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"Star Wars" Actress Bullied Off Instagram By Racist, Sexist Facebook Group

Discrimination is discrimination. Hate speech is hate speech. So, in a way, it’s a swipe at all of us when anyone is targeted by bigoted bullying.

Last week, 29-year-old Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico, deleted her all of her Instagram posts after months of hateful, racist and sexist bullying from Star Wars “fans.” Rose is the first non-white female lead in the history of the franchise.

Taking credit for the bulk of the attacks against the actress is a Facebook group called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys,” which has since made itself private [seriously, why hasn’t Facebook removed the hate group entirely?]. Check it out, and try not to gag:

Here’s more from the post you can’t see in the screen cap:

“Now go out there and fight for Legends restoration, go out there and reverse this forced diversity, go out there and show them what real Star Wars fans look like. Bring back the Straight White Male Hero that isn’t manufactured by a corrupt corporation like Disney.”

This group is also behind a campaign in February to give Black Panther a “Rotten” audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the positive side of things, since Tran deleted her photos last week, she’s gained over 50,000 new Insta followers. Celebrities have also shown an outpouring of support:

The best was from Stephen Colbert, who premiered a whole new Star Wars trailer dedicated to “broken hateful dweebs.” When addressing Tran’s racist cyber attackers, Colbert quipped, “It’s good to see Roseanne staying busy!” Zing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVpG1iC737c

Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill took a firm stand against the online bullies as well, posting a pic of him embracing Tran, with caption “What’s not to like? #GetALifeNerds”

Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson dropped the word “manbabies.”

And on Tuesday, Tran’s co-star John Boyega posted this to Instagram.

This whole thing is just rotten to the core. These aren’t Star Wars fans; this is cyber-terrorism of the most cowardly kind. Star Wars is supposed to be all about bringing balance. Clearly, Star Wars has a fan problem.

SD GOP Lawmaker Says Businesses Have a Right to Turn Away Blacks, Apologizes

The aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in favor of a Colorado baker’s refusal to serve a gay couple just keeps getting deeper and weirder.

GOP South Dakota state rep. Michael Clark was forced to eat his words on Tuesday after he typed a message proclaiming the Supreme Court’s ruling a “win for freedom of speech and freedom of religion”— and then took things to another level by saying he believes businesses should have the right to turn away black people if they want to.

“He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants,” Clark wrote. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.” 

Clark quickly took the post down, but it had already gone viral.

The Argus Leader published a story about the comment, and an hour later Clark issued an apology to the reporter who broke the story via email.

"I am apologizing for some of my Facebook comments," he wrote. "I would never advocate discriminating against people based on their color or race." 

In an interview with the Argus Leader, Clark had said that business owners with “strongly based beliefs” should be able to turn away customers.

“If it’s truly his strongly based belief, he should be able to turn them away,” Clark said. “People shouldn’t be able to use their minority status to bully a business.”

Clark is running unopposed for reelection to represent District 9.

h/t: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/05/s-d-lawmaker-says-businesses-should-able-turn-away-customers-based-race/673317002/

Moe "The Monster" Johnson Sues Adult Film Director Who Tricked Him Into Being In A Racist Video

A porn star is suing after a director tried to get his consent to use the N-word on set.

Maurice McKnight, who’s known as Moe the Monster in the porn industry, recently filed a lawsuit against director James Joseph Camp for his actions during a shoot in Tarzana, California back in July of 2017.

McKnight is suing for fraud, negligence, and failure to prevent racial harassment. He hopes to be compensated for lost wages, emotional distress, and embarrassment.

The lawsuit claims that “Camp and DF Productions defrauded McKnight for the purpose of creating and selling racist content to its racist customers,” but what specifically happened?

McKnight says that when he arrived on set, Camp informed him that the other lead, Deborah Hinkle, had previously agreed to use the N-word on camera. Camp then asked for McKnight’s permission to go forward.

McKnight, being a vocal advocate on race issues, said no, or as the 9-page complaint filed to the Los Angeles Couty Superior Court states, he “made it very clear that he would not allow this racial slur to be used.”

Camp then later came back to McKnight to ask again if they could use the N-word in the video.

"For a second time, McKnight informed Camp that he did not consent to the use of the racial slur," the lawsuit states according to the Daily News.

 

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Unfortunately, McKnight’s refusal was ignored as Hinkle later used the racist slur twice during the scene's “money shot.”

McKnight later spoke to the Daily News to express his disgust during that moment.

"'I just felt violated and betrayed,' the 36-year-old Bronx resident said Wednesday night.

'I've shot over 50 scenes for this company. For a long time, I was one of their top guys. And I'm always publicly talking about racism. For them to even ask me was an insult, then to do it against my will, it hurts. It feels like it was a set-up,' he said."

But that’s not the end of the story. McKnight also says that Camp and the production company’s owner, Cable Christopher Rosenberg, initially agreed to edit out the racial slurs but never did. Then, the film was published this past December.

McKnight says he was then allegedly sent texts by Camp with abusive lines like, “You're a disgrace. To your people. To your family. To yourself.”

