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Top Five Controversial Comments Regarding Ray Rice Scandal

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The Ray Rice domestic violence scandal has caused a huge uproar world wide; from media outlets to celebrities, many seem to have very strong opinions regarding not only the situation, but the punishment enforced.

Earlier this week, TMZ released a never before seen video of Rice attacking his then fiancée Janay Palmer back in February while in an elevator at a Atlantic City casino. When the NFL first learned of the assault, they suspended the Baltimore Ravens player for just two games. But after this new video surfaced for the world to see, it was announced that not only was Rice cut from the Ravens but suspended from the NFL indefinitely.

Many have scrutinized the NFL for how they handled the case and others have actually defended Rice and his actions. So HipHollywood has gathered the top controversial comments some might consider questionable and or ignorant … Including comments by Rice’s now wife, Palmer who defended the former NFL star and criticized the media.

Janay Rice: “I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Floyd Mayweather: “There’s a lot worse that happen in households. It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”

Floyd later apologized, “If I offended anyone I apologize,” Mayweather said. “I apologize to the NFL. I strive to be a perfectionist but no one is perfect. I don’t condone what happened. I’m not even involved in football. I’m a boxer. If I’m not focused on it I don’t know why anybody else is.”

Fox & Friends Host, Brian Kilmeade: When comparing the Solange, Jay Z elevator incident to Rice’s, he joked: “But you notice Jay-Z didn’t hit back. I think the message is take the stairs.”

Announcer Ted Robinson: The San Francisco 49ers suspended the broadcaster for two games for being a little too opinionated while talking about Janay Palmer’s decision to still marry Rice after the abuse. “How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell (and stand by him)? That’s pathetic to me,” he said on KNBR radio.

He too issued an apology: “I want to unconditionally apologize for my comments the other day. As a professional communicator, I am responsible for my words. My choice of words was careless and does not reflect my true feelings about domestic violence. I understand that the cycle of abuse keeps people in unhealthy relationships. No blame or responsibility for domestic violence should ever be placed on a victim.”

Dr. Ben Carson (Former neurosurgeon who is considering a bid for the GOP 2016 nomination): “Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems,” Carson told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV. “And his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. And rather than jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s see if we can get some help for these people.”

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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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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