So he's wearing a big curly wig. He's not speaking in any dialect that could be mocking anyone. I used to hate those old 'Irond-a Quoit-a' Dodge commercials with 'Vinnie' and 'Angelo'. Talk about stereotyping. But everyone seemed OK with that.
On the topic of offensive TV ads, what about the incredibly tastless Time Warner spot in which a zombie is shot in the head with an arrow splattering blood across a door? Great family viewing for the kiddies to watch again and again and again and again.
All of their stuff is junk. If not offensive, just truly tasteless. Kind of like, "really, you wanna' go there?". Why not just put on black face. Shakin' my head.
I don't think so. I think it's a bad joke though. "White guy basketball player with an afro" was funny when it was in Fletch in 1986. Now, it's a dated joke. Seriously, how prevalent is the blown out afro anymore? As sloppy as it looks, it's almost like parody of "white guy basketball player with an afro".
However, I think reflecting on this kind of stuff IS important and it is to be expected. This country is moving in a post racial phase. We can debate the speed at which it is happening. but it is happening. We shouldn't be afraid to ask ourselves whether something is racist. Just as we shouldn't be afraid to make a distinction between cultural insensitivity and cultural humor.
Asking if something is offensive is not the same as being offensive.
Seriously? You're offended by that?
Since now the simple wearing of a black fright wig is going to get you labelled a racist? There was NO use of any "hot words", no fake "ebonic" accent, nothing at all but one guy wearing an exaggeratedly curly wig. It wasn't exactly tightly "Afro," it was loose.
Had there been any sort of other loaded references or terms, I might be with you, but to be offended by that AND to bring it to the public's attention in this way just screams "knee-jerk liberal" as well as over-the-top political correctness.
At some point you just gotta let it go. It's not like they are known for Cleo-winning, slickly-produced, well-thought-out ads. It's quick, cheap ads done almost amateurishly. Due to the sheer number of ads they produce every year, somewhere there's going to be something you don't like. Wait a week or two... they'll move on to some other dumb, loud ad.
which one? There are a few horribly produced commercial spots on their website...
"The report also points out the disparity in the amount of aid Rochester gets from the state compared to the other three “Big Four” cities"
Not to worry - That's why we sent the Honorable Mr. Bob Duffy to Albany. No doubt he's hot on the case... right?
Just curious about the deal for the city to build a police substation in Sibley? How much is that costing the city? The mayor is certainly ensuring that Winn profits from Rochester and Monroe County any way he can. He put the substation there and now is trying to strong arm a COUNTY entity to contribute to Winn’s bottom line. My perception is my reality and right now my perception is that some sketchy deals are taking with the mayor and Winn.
Understanding that the original deal with RochWil, the Wilmot’s shell company, was struck by Mayor Ryan many years ago, I’ve always found it interesting that the local media have steadfastly refused to demand answers from the Johnson and Duffy administrations as to what actions, if any, they took to mitigate the fact that RochWil was millions of dollars in arrears in payments to the city and getting further behind every day.
Considering that Mayor Richards was the city’s corporation counsel from 2006 -2010 perhaps this re-election season would be an appropriate time to ask Hizzoner exactly what he did to try and collect on the unpaid loans. Certainly Richards should want to clear up any suspicion that backroom deals might have resulted in millions of dollars being left unrecovered by the city.
It's too bad that New York's taxes are so high that businesses needs tax breaks to be enticed to come here. Despite Cuomo's much-touted 'NY Open for Business' campaign nothing has changed. New York is as business-unfriendly as ever.
I am sorry, but this is not a story about MCC and it's location, it is a story of a back room deal with an out of town developer! Tom Wilmot did not pay the city the money he owed for the Sibley building. Richards worked with Winn development, a Boston developer to take the building off Wilmot's hands. (note to City newspaper, did Wilmot receive any money when he owed the city over 20 million?) Richards is carrying the water of Winn and trying to force MCC to stay in the unsafe Sibley building location to the developer's benefit, not our kids!
