How are y’all doing? Super dee duper? Great! Let’s get this show on the road. In this edition of What I’ve Been Reading, we’ve got Chris Rock, Darude, and unfortunately, Rolling Stone.
- In a personal essay for The Hollywood Reporter, actor Chris Rock writes about Hollywood’s race problem. Hollywood films are overwhelmingly white, and even when roles to go to people of colour, it’s usually men. I can name literally only one action flick from the past 5 years starring a black woman (Colombiana, starring Zoe Saldana). That’s a problem. Rock points out that one of the roots of the problem is that studio executives are almost all white men. I don’t know how to fix the situation, but pointing out the roots of the problem is the first step toward solving it.
- Andy Cush of Gawker writes about the enduring legacy of Darude’s “Sandstorm” and how it became one of the world’s most-played electronic dance music tracks.
- By now, you’ve probably heard about the journalistic shitstorm surrounding Rolling Stone and their failures in covering the alleged gang rape of a woman named Jackie at the University of Virginia. Molly Bohmer has some thoughts on the shitstorm at her personal blog. My opinion: if you’re angrier at a potential victim of sexual assault for misremembering the details of her experience than you are at Rolling Stone for failing to fact-check, exaggerating details of the story, running the story against Jackie’s wishes, and throwing Jackie under the bus when the holes in the story were revealed, then you’re part of the problem.
Alright, that does it for this week. Ciao for now!