N.J. Town Scandalized by High School Art Show About Police Brutality

Andy Cush · 05/19/15 04:05PM

An art show at Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J. asked students to create images that commented on one of three hot-button issues: “Modern Technology Advances,” “Gender Equality,” and “Law Enforcement - Police Brutality.” That last option got a few local parents really riled up.

This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Gabrielle Bluestone · 04/22/15 10:45PM

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that terrified the actor.

Adam Weinstein · 03/03/14 05:01PM

Pro tip: When opening your university's new art museum, don't pull an exhibition drawing attention to a famous donor's racist tendencies because it's "not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere." It's not supposed to be a celebration of your being a censoring a-hole.

G.B.F. Was Rated R for Being Gay

Rich Juzwiak · 12/18/13 02:52PM

G.B.F. is a good-natured teen comedy about prom queens in search of gay best friends. Its depictions of affection are chaste and its language is clean. So why does it have an R rating?

Nitasha Tiku · 11/19/13 12:17PM

Veteran reporter Michael Forsythe confirmed on Twitter that he has left Bloomberg News. Last week, the New York Post reported that Forsythe was fired for talking to the New York Times about a lengthy investigation into Chinese leaders. That story was killed because Bloomberg feared losing terminal sales in China.

Egypt Suspends Bassem Youssef's Satirical Television Show

Max Rivlin-Nadler · 11/02/13 09:06AM

The satirical Egyptian television show "al-Bernameg " hosted by Bassem Youssef (dubbed Egypt's Jon Stewart) was suspended from the air last night, only minutes before airing. Last week, Youssef had turned his attention to making fun of Egypt's military rulers, sparking even more controversy and resulting in new, stricter editorial conditions from the show's network. Apparently, Youssef's writing staff failed to meet the new conditions.

Student Newspaper Censored for Featuring Coed Vulvae on Cover [NSFW]

Neetzan Zimmerman · 08/21/13 09:39AM

It was supposed to be a commentary on "the inaccurate depiction of vulvae in the mainstream media," but the comment was apparently lost on the censors who decided to order every copy of one august student newspaper destroyed for featuring too many real vulvae on the cover of its latest issue.