Did Stacey Dash Really Call Out Rape Victims on National TV? (Opinion)

By LAURYN FRONEBERGER

Actress Stacey Dash shocked the nation once again with her offensive commentary about college girls who have been victims of campus rape on the Fox News show “Outnumbered,” a relatively new talk show that features several panelists who discuss trending national headlines.

Courtesy: Fox News
Courtesy: Fox News

If you don’t know her for her role in the popular film Clueless, you know her for some of the outrageous things she’s said. One of her most infamous comments was to say that the Democratic Party has a “Plantation Mentality.”

On Friday’s episode of “Outnumbered,” Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros and Stacey Dash sat down to dish on the controversy surrounding the decision made by national sororities to ask UVA sorority sisters to stay away from frat houses. The topic also shifted to the decision to ban hard alcohol on Dartmouth College’s campus.
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Rather than discussing the nature of these decisions, such as how they can contribute to sexual assault, Dash resorted to victim blaming by saying that rape victims are the girls who “like to be naughty.”
The video originally surfaced online at Jezebel.com Click here to watch the entire clip.
Early in her argument she makes the distinction between those who are considered “good sorority girls” and those who are “bad.” Dash said that these good girls were the ones who were told to stay home while the others “might go out and play and get hurt.”
Dash further explains the logic behind her comments in this excerpt from the video below:
“But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
After all the controversy with the UVA rape case, you would think that people in America would start realizing the importance of being educated about rape culture. It seems as if America has inadvertently created this culture that slut-shames and blames rape victims for their own assault. If Dash stands behind her “guns don’t kill people” logic, then why is it that she hasn’t realized despite alcohol’s role (if any at all) in any of these college fraternity/sorority situations we should still be teaching boys and young men not to rape women.
What confused me the most was Tantaros’ comment about “rules” in the excerpt below:
Are women strong enough to take care of themselves, or are they not strong enough to take care of themselves? Because we are getting so many mixed messages.”
Aside from her mentioning the UVA rape suspects not being convicted, she goes on to say:
I mean girls are given rape whistles and boys aren’t allowed at frat parties – either women can handle liquor and make responsible choices or they can’t. And they’re a bunch of babies who need to be kept away from liquor and boys.
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And with Fox News, known for their right wing conservative bias, seemingly agreeing with Dash’s point it draws the question of whether or not the majority of American people actually believe in slut-shaming and blaming the actions of sexual assault victims. Let’s not forget about the time Fox News contributor George Will said  “college girls see victimhood as coveted status.”
Imagine being a college girl who had been sexually assaulted recently. Should we blame her for being a victim of a misfortune act that will agonize her for the rest of her life or do we support her and encourage college campuses to start the dialogue on preventing sexual assault in the first place? The answer is clear.
The implications of Dash’s comments are far greater than what she could’ve imagined. As a woman, she is now promoting a message to all rape victims that says “everything that happened was your fault” which most victims already have engraved in their minds after their assault. It is one thing to hear a man make insensitive comments that blame rape victims but the wound stings twice as a hard when another woman begins slut shaming victims. The victim blaming environment that is created by statements from powerful people like Stacey Dash eventually removes the voice of the victim who often need to tell their stories to fight back against the painful experience they endured during their assault. These comments continue a cycle of silencing the victim that many famous commentators perpetuate in segments like this one and I am tired of it!
The underlying issue here is bigger than “what was she drinking?” or “why did she go to the fraternity house?” It is more-so of why in 2015 we still have to hear stories about victim blaming and people can openly criticize rape victims for crimes against them.
Ms. Dash, Ms. Tantaros and anyone else who sides with these women: it is not about “responsible choices” and “handling liquor!” It is about women having the right to party and enjoy themselves without having to watch out for predators who still won’t see their actions as wrong.
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Scandal Winter Premiere: Run

by BREANA BACON

Hello again and welcome to the new year my fellow Gladiators!

I hope you are all well rested and ready for a new season of Scandal with our dear heroine, Olivia Pope. As I’m sure you all were, I was counting the days from the fall finale to last night’s episode. I’ve been twatching Shonda Rhimes for the past month, and luckily she hasn’t blocked me for all my tweets sent to her last season. Let’s hope she doesn’t block me this season. Anyways.

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Twerking Dog Steals The Show In A New Super Bowl Commercial

by DALLAS JORDAN

Dogs are one of the many stars you’ll see in this year’s Super Bowl commercials.

