LeBron James says he used the n-word vandalism incident at his Brentwood home to warn his children about racism … revealing he turned the hate crime into a teachable moment. We broke the story … a racial slur was spray-painted on the front gate…
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor says he flipped off and cussed out hecklers at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday after being called the N-word. TMZ Sports broke the story … Pryor was definitely being cussed at as he walked into the tunnel…
Xzibit is defending the white sorority chicks who went viral for singing the n-word, because he says they’re small potatoes compared to what Prez Trump’s been spewing. When we got X to the Z at LAX Thursday he was willing to give the ladies of…
The sorority whose members loudly sang Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and included the n-word … will NOT be punished … TMZ has learned. A rep from the University of New Hampshire tells us the Alpha Phi sisters showed poor judgment in the…
White sorority girls singin’ the n-word … yep. Question is, should they be thrown out of the Univ. of New Hampshire for their bars … considering it was all part of a Kanye West sing-along? The Alpha Phi Sorority is now under the microscope of…
An African-American man who worked for Tesla claims he was harassed by other employees and called the n-word. DeWitt Lambert claims he started working for the car company in 2015 and served as a production associate. He says the harassment began…
Walmart says it’s really, REALLY sorry for using the most inflammatory word in the English language to describe the color of a wig cap being sold on its website.
The controversy blew up on Monday morning when Twitter user Kwani Lunis shared a screenshot of the product page in which the cap’s color is described in detail.
As you can see below, Walmart is advertising that this item is available in “N-gger Brown.”
For real. It really did say that.
“Hey @Walmart what are you doing?” Lunis asked as a simple and understandable question as a caption to the photo:
Many others quickly took notice of the Walmart.com page, with author Roxanne Gay writing, “Oh @Walmart, why is this on your website? So far past unacceptable.”
Perhaps, you may be thinking, this isn’t Walmart’s fault.
Perhaps this is merely the name of the color.
Comedy writer Travon Free Tweeted that he found the same cap for sale on Amazon and, “for context,” he pointed out that the description is “minus a certain word.”
Following the social media outcry, the racial slur was taken off from the description for the wig cap, which the site explains is sold by Jagazi Naturals.
However, astute Twitter users noted that the epithet was still listed further down on the page, even after Walmart looked into the problem.
Shortly thereafter, the store took the listing down entirely and said that the information for each product is “provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us.”
It further said the following in a mea culpa released to The Huffington Post:
“We are very sorry and appalled that this third-party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace.
“It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”
This is not the first time Walmart has been at the center of a scandal, based on what it was selling or how it was advertising an item.
In December 2016, the retail giant got in trouble after third-party seller offered a mug reading “Got Retard?” on the website.
A mug saying “Got Hitler?” was also complained about and removed around that same time.
Then there was the way Walmart tried to cash in on 9/11 by hanging a banner that read “We Will Never Forget” above a display of soda cans on sale.
In this case, Ragan Dickens, Walmart’s national media relations director, says the wig cap was sold by a third party, NOT by Jagazi Naturals, the creator of the item.
Walmart is in the process of suspending their account and are further investigating the issue.
According to Walmart.com, the company explicitly prohibits third-party retailers from selling “offensive” products through its marketplace.
This includes products that display “vulgar language.
It also includes “products that either portray, glorify or promote in an insensitive way animal cruelty; any historical or news events; criminal or illegal activity; derogatory stereotyping based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality; hatred; intolerance; natural or man-made disaster(s); tragedy; violence.”
The Big Baller Brand made it presence felt on Monday Night RAW this week.
Much to the chagrin of sensors and critics everywhere.
Lead by father LaVar Ball, sons LaMelo Ball and Lonzo Ball made an appearance on professional wrestling's biggest stage, riding the wave of momentum from Lonzo being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday.
Lonzo is coming off a stellar freshman season at UCLA, while LaMelo will play for that same university in 2019.
LaVar Ball, meanwhile, has served as the mouthpiece for his family ever since Lonzo started impressing scouts with his play in college, working the business side of things like an extreme version of Kris Jenner.
Having issues several controversial statements and stopped by various shows on ESPN and other sports networks, it was only natural that LaVar would end up on RAW.
But he didn't say anything too scandalous last night.
Instead, LaMelo Ball is the family member currently making negative headlines.
While his father was in the ring (shirtless, of course) and talking trash to wrestler The Miz, a live microphone caught LaMelo telling his dad to "beat that n—a ass," on two occasions.
LaMelo is 15 years old, we should note.
A representative for the Ball family could not be reached for comment late Monday night, but WWE responded to the racial slur use as follows:
"The inappropriate language used by a guest during the 'Miz TV' segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE's values."
Watch the following video to see LaVar in the ring and to hear LaMelo utter this word.
Perhaps the family will recede a bit from the spotlight going forward after this misstep, but we somehow doubt it…
A popular motivational speaker desperately wants the right to use the n-word freely, and he made a bizarre plea to do so while hosting his Internet show. Grant Cardone — a best-selling author with 1.1 million Facebook followers — was in the…
Ice Cube took Bill Maher to task on “Real Time” by letting him know it was wrong to use the n-word, and then suggesting Maher may have felt he had a pass because he’s had black girlfriends. Cube wanted to know why Maher thought it was cool to use…