Mixed Media

A Spanish-Language Television Network Had the Perfect Response to This Anti-Immigrant Billionaire

| Thu Jun. 25, 2015 3:53 PM EDT

A piñata maker isn't the only one seeking revenge on Donald Trump.

After the Republican presidential candidate claimed that Mexican immigrants crossing the US border were drug-peddling "rapists" in his campaign announcement last week, Univision says it will no longer broadcast Trump's Miss Universe pageant next month over the "insulting remarks."

"At Univision, we see firsthand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," read a statement from the Spanish-language network.

Last Tuesday, Trump entered an increasingly crowded field of Republicans making a bid for the White House. Political pundits and news outlets mostly laughed off his announcement, which included the offensive statements about Mexican immigrants.

Now, the litigious real estate magnate is already threatening to bring forth a "major lawsuit" against Univision.

"I love the people of Mexico, but my loyalty is to the United States," Trump told the New York Post on Thursday. "Running for president is far more important to me, frankly, than running the Miss Universe pageant."

On Thursday, Colombian artist J. Balvin also announced he would not be performing at Trump's Miss USA event due to his comments.

"This isn't about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility," he explained. "His comments weren't just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general."

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You Were Right. Whole Foods Is Ripping You Off.

| Wed Jun. 24, 2015 4:35 PM EDT

For anyone who regularly gawks at Whole Foods' sky-high prices in New York, here's some righteous vindication: The grocery store is being investigated by city officials for overcharging customers.

The Daily News reports New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs has opened a probe into a laundry list of pricing violations going back to at least 2010, mainly dealing with mislabeling prepackaged food products with incorrect weights. An agency spokesperson said that when investigators weighed 80 different items at eight locations, every single one of the labels were found to be incorrect, usually overcharging the customer.

One item cost $4.85 more than its correct price.

"Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers," commissioner Julie Menin said. "As a large chain grocery store, Whole Foods has the money and resources to ensure greater accuracy and to correct what appears to be a widespread problem—the city’s shoppers deserve to be correctly charged."

As a result, Whole Foods has been hit with more than 800 violations. In a statement, a company representative denied the charges and said Whole Foods was "vigorously defending ourselves."

Around this time last year, Whole Foods was forced to shell out $800,000 to the municipal governments of Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and San Diego for similar violations in its California stores.

Meryl Streep Is Pushing Congress to Finally Revive the Equal Rights Amendment

| Wed Jun. 24, 2015 2:17 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Meryl Streep sent all 535 members of Congress a letter urging them to bring back the Equal Rights Amendment in order to finally ratify it into the Constitution.

"I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality—for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself—by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment," the letter read.

Accompanying Streep's letter was a copy of "Equal Means Equal" written by EPA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth.

"The ERA is not just a women’s rights issue—it will have a meaningful benefit for the whole human family," she added.

Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment back in 1972 and thirty-five states ratified it but that was three ratifications short of the constitutional requirement.

Streep, who will be starring as British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst this October, has long been a vocal advocate for women's rights and has also spoken out against rampant ageism against women in Hollywood. During Patricia Arquette's impassioned acceptance speech at this year's Oscars, Streep was seen cheering enthusiastically in support of Arquette's call for gender equality.

In her letter on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actress called on Congress to revive the issue for a "whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality—equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights."

Fox News Has Apparently Had Enough of Sarah Palin

| Wed Jun. 24, 2015 9:52 AM EDT

Fox News just dropped Sarah Palin. Mike Allen reports:

Fox News will not renew its contract with Sarah Palin, whose bombastic appearances have been a cable staple since the former Alaska governor’s failed run on John McCain’s ticket in 2007 [sic]. When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the network had amicably parted ways with the governor on June 1.

Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.

Now she'll presumably have more time to pick imaginary fights with Liz Warren on her web series.

Norway's Women's Soccer Team Just Obliterated Sexist Stereotypes in Sports

| Tue Jun. 23, 2015 3:22 PM EDT

The Norwegian women's soccer team may have lost in spectacular fashion to England on Monday. But the team's contribution to this year's FIFA Women's World Cup will go on, in the form of this hilarious attack on sexism in sport, above.

In a four-minute mockumentary aired on Norwegian television in the lead-up to the team's match against England, the players make fun of sexist stereotypes in women's soccer. "We're shit, we suck. Plain and simple," admits captain Trine Ronning. In emails to FIFA, the players offer suggestions for making the women's game less boring. For instance, they could play on smaller fields or use a smaller, lighter ball. Or FIFA could allow goalkeepers to swat incoming goals away with collapsible light reflectors. 

