*Newsweek and the Daily Beast had to do some downsizing. Instead of simply chopping from the bottom up, the execs at the publications decided to cut one of the company’s most influential journalists.
Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan was laid off, but will continue her term until the end of the year, according to a report in Journal-isms.
But that’s not going to get her down, she’s actually looking at it as an opportunity to work on her book, about the 1973 Versailles fashion week show.
In October, Editor Tina Brown and new CEO Baba Shetty announced that Newsweek will completely transition to a digital-only format in 2013.
Givhan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her “witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.”
Editor Ned Martel sang Givhan’s praises in a written statement to the rest of the staff.
“. . . Robin has demonstrated herself as an extraordinary talent, stretching the definition of fashion beyond the discussion of trends or runway flights of fancy. Thanks to Robin’s Pulitzer-awarded acuity, Washington Post readers have learned how to understand world leaders through the way they dress.”
Newsweek magazine is no stranger to controversy. Following President Obama expressing his support for gay marriage, Newsweek made headlines by publishing a piece by columnist Andrew Sullivan in which he called Obama our “first gay president.” That cover piece was accompanied by an image of Obama adorned with a rainbow-colored halo. Last month, Newsweek asked if Mitt Romney was a “wimp,” which elicited a response from Romney himself.
This week, in a political about face, Newsweek’s cover story asks if Obama is deserving of a second term. Fergusson determines that the President has failed and that Romney should be the next president.
The 75-year-old actor chatted about his views regarding weed during an interview with Newsweek recently.
“Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history,” he lamented. “You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”
Oh, he was being quite the controversial character. He also brought up his views regarding same-sex marriage, sharing his appreciation for diversity. He says people must evolve and remove themselves from tradition like he did. The actor grew up in the South, where the Bible is law. After leaving the Air force, began his entertainment career as a dancer. It was a world all its own that included brilliant gay men.
Freeman is exactly what his name says, free. This isn’t the first time he’s gotten on his soapbox and professed his liberalism.
In another interview in June this year, he confessed that he believes “we invented God.” And that “he is God.” He also said the Tea Party is a racist group.
Freeman is also starring in “The Dark Knight Rises” in theaters now.
*Minister Louis Farrakhan recently responded to President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage calling him “the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid,” according to a video posted by the Nation of Islam’s, Finalcall.com. [Scroll down to watch.]
During an address at the California Convention Center on Sunday, the Nation of Islam leader also ridiculed the media for its portrayal of Obama after the announcement, and chastised politicians and clergy for hypocritically supporting gay marriage despite the fact that the Bible forbids it, reports the Huffington Post.
Throughout his speech, Farrakhan carefully points out that he does not condone homophobia, saying “I’m not your enemy. I’m your brother, and I do love you.” However, he said “sin is sin according to the standard of God.”
“Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female,” he said. “Now don’t you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate; he’s homophobic. I’m not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot. That’s not our job to be hateful of our people. Our job is to call us to sanity.”
Farrakhan goes on to call out clergy who support gay marriage, saying they are placing society’s needs over God’s.
“Is this the book that you believe in, but now you(‘re) backing down from an aspect of it because people will get offended?” he asked.
He also ridicules Newsweek for their magazine cover that referred to Obama as the “first gay president,” and attacked politicians who take their oath with their hand on the Bible.
“If the book is no good,” he said. “What the hell are you using it for to take an oath of office to uphold, not the Bible, but the constitution?”
Farrakhan’s words are a mere addition to a firestorm of responses since Obama officially endorsed gay marriage. The president’s announcement has the black church community split down the middle with some clergy speaking out against gay marriage and others asking their congregants not to let Obama’s stance affect their vote.
Nevertheless, research shows Obama’s announcement has had a limited impact on black voters despite common expectations. A recent Washington Post-ABC survey found that the majority of blacks support gay marriage, jumping to 59 percent after the president officially endorsed it.
*Just days after Time magazine’s controversial breastfeeding cover, Newsweek’s May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country’s “first gay president” – complete with a rainbow halo over his head.
The accompanying cover story was written by openly gay political blogger Andrew Sullivan. His cover story is not yet online, but in a blog post published earlier this week, he wrote that Obama’s support of gay marriage brought him to tears:
I do not know how orchestrated this was; and I do not know how calculated it is. What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn’t know what to write, and, like many Dish readers, there are tears in my eyes.
So let me simply say: I think of all the gay kids out there who now know they have their president on their side. I think of Maurice Sendak, who just died, whose decades-long relationship was never given the respect it deserved. I think of the centuries and decades in which gay people found it impossible to believe that marriage and inclusion in their own families was possible for them, so crushed were they by the weight of social and religious pressure. I think of all those in the plague years shut out of hospital rooms, thrown out of apartments, written out of wills, treated like human garbage because they loved another human being. I think of Frank Kameny. I think of the gay parents who now feel their president is behind their sacrifices and their love for their children.
The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama’s journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships. Yes, there was politics in a lot of it. But not all of it. I was in the room long before the 2008 primaries when Obama spoke to the mother of a gay son about marriage equality. He said he was for equality, but not marriage. Five years later, he sees–as we all see–that you cannot have one without the other. But even then, you knew he saw that woman’s son as his equal as a citizen. It was a moment–way off the record at the time–that clinched my support for him.
Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That’s why we elected him.
*Everyone should know by now that Jerry Springer thrives on controversy. He’s made a career out of controversy.
From gay couples fighting with transvestite lovers to housewives fighting their husband’s midget lovers, Springer has taken on controversy–with bodyguards surrounding him and his talk show guests–with ease.
Why would Fox News think they would be a match for him on a controversial topic? (more…)