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Director: Yeah, 'Chubby' Jokes in My Rom-Coms Weren't Cool

Richard Curtis also addresses lack of diversity in 1990s films

(Newser) - Richard Curtis, who wrote such well-known romantic comedies and dramas as Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Love, Actually, is talking about the problematic aspects of some of those films. The British screenwriter and director sat down for an interview with his daughter, Scarlett,...

This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

College to Pay Professor $1M Over Handling of Her Hiring

Regents 'raised concerns' about Kathleen McElroy's diversity work

(Newser) - A journalism professor has received an apology from Texas A&M for its handling of her hiring and will collect a $1 million settlement. "Mistakes were made during the hiring process," the school said Thursday about a flap that led the university president to resign. Investigation documents released...

House OKs Defense Bill With Eyebrow- Raising Extras

Add-ons in annual legislation include restrictions on abortion, transgender health care, diversity training

(Newser) - The US House on Friday approved a sweeping annual defense bill that provides an expected 5.2% pay raise for service members but strays from traditional military policy with political add-ons from Republicans to block abortion coverage, diversity initiatives at the Pentagon, and transgender issues that deeply divided the chamber....

Now Threatened With Bud Light-Related Boycott: Garth Brooks
Now Threatened by
Bud Light Boycott:
Garth Brooks

Now Threatened by Bud Light Boycott: Garth Brooks

Country star says his Nashville bar will sell every beer

(Newser) - The latest to be threatened with a boycott related to LGBTQ+ issues is Garth Brooks. The country singer is opening the Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk in Nashville's South Broadway district this summer, and in an interview with Billboard last week, he said, "If you’...

Uber Suspends Diversity Chief Over Diversity Event

Bo Young Lee goes on leave after 'Don't Call Me Karen' forum

(Newser) - Uber has suspended one of its execs who was accused of being insensitive to diversity issues. The odd thing is that the exec had been in charge of making sure the company was sensitive to diversity issues. The New York Times reports that Bo Young Lee, the company's head...

DeSantis Makes Big Move on Colleges
Makes Big
Move on

DeSantis Makes Big Move on Colleges

Bars diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida, tells complainers to go to Berkeley

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his campaign on Monday against what he views as "woke" ideology in the education system. The governor and presumptive 2024 presidential candidate signed into law a measure that prohibits the state's public colleges and universities from spending money on what are known as...

Richard Dreyfuss: Oscars' Inclusion Rules 'Make Me Vomit'

'Am I being told that I will never have a chance to play a Black man?'

(Newser) - Richard Dreyfuss has been strangely outspoken in recent weeks, and his most recent remarks to make headlines came during a Friday interview on PBS' Firing Line. The actor said the Academy Awards' new diversity and inclusion rules, which take effect next year, "make me vomit," CNN reports. The...

College Wanted Art Pulled From Diversity Exhibit, Group Refused

Now entire display is yanked from State College of Florida over complaints about 3 pieces of art

(Newser) - For two decades, the Florida nonprofit Embracing Our Differences has hosted an annual outdoor art show in Sarasota, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This time around, however, the group is yanking its entire display from one of the venues, the State College of Florida, after school officials...

One State Hits Milestone on LGBTQ Representation

10% of California's legislature identifies as such, a first for the nation

(Newser) - While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year's midterms, California quietly reached its own: At least 10% of its state lawmakers identify publicly as LGBTQ, believed to be a first for any US legislature. The California legislators are all Democrats, per...

After Writing for The Office, He Took a Job at Macy's

Anthony Q. Farrell says he's working to improve diversity in TV writers rooms

(Newser) - Anthony Q. Farrell's first TV writing job was a big one. He worked as a staff writer and story editor on The Office from 2008 to 2009 until he was laid off amid the recession. It was two years before he found another job in his field, but Farrell...

School District's Diversity Chief Quit Before She Even Started

ProPublica dives deep into the story of a Black educator driven out of 2 jobs by white parents

(Newser) - In early 2021, Cecilia Lewis was looking forward to pulling up roots from her Maryland home and starting a new job as a Georgia school district's first administrator for diversity, equity, and inclusion. What Lewis had seen as an exciting opportunity, however, never panned out, thanks to white parents...

Wells Fargo Halts Policy Over Bogus Job Interviews

Minorities were interviewed for positions that were already filled

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is backtracking on a hiring policy after an embarrassing investigative report in the New York Times . The bank put what it called a "diversity slate" policy in place in 2020 stipulating that "diverse" candidates must be interviewed for any job with a salary of more than...

NFL Unveils New Diversity Requirement

All teams required to have a female or minority offensive coach

(Newser) - NFL teams will be required to employ a "female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority" as an offensive assistant coach for the upcoming season, according to diversity efforts announced Monday during annual owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. The league will reimburse teams up to $200,...

Ted Cruz: Biden's Court Plan Is 'Offensive'
Ted Cruz Enters the Fray
Over Supreme Court Pick
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Ted Cruz Enters the Fray Over Supreme Court Pick

Senator calls Biden's plan to limit candidates to Black females 'offensive,' an 'insult'

(Newser) - The general consensus in DC is that President Biden will be able to get his nominee on the Supreme Court without the usual scorched-earth fight of recent confirmations. But even if that proves to be the case, some political fireworks are inevitable. The Hill , for example, expects Republican Sens. Ted...

Tucker Carlson Mocks M&M Characters' Modern Makeover

Company behind iconic candy strives for more diversity and equality

(Newser) - Update: Fox News host Tucker Carlson dedicated part of his Friday show to mocking M&M's character update, zeroing in particularly on the more sensible footwear the green and brown candies now wear. Newsweek reports Carlson pointed out the green M&M had ditched her "sexy boots" because,...

He Says He Was Fired for Being a White Guy. Now, $10M

Ex-hospital exec David Duvall wins wrongful termination suit against NC health care system

(Newser) - For nearly five years, David Duvall served as a top marketing executive for a North Carolina health care system—until he says he was abruptly fired in the summer of 2018, over what he claims was a move to diversify top staff. Duvall sued, and on Tuesday, a federal jury...

This State Embraces Diversity More Than Any Other

California takes top spot in WalletHub ranking; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - America's history is a unique one, and the result of our national experiment is a "complex tapestry of backgrounds," comprised of people from all different cultures, religions, and socioeconomic and educational statuses, per WalletHub . In fact, the personal finance site notes, by 2045 it's expected there...

NBC Welcomes Golden Globes Changes

New bylaws address lack of diversity and ethical issues, including gifts from studios

(Newser) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Golden Globes, announced Thursday that its members had approved a broad series of changes to improve the organization's diversity and restore it to the film industry's good graces. NBC, which had already taken the awards show off the air...

Osaka's Loss Draws Criticism, Questions in Japan

Nation's cultural diversity issues resurface after Olympics match

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka's third-round loss at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday did more than defy her image as a local tennis star certain to win the gold medal. It shook Japan's notions of its racial and cultural identity, and many people let her know it, the New York Times...

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