TMZ recently obtained audio of L.A. Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks during a private argument with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano – who is Mexican and black – after she posted a photo on Instagram posing with Magic Johnson, a retired African American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Lakers.
On the audio he tells Stivivano: “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”
Of course the audio has gone viral and has finally brought to light Sterling’s documented history of allegedly racist behavior as he’s been sued many times before, most notably by Elgin Baylor, and NBA forward, for having a “vision of a Southern plantation-type structure” for his team after he told a player’s agent: “I’m offering you a lot of money for a poor black kid,” according to The NY Times.
It’s sad to say that in the 21st century there is still this type of mindset, and unfortunately I have more examples that prove racism is still very much alive. Here, five of the most racist pop culture moments that went viral (In chronological order):
5. Don Imus Radio Comment
On April of 2007, during MSNBC’s “Imus in the Morning,” host Don Imus and the show’s executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, had some unkind words to share with their audience about the girls’ basketball team at Rutgers.
Right after McGuirk, called the team – which was comprised of eight African American and two white females – “hard-core hoes” Imus added that the girls were “some nappy-headed hoes.” As the video clip made rounds on social media and caused uproars by civil rights groups, according to CNN, Imus was suspended for two weeks and advertisers began to pull their sponsorship from the show, but only two days later the network decided to cancel the show altogether.
4. Dunkin’ Donuts Rant
On June of 2013, an angry costumer decided to get revenge on an employee, but her mean and racist tactic backfired.
According to E Online, 27-year-old Taylor Chapman was angry about not receiving a receipt the night before, which company’s policy dictates means the customer gets his or her order for free. She stormed into the Fort Lauderdale store filming the more than eight-minute event on her phone demanding free food, cursing and towards the end using anti-Arab remarks. This little charade boomeranged and earned Chapman the title of “worst person ever” by Gawker, and turned the DD employees into heroes.
3. Restaurant Receipt
During September of 2013, Red Lobster waitress Tori Christina Jenkins, a 19-year-ol African American nursing student, allegedly received a hateful message instead of a monetary tip.
According to WSMV, Jenkins returned to collect the receipt from Devin Barnes and found the word “none” on the tip line the N-word in the total line. She then posted a photo of the customer’s receipt online — which included his name, the last digits of his card number and his signature — but Barnes claims never having written the N-word, just the word “None,” according to ABCNews. Since then the scandal has made it’s rounds on social media, Red Lobster suspended Jenkis for a limited time, and there has been two hand-writing analysis done on the receipt one which suggests Jenkis wrote the slur.
2. Gap Ad Featuring Sikh Model
On November of 2013, Arsalan Iftikhar – international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and author of the book “Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era” – shared on twitter a picture of a vandalized GAP ad featuring Waris Ahluwalia, an Indian American designer and actor.
PHOTO: On this GAP subway ad featuring a Sikh man…Vandals have written “Make Bombs” & “Please stop driving taxis”
— Arsalan Iftikhar™ (@TheMuslimGuy) November 25, 2013
The subway poster, part of the GAP’s “make love” campaign, was scratched to say “Make Bombs” and “Please stop driving TAXIS.” According to the Huffington Post, the next day GAP tweeted back asking Iftikhar for the location and proceeded to change it’s twitter background to the poster ad in support of the actor, action which made the picture and story blow up on social media as well as gain the company praise online.
1. Colbert Report Tweet
On March of this year, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, got reprimanded after a tweet from the show’s verified account attempted to mock Asians.
@TheColbertReport: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
According to Time, the deleted tweet caused social media controversy sparking the hashtag #CancelColbert. In response to the claims, the host said “I have never used @ColbertReport, as you heroes know, I’m @StephenAtHome …”
According to Page Six, the network decided to cancel the show’s account.