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Boner Candidates June 6, 2016

Boner Candidate #1: LYING LIES AND THE LIARS WHO TELL THEM

A local news interview with Ken Starr took an awkward turn when the ex-Baylor University president was confronted with a potentially incriminating email that prompted his crisis manager to hurriedly intervene — after which Starr gave two more answers, both different from his first response, to the original question. Starr on Wednesday resigned as chancellor of Baylor University. The school’s board of regents had removed him as president just a few days earlier as part of the ongoing fallout from revelations the school turned a blind eye to claims Baylor football players were raping female students. He announced his resignation during a Wednesday interview with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” in which he also insisted he had been operating behind a “veil of ignorance” about the football rape scandal.

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Boner Candidate #2: OH COME ON…ALL THIS FOR JUST 20 MINUTES OF ACTION?

The father of Brock Turner, the ex-Stanford swimmer who was given a paltry six-month sentence in a county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015, is defending his son’s crime—and saying that he should not be imprisoned for only getting “20 minutes of action.” In a letter Dan Turner penned as a diametric opposition to his son’s sentencing—which, in effect, became an indirect defense of his son’s actions—the father of the convicted 20-year-old rapist argued that his son is “not violent.” Pointedly, he barely addressed the nature of his son’s crime, and instead focused on how the life of the former swimmer (and at one point a projected future Olympian) “has been deeply altered forever,” and that he will “never be his happy go lucky self [sic]” again. The letter was posted to Twitter by Michele Dauber, a law professor at Stanford and one of the driving forces behind the university’s new policies concerning punitive measures in regards to sexual assault on campus.

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Boner Candidate #3: THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST RACIST COMMERCIAL EVER MADE

While most marketing executives would be thrilled to see an ad go viral around the world, this one’s getting attention for all the wrong reasons.  The spot for China’s Qiaobi laundry detergent is being called the most racist commercial ever made. The ad shows an Asian woman doing laundry when a black man appears. He has paint on his face and clothes.  The two trade flirty gestures, but when he moves in for a kiss, she stuffs a detergent pack into his mouth and forces him into the washer, She waits for the wash cycle to end, …and pulls out a freshly laundered, pale-skinned Asian man. Shanghaiist reports that the commercial is being shown on TV and in movie theaters in China.

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