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CNN’s Top 10 list of 2006 include 3 related to issues of racism and discrimination December 31, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Mel Gibson, Racism, Racist.

The top 10 entertainment stories list of 2006 according to CNN includes 3 stories related to issues of racism and discrimination. Mel Gibson and Michael Richards get ranked at number 4 with their racist rants, yet, it is interesting that Gibson takes top spot of #4 over Michael Richards who was just included in “#4 a.” with other racist comments made. However, Michael Richards generated huge media coverage as the video of his rant was made public and the overly zealous lawyer Gloria Allred tired to make money and news from the event.

4. Mel Gibson His drunken, racist tirade made him the center of attention in July. “Apocalypto” put him on top of the box office in December.

4a. Race and rants. Gibson’s outburst (and others, notably Michael Richards’) started talk about race, ethnicity and prejudice, but whether the discussion was enlightening or simply a frenzy of yelling is an open question. (CNN’s Paula Zahn has tried to do some exploration.)

Borat earns the rank of #8, yet, CNN fails to even mention the blatant racist overtones of Sacha Baron Cohen “Borat” himself in the movie and CNN even calls him ‘clever’:
Is Borat racist?

Borat film banned in Russia because of offensiveness to ethnic groups and religions

8. Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen’s clever Kazakh character topped the box office and started discussions on the value of satire. High-five!

Darfur and Namibia are still in crisis despite the fact that thankfully some celebrities have finally spoken up about these issues. We can only hope that 2007 will finally bring international action in helping these regions.

9. Celebrities and Africa. Some attracted cameras (George Clooney in Darfur, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Namibia), some appeared to invite them (Madonna). Regardless of the reasons, perhaps the exposure will do some good.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: CNN

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