Sadly, Tom Richards, like many lawyers, see the deal, not the people that are involved! That is why he sold RG&E and we lost our utility and many jobs while paying more for electricity...and he made over 10 million. He is a product of and a champion of the "deal" getting done. So, if our children are in an unsafe Sibley building, so what?
I have a daughter who went to MCC. I am a city resident and pay taxes. I believe Wilmot should be sued, MCC should be allowed to move to wherever they think they can protect the students and educate them best, Winn should not have the Mayor carrying their water, and Tom Richards should focus on collaboration in our community. (oh, and enforcing tax collection against millionaire contributors)
And why do city taxpayers pay more Mr. Mayor? Do more MCC students reside in the city than in any other municipality? That's why it's called a "community" college.
It would be nice if the Mayor, County Dems, and now Joe Morelle would quit playing politics and start being honest with themselves and their constituents - Instead they seem more concerned with an out-of-state developer's already sizable bank account.
How about recognizing the fact that MCC students (most of which ARE constituents by the way) need and deserve a campus they can be proud of - One that allows for full immersion in study - Not an awkwardly retrofitted, former department store with a mishmash of other uses and random members of the public wandering about.
I'm also trying to wrap my head around this one: If Sibley actually requires a police substation to ensure safety, is that really a place we ought to be sending college students???
And at the top of the list of flops that put city taxpayers on the hook... Bill Johnson's Fast Ferry. Mayor Johnson (remember him, the guy who said that those who opposed the ferry would be apologizing to him six months after it began service?) bought the barge at auction after it had already failed its inaugural year, and he and the other backers the project all swore that it also could survive on its own steam. Mayor Richards is to be applauded for his reluctance to travel down this well worn path of financial failure trod by so many civic and media boosters in the past.
The shale oil and gas boom is by far the best economic news Americans have heard in years, bringing enormous benefits from tens of thousands of high-wage jobs, to true energy independence, to a comeback of chemical manufacturing and other industries that had been offshored.
For New York State's political elite to screw up this once-in-a-generation opportunity at our doorstep would be a shameful, despicable, and immoral act.
Anything that delays fracking in NY is a good thing in my opinion. Delays leading to a ban in the entire state of New York would be my ultimate goal.
If legislators want to allow law-abiding citizens to carry weapons openly in government buildings, that is their prerogative. If some nut with a gun manages to get inside and cause mayhem, that's their responsibility as well. Let them have it.
"Rubbish" is a fine characterization of the right-wing drivel that j.a.m. regularly dispenses at this site: the smearing of the late George McGovern, on his death in October; the characterization of our President's inauguration as "totalitarian"; the pretending that public good is somehow evil; or some bogus headline two weeks ago that j.a.m. couldn't answer. This just in, j.a.m.: America has rejected your decrepit ideology. And 1851 just called, and they want their outdated beliefs back (like the worthiness of public education, just like the rest of the civilized world).
j.a.m. - Given that your definition of the "state" includes public schools I'm unclear how you can claim to be for "total separation of church and state" while attempting to impose your moral (i.e. religious) values on the rest of us. Particularly on the students in what you amusingly and incorrectly refer to as those evil "government schools".
By the way, you still haven't explained why your statement that, "the state simply has no business intruding into private family matters" does not apply to legislative or judicial attempts to legalize or criminalize abortion.
@MJN — Rubbish. I am for total separate of school and state. And you will be, too, unless you want to be found guilty of that same charge of which you wrongly accuse me.
j.a.m....NOW I understand what you're saying ! When that Big Bad State agrees with your personal moral views then your previous statement that it, "simply has no business intruding into private family matters" suddenly no longer applies and its intervention is welcomed. But when that same state introduces measures which offend you, then it suddenly becomes "evil" and needs to hit the road.
A very convenient philosophy...if a tad hypocritical.
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