. I used the word n****r because it’s a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem. The word n****r doesn’t necessarily mean black. Doesn’t John Lennon have a song “Woman Is the N****r of the World”? There’s a rap group, N.W.A., N*****s with Attitude. I mean, they’re proud of that word. More power to them. Guns N’ Roses ain’t bad… . N.W.A. is bad! Mr. Bob Goldthwait said the only reason we put these lyrics on the record was because it would cause controversy and we’d sell a million albums. Fuck him! Why’d he put us in his skit? We don’t just do something to get the controversy, the press.”
- “When I use the word immigrants, what I’m talking about is going to a 7-11 or Village pantries - a lot of people from countries like Iran, Pakistan, China, Japan et cetera, get jobs in these convenience stores and gas stations. Then they treat you as if you don’t belong here.” and “Maybe I should have been more specific and said, “Joe Schmoladoo at the 7-11 and f****ts make no sense to me.” That’s ridiculous! I summed it up simply and said, “Immigrants.”“
- “I’m pro heterosexual. I can’t get enough of women, and I don’t see the same thing that other men can see in men. I’m not into gay or bisexual experiences. But that’s hypocritical of me, because I’d rather see two women together than just about anything else. That happens to be my personal, favorite thing.”
- “No! I never have. The most I do is, like, on the way to the Troubadour in “Boystown,” on Santa Monica Boulevard, I’ll yell out the car window, “Why don’t you guys like p*ssy?” ‘Cause I’m confused. I don’t understand it. Anti-homosexual? I’m not against them doing what they want to do as long as it’s not hurting anybody else and they’re not forcing it upon me. I don’t need them in my face or, pardon the pun, up my ass about it.”
- “It was just publicly announced that we weren’t allowed to do it because the Gay Men’s Health Crisis wouldn’t let us. I don’t feel they have the right to deny the money and attention they would have gotten from us playing. It’s pride, it’s ignorant and it’s childish” (On the subject of being bounced from the AIDS benefit by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis due to the lyrics of their song “One in a Million”.)
- “I think love and lust go hand in hand, like good and evil. One without the other is not complete […]”
Hey White English only speaking people:
Remember how we all came over to America and killed off all of those pesky Native Americans and Mexicans when we wanted their land?
Yeah. I’m really thinking you have no room to say “This is America. We speak English here.”
Fuck you and your bullshit superiority complex. You have as much claim to this nation as a Spanish speaker does. In fact…less than they do if you live anywhere in the Southwest (I’m basing this off of the geographical past when the Southwest was actually still a part of Mexico before we stole it.)
I’m hearing this more and more often recently, and it just pisses me the fuck off. Stop it. I mean it.
(I realize what I said in the first sentence is tongue in cheek, but it’s more so me trying to make fun of the idiots who actually believe that shit.)
Ben Franklin's Lesser Known Invention: Anti-Immigrantism
By TED HESSON
OK, so it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Ben Franklin invented nativism (giving preference to the people already living in a place above newcomers), but he was one of the most prominent proponents of the idea among the colonists.
Germans love Indians
“An interesting epilogue to this essay is that European people, especially Germans, have come to love the American Indian. They form Native American clubs, dress as Indians, and often know more about them than Americans do. What’s the connection between Hitler’s love of Indian killers and the German love of Indians today?
Perhaps Germans are reacting to their overly regimented and mechanized society—which reached its apotheosis under Hitler. Like America’s New Agers, they may be seeking a “natural” alternative to their unnatural lives. If anti-Indian America was a source for Nazi thinking, Indian America may be an antidote to Nazi-like thinking.
We could do much worse than adopting the indigenous values of respecting nature, favoring community over competition, and thinking seven generations ahead. After all, Native people have endured for ages, while Hitler and his thousand-year Third Reich are nothing but fading memories.”
Our guest this week was Keith Ellison where we talked on everything from immigrant businesses in Minnesota to immigration reform to anti-immigrant and anti-Islam sentiments, relationships between immigrants and their country of birth and finally, the overall contribution of immigrants to the state.
This show aired on March 26th, 2011.
6.03 Action and Reaction
Some Americans, such as rural and small town, native-born white Protestants, and Christian fundamentalists reacted negatively to the societal and cultural changes.
An oft-cited example is the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. Arrested for a robbery and murder several weeks after the crime, many felt they were convicted (and ultimately executed) not based on hard evidence, but because of their political radicalism, as well as the fact that they were immigrants.
Another backlash came against the consumption of alcohol, blamed for contributing to many of societies’ ills. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition, or the criminalizing of manufacturing, buying, and selling—but not owning or consuming—of alcohol. The intended effect was a decrease in alcohol consumption (largely due to the highly inflated prices of black market liquor). Some unintended effects of Prohibition was a boost to organized crime and the rise of crime syndicates in large cities (i.e. Al Capone and the Mafia).
In addition to the consumption of alcohol, other personal freedoms were limited in the 1920s. The Ku Klux Klan targeted African Americans, Catholics, Jews and immigrants with fear and violence. American Labor Movements (Unions) saw a decrease in membership and public support. The Scopes Trial brought the fight between science and religion out of the classroom and into the public court room.