The Banana Selfie Campaign Against Racism Was Actually A Planned Marketing Stunt

But people are still tweeting #WeAreAllMonkeys anyway.

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So, it turns out the banana heard around the world was really a preplanned marketing scheme.

On April 27, Brazil-born Barcelona soccer star Dani Alves wowed audiences when he mockingly ate the banana a racist fan threw at him during a match — and then kept on playing. Soon, other soccer players, Brazilian politicians, and fans worldwide were uploading photos of themselves with bananas using #WeAreAllMonkeys and #SayNoToRacism to protest the racist incident. Police apprehended the suspected banana thrower, identified as 26-year-old David Campaya Lleo, BBC reported.

It was a feel-good Twitter moment — until Spanish news reported that Alves, his teammate Neymar, the marketing firm Loducca, and Brazilian marketers Meio e Mensagen had orchestrated the whole affair. Loducca started planning the campaign after Alves and Neymar, who is also Brazilian, were racially abused during a game in March, Spain’s AS sports newspaper reported.

Guga Ketzer, a Loducca partner, told AS News, “Actions speak louder than words,” Metro news reported. Ketzer continued: “A gesture needs no translation and what we’re seeing is that this has gone viral, globally. The idea was for Neymar to eat the banana, but in the end it was Alves, and that works just the same… We created #SomosTodosMacacos and #WeAreAllMonkeys, with the gesture of eating a banana, and it has been turned into a movement.”

4. The reaction online was mixed. Many kept tweeting photos using the sponsored hashtag, seemingly unaware that the stunt was actually not a spontaneously generated campaign against racism.

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Muslim Teen Asks Dad If She Could Remove Her Hijab, And His Response Is Brilliant

17-year-old Lamyaa from Pennsylvania was recently engaged in a group chat with friends. When everybody started discussing Donald Trump, Lamyaa, who is an Arab Muslim Woman, contributed to the discussion with her own strong views about the president. Realizing that she was a Muslim, a mutual friend in the group chat, whom she didn’t know, responded to her comments in the only way that idiots know how.

“Stop defending Islam Bitch shut up you couldn’t take that scarf off or your dad would beat your ass,” they wrote, prompting the best response ever from Lamyaa. Because instead of letting the insult slide, or responding to the stranger in a similarly brainless manner, she decided to ask her dad, who lives in Saudi Arabia, if it was ok for her to remove her hijab. What did he say? See for yourself below. She shared his answer on Twitter and it’s since gone viral with over 320k likes 147k shares.

17-year-old Lamyaa is an Arab Muslim woman from Pennsylvania

She was recently having a group chat with friends when somebody she didn’t know insulted her

Lamyaa decided to ask her father if it was OK to take off her hijab, and his response couldn’t have been better

Many people were quick to stand behind Lamyaa and her father

And Lamyaa was also keen to let people know that she had no intention of actually taking her hijab off

Other people had different views however

And so Lamyaa decided to clarify things a little

“Your dad is so sweet!” wrote one person, and we have to agree

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WHOA: Tariq Nasheed out-Tariq Nasheed’s himself with DERP-filled #OJSimpsonParole tweet

Raise your hand if you’re NOT shocked that Tariq Nasheed believes that OJ Simpson was ‘clearly innocent’:

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Why #CrimingWhileWhite Is The Discussion This Country Needs



White privilege is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it’s been a hotly-debated topic amongst many deep and intellectual minds regarding race. Yet, Millennials, with the use of social media, may have done more in one night to address this issue than any scholar, politician or person every before.

There is no denying that we are born into certain privileges based on our genes, genetics and gender.

Born as a male, you could say genetically, I’m privileged to be physically stronger than most of my female peers. It’s nothing I feel ashamed of, and I don’t try to deny its existence. Why would I?

The whole world around me has accepted this fact, even making adjustments to athletics, due to the fact that males and females compete at different levels.

I don’t yell at the tall person in front of me at my favorite concert for his or her extremely long legs, as to do so would be completely asinine.

In so many instances, we go through our day-to-day lives, aware and willing to acknowledge the many privileges each of us enjoys. So, why the friction when it comes to race and the privileges it bestows?

With our country’s treatment (mistreatment, if we’re being honest) of people based on the color of their skin, why is it so hard to believe that our system favors those who built it?

