Paris Hilton may not be a Harvard scholar, but she did not mistake Nelson Mandela for Martin Luther King Jr. The reality TV star was slammed on social media Thursday after she allegedly posted the following tweet:
“RIP Nelson Mandela. Your ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was so inspiring. An amazing man.”
The tweet was then picked up by several news outlets which attributed the words to the blonde, without double checking their facts. After learning that the fake tweet had gone viral, Hilton took to Twitter to defend herself:
“Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it. I’m so sick of people lying about me and using my name. Please get a life and stop talking about mine. It’s beyond. #URPathetic #GetYourOwnLife.”
We actually feel bad for Paris, at least for a few more hours … then we’ll go back to not caring.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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