Indiana Pacers' center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 by the National Basketball Association for his "no homo" remark and using profanity during Sunday's postgame press conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, reports the Indianapolis Star.
Hibbert made the remark when he was asked about a crucial fourth quarter play when LeBron James was called for offensive and a technical fouls:
"The momentum could have shifted right there if [Lebron James] got an easy dunk. There was what—was it Game 3 here? I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo."
Hibbert then slammed the sports media in an profanity-laden rant in the same press conference. Watch both video clips AFTER THE JUMP ...
Hibbert issued this apology on Sunday evening via the Pacers' and NBA websites. It probably goes beyond the standard boilerplate non-apology.
"I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night. They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers’ organization. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night."
"I have no problem with openly gay men. More power to them. We live in a day in age where people are more accepting as opposed to years ago. [Collins] and his family may have some adversity in the coming days and weeks, but I have no problem with it."
The Pacers are one game away from reaching the NBA Finals. Watch both video clips AFTER THE JUMP ...
Keep it classy! A racist poster calling for a massive anti-gay demonstration in Paris has gone viral across French social media networks, reports Euronews. The poster depicts the French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira as King Kong.
The poster, designed by an anti-same sex marriage activist, depicts Taubira ... as a raging gorilla/King Kong, overwhelmed by a flow of demonstrators from the “Manif Pour Tous,” the main anti-same sex organization. The slogan is a play on words: “manif monstre” can mean 'giant demo.'
The picture, posted on Monday night, was retweeted and commented massively by anti-gay rights activists and by both outraged anti- and pro-same sex marriage activists. Among the reactions, one user notes "[The anti-same sex marriage crowd] go from presumed homophobes to proven racists." ... Defenders of the poster said it was supposed to be humoristic and ironic and that the monster refers to a “monument of American cinema, the devastating [King Kong]” and the "destruction" the bill will bring to the families.
The French Guiana-born Taubira has represented her homeland in the French Parliament and the European Parliament. Taubira made history in May 2012 when she was appointed Justice Minister and became the highest ranking Black cabinet official ever in French government.
Taubira emerged as President François Hollande’s point person on the marriage debate. Liberals and socialists have heralded Taubira as a "political star" because of her eloquent defense of equal marriage. On the other side: Taubira has been the "target of a large majority of the slogans and banners from anti-same sex marriage demonstrators."
France has witnessed an increase in" violent protests, homophobic attacks, and a stream of offensive trending Twitter hashtags" ever since the marriage debate began last year.
France became the 14th nation to legalize equal marriage nationwide on April 23. It
joins Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. Brazil, Mexico and the United States allow equal marriage in certain states.
Butler was told by church officials that they would cancel the presentation unless he removed the tweet, apologized and asked God's forgiveness. "This is what bothers me the most. They said, 'If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don't congratulate (Collins) then we'll let you do the engagement and get the speaker's fee, and I said I'm not doing that," Butler said Wednesday.
"This is a man's personal story. I've always been on the record saying if there was a gay person in the Packer locker room, I would have played with them. All I care about is if you can run and jump, and can you win Super Bowls," Butler said.
Butler says the speaking fee was $8500 and that local sponsors "usually help the church raise money to cover his fee."
LeRoy Butler played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Green Bay Packers from 1990–2001. He was four times All-Pro, four times Pro Bowl and was a key player on the Packers' Super Bowl XXXI championship.
"Delete the tweet, ask for forgiveness, condemn the gay ball player .. and we give you the money!" Something tells me that is not very WWJD.
The satirical news organization "The Onion" caused a huge controversy after tweeting an offensive description of 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis that included the c-word. Wallis was became the youngest Academy Award nominee for Best Actress after her breakout role in the critically-acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The tweet was "retweeted more than 500 times and favorited by some 400 users" before it was deleted an hour later, reported The Associated Press.
"At what point does “satire” fall into the disrespectful and disgusting category? Just wondering," asked Uptown magazine.
"This isn’t me mistaking the Onion’s sarcasm and satire for an actual headline. This is a human being w/a job calling a 9 y.o. a cunt," tweeted writer Dream Hampton.
I'm more surprised when the world gets it right when it comes to Black
girls and women than I am when they get it wrong. Sisters are far too
often on the butt-end of a joke or diss lobbed by some White folks or
our own brothers. The First Lady's brains,body and bangs
are the subject of scrutiny from both writers and conservative leaders
who couldn't even level their White and male privilege to match her
accomplishments. Beyonce was a treasonist for using a backing track at
the Inauguration. And now, on what should have been the most sparkly day
of Quvenzhané's life, some fool made a cheap attempt at getting LOLz by
calling her a dirty word.
