Putting Blackface On Your Baby To Make Him Look Like Mario Balotelli…

Whether or not the act of applying blackface is inherently offensive, there's a very important question the parents of Unknown Racist Internet Baby should have asked themselves first: Do you need the blackface for people to understand who he's supposed to look like? With the sponge mohawk and "Why Always Me?" onesie, the … » 3/04/13 10:35am 3/04/13 10:35am

Sorry, Mario Balotelli Didn't Really Make This German Fan Cry: How TV…

In the 36th minute of the Euro 2012 semifinal, Mario Balotelli scored his second goal, a screamer to the top right corner. Balotelli ripped off his jersey and flexed, and the telecast cut to a woman in the stands, a German flag painted on her cheek, a single tear leaking from her eye. » 7/03/12 3:45pm 7/03/12 3:45pm

Even Italy's A Little Racist Toward Mario Balotelli

This cartoon ran in Sunday's Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's top-selling sports newspaper. It's Balotelli, fresh off the Azzurri triumph over England, climbing Big Ben. (Fun fact: It's officially "Elizabeth Tower" now.) Yes, Balotelli is playing the part of a giant gorilla, and yes, 90 percent of European soccer racism is… » 6/27/12 3:10pm 6/27/12 3:10pm

Just Try To Ignore Those Racist Chants At Euro 2012

The theme of the European Championship, which begins tomorrow, is racism. (To be fair to Poland and the Ukraine, the themes of international soccer over the last five years have been racism and goal-line technology. UEFA has made roughly the same progress on the two.) The BBC kicked it off with their sensationalist » 6/07/12 11:10am 6/07/12 11:10am