TMI.Buzz recently caught up with Holly Robinson Peete while she strolled in L.A. with her son and asked her what she thought about Donald Trump’s recent statements [on Mexican Immigrants].
Peete summed it up best by saying “oh boy, he dug himself in.” And then Peete did some digging of her own…in her purse! The former 21 Jump Street Star (she will always be Officer Judy Hoffs to us) pulled out some money for a disabled panhandler on the street, advised him not to let anyone take it and then kept it moving.
It seems Takei wrote the piece less in response to Thomas’ ruling against the historic ruling of making same-sex marriage legal in all states -Thomas was one of four judges to rule against it, and more because of the following statements written by Thomas in regards to his ruling:
“Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government…Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.”
George Takei is both openly gay AND was held in an internment camp during World War II, so he did not take Thomas’ statements lightly and blasted the black judge. Of course he back-pedaled a little in order to smooth over the sting of the word “blackface,” saying on a Facebook post:
“When asked by a reporter about the opinion, I was still seething, and I referred to him as a ‘clown in blackface’ to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage…This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While I continue to disagree with Justice Thomas, the words I chose, said in the heat of anger, were not carefully considered.”
Blindie thinks Takei has every right to be seething over Thomas’ comments, because last we checked it’s very hard to have dignity when the government selectively withholds rights from you that are afforded other people based on your race, sex, or sexual orientation. Of course, we don’t advocate using the term blackface but we sure do understand where Takei is coming from and we’re not mad at him for using the term, so “live long and prosper” (that is, if the government allows you to)!
After Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’ during his presidential campaignannouncement on June 16, Ameria Ferrera, of “Ugly Betty” and “The Traveling Pants” fame, is not wasting her time ‘chastising’ Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but rather thanking him in an open letter on Huffington Post.
The Honduran actress eloquently sticks it to Trump by pointing out his ‘outdated fantasy of a bigoted America,’ and a few sobering facts about the Latino population statistics in the U.S. and their political power. ‘We are the future,’ Ferrera declares.
Si, muchacha! Si! -is all Blindie can say, while we beat on a pinata of Trump’s likeness of course.
Read the letter below (we’ve highlighted our favorite bits):
You’ve said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they’re worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I’m not a billionaire. Isn’t that awesome?
Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are — people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don’t want to spend my time chastising you. I’ll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I’m writing to say thank you!
You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that. Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.
Do you know why that’s such a big deal, Donald? Because Latinos are the largest, youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the United States of America. That’s right! You are running for President in a country where the Latino population grew by over 49 percent from 2000-2012, while the rest of the country grew by 5.8 percent. What’s more, we are the future. The median age of the average Latino is 27 years old, compared to 42 years old for white Americans. In case you need a translation, that means there are a whole lot of Americans who are Latino and have the right to vote. And, we’re not going anywhere.
This is the America we are actually living in. I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election. If you don’t believe me, you could ask President Bush or you could even ask President Obama.
You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones — marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!
Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat. Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government. Thank you for sending out the rallying cry.
You have made your thoughts on the Latino community clear and you continue to stand by them. And in return, we will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piñatas of your likeness. We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.
The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation. They are at the core of our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat. No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honor students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America.
Thank you for helping us in our work to energize the Latino vote and to usher in our shared future! Keep it up!
Sonia Manzano, 65, who plays Fix-It-Shop owner Maria on Sesame Street announced her retirement from the beloved PBS kids’ series.
Of course, your toddler won’t really notice Maria’s absence as long as Elmo is still there, but you Gen Xers who watched a fresh-faced Sonia on the preschool show in the 1970s are probably devastated by the news. No more Captain Kangaroo, or Mister Rogers, and now Maria is leaving Sesame Street! And what happened to Kermit the Frog? Remember when he was on Sesame Street? Now they only tote him out for the big movies – what’s up with that?
Manzano, of Puerto Rican descent, first appeared on Sesame Street in 1971 and became a regular character in 1974. Her character eventually married Luis, another Latino character on the show.
The pioneering Latina actress earned 15 Emmys acting and writing for Sesame Street over the years. Her biography “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” will be released in August of this year.
Social Media was all a buzz with warm wishes and regrets for the beloved Sesame actress:
Apparently Tiger Woods is doing just as poorly in the love department as he is doing on the golf course. Woods called it quits with yet another blonde, professional skier Lindsey Vonn, this past May after two years.
Rumor has it the Tiger is on the prowl for another pro-golfer’s ex-wife, Amanda Boyd. Boyd was previously married to golfer Jason Dufner but divorced in April.
Amanda Boyd with husband pro-golfer Jason Dufner
The National Enquirer cited an affair Tiger was having with Amanda as the real reason his relationship with Lindsey Vonn ended. However, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Page Six, “This is 100 percent false. Absolutely zero truth to the rumor.”
Well, at least Amanda Boyd is a brunette -that’s different right?
Check out this hilarious piece Deadspin ran about whether you should f*** TIger Woods.
Just when you thought Ben Affleck and Jen Garner were going to be the celebrity couple to stay the course -after all, they have been married for 10 years, which is like the equivalent of 30 years in Hollywood years, they up and file for divorce. The kicker is that they filed on their 10-year anniversary -OUCH! Someone trying to make a statement?
Well, when we heard about Bennifer 2.0 throwing in the towel we were reminded of a piece People.com put together 10 years ago musing about whether the current star couples would stay together: Star Couples: Will It Last?
People.com’s Photo Gallery Star Couples: Will It Last?
Check it out! It features, don’t laugh, Pamela Anderson and Stephen Dorff, Scarlett Johansson and Jared Leto, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio Moretti, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz (yes, McConaughey must have a thing for Latina women), Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Brandon Davis and Mischa Barton (are they even famous anymore), Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio and…..drum roll please…..BEYONCE and JAY-Z!
Yes, the only black celebrity couple featured in the People.com photo gallery has outlasted all of the other star couples.We know you had your doubts, we had our doubts too, but hey, it’s been 7 years of marriage so far and they’ve been together even longer than that. How’s that for beating those mythical odds about black relationships and marriage? Google it, we won’t bother repeating the biased and skewed numbers, but you can read this article on About.com that busts some of those black marriage myths.