Category: Hate Crimes

Rock M. Sakura Of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Opened Up About Her Past In Sex Work

March 18, 2021 / Posted by:

In the wake of the horrifying mass murder of eight people, including six Asian women, at three Atlanta massage spas by a confessed killer who claims he has a sex addiction, drag queen Rock M. Sakura has opened up about her own experience in the sex industry. Rock, who is Filipino-Vietnamese American, tweeted that she worked in massage up until she was cast on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She kept this hidden out of fear that she’d be slut-shamed, blacklisted, or kicked off the show. But after Tuesday’s shootings, Rock decided it was important to come out as a former sex worker because “right now people need to see, need to hear, and need to know that we need to #stopasianhate, and protect sex workers.” She says any of the victims “could easily have been me.” Continue reading

Laverne Cox Was The Target Of A Hate Crime This Weekend

November 30, 2020 / Posted by:

I know it’s redundant to say that Mondays are the clogged shower drain hair clump of the week, but here is something that Monday’s reputation for being the worst really didn’t need. Laverne Cox was reportedly the victim of a transphobic hate crime in Los Angeles over the weekend. But don’t worry, she didn’t get physically hurt and she’s relatively ok after all of it.

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Today In No Duh News: Zoë Saldana Regrets Having Played Nina Simone

August 6, 2020 / Posted by:

Nobody is immune from the mistakes of their past during this time of racial reckoning, not even Zoë Saldana who, according to People, is “Afro-Latinx of Dominican, Haitian and Puerto Rican descent,” and had YEARS to change her mind about going full Robert Downey Jr. to play Nina Simone, one of the most iconic women of all time. I mean, her first clue that it was a terrible idea should have been 40+ years of looking at herself in the mirror. The second clue should have been that the movie, simply called Nina, was written and directed by a white woman, Cynthia Mort whose only notable credit to date had been as a writer on Roseanne. At the very least, Zoë should have known it was a mistake when the makeup department came at her with an industrial glue gun and one of the airbrushes they use to paint houses. Still, Zoë enthusiastically signed on to the project back in 2012, deflecting criticism for the decision saying “Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina — I’m sorry.” Well, now she’s actually sorry.

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