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Chris Cuomo faces charges of ‘cultural appropriation’ after claiming he is ‘black on the inside’

CNN host Chris Cuomo found himself on the receiving end of backlash over the weekend after recently claiming that he is “black on the inside.”

What happened?

While speaking with friend and fellow CNN host Don Lemon on Friday, Cuomo began singing the theme song for “Good Times,” a CBS sitcom that aired in the 1970s.

The show was particularly notable for centering around American TV’s first black two-parent family.

“How do you know the words to ‘Good Times’?” Lemon asked.

“You know I’m black on the inside,” Cuomo immediately shot back.

Lemon glossed over Cuomo’s remark during their interview.

What was the reaction?

While Lemon did not say anything to Cuomo, social media quickly responded to the off-color comment, blasting Cuomo for his claim.

“It’s f***ing offensive. Black isn’t something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being physically Black on the outside. This is cultural appropriation,” Aisha Staggers, managing editor of Sister2Sister magazine, said.

Staggers added, “Black is not a costume, I don’t get to be white when I don’t feel like not dealing with racism or racist police or just regular bulls*** Black people deal with. I can’t even hide at home because I can be killed there in my bed, so understand, there was nothing silly about this.”

One person mockingly asked, “Are the Cuomo brothers competing for S****iest Cuomo rn?”

Another person upset over Cuomo’s comment demanded the CNN host undergo sensitivity training.

“Chris Cuomo just said to Don Lemon OUT LOUD on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN, ‘You know I’m Black on the inside,’ and we had to turn off the television because I’m not here for that nonsense. @CNN needs to have some sensitivity training with their on-air personalities,” the person, Rev. Mary Dande, said.

Megyn Kelly even set her sights on Lemon.

“Weird how Don Lemon, who sees racism everywhere if a Republican is involved, gives his buddy a total pass on this,” Kelly said.

Anything else?

Cuomo was also criticized this week after finally addressing the scandal growing around his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so,” Chris Cuomo told his viewers last week.

Critics contrasted Cuomo’s statement with how he treated his brother during the height of the COVID-19 crisis last year when he joked about the size of his brother’s nose instead of questioning Gov. Cuomo about his handling of the pandemic.

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Cherokee Nation chief tells Jeep it’s high time to stop using its name: Model ‘does not honor us’

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says that Jeep needs to stop using the Cherokee name for some of the automaker’s most popular models.

The remarks come as Jeep prepares to launch its next iteration of best-selling Grand Cherokee models.

What are the details?

Hoskin Jr. told Car and Driver magazine that he wants Jeep to stop using the tribe’s name because it “does not honor” the tribe.

“I think we’re in a day and age in this country where it’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American Names, images, and mascots from their products, team jerseys, and sports in general,” Hoskin Jr. said. “I’m sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car.”

Hoskin, instead, recommended that the best way to “honor” the tribe is to “learn about our sovereign government, our role in this country, our history, culture, and language, and “have a meaningful dialogue with federally recognized tribes on cultural appropriateness.”

Car and Driver points out that the company has been “building cars that wear the Cherokee Nation’s name for more than 45 years.”

“In that time, the company has gone on the record several times defending its decision to use the name of a Native American nation on its cars,” the outlet added. “Over the past eight years, since the reintroduction of the Cherokee nameplate to the U.S. market in 2013, the Cherokee Nation has gone on the record, too, but it had never explicitly said that Jeep should change the cars’ names.”

What has Jeep said in response to this?

In response to Hoskin’s remarks, Jeep said that its model names have been carefully chosen in order to “honor and celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess, and pride.”

“We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.,” the statement added.

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Alec Baldwin’s daughter apologizes after conflating Latinx and Spanish while defending stepmom Hilaria Baldwin from cultural appropriation allegations

Ireland Baldwin — daughter of actor Alec Baldwin and actress Kim Basinger — has issued an apology to social media after conflating Latinx and Spanish nationalities while defending her stepmother from accusations of faking a Spanish heritage.

What’s a brief history here?

Earlier this month, Hilaria Baldwin was accused of cultural appropriation after social media users insisted that she appeared to suggest she possessed a Spanish nationality.

Social media users took Hilaria — Ireland’s stepmother and Alec’s current wife — to task over the allegations, accusing her of faking a Spanish accent and blasting her for appearing to never correct habitual reports that she was of Spanish nationality.

On Monday, Ireland Baldwin defended Hilaria in an Instagram video, writing, “It’s so pathetic that anyone would wanna play detective, and dig that deep into someone’s life that they don’t know, don’t know anything about, how they were raised, who they were actually raised by. It’s just kinda sad and pathetic.”

