Sunday, June 14, 2009
6837: Racy, Racing And Racism.
Sex and slurs in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• A Calvin Klein billboard is sparking controversy in New York’s SoHo area. The image appears to show a teenage girl in a threesome, and many think it’s going too far. “It shows a lack of respect for our society, especially for young people,” said the Rev. Don Wildmon. “It’s a sad thing in America when the only thing they want is money and they’ll keep using sex to get it.” No comments yet from Sarah Palin and David Letterman.
• Bryan Berry, the crew chief of NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, was indefinitely suspended for using racial slurs against Black driver Marc Davis. The comments took place after a collision involving Gaughan and Davis, and BlackVoices.com indicated Gaughan was suspended too. NASCAR constantly fights the perception that it’s a racist sport with a predominately White audience. It would be ironic, although not surprising, if NASCAR sought image advice from Madison Avenue.