N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

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How the N-Word Became Unsayable

The evolution of the slur’s use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #english-language, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-jeffersons-tv-program, #united-states, #whites

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A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

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Announcer Caught on Open Mic Using Racial Slur at Basketball Game

The announcer cursed and used a slur as students knelt during the national anthem before a high school tournament game in Oklahoma. He later apologized and blamed his diabetes for the outburst.

#basketball, #black-people, #discrimination, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #interscholastic-athletics, #norman-okla, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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Meyers Leonard Fined $50,000 and Suspended for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Miami Heat, said the slur while playing a video game on a public livestream.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

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How ‘Lolita’ Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture

Emily Mortimer, who grew up with a prominent free-speech advocate before becoming an actress and screenwriter, has some ideas.

#metoo-movement, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lolita-book, #nabokov-vladimir, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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Ex-Times Reporter Who Used Racial Slur Publishes a Lengthy Defense

Donald McNeil, who resigned last month after the publication of an article on his conduct during a student trip, writes that he left the paper after “a series of misunderstandings and blunders.”

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Larry Flynt, Who Built a Porn Empire With Hustler, Dies at 78

As the publisher of a notorious sexually explicit magazine, he found himself at the nexus of a cultural and legal war and became an unlikely free-speech hero.

#deaths-obituaries, #flynt-larry, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hustler, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #libel-and-slander, #magazines, #pornography

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Students Punished for ‘Vulgar’ Social Media Posts Are Fighting Back

A lawsuit against the University of Tennessee questions when schools can discipline students because of their online speech.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #colleges-and-universities, #diei-kimberly, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-tennessee

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New York Times Reporter Is Accused of Using Racial Slur With Student Group

Remarks in 2019 by Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science correspondent, during an educational trip led to complaints from students and parents. The Times has offered an apology.

#indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #mcneil-donald-g-jr, #new-york-times

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Trainer Barred in New York and Other States for Giving Horse a Racist Name

On Twitter, the trainer, Eric Guillot, denied that the name was offensive, but he had directed it at a Black television analyst. The horse ended up with a new name.

#black-people, #blacklisting, #cypress-creek-equine-llc, #discrimination, #guillot-eric, #horse-racing, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #jockeys-drivers-and-trainers, #new-york-racing-assn, #new-york-state

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Jeffrey Toobin Is Fired by The New Yorker

The star journalist exposed himself on a video conference call last month. “We take workplace matters seriously,” a Condé Nast executive said.

#cnn, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #new-yorker, #news-and-news-media, #sexual-harassment, #toobin-jeffrey, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #writing-and-writers

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Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Proves Music’s Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

Scandalized parents and politicians ushered in warning labels in the 1980s. Now making clean versions of explicit songs means taking advantage of every possible revenue stream.

#cardi-b-1992, #eminem, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #labeling-and-labels-product, #megan-thee-stallion-rapper, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wap-song

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Paleontologists See Stars as Software Bleeps Scientific Terms

When their annual conference was moved online, they were amused to find seemingly benign words blocked and replaced with asterisks during virtual sessions.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #convey-services, #dinosaurs, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #paleontology, #society-of-vertebrate-paleontology, #thomas-r-holtz-jr

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Potty-Mouthed Parrots Who Let Loose on Park Visitors to Return to View

Five birds who moved to a park in Britain the same week had unprintable vocabularies, which they deployed on amused guests. Keepers said the parrots also learned to laugh at one another.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #great-britain, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lincolnshire-wildlife-park, #parrots

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Fair Balls and Foul Language

With no live crowd noise as a buffer at M.L.B. games, on-field sounds are easy to hear on broadcasts — and it’s not all rated PG.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #brice-austin-1992, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #mcneil-jeff-1992, #television

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That Word

Few prominent women in power have publicly addressed a particular vulgarity that men have leveled against them for years. Today, on the floor of the House, that changed.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #yoho-ted

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AOC Upbraids Republican Ted Yoho After He Denies Vulgarly Insulting Her

Representative Ted Yoho apologized for the tone of a run-in with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but denied calling her a misogynistic pair of expletives. “Not an apology,” she responded.

#apologies, #house-of-representatives, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yoho-ted

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Ocasio-Cortez Upbraids Republican After He Denies Vulgarly Insulting Her

Representative Ted Yoho apologized for the tone of a run-in with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but denied calling her a misogynistic pair of expletives. “Not an apology,” she responded.

#apologies, #house-of-representatives, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yoho-ted

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