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‘The Great Indoors’ Offends Millennial Media – TCA

War broke out today between millennial media and the cast and creators of CBS’ new comedy series The Great Indoors, in which Joel McHale stars as an adventure reporter who becomes boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of their magazine. The apocalypse struck TCA this morning.

It started when EP Mike Gibbons, who noted that 40 is the new 80, mentioned that CBS focus-grouped the pilot, and the millennial in the group said he did not like it because of the jokes about millennials being coddled, too sensitive and thin-skinned. The woman running the focus group, Gibbons said, clarified: “So, you were offended by millennials being portrayed as too sensitive.”

A Millennial Media Member interrupted Gibbons. “I’m a millennial myself. How are we so coddled, and what about our overly politically correct workplace bothers you?” she asked, like she meant it to sting.

Stephen Fry, who co-stars as the charismatic founder of The Great Outdoors magazine, who is a world traveler, explorer and adventurer, jumped in to note there is “an element of coddling” and “an element in which you have it tougher than the generation before.”

“Yeah, no shit,” Millennial Media Member snarked at Fry, whose family “generations before” includes relatives sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

The Millennial Media Member wanted her question answered by Gibbons, not Fry, and said so in no uncertain terms.

“A great example is how you interrupted my answer,” Gibbons shot back.

Gibbons then informed Millennial Media Member that, during that aforementioned focus group, when asked if they would watch the next episode, the millennial group member raised his hand to indicate he would. “That’s because it’s about them,” Gibbons speculated. “Millennials are very smart, and we have that in the show in spades, and they have a voice and that’s great.” But, he added, millennials have an “inability to resist taking four photos of themselves a day. They will come back if it’s about them.”

Gibbons insisted the show is an equal-opportunity fun-poker-at-er, targeting the millennials in the workplace but also McHale’s generation and Fry’s.

At various points, millennial cast members tried to calm down the question askers, without much success. Christine Ko, for example, explained that the show’s millennials are represented positively for their embracing of diversity and being “the most inclusive generation” and promised they would make fun of McHale’s character “a whole lot.” She also said she was “pleasantly surprised” to discover a lot of the people in the writers room were millennials.

Another media member, non-millennial, asked Gibbons if he was “worried” that the show would be dismissed as “middle-aged white guy complaining about his lot in life and having to deal with millennials.”

Joked Gibbons, “Our show is going to make America great again,” .

“So you are the Trump show?” Non-Millennial Media Member snapped back. “I’m just seeking clarification.”

“Irony comes through in print, right?” Gibbons quipped.

Back to Millennial Media Members: “Do you want millennials to watch your show?” one asked. “Cause you come out here and, ‘Ha, ha, ha, millennials are so sensitive and PC,'” that person asked, calling it “so negative.”

This time McHale jumped in, saying that if the show is offending millennials, it’s “the best strategy ever.”
"You're too whiny and overly sensitive." Proves them wrong by whining and being overly sensitive. :lol

Preview of the show.

 

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Australia hasn't made criticizing Islam illegal lol

Villifying something and critising something are not the same.

Also its only in the ACT which has a population of about 20 people, seriously, the ACT stands for the Australian Capital Territory, its just the one small city kinda like Washington DC
 

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http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/teachers-at-school-directed-to-stop-addressing-students-as-lsquoboys-and-girlsrsquo/4240210/

Teachers at school directed to stop addressing students as ‘boys and girls’

Teachers at Carlos Rey Elementary School are in a tough situation after their assistant principal told them to stop calling their students “boys and girls.”

It seems the school administrators decided to take the new transgender bathroom policy for Albuquerque Public Schools a step further. This appears to the first example of something that started as a bathroom issue now expanding into daily life in the classroom.

A letter sent to teachers at Carlos Rey this month titled “Gender Identity Procedural Directive” states teachers can no longer refer to their students as boys and girls starting this month, telling them to eliminate gender in their classrooms.

It incites a passionate reaction from both sides.

“This is outlandish,” said Rev. Adelious D. Stith, a regular at APS board meetings. “This just makes no sense at all.”

Stith has been pleading with board members to listen to parents before allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The district has said it will comply with a federal order on the issue, and this is the first school year with the policy in action.

Stith said the letter from an assistant principal proves the APS directive has just caused confusion in how to correctly implement it.

“She or he is now exercising what they believe,” Stith said. “It’s their spin on the directive. They are confused obviously. We can call them scientists, but we can’t call them boys and girls. This is ridiculous.”

But Adrien Lawyer with the Transgender Resource Center believes the assistant principal was actually trying to do the right thing.

