10 People Who Deserve A Political Talk Show (Who Aren’t Bill Maher)

Bill Maher is the worst, and has been consistently the worst for decades. His cavalier use of the word n****r on his HBO show Friday night sparked outrage, and rightfully so, but it’s not like Maher hasn’t exhibited his tendency to say racist, sexist, transphobic and Islamophobic things in the past. 
His whole shtick, after all, is anti-political correctness with a seemingly “liberal” bent, but this latest incident is a perfect example of how being “liberal” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be racist. But as Afropunk writer Hari Zayed observed on Monday, people have suddenly decided to be outraged at Maher because “white liberalism makes lightning-rod terms the problem in order to deflect from the structures beneath them.”
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9 Times Bill O’Reilly’s Replacement, Tucker Carlson, Showed Off His Sexist Cred

As of Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly is officially out at Fox News, a turn of events that has some rejoicing. Even though O’Reilly has been ousted only after it came out that he and Fox had settled at least 5 sexual harassment suits over the past 15 years ― and those claims began to hurt ad dollars ― his termination still feels like a win in the ongoing battle against sexist men with huge media platforms. 
And yet Fox has announced that O’Reilly’s slot will be filled by anchor and commentator Tucker Carlson. While Carlson certainly doesn’t have any highly publicized sexual harassment allegations looming over him (a marked improvement!), he has a well-recorded history of dismissing sexual harassment and women in general. 
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? 

1. He complained about Ashley Graham’s “political” Sports Illustrated cover. 

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7 Black Media And Activism Game Changers Who Are Paving The Way

This February, HuffPost Black Voices is honoring black men and women who are paving the way to a better future for black America. We are highlighting the work of deserving individuals who are striving to make the world a more inclusive place across their respective fields. 

To kick off the series, we’re honoring seven black men and women in the media and activism world who are using their voices to enact change. We hope you admire their work and join us as we celebrate their accomplishments: 
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BBC Airs Tone-Deaf Segment On Black People And Fried Chicken

The BBC is catching flack for a U.K .Black History Month video posted on Monday which asks whether it’s a “myth or reality” that black people like chicken more than others.
But the real question here is: What in the world were they thinking?
BBC Newsbeat tweeted the clip which features black and white British people debating the topic. “Apparently chicken makes your bum bigger,” one white participant says. “A lot of black girls that I know say that’s why they eat it.” 
Meanwhile, a black participant declares plainly, “It’s not the only food that we eat.” 
The one-minute segment ends with a white interviewee concluding that, “Loads of black people I know love chicken...There’s a stereotype but it’s true.” 

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Donald Trump’s ‘Stand By Your Man’ Double Standard

Donald Trump believes that Hillary Clinton is unqualified to be president because she previously defended her husband. But when his wife did the same, he made no such objections.
So let’s just say it: Trump is being a complete hypocrite by using his wife to handle his “Pussygate” damage control. 
On Monday, Melania Trump made an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” where she defended Trump’s “grab ‘em by the pussy” comment as “boys talk,” and dismissed the sexual assault allegations that have been levied against him in the past two weeks as lies. 
“I believe my husband. This was all organized from the opposition,” Mrs. Trump told Cooper. “And with the details that they got ― did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.”
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Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Media For ‘Normalizing White Supremacy’

Soledad O’Brien isn’t here for the media normalizing white supremacist ideas during this election, and she’s speaking out. 
O’Brien, best known for her “Black in America” series, was a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. During a discussion about how the media has covered Trump vs. Hillary, she pointed out that one of her biggest issues with coverage of the race is how Trump’s white supremacist supporters have been given air time, which in effect legitamizes and normalizes their presence and opinions in political discourse. 
“I’ve seen, on-air, white supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates,” O’Brien told host Brian Stetler. “And they do a five-minute segment, the first minute or so talking about what they believe as white supremacists. So you have normalized that.” 
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The Way Lena Dunham Talks About Black Men Is Peak White Entitlement

Lena Dunham still has a racial blindspot, and it’s time to acknowledge it. Last week, she faced the wrath of Twitter when she implied that black NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. ignored her at an event because she wasn’t f**kable. But this isn’t the first time she’s jumped to conclusions about the inner thoughts and intentions of famous black men. 
Consider the snippet below from a 2013 interview Dunham did with Vulture. In it, Dunham laments a missed opportunity to connect with Drake, after he presumably ignored the chance for a one-on-one conversation with her for Interview magazine. 
“I didn’t expect Drake to care, although I know Drake has a crush on Kat Dennings; that’s his type,” Dunham said. “I had a real moment with him, and it wasn’t reciprocated. But if I run into him now, I’m gonna be nice.”