6 Celebrities Fired for Being Racist

Conservative actress Roseanne Barr sent out a shocking tweet in June, comparing an African-American woman to a monkey, and ABC swiftly acted by canceling her program, “Roseanne.” Barr has tried to defend herself by constantly tweeting how unfair the firing was, but that hasn't been enough. She still doesn't get her show back, but at least she can sleep at night knowing she isn't the only star to have fallen into hot water after saying something racist.

The following are six instances where celebrities or those in power were fired because they couldn’t keep their bigotry under wraps.

1. Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr is a successful comedian whose hit show “Roseanne” was rebooted on ABC this year, and it was such a success that the network immediately ordered a second season. 

The second season was about to start production this summer when Barr said she took too much Ambien and sent out a racist tweet, comparing Valerie Jarret to a monkey from the “Planet of the Apes” movies. Jarret, a former aide to President Barack Obama, is African-American, and Barr’s racial slur was widely condemned. Hours after the tweet was sent, ABC stated that they were canceling her program.

2. Paula Deen

Paula Deen was famous for her southern cooking and putting butter in almost everything she made, but her career ended after it was discovered she had made racist comments to her staff. The revelation came to light when a former employee sued her for discrimination in 2013, and once people knew Deen freely used the N-word, she was dropped from the Food Network and her numerous endorsement deals.

3. John Galliano

Fashion designer John Galliano was the head of Christian Dior in 2011, but he was fired after a drunken video of him blasting Jewish people surfaced online. In France where he lived, making antisemitic comments is illegal, and he was found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine. He has since worked with the Anti-Defamation League, and in 2013, he was welcomed back in the fashion world.

4. Donald Sterling

Billionaire Donald Sterling once owned the Los Angeles Clippers. However, his basketball career ended in 2014 when TMZ published a leaked recording of him telling his mistress not to bring black people to any games.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling said in the recording. “You can sleep with [them]. 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.”

The racist rant angered the NBA, which banned him from the league for life and gave him a $2.5 million fine. Because of the ban, Sterling was forced to sell the team.

5. Justine Sacco

While not a celebrity, Justine Sacco had a high-profile job at IAC at the age of 30, but her life changed when she sent out an offensive tweet. Before boarding a plane to Africa, she tweeted out, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” to her few hundred followers, not realizing that her tweet would soon be seen by millions. 

During her hours in the air, Twitter users called for her firing and dubbed her a racist, and after she landed, she soon learned that she was terminated from her job and an infamous internet cautionary tale.

6. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen has been known to be a drug user and playboy, but his wild antics ended his career on the hit show “Two and a Half Men” when the actor went on an antisemitic tirade against the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre. Sheen was fired and replaced by Ashton Kutcher, but he later found another show to star on–“Anger Management.”

People Can Tell Whether You're Rich or Poor By Looking At Your Face

What can you tell just by looking at someone's face? Can you tell where they're from? Where they've been? How smart they are? How old they are? Their life's history?

Well, a new study says that we all make snap judgments about people's wealth, and apparently, those judgments are generally correct. 

A study published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people can tell whether you're rich or poor just from looking at your face. Basically, having money means people have more comforts in life, and not worrying about financial security frees people from anxiety and allows them to live happier lives. In contrast, people who are poor are constantly struggling to make ends meet, and this leads to high stress and often labor-intensive work that shows up on their faces.

For the study, R. Thora Bjornsdottir and Nicholas O. Rule of the University of Toronto showed students gray-scale pictures of 80 white men and 80 white females. The people in the photos had neutral expressions. Half of the people made six-figure salaries and were deemed wealthy while the other half made less than $35,000 a year and were determined to be working class.

The students surveyed were of various races, and they correctly guessed the subjects' wealth 68% of the time, which was a better odd than random chance. 

"People are not really aware of what cues they are using when they make these judgments," Bjornsdottir said to the University of Toronto. "If you ask them why, they don't know. They are not aware of how they are doing this."

When researchers showed participants photos of the people visibly happy, they were unable to gauge wealth, signaling that folks equate happiness with having money. 

"Over time, your face comes to permanently reflect and reveal your experiences," Rule told the University of Toronto. "Even when we think we're not expressing something, relics of those emotions are still there."

Teenagers Would Rather Hang out with their Families Than Party, Have Sex

The age that one loses their virginity depends on their maturity level and opportunity, and although I'd like it if everyone waited until after they graduate from high school at least, it is a personal decision that at the end of the day is none of my damn business.