Perhaps it’s because it’s an extremely uncomfortable conversation to have, which is why social media presented the perfect platform to begin this conversation.

Like in any comment section, people feel more inclined to let loose and express their true thoughts and feelings under the anonymity of the Internet.

Go to Twitter and check out #CrimingWhileWhite. Twitter is flooded with people confessing matters and standing on soapboxes they may have otherwise been too timid to express more publically.

This means they are able to contribute to an important conversation without the uncomfortable face-to-face mess it can create, and thus, create a bigger conversion in regards to race inequality in this country.

For the first time, the majorities on both sides are finally having a civilized conversation.

And, to those going out of their way to suppress and make fun of this movement, I ask, why? To date, this is the largest conversation this country has EVER had about white privilege.

As Millennials, we all should celebrate the fact that our generation is, once again, leading our nation in conversations and actions that have to take place.

People are willing to openly discuss the fact that based on the color of their skin, there are inherently certain advantages.

Take one look at our history — hell, take one look at certain practices still in place today — and quite frankly, I find it difficult to argue the contrary.

In the past few decades, we have made so much progress in abolishing the blatant practices of stereotyping, prejudice and racism that it feels like all that’s left is the covert forms they carry. The only way to end these practices is to have open dialogue amongst all races.

Up until this point, the conversation has been one-sided. Blacks talked about how they felt, and too often, this was cast as race baiting or playing the victim card.

So, I ask again, for those making a mockery of this movement, why go out of your way to impede progress? What purpose does that serve this great nation?

My last question is on a topic that gives me great pleasure to discuss: Does it surprise you that, once again, our generation has led the way in these uncomfortable talks? GLBT and marriage equality. Climate change. Immigration. Social mobility.

Where would our nation stand if not for our persistence? Would we see the current progress our nation can enjoy without our ability and willingness to use our voices to inform the masses and generate the changes we wish to see in the world?

There are many amazing and kind-hearted people in this country who have benefitted from the systems in place today, solely because they are white (or male, or heterosexual).

And, because of this, I’m sure it made talking about advantages bestowed upon them because of the color of their skin difficult.

I’m here to say, white privilege is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, we need more white people addressing white privilege in order to change the systems in place and to help ensure this country continues to move in the right direction.

As we have done before, and as we shall do again, Millennials must lead in the fight against inequality. Is #CrimingWhileWhite the last conversation this country needs to have about white privilege?

No, but it’s definitely the start this country needed.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of Elite Daily.

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Can You Figure Out Why This Red Cross Poster Is Extremely Offensive?

So Margaret Sawyer stumbled across the poster below outside of a pool in Salida, Colorado. Before I say anything, see if you can spot what immediately jumped out at her.

See it?


Look closely at literally anything that is happening.

Still nothing?

OK, let me help:

You know what’s not a good time to be racist? Well, fine, there’s never a good time to be racist (although some Americans believe that timeis Halloween).

But, anyway, you know what’s anespeciallybad time to be racist? During safety instructions designed for children.

Everyone doing anything remotely bad in this poster is not white.

Plus, please note, this poster is made by the red cross. Which has since removed it from its website. But not before posting it all over the place.

The best part about this all is it’s obvious the person who illustrated this was trying to go for a “WE LIVE IN A DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD AND OUR MULTI-ETHNIC CHILDREN LIVE IN PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER” sort of thing.

Unfortunately, the illustrator’s subconscious was doing most of the heavy lifting here when it came to deciding whowould be involved inall the dangerous misbehaving.

To make matters worse, all the “bad stuff” the black kids are doing, is really just about how they’re going to hurt white kids, not hurt themselves. Even the diving guy is almost hitting young Daphne.

The only black kid hurting himself is the kid who is literally drowning to death while both lifeguards are busy scolding theother black kids for putting white kids in danger.

OK, and by now I may bereading into this too much, but that “be cool, follow the rules” slogan also seems laced with some weird racial politics. It reminds me of anti-drug ads, where people try to recast what “cool” is insisting, usually, that being cool is about being safe and listening to your white mom, instead of what rap music (black people)and hip-hop (black people)says is cool.

The whole thing seems to deliver this message: “It’s actually COOLERto follow the rules andnot be like the cool rebellious black kids.”

