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Fred Willard isn't pleased with Jimmy Kimmel's proposed Redskins name change

The bottom line about the Washington Redskins, according to Jimmy Kimmel: “We got used to [the name] because it’s been around for a long time, but it’s a racial slur.” Wednesday, however, may have marked the beginning of the end. That’s when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s trademarks for being offensive to Native Americans. Naturally, the team plans to appeal the decision—but if it’s upheld, the embattled franchise could lose control of its brand.

Thankfully, Kimmel has an easy fix: Just add an “f” in front of the word “Redskins,” officially changing the team’s name to the “Fredskins.” There; that’s not offensive to anybody, right? READ FULL STORY

HULK SMASH! Stan Lee speaks out about David Goyer's She-Hulk comments; podcast host also responds

If you’ve been following the She-Hulk controversy that’s erupted over the past few days, you know that Man of Steel writer (and DC visionary) David Goyer had some pretty negative things to say about Jennifer Walters’ big, green alter ego in a recent podcast — things like “I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f–k if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying?”

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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson once again under fire for homophobic comments

A temporary suspension from a hit reality show isn’t nearly enough to sway Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from his controversial beliefs.

The reality star — briefly placed under hiatus for anti-gay and racist statements he made in the January issue of GQ — has once again made his homophobic stance known, this time in an Easter Sunday sermon at his hometown church.

In a video posted to YouTube by Whites Ferry Road Church, Robertson blasts the “absurd” media coverage of his temporary dismissal by the A&E Network and defends his inflammatory comments. As a refresher, here’s what he told GQ about gay men: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

In the new video, Robertson attempts to rationalize the national outrage his quotes caused, telling the congregation that people were upset because “instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves,” he warns. READ FULL STORY

Donald Sterling on racist comments: 'I was baited' -- VIDEO

In late April, TMZ published tapes of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to girlfriend V. Stiviano. And now, the billionaire is expressing regret for his words.

“I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling said in an interview with Anderson Cooper that airs Monday night. “Am I entitled to one mistake after 35 years?”

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'Saturday Night Live' writer Leslie Jones responds to criticism of slavery standup -- VIDEO

If you joke about slavery on TV, you’re going to get some backlash.

Leslie Jones, a writer for Saturday Night Live, made her onscreen debut during May 3’s Weekend Update segment. Jones performed a short standup routine about being single. The twist: Jones declared that she never would have been unattached in the days of slavery. In the bit, she calls herself a “number-one slave draft pick” and talks about how she’d be so popular that she’d be popping out babies every nine months. Naturally, these jokes got a few people upset — including Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, who blasted Jones on Twitter, calling her an “embarrassment.”

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Nick Cannon talks whiteface controversy on 'Good Morning America'

Nick Cannon stirred things up on Instagram last week by posing for photos in which he wore skin-lightening makeup. Captions for the photos indicated that Cannon was playing a white character called “Connor Smallnut.”

Cannon went on Good Morning America this morning to talk about the stunt, which he did to promote his upcoming album — his first in over 10 years — which is titled White People Party Music.

“It was one of those things, obviously, even when naming my album title and doing the character, I knew it would spark some controversy,” Cannon said. “But I feel like it’s a conversation that’s needed because we all have differences, we embrace it.”

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Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily: Controversial 'Pan' casting protested in online petition

The backlash continues.

After news broke that Rooney Mara had been cast to play the character Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s live-action Pan, an online petition surfaced urging Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play people of color.

“This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie,” the petitioner wrote. “Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.” They hope to get 5,000 signatures. (At press time, they’d reached 4,785.) READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey responds to Toronto mayor Rob Ford's attack with a friendly photo

Earlier this week, the brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford got his feelings hurt when the siblings didn’t get their picture taken with Kevin Spacey backstage at a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Saturday, Spacey attempted to remedy the situation via this awesome tweet:

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