But as I get older and embrace my maternal instincts, I am happy to know that our youth are waiting to engage in sexual relationships on their own. Teen pregnancies are declining and the majority of teens in high school are choosing to PG socialize instead of drink alcohol and have sex.

A new study published by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said that teenagers are focusing more on their education and future careers instead of partying. In their free time, these motivated kids are studying, spending time online, or hanging out with their families.

Although the research was conducted on teens in the UK, the results mirror statistics in the US, which also has a declining pregnancy rate. Studies have shown that the level of school-provided sex education in the US has declined, but apparently, that doesn't matter. Teens today have the internet to learn about the birds and the bees, and they are shunning stereotypes that they are lazy and sex-crazed. 

BPAS said that many teens today enjoy spending time with their parents, who are mostly from the laid-back Generation X. This close familial bond decreases their desires to go out and romp, and two-thirds of high school respondents said that they never had sex.

The survey also found that teens spent more time interacting with their peers online than in person, and that 70% of teens talked to their friends four or five times a week online. The researchers suggested that young people who socialized in person were more likely to be sexually active, showing that younger humans are just like their parents or grandparents if only they had similar environments.

"The low levels of teenage pregnancy rates may in part be attributed to lower levels of face-to-face interaction between young people and their peers, as opportunities for sexual interaction that could result in a pregnancy are reduced," the report said, according to The Independent. 

Teenagers who hung out with their friends in person were more likely to have multiple sex partners. While this may scare parents, teens who socialize in person tend to be more emotionally mature, hence the sex, and they are better prepared for the independence of college. In contrast, teens, who are close with their parents and spend hours online, may not be as emotionally mature.

“If you look at the big picture, it’s not that they’re doing more good things or more bad things overall,” San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge told Time. “It’s just that they’re less likely to do all kinds of things adults do, and there definitely is a trade-off there.”

HIV-Positive Gay Men Can Now Have Sex Without Condoms

A new study has found that gay men with HIV can now have sex without condoms. Thanks to daily pills, they no longer have to live in fear that they will transmit the uncurable virus to their lovers, according to the Daily Mail. 

British and Danish researchers studied men who were given antiretroviral therapy (ART) for eight years, and they found that they became sexually non-infectious thanks to the medication. The participants of the trial showed no evidence of transmission of HIV, which can become AIDS if left untreated. 

ART treatments include daily pills that stop the virus from replicating. It does not cure people of HIV but it does reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. 

Researchers from the University College London and the University of Copenhagen studied 1,000 gay couples from different countries between 2010 and 2018. The couples reported having sex thousands of time without condoms and never once transmitting HIV to non-HIV positive lovers. 

"What’s most important now is ensuring that we continue to share this message and educate people as far and wide as possible, to help improve the lives of people living with HIV across the world," medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, Michael Brady, said.

An estimated 36.7 million adults and children have HIV worldwide. 

What is Aftercare in BDSM?

Most people are aware of some of the acts of play in BDSM--the whips, the ropes, the handcuffs, etc... But another key element to the practice is aftercare, which is checking in with the submissive after the scene is over to make sure they're okay. Aftercare is important because you can't just inflict violence or mental anguish on someone and then just leave them alone afterward. Even though BDSM is consensual, the submissive may end up hating the lifestyle if they're not given any sweet with the sour, if you know what I mean. 

Aftercare involves physical and emotional attendance, and like scenes of play, aftercare is different for different couples. But some common forms of aftercare include cuddling, talking, taking a bath together, or giving a massage. 

During BDSM scenes, a slew of endorphins are released, filling the sub with an incredible high. But when the play is over, they experience something of a crash, which sometimes is as intense as a drug withdrawal, and that's why the Dominant needs to perform aftercare to ease the submissive's fragile mental and physical state. 

Getting sad after sex happens to people even outside of intense BDSM sessions. A study from 2015 found that nearly 46% of women surveyed experienced anxiety or sadness at least once in their lives after sex. The reason for this is the hormonal change caused by orgasm combined with neglect after the act. 

So for those who want to venture into the world of BDSM or who'd rather just stick with vanilla, don't forget kindness after sex. There's actually scientific proof of why a bit of love can go a long way after the deed. 