America is hell.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Asks Black Actors to Boycott the Oscars, But This Actress Isnt Buying It

Does boycotting the Oscars over color help move the conversation forward?

There’s a lot of talk about the fact that the Oscars are, again, predominantly white. This has some celebrities, like Jada Pinkett Smith, calling for an all-out boycott.

Many others feel like this movement is going the wrong direction.

Enter Stacey Dash. You might remember her from the 1995 film,Clueless.Well, in real life she’s far from the ditzy character she played in the 90’s cult classic. She’s articulate, winsome and opinionated–especially when it comes to issues of race and culture.

Here’s what she has to say about the #WhiteOscars debate.

If we dont want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NCAAP] Image Awards where youre only awarded if youre black. If it were the other way around, wed be up in arms.

Its a double standard, Dash added. Just like there shouldnt be a black history month. Were Americans, period.

It’s clear that this is a super sensitive subject, but Dash has a point. We can’t cry for unity when we keep creating sub-structures that promote segregation–that goes for both sides.

What do you think?

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People Found A Way To Blame Beyonc For Kendall’s Pepsi Ad And It’s BS

Theres a corner of Twitter that found it appropriate to drag Beyonc into this ad scandal with Kendall Jenner and Pepsi.

It doesnt matter that she was somewhere being pregnant AF and celebrating her ninth wedding anniversary with her hubby, Jay Z.

It also doesnt matter that while Kendall Jenner was following in the footsteps of her culture appropriating family Beyonc was dropping a long-awaited tribute love song on TIDAL.

Beyonc had to be added into the conversation, because well, why not?

Some wonderedif similar outcry would happen ifBeyonc were the one in thePepsi ad.

Others think she should be held accountable because of her 15-year long relationship with the brand.

Sigh. Sometimes I wish Beyonc wouldstart handing out clap backs on Insta like

Since she wont, Ill provide some clarity

Beyonc already did her Pepsi ads and they werent problematic AF.

We dont have to wonder what if Beyonc did a Pepsi commercial; shes done a handful. None of them wereracist or exclusionary. None bit off of anyblack political movements.

The pop star also hasa history of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Kendall Jenner does not.

She has uplifted parentswho lost children to police violence on multiple occasions and pushed for the victims justice using her platform online.

The singer also has multiple artistic endeavors under her belt that challenge injustices against black people the most obvious ones being her 2016 Black Panther-themed Super Bowl performance and the visual album, .

The woman sat on top of a damn sinking police car in the middle of New Orleans to challenge government negligence during Hurricane Katrina, police brutality and the exclusion of black women all in one.

When it comes to activism and/or artivism, Beyonc and Kendall Jenner arent the least bit comparable.

Also, be clear: The commercial is still trash if you replace Kendall with Beyonc.

It doesnt matter who offered soda to the officer; it still waters downthe Black Lives Matter movementwith the message that such a simple move can fix the racialized police brutalitygoing on in this country.

Throwing Beyonc in this debacle says a lot about how our society views black women.

Awhite woman and a big brandare responsible for aterribly insensitive and disrespectful video that blatantly black women (frontrunners and creators of the Black Lives Matter organization) and exploits an entire movement yet a black woman who is entirely uninvolved is still being thrown into themix.

Thisisnt the only instance ofblack women being blamed for some bullshit.

Black women were accused of being the reason for Nate Parkers film, Birth Of A Nation, flopping instead of Nate Parker who mishandled conversations about his rape case.

We were also charged with dividing Januarys womens march. Forget the fact that women of color helped organize the thing, and thedistance white feminists created that inspired many black women to still sit it out.

Moral of the story: A black woman can be in a forest feeding unicorns while reciting Warsan Shireand still, people will find a way to make her responsible for any and everything.

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‘Going to say it’: David Limbaugh asks question about liberalism and racism!/DavidLimbaugh/status/501356683910586368

David Limbaugh discussed the situation in Ferguson, Mo. today by taking on liberalism and racism:!/DavidLimbaugh/status/501356462849785856!/DavidLimbaugh/status/501359366356733954

Now there’s a take that needs to be spread far and wide.!/TallyMAC/status/501357907909541889!/beaujolais1/status/501358025794658304!/ladyliberty01/status/501362262645305346!/ConsoleContempt/status/501363438686584832!/ladyliberty01/status/501363684124270592!/Flyingright1/status/501366704715223040

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