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Another Media Figure in Hot Water Over Racial Slur

Mike Pesca, host of Slate's 'The Gist' podcast, argued with co-workers on Slack about n-word

(Newser) - In somewhat meta media news, the host for Slate's The Gist podcast has been suspended indefinitely without pay after using a racial slur in a Slack conversation with co-workers about another media figure who used the racial slur. Pesca tells the New York Times he was suspended Monday, and...

Eastwood's Gran Torino Co-Star 'Haunted' by Laughter at Film

In NBC News essay, Bee Vang says racial slurs in 2008 movie weren't 'harmless jokes'

(Newser) - When Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino hit theaters in 2008, it smashed at the box office, bringing in nearly $150 million in the US, per People . One person, however, isn't looking fondly back on the movie: Eastwood's co-star, Bee Vang, who portrayed a Hmong teen who befriends Eastwood'...

Race Flap Isn't Hurting Sales for Morgan Wallen

Singer's new album tops the charts even after stations pulled him, and an older one is climbing

(Newser) - Three weeks into Morgan Wallen's run atop the album charts, the country singer was caught on video using a racial slur . In response, radio stations and streaming playlists dropped his music. His recording company suspended him, and the Academy of Country Music said Wallen is not welcome at this...

Morgan Wallen’s Sales Skyrocket After Racial Slur

While the industry sanctions singer, fans download his music

(Newser) - After Morgan Wallen was caught on video using a racial slur, the country music star's professional world seemed to come crashing down. Radio stations quit playing his music , his recording contract was suspended, and the Academy of Country Music announced he won't be part of this year's...

NYT Staff Miffed at Response to Reporter's Alleged Racist Remarks

Paper's leadership vows 'results' on Donald McNeil, said to have used n-word

(Newser) - Last month, the New York Times found itself embroiled in controversy after dropping journalist Lauren Wolfe . Now a new controversy, this time involving a different reporter, has staff demanding action. It started last week when the Daily Beast reported high-profile health and science veteran Donald McNeil Jr. allegedly used racist...

The Blows Are Coming Fast for Morgan Wallen After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen recorded using racial slur over the weekend

(Newser) - Hundreds of radio stations have dropped one of country music's biggest stars after he was recorded using a racial slur over the weekend, and now his label has suspended him. TMZ has the video, filmed by one of Morgan Wallen's Nashville neighbors, in which the singer arrives home...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Over Video-Game Slur to Return

Kyle Larson can resume competition next season

(Newser) - Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game . He was suspended in April after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. He was dropped by his...

Pa.'s 2nd Lady: Woman Called Me Racial Slur at Grocery Store

Gisele Fetterman shares vid of woman calling her the N-word

(Newser) - A trip to the grocery store over the weekend for the second lady of Pennsylvania took a vicious turn, and now she's sharing the video of what happened. "I love love love this country but we are so deeply divided," Gisele Fetterman, wife of the state's...

White Professor on Leave After Using Chinese Word

Greg Patton is no longer teaching his USC course

(Newser) - A California professor has been replaced for uttering a Chinese word that sounds—in English—like a racist slur, the LA Times reports. Greg Patton was teaching an online communications course for University of Southern California students when he discussed the importance of pausing and using "er" and "...

Mary Trump: 'Of Course I Did' Hear Trump Use Racial Slurs

Trump's niece is promoting her tell-all about the president

(Newser) - Promoting her newly published tell-all on the Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday night, Mary Trump said that "oh yeah, of course" she's heard her uncle, President Trump, use racist and anti-Semitic slurs, including the n-word. "And I don't think that should surprise anybody given how virulently...

Looks Like Scrabble's Next Move Is Against Slurs

Offensive words may soon be disqualified from game play, per Hasbro and players association

(Newser) - Scrabble competitors may soon have more than 200 words taken out of game play, after recent protests and attention to the Black Lives Matter movement renewed a longtime debate about the n-word and other racial and ethnic slurs, profane terms, and scatalogical references. Mashable reports that the North American Scrabble...

Slur Sinks Student Who Was Supposed to Cheer for UT

Athletics wouldn't accept student who used racial slur

(Newser) - A student expected to join the University of Tennessee cheerleading squad this fall will no longer attend the university after evidence of her using a racial slur surfaced on social media. Vols Cheer had announced the incoming freshman from Virginia would be joining the team in a May 24 Instagram...

Twitter's New Red Flag: You Really Want to Tweet That?

Experiment will ask users if they actually want to put up replies with profanity, slurs

(Newser) - If you've ever tweeted something inflammatory at someone and later lamented, "Maybe I shouldn't have written that," Twitter is testing a feature it hopes might prevent that after-the-fact remorse. Per Bloomberg , the social media giant is conducting what it calls a "limited experiment" that issues...

Kyle Larson's Racial Slur Could Be 8-Figure Mistake

He's been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, dumped by all but one sponsor

(Newser) - From indefinite suspension to termination: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has been fired by his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, after using the N-word during a virtual race Sunday night. The 27-year-old was participating in an iRacing tournament that was livestreamed on Twitch at the time. "I can't see it....

NASCAR Driver Suspended Indefinitely After Virtual Race

Kyle Larson used racial slur during iRacing event

(Newser) - The race was virtual, but the consequences of using a racial slur are very real for NASCAR driver Kyle Larson. The 27-year-old has been suspended without pay by his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for using the N-word during an iRacing tournament livestreamed on Twitch Sunday...

Coronavirus Brings Back a Sinister Slur
Coronavirus Brings
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Coronavirus Brings Back a Sinister Slur

Cathy Park Hong writes of resurgence of 'Chink' and attacks against Asian Americans

(Newser) - The attacks are so frequent that Cathy Park Hong has begun bookmarking stories about them from across the US—verbal and physical assaults on Asian Americans because of the coronavirus. Frequently, they involve the slur "Chink," Park Hong writes in a New York Times op-ed. "The word...

OU Professor Compares 'OK Boomer' to N-Word
Professor's 'OK Boomer'
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Professor's 'OK Boomer' Comparison Blows Up

University of Oklahoma denounces Peter Gade's comments in class

(Newser) - A University of Oklahoma journalism professor is in hot water after using the n-word in class—and claiming that the phrase "OK boomer" is comparable to the racial slur. Peter Gade , who has been on the school's faculty since 1998, is director of graduate studies at the Gaylord...

CEO Who Called Uber Driver the N-Word Booted From His Own Company

Hans Berglund, 71, says his life has been ruined by the incident

(Newser) - The CEO of an Arizona-based organic fertilizer company has been booted from his own business after hurling the n-word at an Uber driver. Hans Berglund, 71, who is also the founder of Agroplasma, hailed a ride Jan. 31 and got in the front seat of the car that responded—apparently...

Coach Out After Being Accused of Slur Years Ago

Former player says Bill Peters of Calgary Flames used 'the N bomb'

(Newser) - Bill Peters is no longer the coach of the Calgary Flames, after a former player accused him of using a racial slur against him a decade ago in the minor leagues. The NHL team announced Friday that Peters resigned, ESPN reports, and is no longer in the organization. Akim Aliu,...

Syracuse Faculty Member Sent Anti-Semitic Email

It's the latest in a slew of racist incidents at the school

(Newser) - Syracuse University was already investigating racist graffiti and the use of a racial slur against a student; now a faculty member has been targeted. Syracuse Police, New York State Police, and the FBI are investigating an email that "contained anti-Semitic language and was threatening in nature," the school...

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