Now more than ever, we know that words matter. Words shape our culture, defining which voices we listen to, what behaviors we accept, and who is part of the “in” group. When hate speech (language designed to encourage discrimination) prevails, everyone becomes the enemy. Instead of lifting up the most marginalized, we scapegoat them. Instead of coming together from a place of empathy, care, and collaboration, we rely on power, dominance, and aggression to ensure hierarchy and control.
As a society, we have ventured too far down this path of separation and discrimination but we do not have to remain there. We can speak up with our actions, dollars, eyeballs, and demand better. We can isolate those who spread hate and pretend that it is normal.
That’s why this week, we’re expanding our #NotBuyingIt campaign to target hate speech. We’re starting by asking our friends to stop advertising on Breitbart, a website notorious for promoting and propagating hate speech and fake news. Breitbart uses sexist, antisemitic, islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant rhetoric to turn us against each other. More than one thousand companies have already pulled their ads, but one of our favorites — Amazon — has not.
Join us in asking Amazon to stop supporting hate. Sign up to tweet at Amazon Help and create a chorus of voices demanding that mainstream companies and products do not give a penny to the likes of Breitbart. Together, let’s continue to hold brands accountable for the messages and values they promote and propagate.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
PS Don’t have a Twitter account? Use our calling card to let Amazon know your concerns.
#AskHerMore at the Oscars
Thanks for joining us to live tweet the #Oscars red carpet and award show!
Sunday night included some historic wins, great accessories (hi, ACLU Nationwide pins!), and a “ridiculous question” or two. Check out some of our favorite moments.
Join Our Global Youth Advisory Council
Applications for the annual Global Youth Advisory Council are now open! This year, the Council will be made up of 20 amazing young people from the ages of 16 to 24, ready to organize their peers by facilitating a Global Youth Rep chapter on their campus or community. The deadline is March 15th. Apply now!
Representation Around the Web
“A US politician has proposed a law that would require men to get permission from their wives before they could be prescribed Viagra from their doctor as a pointed statement to anti-abortion lawmakers. The legislation would require men in the state of Kentucky to visit a doctor twice before they could be prescribed any drug for erectile dysfunction. They would also have to be married and to get a signed and dated letter of consent from their spouse… [Representative Mary Lou] Marzian said: ‘My point is to illustrate how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions.’ The proposal comes days after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, signed an ‘informed consent’ law requiring women to receive counseling from a doctor 24 hours before they are due to undergo an abortion.” – The Independent
- The Atlantic: I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House
- The Huffington Post: In Honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, Five Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone With an Eating Disorder
- The Independent: I’m an Arab Actor Who’s Been Asked to Audition for the Role of Terrorist More than 30 times. If La La Land Cleans Up at the Oscars, I’m Done
- New York Magazine: Roxane Gay Calls Out Simon & Schuster After They Drop Milo Yiannopoulos
- Reuters: A Girl Named Ehlena and a Dog Named Wonder Win at US Supreme Court
- The Root: Milo Yiannopoulos Shows 1 of 3 Ways You Can Get Fired in the Age of Trump
We’re thrilled to share the launch of The Representation Project Ambassadors, a group of influential supporters and thought leaders in film and media who are committed to publicly using their voice to challenge limiting stereotypes and social injustices. See who’s joining Sally Field as an ambassador: https://therepproject.org/about/#ambassadors
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