Thursday, June 01, 2006

But Will it Sell?

We read:

"Comic book heroine Batwoman is to make a comeback as a "lipstick lesbian" who moonlights as a crime fighter, a DC Comics spokesman has confirmed. ...

The new-look Batwoman is just one of a wave of ethnically and sexually diverse characters entering the DC Comics universe. Others include Mexican teenager Blue Beetle - who replaces the character's previous white incarnation....

Regular characters Firestorm and The Atom, meanwhile, have been reinvented as black and Asian heroes respectively."


"N-word" Controversy

The High Court of Australia recently ruled that the "n-word" is not offensive in Australia -- so, as an Australian, my view of the offensiveness of the word could well lack authority.

But any claim by the Rev. Al Sharpton to be an authority on anything is in my view a fairly dubious claim too. Nonetheles, we do read here his claim to be a forensic authority on use of the N-word.

It would be an incautious court that would treat Shakedown Sharpton as the authority he claims to be. But he may get his wish for all that. A black skin seems to be an almost ironclad guarantee of righteousness in the public deliberations of the USA today.

His claim that the word is ALWAYS offensive is however more than a little strange in view of the frequency with which blacks themselves use it to and about one-another.

Incorrect Erections

From Batty Britain:

"A resident's e-mails objecting to a planning application were blocked by a computer system that tries to filter blue or risque language. Commercial lawyer Ray Kennedy, from Middleton, Gtr Manchester, wrote three e-mails to Rochdale Council complaining about a planning matter. But two messages, with the word "erection", were blocked as offensive and the third was too late..."


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