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Local Students Protest Billboard

Mar 31, 2015 -- 7:12am

 

NEWTONVILLE, N.Y. (via NEWS10) – Some local students gathered in Newtonville on Tuesday to protest a billboard featuring a kitchen they claim to be sexist. The billboard was posted by Teakwood Builders Inc. It features a kitchen with the text “Your wife wants me” printed on the sign. The billboard is located between Siena College and Newton Plaza on Route 9.

Some Siena students found the billboard to be sexist and offensive, so they gathered under the billboard in protest on Tuesday afternoon.They held signs that read ‘I prefer an office,’ ‘Men can make their own sandwiches,’ ‘Women left the kitchen decades ago,’ and ‘I can buy my own kitchen.’

Siena student Delaney Rivers said in an e-mail “[The billboard] implies that men are the primary financial supporters of women and that women are materialistic and portrayed as having no other value outside of the kitchen. This is especially egregious towards students at our institution as many of us are working towards financial independence in hopes to have successful careers and equality in our relationships.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to Teakwood Builders for a statement on the students’ protest.

They sent the following response:

“Thank you for the message regarding the report on our billboard in Newtonville.  A vast majority of Teakwood’s clients are women. Frequently they are the decision makers about major expenditures. This billboard – and the entire “Your wife wants me” campaign is good-natured, tongue in cheek fun meant to appeal to women who have a sense of humor, a sense of history and healthy self-esteem.We applaud the students involved in the protest for their excitement about their cause. And we thank them for drawing attention to the gorgeous Teakwood kitchen on the billboard.”

The Daily Show Has a New Host!

Mar 30, 2015 -- 8:32am
"The Daily Show" finally has its new host: Trevor Noah.
 
 
Noah, a South African comedian and one of the newest "Daily Show" correspondents, was mentioned Friday as the front-runner to replace Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Noah would officially take over hosting.
 
Since Stewart announced in February that he'd be stepping down from the show after hosting for over 15 years, a handful of possible replacements have been considered. Lists of the potential next host have included Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Tina Fey and Jessica Williams, who said she was under-qualified for the position.
 
Noah is a new name to many people because he is one of the most recent additions to the Comedy Central show, having joined in December 2014. Since then, he has appeared in only three segments with Stewart, including ones about Ebola, Boko Haram and a game of chess.
 
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told The New York Times, speaking from Dubai about receiving the news. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
 
Beyond "The Daily Show," Noah is also well-known in South Africa from hosting his own late-night talk show, a handful of radio programs and the South African Music Awards. The 31-year-old also headlined a Showtime stand-up special last year and was the first South African comedian to appear on "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."
 
Stewart is expected to step down from the hosting gig sometime between July and the end of the year, according to Variety- via Huffington Post
 
For more, head to The New York Times.

Sawyer Fredricks Interview

Mar 27, 2015 -- 8:23am

 

Sawyer Fredericks Interview 3-27-15 by Fly Morningrush on Mixcloud

 
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