I wish that Quvenzhané could enjoy her newfound fame without these hard-earned Black girl lessons, but they would have caught her on the block, in the classroom, on the internet at some point even if she hadn't garnered an Oscar nod. The outpouring of praise and love for the young actress is exceptional, but the disrespect? When you're Black and female, it is to be expected. When you are self-possessed and in the public eye on top of that? It's on another level.
The Onion CEO Steve Hannah released this statement on the company's official Facebook page late this morning:
On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.
No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.
The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again. In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.
Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.
They couldn't even let a 9-year-old Black girl be a princes for a day. Shameful.
And: "The 3 companies I did work for treated me like shit so why would I want
to work for another one thats gonna do the same thing again?
TrapBoyy has been featured in scenes and DVDs (Very NSFW) from BlackRayne Productions' BreedItRaw.com, as well as ThugOrgy and other sites. He changed his Twitter account name last Tuesday to reflect his real name Travon. That change was redacted but his real name remains in an updated profile. "You can still see my real name next to it or above it," says Travon. "Just makes more sense that way."
There have been other changes, too. "Today is day 10 that I have gone without Weed," Travon tweeted last night. "Proving that you can do anything you put your mind too!
News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch's is not pleased with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's praise of President Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy. Murdoch lashed out in a series of tweets, culminating in this message where he approved cancellation of the New York City marathon and warned that Christie will "take blame" for the next four years unless he "re-declare[s] for Romney."
Murdoch gives a "slight edge" to Obama but doubts the accuracy of the key state polls. Heehee.
First it was Big Bird. Then it was "Binders Full of Women." And now, "Horses and Bayonets" has emerged as the leading social media and internet meme after the third presidential debate.
President Obama's delicious reply was to Mitt Romney's canned remarks about the size of the Navy
ROMNEY: Our Navy is old — excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now at under 285. We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.
OBAMA: The budget that we are talking about is not reducing our military spending. It is maintaining it. But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting slips. It’s what are our capabilities.
The reply "took off instantly" across the social media networks, reports the Associated Press.
On Twitter, the hashtag "horsesandbayonets" immediately began trending in the United States and became the top trend in the country and third worldwide, even an hour after the debate ended. On Facebook, users created more than 50 pages named "Horses and Bayonets." The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also pounced, posting a meme declaring "Obama just sank Romney's battleship" that generated more than 84,000 likes and was shared more than 16,000 times in an hour.
There is also a Tumblr but it's not nearly as LOLz or clever as the "Binders" meme. Watch the video clip AFTER THE JUMP ...
President Barack coined a new term for what he called Mitt "Multiple Choice" Romney's habit of frequently changing political positions: "Romnesia." The President unveiled the diagnosis today while speaking at George Mason University in Virginia.
The choice between going backward and moving forward has never been so clear. But now that we’re 18 days out from the election, Mr. "Severely Conservative"—(laughter)—wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year. (Laughter.) He told folks he was "the ideal candidate” for the Tea Party." Now suddenly he’s saying, "what, who, me?" (Laughter.) He’s forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will, too.
I mean, he’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping—(laughter)—we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called "Romnesia." ... Now I'm not a medical doctor. But I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it. (Laughter and applause.)
The phrase is now trending across social media, reports The Hill. "The word immediately took off on Twitter and jumped within the hour to a worldwide trend term. Team Obama, understandably excited at the quick popularity, jumped on the trend by promoting a tweet from Obama under the trending hashtag."
Former President Bill Clinton delivered an amazing case for the re-election of President Barack Obama last night at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton's speech created a huge buzz across social media networks, with his phrases such as #Arithmetic and #DoubleDownonTrickleDown trending across Twitter. The metrics and "arithmetic" were quite impressive, according to the Twitter Blog.
The 42nd President saw the highest spike in Tweets per minute of the night right at the end of his speech: 22,087. Interestingly, though this peak was higher than @MittRomney’s highest last week in Tampa, Clinton’s was less than @MichelleObama’s peak last night.
The peaks from his speech came at the following moments:
Discussing Obama's job record: 16,115 TPM
-Urging the audience to vote for Obama: 15,266 TPM
-"All in this together" statement: 15,111 TPM
-Discussing Hillary Clinton’s role, and “blood sport” line: 14,538 TPM
-“Takes some brass” quip: 14,393 TPM
"We just heard more about GOP Presidential accomplishments from Bill Clinton than the entire RNC," tweeted MSNBC host Ed Schultz. "Clint Eastwood needs to sit in his empty chair and be schooled by #BillClinton," tweeted author Marcia L. Dyson.
Clinton's speech was about 50% more popular on Twitter than Mitt Romney's acceptance speech. The Republican nominee's speech yielded a maximum of 14,289TPM,
It was a masterful speech coming from the man who presided over this nation's largest post-war expansion. No one can deconstruct high-level policy issues into folksy soundbites like Bill Clinton. In case you missed it, watch the speech AFTER THE JUMP ...