Harvey Weinstein's Criminal Lawyer Shares Thoughts on #MeToo

Last year, Harvey Weinstein hired criminal attorney Blair Berk to help him fight charges of sexual impropriety, and last month, Berk spoke to Haaretz and talked about how the #MeToo movement has gone too far.

In October, the New York Times ran a piece documenting Weinstein's alleged years of sexual harassment and assault, and after the story broke, the movie producer was accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct. Eventually, he was charged with rape in New York state, and he has criminal investigations against him pending in London and Los Angeles. 

Weinstein’s hiring of Berk was a smart decision because she is known as an attorney that celebrities can rely on. She has represented Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and numerous other A-listers, and she is currently the lawyer for Sylvester Stallone, who is also facing sexual misconduct claims.

Berk said that she is a feminist but that she thinks it's important that women take accountability for their own actions, such as exchanging sex for jobs with high-powered men. 

“As a feminist, this is a conversation that is important to me to have,” Berk said. “We deal with terms like sexual harassment and we talk inappropriate behavior, but we don’t discuss [the terms], not least because it’s complicated. True, we shouldn’t have someone with too much power in a workplace, for instance, abusing his power to be vulgar or to put his hand on someone who’s not interested, but it’s important we don’t conflate this with rape. These actions are not rape. They’re also not criminal. They’re certainly actions that need to be discussed, but not necessarily something that needs to be incriminating.”

Berk said that women who engaged in sexual acts in order to get something sometimes regret that decision but that should not be viewed as criminal because it is currently not a law.

“One of those very uncomfortable truths is that there are women who engaged in sexual contact with a man in situations when they’re not necessarily attracted to that man but that more powerful man was offering them something they want, advancement, the Golden Globe, something they want, and they decided to have that sexual encounter in order to get that. Intentionally, consensually and later regret that they did that. We can decide that that is a fundamentally coercive act and should criminalize it, but right now it’s not a crime and I believe it shouldn’t be a crime,” Berk said.

Berk said that the current climate is treating women like children, not responsible for their own actions.

“I believe one of the dangerous things about what’s happening here is we’re treating women as children. We are infantilizing women. It’s a thing that as feminists we don’t want to do, which is to claim that a woman doesn’t have the ability to choose,” Berk said. “And while it’s uncomfortable and while it’s a difficult truth people getting something from someone more powerful whether if the currency of sex, or whether if of doing something outside of their work in order to curry favor that’s not okay that there’s expectation from a more powerful person, but it’s not a crime. Unfortunately, in this moment we’re doing things that blur those lines.”

Berk's comments are interesting to me because I think she is presenting valid arguments that consensual acts should not be criminalized just because a person feels regret afterward, but I also think that men in power should not hunt for dates in the workplace. The reason for that is that women who say yes are usually rewarded with promotions or better treatment, and women who decline are punished by being dismissed or ignored. This unfair system would not exist if dating was banned in corporate environments or strict rules were in place and enforced. 

While the idea of banning dating in the workplace sounds extreme, technology giant Intel has been practicing this policy for years, and it has been overwhelmingly successful. The reason that it works is that people in all positions are required to adhere to it, and knowing that it exists and is enforced consistently stops any potential impropriety. 

In late June, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich admitted that he had a consensual relationship with an underling, and he resigned from his post because the company policy was to not allow any non-lateral dating. The company's rules were outlined and no one, not even the CEO, was exempt, and this strict but fair rule curbed sexual harassment and enabled the employees at the company to work productively without the added stress of sexual politics. 

As people familiar with my blog have probably noticed, I am very much in favor of people embracing their sexuality, but one's sexual self and one's professional self generally can be and should be two separate entities. 

Netflix Really Is Killing Your Sex Life

We are in a weird age where people are having less sex. This leads to physical and emotional frustration and a lack of intimacy, and experts have been trying to guess why this generation is loving less than the generations before.

And one new study thinks Netflix is to blame. 

Or more specifically, the internet and streaming.

Researchers at Lancaster University said that between 10pm-11pm is the peak time for intimacy, but people nowadays are using that hour to surf the internet or bingewatch Netflix, Fox News reported.

"Overall, the paper argues that a better understanding of how everyday practices are shifting, in concert with the provision and design of online services, could provide a basis for the policies and initiatives needed to mitigate the most problematic projections of Internet energy use," the study's abstract stated.