“What the principal was trying to say is let’s think about how we address students and all of the gendered language that we use all day every day and whether or not we really have to do that,” he said.

Lawyer said that kind of policy would have taken a lot of the daily suffering out of his childhood, growing up as a girl who knew in his heart he was a boy.

“For some young people, that’s a really painful experience every day to be referred to as the wrong gender,” he said.

The district said this was a complete mistake on the assistant principal’s part and that she was immediately addressing the overreach. APS said nowhere in their transgender policy does it say to not call students boys and girls.

Sources at the school, however, tell KOB they were told to continue with that policy.
 

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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-parliament-passes-religious-vilification-laws-20160804-gqlagu.html

I'm so sorry Australia now has some shite blasphemy law that's similar to ones in the middle east.

Edit: Damn, you beat me to it. $7500 fine, fuck me sideways.
Maybe we have a different understanding but by the wording of this article (which I had never heard of before) it doesn't seem to say you can't have an opinion on Islam, rather you can't attack someone based on their religion, with Islam being the primary example.

It's funny though because casual hate against so called "towelheads" is more prevalent and more fueled by ignorance than informative opinions on Islam in this country than you would like to think.
 

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A language guide produced by Princeton University tells employees to avoid using gendered language, including just about every use of the word “man.”

The set of “gender inclusive style guidelines” is intended by Princeton to eradicate the pernicious influence of gendered terms in the English language.

“Replace gendered pronouns, e.g., he, him, his, and she, her, hers, by rewriting the text in the plural,” the guide recommends in one tip. In another, it suggests staff “use gender-neutral occupational titles and gender-neutral generic terms instead of … expressions that contain the word man and the use of man as an adjective or verb.”

What does that mean? A “foreman” should now be a “foreperson,” according to the guide. “Mankind” should be replaced by “humanity” or the substantially less-elegant “people.” “Workmanlike” behavior should now simply be “skillful” behavior. Instead of “manning” a post, one should “operate” or “staff it.”

The guide is the work of Princeton’s human resources department, which apparently expects school staff to adhere to it. The policy has been in place since March 2015, but was first publicized Thursday by The College Fix.

When contacted, Princeton spokesman John Cramer told the Fix the guidelines “reflect the university’s initiative of fostering an inclusive environment.”

Many schools have released lengthy guides telling students or staff what words and phrases they should or should not use. A guide at the University of New Hampshire claimed words like “American” were problematic. At North Carolina State University, the phrase “land of opportunity” was denounced as a microaggression. Other schools, including the University of Tennessee and Princeton itself, have produced guides encouraging the use of gender-neutral pronouns.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/18/princeton-university-tells-staff-to-avoid-the-word-man-at-all-costs/

RACIAL ISSUES WHITE PRIVILEGE
Public university to host whites-only student retreat on ‘white privilege’
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The University of Vermont is slated to host a whites-only student retreat this November focused on teaching participants about their white privilege and how to they can help reverse the negative effect their white privilege has on their campus and the nation.

The “Examining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White” is predicated on the notion that white privilege is real, and that it is and pressing problem facing this nation, as students who attend will learn how to understand “the impact of white privilege” and how to take “action against racism,” the university’s website states.

“It’s a new retreat specifically for white students to engage in building a stronger and inclusive campus community,” the University of Vermont’s website adds.

‘Blame the White Guy’

The retreat is relatively new. It was offered last year as well, when it made national headlines. Many conservative pundits criticized it at the time.

“They should’ve just called it ‘Blame the White Guy 2015,’” opined Fox News’ Todd Starnes. And Kimberly Ross on RedState noted “it really is nothing but judging others based on their appearance and cultural upbringing, assuming things about both, and trying to correct them. And that sounds a lot like a wrong that has been done before.”

Asked about the criticism, Enrique Corredera, director of university communications, defended the retreat in an email last week to The College Fix.

“UVM’s Examining White Privilege Retreat (in 2015) was the second such gathering to explore issues of identity, diversity, and culture,” he said. “This non-credit bearing retreat was designed to engage white students who wanted to become more effective allies in confronting racism and supporting students of color at UVM. These students were seeking an educational opportunity for themselves to learn about and understand the issue of white privilege, its historical roots, and its current dynamics and impact.”

Taxpayer funded

Students are given full meals and an education on white privilege all for free, as the public university picks up the tab. Last year’s retreat cost $6,000, Corredera told The Fix.

UVM’s program is not unique, either. Oregon State University spent $11,500 on a series of similar retreats during the last school year.

One such retreat, called “Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World,” gave white students a chance to examine their “white identity” and “white privilege,” as well as to discuss “strategies to dismantle oppressive systems,” the university’s website stated.

