Maurice Sinet, 86, who worked under the pen name Sine for the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, faced charges of "inciting racial hatred" for a column he wrote in 2009. The piece led to in his dismissal from the magazine. "L'affaire Sine" followed the engagement of Jean Sarkozy, 22, to Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, the Jewish heiress of an electronic goods chain. Commenting on an unfounded rumour that the president's son planned to convert to Judaism, Sine quipped: "He'll go a long way in life, that little lad." A high-profile political commentator slammed the column as linking prejudice about Jews and social success. Charlie Hebdo's editor, Philippe Val, asked Sinet to apologise but he refused. read more
Pictures have emerged online appearing to show Justin Bieber posing in his underwear before he was reportedly bulked up with airbrushing for his Calvin Klein campaign.
The singer surprised fans with appearance when the advertising snaps were unveiled this week, but pictures which have leaked on the Internet appear to suggest Bieber's body was heavily enhanced.
In one snap, Bieber is seen with a much smaller chest and back, thinner arms and legs, a barely-there butt and a dramatically reduced bulge in his underpants.
St. Louis Post Dispatch Declares That Banning Editorial Comments Will 'Elevate The Ferguson Conversation'
There's a growing trend whereby some news websites have started unilaterally declaring the lowly news comment section dead, and therefore have started eliminating the ability for visitors to comment entirely. While it's one thing to just close site comments and be done with it, sites like ReCode, Reuters and Popular Science have been quick to insist that they're killing comments for the good of the "conversation," which sounds so much better than "we closed news comments because we're too cheap and lazy to police bile and spam."
At a time when racial conversation couldn't be more important, the St. Louis Post Dispatch has decided to join the war on comments, this week declaring that the paper would be eliminating comments from paper editorials completely. This is, the paper declares, because it's very much concerned about having a "meaningful discussion":