Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Get ready to take a shower. A story in Huffington Post Latino Voices about the high high school dropout rate among Latino students, garnered a lot of hateful comments, primarily against Latinos. Let’s see, the reason we have so many uneducated people in our community is because we don’t value education and don’t want to learn English. First, I want to give these commenters the middle finger. I also want to comment on the latter: I bet many of these students don’t speak or read Spanish well either. Heck, I’ve encountered many Americans who don’t speak English well — and that’s the only language they speak! Let’s have a serious conversation in this country about the root causes for these abhorrent statistics: poverty and illiteracy. It has nothing to do with the language spoken at home, which if I had to guess, the kids probably prefer English.

Don’t you love research that tries to justify prejudice? MSN Health covered some research out of Canada that voters prefer male voices — in other words, male politicians. Ick.

The Boston Globe ran a sad story about parents of mentally ill kids having to call the police. It also highlighted the complexity of our mental health system that can incarcerate anyone a danger to himself or society, but not force him to take medication. Also in the Boston Globe: the brains of autistic children appear to be heavier due to more neurons that developed while the children were in the womb.  

In celebrity gossip: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have called it quits after six years of marriage, according to MSN Wonderwall.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Late-Night Liberty: Perez vs. Demi Edition

All this weekend, I kept coming across stories about a feud between celebrity gossipmonger Perez Hilton and actress Demi Moore.

As this Salon Broadsheet story describes it, Hilton has been posting pictures of Moore’s 15-year-old daughter, actress Tallulah Willis, on his blog and has tweeted things like she is “dressing like a slut! Look at her boobs!” Moore responded with a tweet of her own:

“Clearly Perez Hilton isn’t taking violating child pornography laws very seriously. He might not but there are alot (sic) of people who do!” she said, following up that “Anyone who advertises follows or supports Perez supports violating child pornography laws!”

While Salon Broadsheet’s Mary Elizabeth Williams said Moore’s grasp of child pornography laws are shaky, she did think Hilton’s tweets were “supremely gross.”

I admit I do not read him unless he comes up in the news. But he apparently refers to other teen stars like 16-year-old Miley Cyrus as a “Disney slut“ and 15-year-old Dakota Fanning a “hot ho.“

I know I would have a lot to say if he said those things about my daughter. Do you read Perez Hilton? What do you think of him referring to teenaged (female) stars this way?