Oh, and what was (potentially) outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comical response to the suggestions, according to the segment? "HAHAHA these suggestions made my day. LOL."

h/t The Guardian

No Joy's Dreamy New Shoegaze Album

| Mon Jun. 22, 2015 6:48 PM EDT

No Joy
More Faithful
Mexican Summer

 

Grunge, in the form of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and endless lesser lights, wasn't the only cool thing happening in rock'n'roll during the '90s. Shoegaze, as personified by My Bloody Valentine and Lush, also made its mark and has shown remarkable staying power. Witness the Canadian quartet No Joy, whose exciting third album is textbook shoegaze, blending swirling, echoey voices, distorted guitars, and heavenly melodies into one dreamy and alluring package. It's difficult to determine what singer-guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz and her accomplices want to say, if anything, but the waves of vertigo-inducing sound they generate are the real point. Call it cheap thrills, or high art, or both: In any case, More Faithful will give you a delicious buzz.

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John Oliver Explains How Trolls Make the Internet a Living Hell for Women

| Mon Jun. 22, 2015 9:02 AM EDT

Online harassment is a serious problem, one that's constantly perpetuated by internet trolls spewing direct and oftentimes violent threats to specific users. If you're thinking this characterization is an exaggeration, John Oliver had the following message for you on Sunday:

"Congratulations on your white penis, because if you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience of the internet." As he went onto explain, "women in particular can receive a veritable cornucopia of horrifying messages online." 

On the latest Last Week Tonight, Oliver took the issue to task by talking to female gamers and writers, many of whom have been the targets of a wide range of threats and revenge porn. "It can potentially affect any woman who makes the mistake of having a thought in her mind and then vocalizing it online," he explained.

It's perhaps even more disturbing how little legal protection women have when faced with such harassment.

For more on internet harassment and the online movement known as #Gamergate, check out our in-depth report here.

This Chart Shows How Sexist Silicon Valley Really Is

| Mon Jun. 22, 2015 6:05 AM EDT

Tech companies often chalk up their lack of gender diversity to a "leaky pipeline," or a surge of women leaving engineering. But a new LinkedIn analysis of its members' data suggests that the lack of female engineers working in tech can't be so easily explained away.

The report, released last week, found that the tech sector employs proportionally fewer female engineers than several other industries, including healthcare, retail, government, education, and nonprofits.

The tech sector also lags in the proportion of women taking on leadership roles, according to LinkedIn's report. The professional networking site measured the "leadership gap" in industries: the difference between female representation overall and the percentage of women in leadership roles. By this measure, the healthcare, retail, and financial services industries are doing the worst job of promoting women to top positions. But as shown in the chart below, the tech sector isn't much better: Of the nearly 31 percent of women in the tech sector overall, just 21 percent are in leadership roles.

LinkedIn

This latest data highlight some of the misconceptions associated with solving the persistent lack of women and minorities in Silicon Valley. LinkedIn's report suggests that the so-called "pipeline" isn't leaking all that much: In fact, a good number of female engineers continue to work as engineers—they're simply choosing to take their skills to industries outside the tech sector. As Karen Catlin, a former vice president of Adobe Systems, told Fusion last week, some women avoid tech because they believe they won't have opportunities to grow professionally: "Either there's a very leaky pipeline and women are leaving jobs in tech," Catlin said. "Or they are seeing they cannot have the careers they want in this industry and looking elsewhere for jobs instead."

#Prattkeeping Is the Best Thing on the Internet Today

| Wed Jun. 17, 2015 7:34 PM EDT

Jurassic World opened last weekend, breaking all sorts of records. While that's great and all, and dinosaurs are awesome and what not, this is the best thing that happened as a result: Prattkeeping.

In the movie, Chris Pratt does a move to assert dominance and calm down raptors. Animal keepers started to contribute their own versions, and before long a new wonderful meme was born. Check out Fusion for a longer list.

Here are some of our favorites:

 

#raptorsquad @cameldiscovery #jurasiczookeeper keeper Ambrose

A photo posted by Kati Speer (@kati_speer) on

 

#jurassiczookeeper @sacramentozoo

A photo posted by Mike Owyang (@ohmygoat1) on

 

Jurassic Keeper. #jurassicworld #dinosaur #emu #jurassiczookeeper #animal #movie

A photo posted by Jon Ovens (@parrotman_jon) on

 

Unfortunately, not everyone thinks it's funny:

Mark Zuckerberg Donates $5 Million to Help Dreamers' Education

| Wed Jun. 17, 2015 3:32 PM EDT

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they will be donating $5 million to provide scholarships to undocumented students living in the Bay Area. The Facebook CEO wrote:

Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States. Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can’t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America’s future. But without documentation, it's often a struggle to get a college education, and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid.

The money will be given to TheDream.US, a national scholarship program launched in 2013 to help fund education for immigrant youth, which will then create specific programs for 400 selected students to receive the tuition assistance.

Zuckerberg has called immigration reform the "biggest civil rights issue of our time," and has made other efforts to help dreamers. In 2013, he launched the group FWD.us to mobilize the tech community's support for immigration. Despite its popular support among tech leaders though, the group has run into the same problems that have plagued immigration reform in Washington.

Zuckerberg's Facebook post below:

 

Today Priscilla and I made a $5 million donation to thedream.us, a scholarship fund that helps undocumented young...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, June 17, 2015