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Pharrell Apologizes for Elle UK Cover

PharrellELLEUKCoverIn the “old” days, it would have taken several weeks if not a full month for the public’s complaints to come full circle and trigger a magazine cover-star apology. Not so, of course, today.

Twenty-four hours after the public started proclaiming itself very unhappy with Pharrell’s sporting of Native American headdress on the cover of the July issue of Elle UK, the pop star has apologized. Here’s the brief statement released to USA Today‘s Maria Puente:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

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Mashable Names Jim Roberts to Oversee Content Expansion (NYT)
Mashable, the digital media site, said Wednesday morning that it had hired Jim Roberts as executive editor and chief content officer, part of its push to expand the range of its content. Mashable’s announcement comes as many digital websites are looking to deepen their content by adding professional journalists in foreign bureaus and on investigative teams. Roberts spent much of his career at The New York Times, where he most recently served as assistant managing editor before taking a company buyout in January. He then worked briefly at Reuters. In both jobs, Roberts championed a digital strategy that included using interactive tools, social media and video to augment traditional storytelling techniques. paidContent The news about Roberts — whose most recent job was trying to reinvent Reuters online, until the wire service company decided to mothball the venture — came as a surprise to many, since he is a veteran newsman and Mashable is seen by some as a pageview-driven source of entertainment rather than a place that does serious journalism. Mashable Roberts: “Although this is the beginning of a new journey, it also feels like the natural progression for an editor who loves the news and loves even more the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative ways of spreading it to an audience — and growing that audience in the process.” FishbowlNY Roberts joins editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff and a Web braintrust that includes Adam Ostrow, Mike Kriak, Stacy Martinet, Robyn Peterson and Seth Rogin.

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New York Indian Tribe Goes on the Offensive Against Washington Redskins

The Oneida Indian Nation, a tribe in upstate New York, is going to try and use the media to get Dan Snyder to change his mind. The Washington Redskins owner has been adamant about sticking with the recently controversial team name, but beginning this weekend on radio and continuing soon on the Web, the Oneida Nation is spending a sizable chunk of money to power a media blitz.

The Associated Press got a response statement from the NFL but not the Redskins. The barrage starts this weekend ahead of the Redskins’ Monday night season opener against the Eagles. From the AP report:

In the ad, Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should “stand up to bigotry” by denouncing “the racial slur” in the team’s name.

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The New Republic Joins Slate, Will Stop Using ‘Redskins’

Let’s hope this keeps going.

Slate to Stop Referring to Washington Redskins as ‘Redskins’

Any rational human realizes that the Washington Redskins’ nickname is racist. Even Redskins great Art Monk said it shouldn’t be used. However, Daniel Syder, the Redskins’ terrible owner and renowned idiot, has said he won’t get rid of the offensive word. Faced with this, Slate has decided to do it for him. Today will be the last day “Redskins” is published on the site.

In an essay, Slate’s publisher — David Plotz — writes about the decision to ban “Redskins:”

Changing how you talk changes how you think. The adoption of the term ‘African-American’—replacing ‘Negro’ and ‘colored’ —in the aftermath of the civil rights movement brought a welcome symmetry with Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans, groups defined by geographic origin rather than by race or color. Replacing ‘same-sex marriage’ with ‘marriage equality’ helped make gay marriage a universal cause rather than a special pleading. If Slate can do a small part to change the way people talk about the team, that will be enough.

While some will undoubtedly call this Slate being Slate (being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian) we applaud the move. Maybe one day Snyder will do the same, but we won’t be holding our breath.