Mountain Dew is making everyone want to get up and dance in their new ad featuring a twerking dog. Their “Come Alive” commercial advertises two new flavors from their Kickstart energy drinks.

The piece features three actors who become increasingly moved by the power of Kickstart and involuntarily burst into random dance moves to the song “Out The Speakers” feat. Rich Kidz by A-Trak and Milo & Otis.

As they jam out, everyone starts getting involved. Photos, trophies, tables, chairs — even their video game characters get involved in this hilarious clip. If you look closely you can see a cameo from “So You Think You Can Dance” alum D-Trix hiding out in the fish tank.

The standout actor in the entire clip is the family dog who gets into a twerk battle with an end table.

The commercial is set to air during the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show and is expected to become one of the fan favorites during the big game.

Super Bowl XLIX is Sunday Feb. 1. You can watch the pre-game show beginning at 12 p.m. on NBC.

Snapchat Is Bringing Back Best Friends Feature

As we told you earlier this week, Snapchat has released a new update for its users which includes a new option to watch videos and read news articles from some of the biggest media companies in the world such as CNN, ESPN, Vice and Yahoo.

While Snapchat was promoting their new offering, they failed to disclose publicly that they were getting rid of their “best friends” feature.

In case you’re not aware, this feature tells you who the top three friends you’ve messaged the most are when you click on your name under the Stories tab. If you click on another person’s name, you can also see who their top three messaging partners are as well.

Many fans of the app were not too happy to say so long to their “best friends” and it faced backlash on social media as BuzzFeed documented.

Well now, Snapchat’s CEO has announced on Twitter that the popular feature will be back in action soon.

University of Maryland Surprises Applicants With Acceptance Letters at Their Door

High school students who applied to the University of Maryland got the surprise of their lives over the weekend.

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Representatives from the university alongside the Testudo mascot and student workers surprised them at their doors to tell them they were accepted into the University of Maryland.

The Washington Post followed the university’s representatives around as they informed students of this good news across the state.

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Some, such as Caitlin Conn (above), cried while others cheered or were speechless at the news. It was a moment these future Terps will never forget and was captured on video.

Maryland Terrapins Basketball Team Stars In New Reality TV Show

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The University of Maryland men’s basketball team is about to tackle a new frontier during their sensational storybook season: Reality television.

The Wichita Eagle is reporting that the Terps alongside Wichita State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame will be featured in a “Hard Knocks”-type television series on Showtime.

“The Road to March Madness” will follow teams during practices, games, road trips and around campus as they compete to get in to The Big Dance known as the NCAA Tournament. A seven-person production team will embed themselves with the players and give viewers a behind the scenes look at their lives over the course of the next couple of weeks.

The show is expected to air beginning February 17th and will continue weekly until March 16th. The first four episodes will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m., replacing “Inside the NFL,” with the final episode airing on the Monday after Selection Sunday.

The university will have final editorial control over any video featuring their players as will the other schools participating in the series.

Unfortunately, Showtime is not available on University of Maryland’s campus televisions so students may have to wait until clips hit online to see this show.

It is not known whether the Big Ten Network will have access to any of Showtime’s footage to air on their own channel. BTN has their own behind the scenes show, The Journey, which follows sports teams across the conference.

Pulsefeedz contacted the university’s athletics department for comment but they decided not to respond until Showtime officially announces the show themselves (the show’s announcement was leaked by Wichita State).

Expect to Download a New Update of Snapchat Tuesday Featuring More Video

When Snapchat first launched, it changed the way millions of teenagers and young adults message each other forever. Now Snapchat is trying to change the way you consume news and watch online videos.

On Tuesday, a brand new update is being sent out to all of the social media app’s users and it will include a new tab known as “Discover.” In this new tab, users will be able to read news headlines from outlets such as CNN and Vice as well as watch videos from ESPN, Yahoo, Food Network, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Warner Music Group and more.

This new original content will be created specifically for the app by some of the biggest media companies in the world. Advertisements will be included in videos and news articles and the revenue from these ads will be split between Snapchat and the media companies participating in this new section of the app.

Warner Music Group is also expected to introduce new songs from their artists to users through their videos on the app according to the New York Post.

Snapchat has recently hired journalists, videographers and animators to help produce video content. This seems to be an attempt by the tech app to compete with television and YouTube even though ironically, they’re using television networks to launch this initiative.

