I think it's adorable that the stylist basically just put her own outfit on Doris. :)
How about, should a university be able to punish you academically for a Facebook post? For example, I was sent home after four days from an archaeological field school that I was paying to be at because I posted a status saying I wasn't having any fun and that I didn't think archaeology was for me. Another student showed it to the professor and she, without question or discussion, sent me home because she considered it to be an unprofessional comment. I had driven my own vehicle and I was instructed to immediately pack my things and drive the 13 hours home by myself. I wasn't given the opportunity to even defend myself, which in all honesty, I shouldn't have had to do. Sure, I was being whiny and I was complaining about living in a tent in the dirty desert, but there was absolutely nothing damaging about the comments I made - as unbelievable as that may sound.
The point is, there's no limit to how people can and will use your social media posts/tweets/pictures/updates against you and that there is absolutely no such thing as true privacy when it comes to the internet. My Facebook page is private, and if you searched it, you'd never see my updates, but all it took was for one jackass ex-friend to open up my account (that he had access to because he was my "friend") and show it to someone whom I would have never expected would see it, and what I thought was private between friends became a nightmare for me academically, financially, and emotionally.
Is it really inappropriate for teenagers to determine what's going on inside a person, or is it inappropriate for ANYONE to think they're entitled to make that determination? To me, it seems like Anderson doesn't believe in exorcisms at all, and that might have been a better approach to the show rather than focusing on the teen girls. It seems more like an attack when you put fresh faced teen girls on TV smiling as they talk about their strong Christian beliefs.
People are going to get bent out of shape if Anderson doesn't present an unbiased point of view, but if he wasn't skeptical and didn't asked tough questions, he would be doing an injustice to those who may be on the fence about exorcism. If you're a believer, he was not likely to convince you otherwise, and if you're not a believer, you were probably cheering him along through the whole show.
This girl is brilliant, funny, and poised. She took every question and answered them with grace and honesty. We're all too busy being offended by everything to realize we can lightheartedly learn a little bit more about each other in a respectful way that benefits everyone.
I took a look at the Dirty site and I saw a few posts that supported Nik's claim that he's doing something helpful. The few posts were in regards to people that are scamming others via Paypal, etc. The problem I see with those is that there may not be (and probably isn't) a fact checker in charge of making sure that those claims are legit. With that said, most of the posts are just pissed off friends or lonely people with nothing better to do than post negativity about others.
I love Anderson, and I really do believe he does his show to make a positive impact and not for money (let's be honest, he doesn't NEED the money anyway!) and Nik made a mistake bringing that up. For a minute or two I was feeling a little sympathetic to Nik because he was clearly being attacked by every single other person on the show and in the audience. To that note, I would say it was a little bit of an unfair platform for him and he handled it pretty well considering.
Is his site honorable? No, not at all. Is it legal? I'm guessing so. I searched for myself on the site and nothing came up. I suppose I've managed to keep myself out of situations that would land me there in the first place, which would be my suggestion to anyone really concerned about it. He's a less experienced and less accepted version of Perez Hilton, which is a wildly popular site that makes a massive profit off of generally negative comments towards celebrities.
Overall, we're kind of a sensitive bunch because if someone posted something about my fat ass or ugly face on a site like that, I really wouldn't care. Of course, it's hurtful but it's clearly not, and doesn't claim to be, a site with any credibility. No respectable employer would be searching potential hires on thedirty.com. Of course it'd be nice to see a site full of positive vibes be successful, but Nik has a point - the site wouldn't exist if there weren't millions of people to post, comment, and visit it in the first place.
As an anthropologist I can say that scientifically there is no such thing as "race" and therefore don't really consider it in the realm of dating or friendship. "Ethnicity" is a more widely acceptable term for describing the varying human features like skin color or eye shape. Now that I've got that little anthropology chip off my shoulder, and to answer the actual question that was posed, I will say I have dated people of other ethnicities than my own. And of course, "white" isn't an ethnicity, either. There are a lot of different ethnic backgrounds that consist of people of light colored skin. There's a big difference between an Irishman and an Italian, yet both are considered white - same goes for white Americans from New York City or white Americans from Biloxi. (And the same logic can be applied to black Americans, black Africans, black Englishmen, etc.) Anyway, I'm clearly still on my high horse about this topic, but my point is, race is a completely unscientific social construct. We still talk about race and allow it to be a powerful concept because we haven't collectively decided that we can choose to hate or love individuals for who they are as individuals.
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