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IN London, a black man aged 21 records his time with the police. The man has been placed in handcuffs and sat in the back of the police van. It is the day after last summer’s riots – the riots that followed the police killing of black Marc Duggan.
SO there was this great big campaign, with petitions and plays and online sign ups and the usual ignorant outrage displayed on Twitter and Facebook about how appalling the working conditions and pay were at Foxconn. You know, the giant seris of factories in China that make everything for Apple and HP and Microsoft and all.
We’ve now got the results from an in depth investigation into those working conditions and pay.
The general finding is that poor people work long hours for not much money. Well, yes, that’s true, that’s what being poor means, working long hours for not much money. Shrug, that’s what poor people in poor countires do, that’s why we describe them as poor and that’s why we’d like them to carry on having an industrial revolution so they can become rich like us.
MADAME Arcati interviews the News of the World’s Neville Thurlbeck:
Isn’t he adorable? There’s something about Neville Thurlbeck that suspends all sensible judgement. He needs little introduction suffice to say that once upon a time he was news editor and chief reporter of the late News of the World before Hackgate blew up his award-winning career. To date he’s been arrested twice but not charged, the second time over something he wrote on his riveting blog. What’s Rebekah Brooks really like? When did he lose his virginity? Who should play Rupert Murdoch in Screws: The Musical? He kindly indulged me with answers, and then some.
GIFS of the week: the budgie delivers the knock blow; the dog thinks he’s Benny Hill; kangaroo and cement do mix; pain; more pain; real pain; flipping pain; sandy pain; extreme heroics; inflicting pain; and WTF pain…
TRAYVON Martin: Etan Thomas looks at the killing and the growing story and tells HuffPost readers:
When a national tragedy occurs such as the case of Trayvon Martin — the young black unarmed teen who was shot and killed by Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman — it effects everyone who has kids. This is a parents worst nightmare.
In the media, a parent’s worst nightmare is a moveable bad dream. The dread phrase “As a dad…” is used as emotional shorthand to show how much you care – never mind the fact the dads are routinely shown to be murders, rapists, peadophiles and tyrants.
A tragedy such as this doesn’t escape any parent.
HAVING seen Liam Stacey, 21, sent to prison for his racist tweets aimed at footballer Fabrice Muamba and twitter users, what has happened since? Well, the righteous have been congratulating themselves on their successful twitter hunt.
For this tweeter it was an “I was there” moment:
This tweeter thought of Liam Stacey’s death:
THE London Riots in Art looks at how artist interpreted last summer’s disturbances in London, Manchester, Birmingham and beyond. You can read a list of why the riot happend here a list that takes in polar bears, Marc Duggan, villages, twitter, the Arab Spring and criminality. The photoshoppers have already give us their amusing takes on the riots. But what about the artists? What did the riots inspire them to create?
TO the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention for displays of painted human skin.
TRAYVON Martin, and his shooting dead by Robert Zimmerman, continues to ride at the top of the news cycle in the US.
We start the round-up with news that Fox News host Geraldo Rivera is sorry for saying that Trayvon Martin might have been asking for it because he went out wearing a hooded top. Says the rent-a-gob:
“I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”
Obscuring the main point is what the media does. Of course, Geraldo is only a bit sorry, adding:
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign’ urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.”
Hey, If saying things that make you looking like a twat saves live, Geraldo is guilty as charged, says Geraldo.
Trayvon Marin’s mother, Sybina Fulton is now on twitter. He rson was once on the social network, too. The Daily Caller has found his tweets on an account now closed. Trayvon tweeted under the name@No_Limit_Nigga.
Nigga. And Zimmerman is whitey. Yes, Zimmerman is hispanic. So, why did Zimmerman shoots Tryavon Martin dead? Well, the media have taken to calling Zimmerman a”white hispanic”.
LezGetReal has debated if anyone can be a “White Hispanic”.
The Root, NPR, International Business Times, Yahoo! News, The Madison Times, Reuters, our own ITV have all aped the New York Times’ news that Zimmerman is above all things “white”, even if he is Hispanic:
Deryl Dedmon, a white teenager who drove a pickup truck over a black man in the parking lot of a Jackson, Miss., motel, pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday and was sent to prison for life…
“I do not ask y’all to forget, but I do ask y’all to forgive,” Mr. Dedmon said to the family of James C. Anderson, 47, who was killed last June, according to pool reporters in the courtroom…
The family has filed a wrongful death suit in the case against all seven teenagers who the police say were involved, including two girls.