Oregon State plans to host similar retreats again, slated to take place sometime in 2017, according to its website.

Corredera said such retreats are all part of the higher education experience.

“This retreat is an example of the varied programs available at many universities to assist students in their quest for better understanding of culture and history in order to become responsible global leaders,” he said. “It is a piece of a broad array of different offerings for students to facilitate meaningful and civil dialogue and expanded awareness and insights across a range of diverse backgrounds with respect to difficult and important societal challenges.”
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/28545/
 

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The University of Chicago, one of America’s most prestigious and selective universities, is warning incoming students starting this fall not to expect safe spaces and a trigger-free existence during their four-year journey through academia.

In a letter sent to the class of 2020, university officials said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at the expense of shielding students from unpopular opinions or ideas.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter states.

The University of Chicago is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world, and also one of the most selective. Only about 8 percent of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school.

The warning from Chicago stands in sharp contrast to many other American universities that have gone out of their way to coddle students by protecting them from ideas they may find offensive or disturbing.

The University of Chicago is having none of it. To drive home the point, the letter to students includes a link to a report on freedom of expression issued by the university in January 2015. The report quotes a former president of the University, Hanna Holborn Gray, as saying that “education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/24/u-chicago-to-frosh-no-safe-spaces-here.html
 

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The University of Missouri’s (MU) flagship Columbia campus has officially lost a staggering 23 percent of its freshman class this year, an even worse figure than administrators initially predicted in the wake of major racial strife.

The big enrollment drop at MU has been brewing for months, but finally became a reality this week with the start of fall term on campus. MU’s freshman class this year has some 4,799 students, a drop of over 1,400 from last year, when freshmen numbered 6,211. Overall enrollment is down by over 2,200, a drop of about 7 percent, according to preliminary numbers released by the school.

The drop is even worse than officials at the school were predicting last spring. In March, interim chancellor Hank Foley warned the school was facing a drop of 1,500 students.
The decline is wreaking havoc on the school’s budget, which has a hole of about $30 million. To contain costs and reflect its shrinking population, the school has already shuttered several dormitories.

It’s not hard to find the cause of the school’s woes. Last year, the black activist group Concerned Student 1950 launched a major protest effort, claiming the school was a hotbed of racism and demanding the ouster of MU president Thomas Wolfe. After black members of the football team went on strike, their demands were swiftly met. At the same time, professor Melissa Click was caught on camera attacking a student journalist trying to cover the protests, and calling for “muscle” to carry him off if he refused to leave. Though Click was eventually fired, campus officials otherwise focused on trying to placate protesters and meet their demands, but this only spurred follow-up protests.

As imitation protests sprung up all over the country, MU rapidly became identified with a new, more vigorous brand of disruptive campus activism bolstered by the Black Lives Matter movement. Evidently, that reputation is causing thousands of students to stay far away.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/24/black-lives-matter-has-officially-cost-mizzou-2100-students/#ixzz4IMCkyIRH
 

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Courtesy of WQAD TV in the Quad Cities...when school mascots are apparently as scary as evil clowns?

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UI professor worried “angry” Herky mascot promotes aggression and violence
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IOWA CITY — Is Herky the Hawk too mean and scary for the delicate sensibilities of incoming freshmen? At least one member of the University of Iowa faculty thinks so, according to a story published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The professor in question is Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In an email distributed to other members of the UI Faculty sent Aug. 23, she expressed concern about the mascot’s angry, fixed grin.

““I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Oral wrote. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”

Oral told the Press-Citizen that she “has been concerned for some time with the lack of emotional variety” displayed in the images of Iowa’s long-time mascot.

“I would like to bring to the Faculty Senate’s attention that the attached Herky images are totally against the nonviolent, all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey through campus,” Oral wrote in the email to her fellow senate members, referring to images of Herky used in posters and fliers posted around campus to welcome new students.

The newspaper reached out to Faculty Senate officials, who said they are not currently “focused specifically on how Herky is depicted.”
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This is the scary mascot she refers to.



As a Hawkeye fan, this professor is a fucking moron. It's a mascot...a person in a costume. Meanwhile, LSU uses a real Bengal tiger as its mascot. Colorado has a buffalo who actually charges onto the field. I would think they would be scarier than a mascot.

Tell you what, Dr. Oral...I have an idea. We make you into a Fathead, and plaster it all over the visitor's locker room at Kinnick (which BTW are painted pink). This way, your piehole and the pink locker room can be a soothing presence when Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio State come to Iowa City. :)
 

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Individuals living in New York City can choose from a minimum of 31 different gender identities, many of which allow them to fluctuate between some version or combination of male or female identities.