TV networks such as CNN, Comedy Central and ESPN also seem willing to participate because of their desire to remain relevant to a generation which uses their phones more than they watch TV.

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How the new section will look like, courtesy: Digiday

 

Snapchat has an estimated 100 million users although the company has never released their figures publicly. But the real question as Re/Code wonders is:

…..whether Snapchat’s users will want to see stuff from the likes of CNN in an app they’re used to using for personal communication.

Do you prefer to watch videos on Snapchat from your friends or video produced by TV channels and online websites?

This story was first reported by Digiday.

Shonda Rhimes Will Debut Another Fascinating Drama This Fall!

You thought ScandalHow to Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy were enough shows for Shonda Rhimes? If so, try again.

ABC’s ratings savior has yet another brand new show debuting on the network this fall.

The Catch is about a female forensic accountant who has the unique ability of catching criminals living in fraud. The twist? She’s about to get married to a fiance whose life is also a lie. She also has lies of her own which could end up colliding with his life in all the wrong ways.

Rhimes single-handedly saved ABC’s ratings last fall and gave the network the perennial number two highest rated lineup of Thursday nights just behind NFL football on CBS, which has dominated ratings at number one for decades.

Rhimes has previously stated that she didn’t want to launch any more shows of her own but it seems like she’s had a change of heart. Will you be watching?

NFL Will Run A Domestic Violence Ad During Super Bowl

As the football season comes to a close this Sunday night, the NFL has decided to draw more attention to a sensitive subject which helped kick this season off in a negative light last fall.

In partnership with the “No More” advocacy group, the league will release a public service announcement promoting awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL’s ad agency created this commercial at no charge to anyone and is donating airtime from the big game to make the 30-second broadcast possible.

“This is us trying to do the right thing. If my motivation was to help the brand, then I would have slapped the NFL logo on it,” Dawn Hudson, the NFL’s chief marketing officer, told WSJ.

The commercial features a woman calling 911 while pretending to order pizza as her abuser is sitting in the same room listening to her phone conversation.

This new PSA comes off the heels of another major advertisement expected to debut on Sports Illustrated’s website Thursday from another domestic violence advocacy group. Ultraviolet, which previously flew a plane with a sign calling out the commissioner, will be advocating for Roger Goddell’s resignation using the hashtag #GoddellMustGo.

Miko Grimes, wife of Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes, also exploded on Twitter this week to address the NFL’s alleged hypocrisy regarding domestic violence among other issues.

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BREAKING: Patriots Allegedly Deflated Footballs

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by JESSIE KARANGU

NFL insider Bob Kravitz dropped a major bombshell early Monday morning after revealing that the AFC Champion New England Patriots are under investigation by the league due to the possibility that the team deflated footballs during Sunday night’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

Kravitz was told that officials took a football out of play at one point and weighed it. If the investigation confirms that misconduct was committed, the team could face a lose in draft picks.

This is not the first time the team has been mired in controversy. In 2007, the team was disciplined by the league for videotaping signals from defensive coaches on the Jets’ sidelines. Coach Bellichick was fined $500,000 while the Pats were fined $250,000 and lost their first round pick.

It’s also not the first time a major controversy involving deflated ball, this one being framed as #DeFlateGate on Twitter, has occurred in recent history. In 2012, USC was “fined and reprimanded” by the Pac-12 Conference after a student manager was caught deflating footballs during the first half of a game against the Oregon Ducks.

Here is some of what the NFL’s rules and regulations say about how footballs should be handled during the game:

The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game.

If this turns out to be as big as it sounds, then boy oh boy do we have a story which is going to pique more interest for this year’s Super Bowl on February 1st.

UPDATE: Here is video from The Cauldron of referees pulling a ball out of play in the 3rd quarter.

2nd UPDATE: Here’s an update of the story from ProFootballTalk:

Per a league source, the Patriots officially have been informed of the investigation, and the investigation will be thorough and transparent.  Consequences, if any, will come in the offseason, with a full explanation from the NFL as to what happened and why punishment was (or wasn’t) imposed.

In this specific case, the investigation will focus on whether the balls were properly weighed and measured by officials before the game started, whether anything happened while the balls were in the custody of the referee, and whether anything happened after the balls were given by the referee to the ball attendant.

The ball attendant becomes a key figure in any investigation regarding ball inflation because the ball attendant is an employee not of the league but of the team.