Well, it seems my alma matter made the national news today, as a former student is taking Ryerson to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, arguing that her studies in social work were sabotaged by professors discriminating against her “creed” of ethical veganism. Frankly, I don’t see a connection between veganism and social work, and her faculty saying that she can’t write a thesis on animal rights for a Masters degree in Social Work hardly seems unreasonable to me.
There’s also the suggestion that comparing marginalized people to animals is, y’know, kinda racist, but as the complainant points out: “How am I being racist if ‘race’ is a part of my identity?”
(Good question. Why don’t you ask Latino hockey player Raffi Torres…)
As you may imagine, this story has sparked a 300+ comment debate on the National Post, with some wondering what other beliefs fall under this particular creed…
Apparently, it appears that the Rhino Party is pro-cannibalism. They are so not getting my vote in the next election!
I didn’t really need another reason to hate a guy who played most of his career with Vancouver and Edmonton–my two least-favourite cities, not to mention hockey teams–and is a known cheap-shot artist (or a “hard-nosed, scrappy player,” as Don Cherry would say). But after pictures from a Phoenix-area (where his career is currently languishing) Halloween party came out, you can now add “racist honky” to the list of Reasons Why I Hate Raffi Torres.
Apparently, Torres and his wife are supposed to be Jay Z and Beyonce. He’s kinda got the look down, but she looks a lot more like JWoww. That said, neither of them are normally that dark, which has such media luminaries as Bomani Jones (who?) and the anonymous news writer for Global up in arms.
Now, I know what he was thinking. “Man, if I don’t make myself look darker, people will think I’m Eminem!” But getting a spray tan doesn’t solve anything. Sure, it’s a far cry from Al Jolson in black-face, but it’s about as funny to most people as this impression of Bill Cosby. (Well okay, that sketch is pretty good…)
Don’t get me wrong, Torres is an idiot for going out as Jay Z for Halloween (among other reasons), but if people are so offended by bad spray tans, then why hasn’t the NAACP tried to take Jersey Shore off the air, yet?