Sarah Silverman: I was fired from film after blackface photo resurfaced

The comedian says she was let go from a movie project after producers became aware of a 2007 comedy sketch in which she wore blackface The Bill Simmons Podcast, Silverman said that she was let go the day before shooting on her scenes was due to start because of the photo, taken on the set of The Sarah Silverman Show. I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, she said, then, at 11pm the night before, they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode. I didnt fight it. They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made …

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

The fairest of them all? Two cheers for Aladdin’s browner Princess Jasmine

Ethnic casting has moved on from Disneys last stab at the story in 1992 but Naomi Scotts star turn is not without controversy You look like Princess Jasmine is a popular pickup line used on ethnic women with genetically natural tans and long, dark hair. It exoticizes us while making grasps at a comparison to one of the few brown women in mainstream media. On 24 May, Princess Jasmine comes to life in the live-action revival of 1992s Disney cartoon Aladdin, and news of the film has been met with excitement and anticipation particularly from Middle Eastern and south Asian women who grew up with the film. Aladdin was a nod of approval from Disney to girls, including my younger …

Dont Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri review groundbreaking

The personal becomes political in this highly charged history of black peoples hair If youre expecting cookie-cutter discourse on the nature of black peoples hair, look away now. Dont Touch My Hair might take its title from one of the most well-known (if still frustratingly common) aspects of being black in a predominantly white society, but it will quickly comb away what you thought you knew about our coils and spread out a whole new way of seeing the world around you. This is guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over 15, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of 1.99

Robinson Crusoe at 300: why its time to let go of this colonial fairytale

Defoes book has inspired novels, Hollywood movies and games but the shipwrecked slave-trader should never have become a role model In February 1719, two months before the publication of South Sea Company founded just eight years earlier to manage the national debt and awarded a contract to supply the Spanish colonies in Latin America with several thousand African slaves per year should oversee the founding of a British colony at the mouth of the River Orinoco on the coast of present day Venezuela. The government would be required to furnish six Men of War, and 4000 regular Troops, with some Engineers and 100 pieces of Cannon, and military Stores in Proportion for the maintaining and supporting the Design, but the …

From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football

A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be an explosion unless the problem is tackled He was too shocked to talk, Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. The other boys told …