The study found that most people are viewing the content on their phones, which allows them to be anywhere viewing, including the bed. Can you imagine how annoying it is to be in bed with your lover and he or she's just watching YouTube, showing no interest in you? No wonder no one is getting busy.

Using Tinder Won't Lead to Casual Sex

I talked earlier about how casual sex doesn't truly exist, not because random hookups don't happen but because our bodies naturally attach to our lovers during sex. But despite biology wanting us to bond, people still try to sex up strangers with the intention of loving and leaving. 

But for those who want one night stands, where do you get them? Some people think Tinder is the way, but a new study says the app gives you no better a chance of having casual sex than hitting on a rando at a bar. 

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology published a paper in Personality and Individual Differences. The group surveyed 641 students and asked them about their Tinder usage. They found out that Tinder swipers who wanted casual sex weren't successful, proving that just because you want something doesn't mean you'll get it.

Tinder has a reputation for being a hookup app, but the study found that most people liked to swipe because they were bored. Women reported that they liked using the app to affirm that they were attractive, based on how many matches and messages they got, but they weren't actually down to fuck as the men of Jersey Shore like to say. 

The study found that straight men on the app were trying to get short-term relationships or hookups, but alas, like in real life, most women just weren't interested. 

Does Life Have Meaning Without Sex?

Growing up I was influenced by Chinese culture, which is unabashedly money-obsessed, and I was repeatedly told by my parents that earning cash was one of the most important things in life. As a kid, I loved writing, the arts, and TV and movies; but my family steered me away from my passions because they didn't believe they would be lucrative endeavors for me.

This value contrasted with those typically* found in the Midwest where I grew up, which seemed to place an emphasis on simple joys.

As I matured and ventured out on my own as an adult, I became obsessed with the concept of happiness. Was money the key to happiness? Was fame? Was relationships? I've realized that all aspects combine to create a full picture, but one component that is often not talked about is sexual pleasure.

One doesn't just have to be a hedonist to value sex. Psychologist Todd Kashdan at George Mason University said that sex is actually an important aspect of a person's well-being. In North America, sexuality is suppressed and shunned due to our Puritanical origins, but Kashdan and his team found that sex increases our meaning in life, Psychology Today reports. 

Kashdan studied sex and its meaning by recruiting 152 college students who disclosed personal details such as their relationship status, intimacy levels, and how long they stay in relationships. Each night before sleeping, the students answered a series of questions about the meaning of life and sexual activity, and from their answers, Kashdan saw a correlation between positive moods and sexual activity.

Kashdan saw correlation but not causation, and although it is unclear the exact relationship between happiness and sex, the study shows that having sex and being happy usually occur at the same time.

"In other words, the time-lagged analysis suggests that having sex leads to a positive mood and a sense of fulfillment that continues into the next day. This finding is consistent with other studies which have found that the “afterglow” of sex extends for a day or two after the act. The researchers don’t deny the likelihood that happy, fulfilled people have more sex. Rather, they simply contend that it’s sexual activity that makes people happy and fulfilled, not that their happiness and fulfillment leads them to have more sex," Psychology Today wrote.

80% of Teenage Girls Suffer Mental Illness After Sexual Assault

Safety for men and women is one of the most important things that I value, which is why I write so much about consent. People need to ask permission before engaging in any type of sexual activity, but predators choose to violate this basic tenant of human decency and they take what isn't theirs. 

Sexual assault leaves victims with lasting emotional scars, and a new study found that 80% of teenage girls who were sexually assaulted suffer from crippling mental health problems at least months after the attack, The Guardian reported. 

Teen victims suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders after an attack, and these problems last at least four to five months after the horrific incident occurs. Victims who were abused in childhood carry emotional problems throughout their adulthood, the research also showed. 

The study was conducted by the University College London, and it surveyed girls between the age of 13 and 17.

“Although poverty and social vulnerability are well-recognized risk factors for sexual assault, few studies have examined this among adolescents, or looked at the impact of vulnerability on mental health outcomes following sexual assault,” the lead author, Dr Sophie Khadr said to The Guardian. “The study emphasized the double disadvantage of young women who experience sexual assault. Their social vulnerability places them at higher risk of assault, with one in 12 reporting a further assault within four to five months."

If there are any sexual assault victims who are reading this blog, please know that you are not alone. Report the abuser to authorities, and talk to someone you can trust. For more information, contact the non-profit RAINN