Category Archives: HuffPostLive

HuffPost Live Interview: Rolling Stone Controversy

On Thursday, July 18, 2013, I participated in a panel on HuffPost Live discussing the controversy around Rolling Stone magazine’s cover image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. I addressed how whiteness plays a role in the ways people have described the cover as showing someone who seems to be “normal”, an “average American kid”, “our next door neighbor“, a “rock star”, “good looking”, etc. I raised the point that in contrast, depictions of young black males do not get those descriptors associated with them in media narratives. For example, Trayvon Martin was also a normal, average American kid, good looking, and definitely Zimmerman’s neighbor, but Zimmerman’s defense was able to show the jury a picture of a shirtless Trayvon and persuade them to see a threatening male rather than a “neighbor.” I argued that the cover image controversy gives us an opportunity to have more complex conversations about how whiteness and white privilege influences the ways we perceive “normalcy” versus “criminal” in everyday life.

Here’s a short 2-minute synopsis of my main point:

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.

HuffPost Live Interview: Racializing the Boston Marathon Bombers

On April 30, 2013, I was interviewed on HuffPost Live to discuss the phenomenon by which the white Tsarnaev brothers became racialized as “ethnic Chechens” in media representations. They contacted me because I had posted a decidedly non-satirical analysis on my satirical blog brofiling about how a magazine cover caricatured the images of these quintessential Caucasian bros by darkening their skin and making them look like stereotypical images of Arab men.

The panel conversation also addressed how American media responds to mass violence differently when the perpetrators are Muslim versus when the perpetrators are white Christian right-wing extremists. Watch below, or click here for the segment page on HuffPost Live.