Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

Ugly Sweaters are Not Just for Christmas Anymore

Nordstrom under fire for selling offensive Hanukkah sweater.
Ugly sweaters are no longer an exclusively Christmas affair. Hanukkah now has its own line as well and some can get really ornate with lights and even stuffed animals sewn on.  But not everyone is happy about the equal time for bad sweaters.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Nordstrom has recently pulled an offensive sweater from its stores and website due to that fact that it presented a negative stereotype of Jewish women. The sweater included the words “Chai Maintenance” and also “Hanukkah J.A.P.” which stands for Jewish American Princess. (The sweater seen here is the same with the “JAP” removed)

One person posted their criticism on Facebook saying: "Cute and kitschy is one thing but perpetuating negative stereotypes as supposedly cute or fun holiday wear is disgusting. I expect more of a large-end retailer such as Nordstrom. Especially when the version for men is just cute, why is the version for women derogatory?" (The men's sweater had "Mazel Tov!" knitted at the top and “Oy vey” on the back.)

Nordstrom has since apologized saying: "We made a mistake by not looking more closely at the words on the sweater before we posted it had we done so, we wouldn't have offered it. As soon as we heard from customers, we removed it from our site right away. We're terribly sorry for offending people and sincerely apologize."

However, it has also been reported that now that the offending sweater is off the Nordstrom site, some have asked the store where they COULD by the sweater. (If you are one of those people, Stucco.com continues to sell the offensive sweater (minus the JAP) and other “cute” sweaters.)

Fortunately for Christians, there hasn't been increase in ugly nativity sweaters, but don't hold your breath.


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