Florida Lt. Governor Apologizes for “Inexcusable” Comments About Gays

According to an amusing, if not somewhat saddening piece from MiamiHerald.Typepad.com’s section on gay south Florida, by Mary Ellen Klas, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol on Thursday, July 26, 2012 apologized for making the insipid remark that women who look like her can’t be gay – in responding to allegations that she had been caught in a “compromising position” with a female aide. Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol was allegedly caught in a

Map of the districts of the Florida District C...

Map of the districts of the Florida District Courts of Appeal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“compromising position” by a former aide named Carletha Cole.

 

Cole, the former aide, said in court documents the she caught Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol in a -ahem- “compromising position” with a female aide. What type of “position” the two ladies were in, we are not allowed to know; but of course the Lt. Governor denies any such activity and responded with the extremely caring response that “black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that,” (which is verbatim from the video on the site). The aide who happened in on matters passed a polygraph test, but polygraphs are not admissible in Florida courts according to the piece.

 

Lt. Governor Carrol was certainly correct to apologize for her degrading and insensitive remarks and correct to state that her comments are “wrong and inexcusable.”

 

Unfortunately, the Lt. Governor did not explain what her former aide happened upon the day the “compromising position” was reportedly discovered and how the aide could have been confused or mistaken as to report such an incident.

 

Here’s a link to the full piece:

 

Sherman Helmsley Passes Away

Who would think that a television program from approximately twenty years ago (or more) would turn out to be a landmark program that programs today cannot and do not even try to surpass.

TV Guide #1796

TV Guide #1796 (Photo credit: trainman74)

The Jeffersons” was a brilliant, landmark show for television that to this day hasn’t been surpassed: you had interracial marriages, you had a black bigot, you had a little bit of everything, including a multicultural version “All in the Family.”

Sherman Helmsley passed away yesterday, according to multiple sources at the age of 74. We’ll mourn his brilliance.

Greek Olympic Athlete Expelled for Racist Tweet

Uh-oh, better watch those “tweets” twitterers.

Seriously, we here at InterraceToday.com love anyone (and everyone) who follows us in social media, but if you’re a celebrity, certainly, you should try to keep a handle on racist rants that you (should) know could show up online. Right?

This is what you would think, but then again, people can’t help themselves from being who (and what) they truly are. Not that we’re calling anyone racist (at least not yet and not without our trusty legal department notified beforehand).

That being said, according to ABC News, in a piece by Alon Karish,

it was revealed that 23 year old Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou (yes we checked the spelling) was expelled from Greece‘s Olympic team

for tweeting “With so many Africans in Greece, at least the mosquitos of West Nile will eat homemade food!!!” on Sunday.

 

While it’s nice to be considerate and we certainly can’t her a racist for that tweet, we do have to admit that that particular

comment wouldn’t exactly be too endearing were she to say that directly in front of her African Olympic counterparts. And

the comment is even more uncouth when you consider the factor that Papachristou is representing her country in a global

competition that is supposed to (somehow) show the best each country has to display.

 

Further adding to the former-Olympian’s turn off factor is the fact that when people first began to complain that her comment was

unappealing and potentially racist, Papachristou was quite defiant in even more tweets, defending herself and her comments.

 

A few days later, however, she was suddenly very apologetic, and even remorseful.

 

Sorry to see you go, angry Greek former-Olynmpic athlete.

 

Here’s a link to the full piece, here.

Hispanic Media Buying Accelerating

According to a recent piece from PortadaOnline.com, Hispanic Media buying is not only increasing, it’s accelerating rapidly

and has been gaining momentum over the last six months.

 

Hispanic Soul

Hispanic Soul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The article points out several examples of the buys being snatched up and can be found at their site, here.

 

 

The “Bachelor” Franchise’s Unofficial Ban on Minorities

The Bachelor‘ franchise’s unofficial ban on minorities

By The Grio website

With the announcement that last season’s runner-up, Ben Flajnik, will be the new Bachelor on the show’s 16th season one thing about him and the series stands out — leaving us to wonder: Why is The Bachelor always white?

Americais a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. The country’s demographics are constantly changing and popular culture slowly but surely evolves to keep pace with the real world. That is unless you are a hit reality series on ABC where 25 women and men compete for the affections of a Bachelor or Bachelorette. That is as long as everyone is white.

English: Manila Luzon at local signing event.

English: Manila Luzon at local signing event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Can you imagine Manilla as the next Bachelorette? We’d watch every episode. Twice.

One would think that in 16 seasons of the hit TV series The Bachelor ABC would have thought to reflect the make up of their real world viewers by choosing a person of color as the ultimate romantic prize.

It’s not only the bachelors that are white but the majority of contestants competing for the bachelor’s heart are also white. This then becomes a repeated cycle because the runner up of one show almost always becomes the new Bachelor or Bachelorette in the next season of the related show. And the cycle of the white romantic prize repeats for another season

It’s not that there have not been any minority contestants of at all. It’s just that the people of color that do make it on the cast of the show, end up eliminated in the early rounds of eliminations leaving white suitors vying for a white prize.

Season after season minority contestants that are few and far in between never make it past the first rose ceremony. Often if you are a person of color expect to leave the show on episode one with no rose and no life partner. With the exception of Bachelor season 6 winner Mary Delgado, who is Cuban-American, minority suitors are the first to go home.

In addition, in the combined 22 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette there have been no people of color chosen by ABC for the title role of either show. Minority contestants are fine for dancing, singing, and racing around the globe but when it comes to matters of the heart only white is right.

This criticism of the show is not new and in the past when questioned about the whiteness of The Bachelor the show’s executive producer Mike Fleiss has claimed that people of color “don’t come forward” to try out for the shows. Apparently, Mr. Fleiss wants us to believe that minority contestants only show up en masse for casting calls for shows on VH1 and Bravo.

The question is whether the whiteness of the cast is deliberate to avoid controversy and damage the ratings of such a successful ABC series.

It’s not just the race of the suitors and those sought after that are a throwback to a past era, both shows are also heteronormative. There is little room in the ABC formula for contestants who don’t fit the mold of “traditional” couples, a white man and a white woman. If in 16 seasonsABC has not chosen a bachelor who is note white and heterosexual, how long before a black or Hispanic bachelor? Do we have to wait until season 32 for a gay bachelor?

It’s curious that ABC who has frequently chosen diverse casts for their other hit reality television series cannot break out of the same old routine when it comes to The Bachelor. It’s not that they are afraid of “controversy.”

It’s clear that they are willing to think outside of the proverbial box, with the selection of Chaz Bono for the new season of Dancing with the Stars, a choice that has caused a lot of bigoted criticism to be hurled at ABC. ABC should be commended for this casting choice and one hopes they can make the same progressive choice in casting their romantic leads.

Why not allow interracial relationships, which are no longer taboo, to be shown on your signature dating competition? America has voted for multiple black American Idols, male and female Dancing With the Stars champions of all races, and even elected a president who is the product of an interracial relationship.

Come on ABC we are ready for a Bachelor or Bachelorette who isn’t white.

TheGrio.com is the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets.

The Grio.com is the first video-centric news community site providing African Americans with stories that are underrepresented in existing national news outlets.

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