Monday, September 21, 2015
Last Monday, a 14-year-old student from Irving, Texas named Ahmed Mohamed, brought a home made digital clock in a briefcase that he built to school to impress his engineering teacher, but he soon found himself handcuffed, booked and questioned by police for, what they said, was staging a bomb hoax. Ahmed’s story has gained national attention and shined a spotlight both on the troubling trend of schools turning kids into criminals and the racism faced by Muslim Americans today. Joining me today to talk all about the case is Patrick Michels a staff writer for The Texas Observer who covers school reform and crime.
When Roland Emmerich’s film based on the Stonewall riots was announced the controversy began almost immediately. From the beginning many people within the gay community did not trust Emmerich, a gay man who is not known for including LGBT themes in his movies, to make a movie about the definitive act of protest in gay America’s history, and the moment the first trailer for the film appeared he was accused of whitewashing the participation of trans activists and queer people of color from the historical record. The film is now being screened at film festivals, most recently the Toronto International Film Festival and it appears that the controversy surround the film will not be going away. Joining me today to talk all about the film and the controversy surrounding it is Michael Musto, journalist and columnist for Out Magazine and Out.com where he writes the weekly, entertainment-related "Musto! The Musical!" column.
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