Deputy Press Secretary: White House Has ‘Very High Stakes’ March Madness Pool

Trump’s White House ain’t playin’ when it comes to March Madness — so says Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, who tells TMZ Sports a “very high stakes” pool is ON for the tourney. You might remember — Donald caused quite a stir last year when…


Deputy Press Secretary: White House Has ‘Very High Stakes’ March Madness Pool

Trump’s White House ain’t playin’ when it comes to March Madness — so says Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, who tells TMZ Sports a “very high stakes” pool is ON for the tourney. You might remember — Donald caused quite a stir last year when…


Dayanna Volitich: Teacher Exposed as White Nationalist Media Figure

Until last week, Dayanna Volitich was a beloved social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School outside of Tampa.

Tiana Dalichov is a popular podcast host who has made a name for herself preaching hate and bigotry to an audience of like-minded white nationalists.

Needless to say, Volitich’s bosses were shocked to find out they’re the same person.

According to The Washington Post, Volitich is a self-professed anti-Semite who believes Muslims should be eradicated from the Earth and that whites are genetically superior to other races.

For the past year, she lived a double life and carefully concealed her abhorrent worldview from teaching colleagues while actively spreading hate on the internet.

Over the weekend, parents in the Citrus County School District were notified that Volitich had been exposed in a piece published by Huffington Post and was promptly fired as a result.

“On Friday, March 2, 2018 the Citrus County School District was made aware of a concerning podcast by a Huffington Post reporter. The reporter indicated they believed one of the persons participating in the podcast was a teacher at Crystal River Middle School,” reads a statement on the district’s Facebook page.

“The Human Resources department was notified and an investigation was initiated immediately. The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing.

“Pursuant to Florida Statute an open investigation and materials related to it are exempt from public record and cannot be discussed until the investigation is complete,” the statement concluded.

Frighteningly, on her podcast, Volitich spoke of going to great lengths to hide her beliefs, and she encouraged other white nationalists to “infiltrate” America’s public schools as teachers.

“I’m pretty hyper aware that [administrators and colleagues] will be watching. They’ll be listening, and so I’m getting a little more underhanded,” Volitich told a guest on her podcast.

“I was able to anticipate when they would be there to evaluate, and so I did what I was supposed to do. I danced like a little puppet, and I waited until they were gone,” she added.

In a statement released to a Tampa-area media outlet, Volitich claimed that her podcast was a work of satire and was not meant to be taken seriously:

“None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum,” Volitich’s statement reads.

“While operating under the Russian pseudonym ‘Tiana Dalichov’ on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests.”

On her popular Twitter page, Volitich/Dalichov tweeted that she “may disappear for a while” following this week’s revelations.

Within 24 hours, the account had been deleted.

Volitich’s whereabouts are currently unknown.


Emma Stone Accused of White Feminism for Oscars Remark

Sunday night’s Academy Awards were a hit, but they weren’t without their controversies. From Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant’s Oscar wins to Ryan Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet, there was awkwardness for viewers and for stars.

One interesting moment came when Emma Stone made a political statement that didn’t go over very well.

She’s now being accused of “white feminism.”

Emma Stone won an Academy Award for La La Land, and this year she presented the category of Best Director.

To start things off, she spoke:

“It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame. It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with every member of the crew to further the story.”

She continues to praise the job that a director does.

“And it is the vision of the director that takes an ordinary movie and turns it into a work of art.”

Then it came time to introduce the nominees.

“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.”

Clearly, Emma Stone was trying to emphasize the fact that, with many skilled directors, the Academy somehow decided that 80% of the ones good enough to be nominees were men.

And perhaps she was trying to recreate Natalie Portman’s “all-male nominees” jab from the Golden Globes.

However, on a night when Jordan Peele was nominated for Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for The Shape of Water, Emma Stone’s focus exclusively on gender did not go over well with some viewers.

And people shared their gripes on Twitter:

“Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities.”

“She minimized the incredible achievements of a Black man and a Mexican immigrant in the name of white feminism.”

“Ok emma stone being like ‘four male directors and greta gerwig’ or whatever tf she said is exactly what we mean by white feminism. Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are not white men that had everything easily handed to them and they don’t deserve to be classified as such.”

To be clear, what “white feminism” means is practicing a sort of feminism that focuses only on one’s own experiences, which means that activism is less helpful or even harmful to other individuals.

For example, someone whose push for feminism forgets about people of color, or the LGBT community, or the disabled, because that’s not part of their experience.

Not all white people who are feminists are white feminists and not all white feminists are white, though the term arose from white activists who ignored the experiences of black and brown women.

(This phenomenon exists in any human rights movement — men might push for racial equality from an exclusively male perspective; some advocates for LGBT rights might forget that there are LGBT people of color who experience the world differently)

Emma Stone seems like an especially likely target for this kind of critique, because she starred in La La Land which famously whitewashed the story of jazz.

She, a white woman, also played a Hawaiian woman in Aloha for reasons that the world still does not quite understand.

Emma Stone was thinking along lines of gender but forgetting that Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are men of color who also face numerous obstacles.

Considering that some Oscar voters outright refused to watch Get Out because they didn’t consider it to be a worthy film speaks volumes about how far Hollywood needs to go.

(Though Oscars voters are famously awful — whenever the notes made on their votes comes out anonymously, the world is reminded that there are a lot of terrible people making these decisions)

Whether or not Emma Stone is a white feminist or was just using her very limited time to address one of many problems is … unclear.

But it’s not a cruel accusation. Emma Watson has recently spoken about how being called that years ago helped to open her eyes to becoming a better intersectional feminist.

Fortunately, Best Director went to Guillermo Del Toro, a Mexican director, whose film about about a woman who bangs a fish man is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Grinding Nemo.”

He also won Best Picture.

And Jordan Peele then won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

It would be nice to see more women win, but it’s also nice to see men of color make historic wins. There are too few of each, and not for lack of talent or merit.