She continued, “[I]t’s the holidays, and people are depressed, people are going through a lot. I know I’m going through a lot, personally. And the last thing we really need to do is start s**t and gossip about something that is so, so stupid. And about somebody that nobody really even knows.”

“This person has dug up old tweets from Hilaria’s high school peers, and they all say one thing about her, that she’s really kind, when they reflect back on their experience with her,” Alec Baldwin’s daughter continued. “And that’s because she is very kind, she’s a good person. And she’s a caring person who’s always respected my relationship with my dad. I have a great relationship with her. And she could be a really malicious, terrible, horrible human who tears people down, but she isn’t. Hilaria is a wonderful mother who takes great care of her kids, and she takes great care of my dad. And that’s really all that matters to me.”

In a since-deleted post, Ireland Baldwin then added, “I simply want to say this and then nothing more. I am fully supportive of any individual of the Latinx community. I will continue to listen and learn. But I also feel defensive when misinformation spreads regarding my family. I will do better. … At the same time, I hope that people can start getting information from credible sources.”

What are the details?

Following the defense of her stepmother, Ireland took to Instagram once more and revealed that many people remarked on her original post and blasted her for conflating “Latinx” — which refers to a person of Latin American nationality — and Spanish. Spain is a European country.

In a now-viral Tuesday night Instagram post, the 25-year-old model said that the topic of “cultural appropriation” is an important one, and thanked her followers for “sharing with me ways I can do better.”

She began, “I moved out of a major city with the intention of escaping the public eye in a small but significant way. I couldn’t take a deep breath in Los Angeles and was dealing with a great deal of anxiety that I didn’t know how to manage. Stories come out about my family members that often times are fabricated or blown out of proportion.

“I’ve spent so much time getting worked up and upset seeing people dig into my parent’s [sic] divorce and relationship history, into my past having visited a mental rehabilitation facility, and so many PRIVATE ordeals made public,” she continued. “That’s the thing I can say that most of you don’t understand… what it’s like to have your family’s private affairs aired out and analyzed by millions of strangers.

“Now the purpose of this isn’t to ask for any kind of sympathy,” Baldwin added, “I simply want to point out a couple of things. 1. Like I mentioned yesterday, I do love my step mom very much. I think she’s a strong, kind, and caring human being. Without saying anything further on all of this, I think it is her business and not my own to discuss her family background and answer your questions.”

She continued, “2. I really appreciate the Instagram friends in my DMS [sic] who have been very open and honestly having discussions about cultural appropriation, the right terms to address their communities, and sharing with me ways that I can do better. 3. I don’t see the significance in bullying anyone. Yes, it’s important to educate. And YES it’s beyond ok to express frustration and confusion and anger… but I think sending threatening messages isn’t really going to get any kind of message across either.”

She concluded, “4. I appreciate those who are patient with me. I don’t have a publicist or a team of people who are all writing my posts and gathering my thoughts and making them as politically correct as possible… I’m going to f*** up. I’m a flawed human being who is still deep in this learning journey. I apologize to those who are dealing with any kind of hurt during these times and I hope you have a Happy New Year.”

Has Hilaria responded to any of this?

On Tuesday night, Hilaria took to her own social media channel and addressed the ongoing controversy.

In a video, she said, “Yes I am a white girl, my family is white … Europe has a lot of white people in them. Ethnically I am a mix of many, many things.”

Hilaria also referred to herself as a “different kind of Bostonian.”

“[Y]ou can’t change your background and nor would I want to,” she insisted. “This is who I am, and this is my life story … it’s my weird mix of who I am.”

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White woman’s ‘broth bar’ blasted for ‘cultural appropriation.’ Apologies, sales stoppage, and promises of ‘cultural sensitivity training’ follow.

Howls of “cultural appropriation” rang out recently over a pop-up “broth bar” in Toronto that sells bone broth, hot sauce, and multicultural foods — primarily because the company hosting it is owned by a white woman,
blogTO reported.

What are the details?

The outlet noted that the broth bar by
Ripe Nutrition popped up inside an athletic apparel store named PERMISSION earlier this month — but that partnership is kaput since the woke mob began lodging complaints.

Toronto Star editor Evy Kwong was prominent in the outrage campaign and posted
a Twitter thread last week to that end about the “white owned trendy spot”:

Kwong also noted she was “sick” over the pop-up “sexualizing” some items — for example, sauces called “jerk me” and “hot pho u” and calling the broth bar a “brothel,” blogTO said.

added that “the cultures they are taking from literally fight daily for legitimacy. the *wellness* cleansing of the food, the lack historical understanding, and the number of followers is alarming. i’m not tryna knock small businesses but damn, this one hurts.”