Morris Dees, a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is working with the family and their lawyer, Winston J. Thompson III. He said the family would continue to push for a civil trial so that more about the case could be revealed.
“You continue to see this around the country, the systematic targeting of black people. That’s what happened here and that’s what happened in Florida,” he said, referring to the case in Sanford, Fla., in which an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed almost four weeks ago by a white Hispanic crime watch volunteer.
So. It was all about race, then?.
Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin
As thousands of people gathered here to demand an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case, a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry…
In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald.
Complicated? More complicated than black killed by white Hispanic? Could it be presented as being less complicated?
Michelle Goldberg writes:
I’m far from the first to notice the similarities between the way people talk about Martin and the way they talk about rape victims, whose clothes and histories are often subject to scrutiny no matter how cut-and-dried the case seems. Like a rape victim, Martin’s past is being excavated for evidence that he might have provoked the harm done to him.
The media is taking sides, choosing what and what not to highlight about the matter. Take the Drudge Report, which leads with a barrage of stories that cast shadows on the dead 17-year-old’s character.
Story selection is used to build a picture.
Take this from Yahoo!:
With a single punch,” the Orlando Sentinel, citing police sources, reported Monday, “Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer … climbed on top of [him] and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered.”
“That is the account Zimmerman gave police,” the paper said, “and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.”
Police and authorities are the same police and authorities who said Zimmerman committed no crime. They never even tested him for drugs or booze.
Pick a reader prejudice and pander to it. Take this in the Washington Beacon:
On the site Wagist, the question to be deabted is: “Was Trayvon Martin a drug dealer?”
Well, you can’t libel the dead,. So why not ask if he was into bestiality, child porn, Catholicism, saving whales and ballroom dancing. Wagist adds a section called “Multiple tattoos”. Who doesn’t have tattoos? The Queen has three.
Ian Pointon, chairman of the Police Federation in Kent, wants coppers to show off their ink. As he said:
“They can actually be a good way to start a line of communication with the public. It can be a bit of an ice-breaker . . . the days of tattoos being stigmatised should be over.”
Unless you’re black and have just been shot dead.
“Drug Culture,” says Wagist, adding:
Several of his friends have posted pictures of rolled blunts to twitter in memorial to Trayvon.
Because marijuana cause you to act in a violent manner?
Unless Trayvon was selling Orchids, it seems fairly reasonable to posit that he may have been somewhat well-known among his friends for selling marijuana.
Do white Hispanics sell or smoke marijuana? If not, why not? Perhaps Trayvon Martin’s death will trigger a sensible debate on the US’s failed drugs policy? After that the US could also hold a frank and open debate on race. If free speech means anything it means saying what you think. And right now the media seems to be speaking in code, saying that Trayvon Martin had it coming on account of his clothes and school report or that he was killed for that capital crime: walking while black.
A HISTORY of TV mix-ups – when things go deliciously wrong on the magic box:
Jocky Wilson/Jackie Wilson
The late Jocky Wilson has been remembered fondly elsewhere on Anorak, but one memory lingers: his “appearance” on Top of the Pops. Sure enough, as Dexy’s Midnight Runners blasted out “Jackie Wilson Says” – Van Morrsion’s tribute to the Detroit-born boxer-turned-soul singer – a backdrop hove into view featuring the “unmistakable” face of Scotland’s pre-eminent arrow-chucker…
THUSHA Kamaleswaran is on the front pages of the Sun, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph and the Guardian. The tabloids lead with photos taken from CCTV footage of Thusha being shot. The ‘broadsheets’ lead with photos of the child’s face before the horror.
Thusha Kamaleswaran is five years old. Her life changed when three men with murder on their minds – Nathaniel Grant, 20, of Camberwell, Kazeem Kolawole, 19, of Kennington, and Anthony McCalla, also 19, of Streatham – chased two rivals along Stockwell Road, London.
Thusha Kamaleswaran was in the Stockwell Food and Wine store on Stockwell Road, her uncle’s shop. One of the men being hunted by the gang ran into the shop. Nathaniel Grant was on a bicycle. He had the gun. He shot two bullets into the convenience store.