"The use of the N-word in the workplace is extraordinarily harmful to African American workers. It's a violent, abusive word that embodies the pure evil of racism. It has no place in our society," McKnight's lawyer Dan Gilleon told The News. "Moe is going high by filing a lawsuit instead of acting in kind to this egregious act of racism."

h/t: DailyNews, NewNowNext

Racism in the Gay Community isn't Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

During my time living in New York City, I have heard about racism happening over and over again, which you think wouldn't be as prominent here.  The exact opposite should be occurring in such a multicultural city, right? Everyone should be "team equality" at this point, but that seems to be the furthest thing from the truth. 

Several friends of mine have told me consistently that men will block them on apps if they are a certain skin color, or men do not feel comfortable talking to them in public. One even said the following to me: "A guy told me I'm his type, but wouldn't know how to introduce the situation to his friends as they think I'm only into white guys." Wow.  

For all the men out there who say that racism is a thing of the past in our community, I strongly urge you to take those rose-colored glasses you have off your head and wake up to what is going on in our world right now.

Racism has no problem presenting itself at gay bars and events all around the country and even world.  A popular event that occurs each summer that I've attended has about 88 percent white dudes, 7 percent Latinos, 3 percent African-Americans, 1 percent Asians and 1 percent every other type of race. The white dudes barely interact with the other races unless they are hot or have a "preference" for them (see that debate here), and the men who don't identify as Caucasian who show up to these events either feel unwanted or unsure of how to infiltrate a simple social situation as they fear they'll be rejected because of their skin color.  

Racism is something that is beyond noticeable in every facet of our lives. It's occurring when queens on RuPaul's Drag Race are being called the N-word on social media by people who of course have a fake avatar and no real information about themselves.  It's also happening when black men in gay porn are sick of their privates being only referred to as "BBC" as well as when white porn stars using absurdly racist lingo with no worriment on repercussion (NSFW link as proof).  And of course, its happening when there is generally one black or Asian dude cast on a horrible Bachelor ripoff (you know what show I'm talking about here).

Is there a solution? The sad thing is, I'm not sure when the racism switch will be turned off and when people will get down to the nitty gritty of why this is still an issue. It's almost to the point where you don't know what to do, as much of this is happening online and that is an animal that will never slow down no matter how much you try to stop it.  In real life, you can't exactly do a whole "kumbaya" thing and bring everyone together for the sake of doing so, but does that mean that men of color in this community are ultimately screwed because of who they are? 

What can we do? I think a lot of the gay men who are on the right and narrow and accept everyone for who they are should speak up when situations like these occur.  Some know what they are doing and don't care, while others are blissfully unaware of how ignorant they are and need a wakeup call from someone they call a friend. 

Regardless, no one should be made to feel lesser than because of what demographic they were born into.  We as a gay community want to be accepted for something we were born with, so why can't that ring true for all races who coexist in our very own rainbow family?  


This article was created by one of Instinct Magazine's writers and doesn't reflect the publication as a whole.

Black Men Share Video of 'Humiliating' Encounter and Being Kicked Out of L.A. Fitness

Where do we begin ... where do we end?  We know where we would like to end when discussing bigotry, hatred, racism, stupidity.  We would like to end where it all doesn't exist any more. But until that time, we will be presented with incidences like this one in a New Jersey L.A. Fitness.

 

 

None of us were there.  None of us saw what happened before or after the video was shot, but do we need to?

Which variable do you want to point at for the racial tension in the United States. It doesn't matter which one you choose, they all add up to a feeling of discord. There is no easy solution when individuals are involved.  You can blame a company for not having enough training, you can blame parents for not educating their children correctly, you can blame the school systems for babysitting instead of teaching, you can politicians for ... and on and on and on. Whomever is wearing that LA Fitness shirt at the time, it is not LA Fitness that is making those backwards/wrong choices, but it's those synapses in that person's brain that are just not connecting correctly.

Why mention this on our page?  We all need to stand up when someone else is treated inferior, may it be a black person, a woman, a fellow LGBTQ citizen, a non-citizen.  The only way we all will get better, the only way we as America will be great again (yuck, I just used that phrase), the only way we can all win is together.

Now if these men were misusing the facilities, this case would have been a different matter.  That was never stated by L.A. Fitness.  Goodness, I was thrown out of two parties this past weekend in Nashville, Tennessee and I know I should have.  I owned up to it and I know I was at fault.  But these men were thrown out for nonpayment and one membership was terminated.

The video clip showing what reason the membership was suspended had nothing to do with pay.

Number 14 reads:

L.A. Fitness may suspend or terminate Member's right to use the Club facilities and services if Member or Member's guests violate this Agreement or engage in other misconduct in or about the L.A. Fitness facility. Member shall not be entitled to any refund, credit or abatement if such a breach of the Agreement occurs.
People know when they are in the wrong and the truth will come out, but when you put on your ignorance hat, well, you'll be the one being asked to leave the building.

h/t: nbcnewyork.com


This is all pretty much news, but the opinions shared in here are those of the contributing writer and not those of Instinct Magazine, but we all hate racism and stupidity, so, yeah.