Kwong also said PERMISSION is located across from
Golden Turtle, a restaurant that has been serving authentic pho and Vietnamese cuisine since 1987 and has been struggling to survive amid the pandemic, blogTO reported.

What happened next?

After many complaints and criticism, an apologetic Laura Santino — cofounder of PERMISSION — told blogTO that the collaboration with Ripe Nutrition was done: “We acknowledge the hurt this has caused and apologize sincerely. Our pop-up was not in line with community values or our company ethos, and we have decided to part ways, effective immediately.”

Ripe Nutrition also apologized on Instagram:

“It is not the responsibility of people of colour to educate me, a white woman, on why cultural appropriation isn’t acceptable,” the statement from Ripe Nutrition founder Alexandra Baird read.

She added that she removed all culturally insensitive products from her company’s website and is looking to “cultural sensitivity training” for the whole staff.

Anything else?

Cultural appropriation outrage has touched many sectors of society of late:

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Mutual of Omaha ditches Native American chief logo in nod to racial and social justice — but will PETA protest the new one?

Amid the flurry of moves by major food brands to change their names and logos to reflect racial sensitivity in the wake of George Floyd’s death — as well as the protests and riots that followed — Mutual of Omaha was no different and chose to ditch its Native American chief logo.

And now it has unveiled its replacement.

Drumroll, please

The logo is now an image of a lion, which points to the iconic TV program “Wild Kingdom,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

The paper said the company decided an African lion would be the best animal from the wild to represent it as a symbol of strength and protection.

“We tried tons of animals,” Keith Clark, senior vice president of marketing at Mutual of Omaha, told the World-Herald. “This one really rose to the top.”

More from the paper:

Native American imagery had been part of Mutual of Omaha’s logo for 70 years, with the distinctive profile of a chief a familiar sight atop the Fortune 500 company’s headquarters.

But in the wake of the national reckoning over racial justice spawned by the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, the company announced in July that the logo’s time had passed.

Mutual Chairman and CEO James Blackledge said that while the chief logo had long been viewed by the company as a sign of strength and respect, “we are still using a symbol from another culture that isn’t ours.”

The company dropped the image, kept the company name in its distinctive font and launched the search for a new logo.

Mutual of Omaha tested four logos, the World-Herald said, adding that the lion logo generated the best response with only 10% of respondents not liking it and many liking it a lot.

“It was head and shoulders above the rest,” Clark told the paper.

The World-Herald added that the company’s old logo will live on at Omaha’s Durham Museum and that Mutual of Omaha has given a number of items featuring the chief logo to the museum as well as its history.

It’s unclear if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will protest the new lion logo as exploiting the King of the Jungle.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze has previously reported, a number of businesses have gone the same route as Mutual of Omaha. For instance, Uncle Ben’s rice recently changed its name and no longer uses the image of a black man on its boxes. The image now simply reads “Ben’s Original” in blue lettering over an orange background.

Quaker Oats announced that the famous Aunt Jemima brand of breakfast syrup and pancake mix would be going away because it perpetuates racial stereotypes, and Eskimo Pie also planned on changing its name.

L’Oreal — the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company — said it would stop using the word “whitening” on its products; and the Houston Association of Realtors decided to axe the word “master” in descriptions of bedrooms and bathrooms on real estate listings in favor of the term “primary.”

Also, the Court of Master Sommeliers, which “sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry,” will stop using the term “master sommelier.”

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Adele shows off massive weight loss. All Americans can talk about is her ‘cultural appropriation’ — but those from other countries weigh in and shut it down.

Award-winning singer Adele has been accused of cultural appropriation after a social media post featuring the superstar went viral on the internet.

Many social media users who either purport to be American or are presumably American took the performer to task over the outfit, but those from other countries across the globe shut down the criticism as needless and inflammatory.

What are the details of the photo?

The 32-year-old British songstress, who has lost a significant amount of weight over the last year, can be seen in an Instagram post wearing leggings and a Jamaican flag-styled bikini top, her hair in Bantu knots.

Bantu knots are a traditional African way of wearing the hair.

The singer’s post is clearly a tribute to London’s highly attended annual Notting Hill Carnival — which was canceled this year due to COVID-19 — which celebrates Caribbean culture and diversity.

She captioned the photo, “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London[.]”

At the time of this writing, Adele’s photo has received more than 4 million likes, but has amassed a storm of criticism in the comments section.

What are people saying about this?