IN “I posed as a girl of 14 online. What followed will sicken you” Mark Williams-Thomas told Daily Mail readers that he was “shocked by what I encountered when I spent just five minutes on a social networking site posing as a 14-year-old girl”.
“Within 90 seconds, a middle-aged man wanted to perform a sex act in front of me.”
How do we know it was middle-aged man? Middle-aged men on Facebook have been known to pose as 14-year-old girls.
…I wasn’t surprised that a vulnerable teenager, Ashleigh Hall, was groomed on Facebook before being brutally raped and killed.
BIOMEN, a Turkish shampoo brand, has come under fire for a television commercial featuring Adolf Hitler declaring that “real men use Biomen”.
The 12-second ad features black-and-white footage of Hitler delivering one of his famously impassioned speeches. It is dubbed to Turkish, with a male voice shouting: “If you don’t wear women’s clothes then you shouldn’t be using women’s shampoo either. Now you can get the 100 per cent male shampoo Biomen. If you’re man enough then use Biomen.”
Perhaps it was an attempt to emulate the popular Downfall videos, but Turkish Jews were not amused. They have protested vocally against the ad, which is apparently still running on state television. The chief rabbi of Turkey issued a statement demanding a public apology from the advertising company “to repair the damage this commercial has caused to society’s conscience”.
NAME that film. We’ve got a gallery of images from behind the scenes on famous films. Can you name all the movies?
IMAGINE the horror of someone breaking into your house with a mental look in their eye. Of course, if it happened to you, no-one actually cares. You have to be famous for people to show sympathy about such matters. And Simon Cowell, a man who doesn’t get much kindness from the world, found himself with a nutter in his house!
No, it wasn’t Louis Walsh masturbating in the lean-to.
Cowell had just settled down in his London mansion on Saturday night to watch himself on ITV’s Jonathan Ross show (of course he’s the kind of person who watches himself on television) when he heard a noise.
A HISTORY of National Anthem Diasaters:
When Kazakhstan’s Mariya Dmitriyenko received her gold medal at the recent Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait, she was greeted, not with the customary national anthem, but by the obscene version from the film Borat. Highlights included “Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region” and “come grasp the mighty penis of our leader”.
But she took it in all in her stride, possibly aware that such indignities are nothing new…
RIP Jocky Wilson, favoured son of 1980s televised darts – world champion in 1982 and 1989. Wilson died at his home in Kirkcaldy, Fife. He lived smoking 40 ciggies a day for 40 years. Rumours are that he liked a drink – darts’ Jocky Wilson Cup between England and Scotland was tipped as a new measure for wine and spirits. This is the way with sporting maverick, they can take a dink, a ciggie and, above all, a joke. Back when Jocky used his feed hand to hold a lit cigarette amid the tungsten, darts had character and no need for walk ons, theme music and the Dutch.
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CAN the media turn Britain’s Got Talent’s Jonathan Antoine into a victim and give him a Susan Boyle-styled hairy halo? The Daily Star makes fist of it, leading with:
“I NEEDED SHRINK TO FACE COWELL”
Wow, indeed. This sounds as is Jonathan Anotoine has mental health issues. Can it be that Antoine, the teenaged talent from Essex who performs live with his band Outside Art and has sang at London’s South Bank Centre, is so scared of Simon Cowell he needs a head doctor?
James Inham writes:
Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Antoine suffered a nervous breakdown after years of taunts about his size.
Jonathan Antoine is fat. This makes him an object of wonder. Fat used to mean jolly and confident, the life and soul of the party. Now it mean your a sad victim, TV’s Biggest Loser who needs help, saving and beating up.
The 17-year-old, who stunned millions with his amazing operatic voice last night, is seeing a psychiatrist and believes he can go all the way in the ITV1 show.
WHO is Britain Got Talent’s Jonathan Antoine, aka Jonathan Stavvy Antoine, of Jonathan and Charlotte? Will the Essex teenager (17) make it to Celebrity Big Brother? Will he be mated with Susan Boyle? Will he ditch Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, the fanciable sidekick who proves he is not socially inept and can befriend girls?