Businesses that don’t respect and accommodate an individual’s chosen gender identity risk incurring six-figure fines under rules implemented by the city’s Commission on Human Rights.

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The list of protected gender identities is available online and includes options such as “gender bender,” “two spirit,” “third sex,” “androgynous,” “gender gifted,” and “pangender.” A city official speaking on background confirmed to The Daily Caller that all of the listed identities are protected by the city’s anti-discrimination laws, but said that the list was not exhaustive.
The city does not provide definitions of the various gender identities, but TheDC was able to define several of them from glossaries provided online by the University of Wisconsin and the University of California Berkeley.

Someone who identifies as “genderqueer,” for example, is a “person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders.”

A “gender bender” is someone “who bends, changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together.”

Similarly, someone who is “gender fluid” is a person “whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.”

If someone self-identifies as “androgynous,” it means they are “appearing and/or identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a gender either mixed or neutral.”

“Two spirit” individuals are Native Americans “who have attributes of both men and women, have distinct gender and social roles in their tribes, and are often involved with mystical rituals (shamans).”

If someone is “pangender,” their “gender identity is comprised of all or many gender expressions.”

The full list of gender identities can be viewed online in a document provided by the city’s Commission on Human Rights.

The city’s gender identity guidance was issued in December but has been the subject of ongoing media attention in the past week. As noted by law professor Eugene Volokh, businesses can be fined up to six figures for knowingly using the “wrong” pronouns to refer to a customer or employee.

Seth Hoy, the Human Rights Commission’s press secretary, told TheDC that the guidance was issued to “ensure that every transgender individual in New York City is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve” but assured that that “accidentally” using the wrong pronouns “will not result in a fine.” His full statement is below:

The Commission’s legal guidance on gender identity protections under the NYC Human Rights Law addresses situations in which individuals intentionally and repeatedly target transgender and gender non-conforming people. Accidentally misusing a transgender person’s preferred pronoun is not a violation of the law and will not result in a fine. The Commission issued this guidance last year so that employers and individuals understand what the law says and to ensure that every transgender individual in New York City is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/24/new-york-city-lets-you-choose-from-31-different-gender-identities/

 
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As a Hawkeye fan, this professor is a fucking moron. It's a mascot...a person in a costume. Meanwhile, LSU uses a real Bengal tiger as its mascot. Colorado has a buffalo who actually charges onto the field. I would think they would be scarier than a mascot.

Tell you what, Dr. Oral...I have an idea. We make you into a Fathead, and plaster it all over the visitor's locker room at Kinnick (which BTW are painted pink). This way, your piehole and the pink locker room can be a soothing presence when Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio State come to Iowa City. :)
That article is unreal. Have the people who think this way completely lost touch with reality? Or are they bored, just looking for literally anything to moan at?

It's a mascot on a football field. How on earth do you make the connection between a guy running around in a costume and the broader principles and characteristics of the students?

I don't understand what world we're living in anymore.
 

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http://www.inquisitr.com/2553230/yale-university-students-in-uproar-over-halloween-costumes/



Remember this? For those who don't, the Intercultural Affairs Community at Yale sent out an e-mail to its students about certain racially offensive Halloween costumes. You know, dressing like an Indian chief with headdress or things like that. They said its offensive to people. So in response, a Yale professor sent her own e-mail out basically saying to let people dress how they want, and even included the idea that if someone else thought they were being offensive, tell them, talk to them and work the issues out. You know, engage in free speech and dialogue. Well, some students really didn't take this well and got all bitchy, leading to the above video where some foul mouthed, entitled little cunt shrieked at the husband of the woman who sent the e-mail. To quote her:

“You should step down. It is not about creating an intellectual space! It is not! Do you understand that? It is about creating a home here! You are a poor steward of this community! You should not sleep at night! You are disgusting.”

Yes, heaven forbid a UNIVERSITY try to create and intellectual space. Not anymore. Its more important to make sure people feel safe and not triggered. That's why they create these safe spaces, which are essentially little zones they can sit in with their fingers in their ears so they don't have to hear anything that challenges their beliefs or points of view, and to avoid getting their feelings hurt from hearing things that conflict with said POVs/beliefs. This PC bullshit...its literally delaying human advancement. Its allowing people who are stupid continue to be stupid and interfering with discoveries and breakthroughs because someone might get upset. And this isn't at some small fry, online university in Bumblefuck, Arkansas. This is YALE. And they're catering to these pussies. Makes me want to vomit.
 
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