One commenter wrote, “Notice how it’s a whole bunch of WHITE people telling her she looks good with those AFRICAN bantu knots in her head, and those are the people she’s going to listen to instead of the BLACK people who are saying this is culture appropriation.”

Another added, “Culture appropriation to the fullest.”

“[P]roof that cancel culture is selective,” another user said. “Adele.”

“Nope. not out at all. 1) the bantu knots are a protective, african american hairstyle. 2) you do not have any reason to use such hairstyle. 3) completely inappropriate,” one user pointed out.

Another user snapped, “Ok but is this YOUR culture?”

“Bantu knots are NOT to be worn by white people in any context, period,” one person insisted.

One user even went as far as to call for the singer to be jailed.

“If you haven’t quite understood cultural appropriation, look at @Adele’s last Instagram post,” the user wrote. “She should go to jail no parole for this.”

What else are people saying about this?

Despite blowback, many people defended the musician from criticism.

One person writes, “MANY of you don’t understand the difference between APPROPRIATION and APPRECIATION. Adele, sweetie you look amazing.”

Another adds, “Dear African Americans. Please stop speaking on behalf of Jamaicans/West Indians. Most of you all think Jamaica makes up the whole of the Caribbean. Most of you all think Caribbean people live in huts and tend to goats and sheep all day. (yes I’ve been told this) It is normal for tourists and foreigners to dress like this during carnival time in the Caribbean and we love it. They get to celebrate with us. So stop screaming cultural appropriation there is nothing wrong with her attire. I love it and we embrace people like this!”

“African-Americans: You cannot advocate for freedom whilst suppressing others,” another social media user added, while another user wrote, “As a white person, there’s nothing worst than seeing white people tell her she’s appropriating, when most Jamaicans are sayinf [sic] she’s appreciating.”

In a very lengthy comment, one user added, “Never in my life have I ever understood why Americans get so easily offended by this. Us, the Europeans, are all from different countries, with different descent, different languages, different culture, even when it comes to religion, the majority of the eastern part of Europe consists of orthodox Christians, the western of catholic Christians and some other European countries, especially in the Balkan peninsula, have many Muslims, too. Yet despite that, we LOVE it when we all recreate one another’s traditions, or wearing traditional clothing. I am Greek and I love it when I hear people from Spain, Germany, France, Italy etc etc saying ‘malaka’ or wearing anything traditional of ours. This just shows love, how can it possibly be dishonor? When somebody hate something, they don’t recreate it publicly just to like.. laugh at it?! They probably just like it when they express themselves this way. Get over your trust issues, please people. And don’t bring me the ‘skin color’ issue, before you even take a look at the skin differences between for example, a Swedish and a Greek person.”

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Atlanta Braves’ ‘Chop On’ sculpture reportedly removed — but team insists it’s not changing name

Amid renewed pressure on professional sports franchises to change nicknames potentially offensive to Native Americans — the most prominent example being the
demise of the Redskins moniker formerly used by Washington, D.C.’s NFL team — the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball said they have no plains to follow suit, ESPN reported.

But that sentiment apparently wasn’t true for the team’s “Chop On” sculpture.

Jeff Schultz of the Athletic tweeted that the wood sculpture outside the Braves’ stadium “has been removed. I asked the Braves about it, but they have chosen not to respond to requests for comment.”

What’s the background?

The team’s fans have long employed the “Tomahawk Chop,” a forearm-forward motion, accompanied by a wordless stereotypical Native American chant, during games:

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The Braves also use “Chop” and tomahawk imagery:

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What about the Braves’ nickname?

The Braves said in an email to season ticket-holders Sunday that while the team will be considering the future of the Tomahawk Chop, its nickname won’t be changed, ESPN said.

The team said in its letter to fans that it has commenced a relationship with Native American leaders and that “through our conversations, changing the name of the Braves is not under consideration or deemed necessary. We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves.”

But ‘the Chop’ could get cut down

The Braves added in the letter that they’re working through issues surrounding “the chop,” which was “popularized by our fans when Deion Sanders joined our team, and it continues to inspire our players on the field. With that in mind, we are continuing to listen to the Native American community, as well as our fans, players, and alumni to ensure we are making an informed decision on this part of our fan experience.”

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Anything else?

As for other teams in the Braves’ shoes, ESPN reported that the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks said they also will continue using their moniker since it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations.

“The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public,” the NHL team said in a statement Tuesday, the outlet noted.

Other teams that use the “Tomahawk Chop” motion include the NCAA’s Florida State Seminoles and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN said.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians also are
considering changing their name and logo over racist depictions of Native Americans, the outlet added.

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