The Mail says Jonthan is “following in the footsteps of Susan Boyle”. To the fridge? No, to fame and fortune as the authentic face of manhood. It was Botox-studded Holden who told us of Boyle:
“The minute we turn her into a glamour puss is when it’s spoiled. I won’t let Simon Cowell take her to his dentist and I certainly won’t let her near his hairdresser.”
KAREN Matthews, mother of missing-then-found Shannon Matthews, is back in the news. The mum-of-seven staged a fake kidnapping of her daughter Shannon to get a £50,000 reward offered by national newspapers. A hungry media lapped up the story of the missing child. Dewsbury had its own Our Maddie. But Shannon was in Michael Donovan’s flat. ‘Uncle Michael’ was in cahoots with Karen Matthews. He was jailed for nine years for kidnap and false imprisonment. Earlier this month, Donovan was released on licence. Karen Matthews got eight years. Now she’s getting out.
Dewsbury Reporter: “Exclusive: Karen Matthews won’t come home to Dewsbury Moor”
On March 25, the paper reported:
KAREN Matthews is expected to be released from jail within weeks – but she isn’t likely to return to Dewsbury.
Karen is expected to finish her eight-year sentence for kidnap and false imprisonment of her daughter, Shannon, next month. This Wednesday it was the fourth anniversary of Shannon being found. “I know for a fact she is not coming back,” Ms Bushby said. “As far as I’m aware she will head for a halfway house.” She also rubbished tabloid newspaper reports of Karen having a boyfriend waiting for her in Cyprus and that the jailed mum plans to head straight for The Jeremy Kyle Show when she is released from prison in Derby.
Ms Bushby said: “It’s nonsense. She won’t be able to make any money from her crimes.”
THE Florida man who goes by the name of Christopher Chaney is going to plead guilty after being accused of hacking into the email accounts of film stars Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities so he could share all their boobies with us.
Chaney will plead guilty on Monday to nine criminal counts, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The maximum sentence he’s facing is 60 years in prison, which is weird, because the bloke who killed a young black man for absolutely no reason isn’t getting anything done to him at all.
God bless America, eh?
MOHAMMED Mera, aka Mohamed Merah and Mohammed Merah – the news media has yet to settle on the name of the Toulouse mass murderer is dead.
He came out shooting as police stormed his flat. He jumped from a window at his flat. He was shooting as he jumped.
So. Why did the Muslim murder Jewish children? Why did the man murder French soldiers, two of them Muslim? Why did the nutter shoot at the police? How does the media speak about Mohamed Merah?
HOW dangerous are shisha pipes? As No Smoking Day looms, a barage of press releases have gone out wanting that shihsa smoke is a killer.
The Daily Mail is informative:
How an hour spent smoking trendy shisha pipes is as harmful as a HUNDRED cigarettes
Non-trendy ones are just as dangerous. In Singapore, Yahoo says:
Shisha: 200 times more harmful than cigarettes?
The Mail goes on:
But the World Health Organisation has warned that a one-hour shisha session can be as harmful as smoking 100 cigarettes.
FABRICE Muamba is ill. On twitter, Liam Stacey has been death with but what to make of Red Issue, the Manchester United fanzine that sees mourn porn in the media’s cynical treatment of Muamba. It tweets:
* Bolton reserve game off. Time for ‘professionals’ to return to work methinks. Good job they’re not on £22k p/a in Afghanistan.
* News just in: Queen abandons Jubilee Tour. “One doesn’t think it right at a time a man is fighting for his life.” Olympics now in doubt.
* More stats for all our fans out there: 0 – Bolton games postponed when 33 supporters died 2 – Lpool games postponed when 95 supporters died
MOHAMMED Merah is the man suspected of murdering four Jews - three of them young children – in Toulouse. Mohammed Merah is a 24-year-old French citizen of Algerian extraction, self-declared Islamist warrior and member of the al-Qaeda network, linked to banned Islamist group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), and once arrested in the Afghan city of Kandahar.
Did Mohammed Merah murder Jewish children because little over week earlier, on March 12, UN worker Khulood Badawi posted a photo of a cloodied child on @KhuloodBadawi? Did it play a part in his thinking? (She has since taken it down, later writing: “Correction: I tweeted the photo believing it was from the last round of violence & it turned out to be from 2006.”)
Her original caption read:
Long Live Palestine – Palestine is bleeding – Another child killed by #Israel..Another father carrying his child to the grace in #Gaza.