Kanazawa fired after black women are unattractive blog goes bust

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Satoshi Kanazawa can get back to his other day jobs because Psychology Today has fired him and his blog ‘The Scientific Fundamentalist: a hard look at truths about human nature.’

One would think that a Japanese evolutionary scientist with a strong media following would know better than to offend black women. Lately, coming down hard on black women hasn't worked out so well for media guys.

October 2010, AOL writer Jawn Murray tweeted that he was tired of protests from nappy headed, angry black women over Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” movie. Despite emails and protests, Murray responded with "so what and get a perm" on his Twitter page. AOL issued a statement, Murray apologized and he held onto his writing job at AOL's Black Voices for a few more months.

Murray signed off in April and blogged about the end of the road, or the end of his job at AOL's Black voices. So long good riddance, bud. Even though he's not blogging on AOL anymore, Murray's legacy for promoting European standards of beauty in African American women, and upon himself, remains. Imus, a popular but old stringy-haired white guy lost his MSNBC AM talk show to the news program " Morning Joe" after he called the Rutgers women basketball team a group of nappy headed hoes. Imus's legacy is pretty much the same. He's that guy who got fired for insulting black women.

And now Satoshi Kanazawa's lost his blog and his profile page has been deleted from Psychology Today's website. His article and unqualified research on unattractive black women sent off a fury of protests online. 75,000 people blew up Psychology Today via email, Twitter and Facebook. Some even rang Psychology Today's telephones off the hook.

When all was said and done, Psychology Today sent an email to ColorofChange.org and informed the largest online African American political organization that Kanazawa's work won't appear on their site any longer. Psychology Today even said they've instituted new rules to prevent inflammatory content in the future.

People who hadn't heard of Kanazawa were sharing the text in question, their hurt, their ire and disbelief that Psychology Today endorsed the piece. They demanded Kanazawa be fired. Students at Kanazawa's other day job, London School of Economics, have also called for Kanazawa's resignation.

It's not just American Black women who were put off by the piece, every segment of the globe's population was annoyed: white men, black men, white women, black women, academics, Asians, Indians, writers, babysitters, the mail man and mail lady. People who surf the web and browse Facebook for random stuff did not like it and this time could not dismiss it.

Kanazawa has been offensive before. He's blogged that criminals look different from non criminals (OJ Simpson, according to Kanazawa looks like a criminal.”) He had an epiphany when he blogged that all women are essentially prostitutes. In the past, offended readers emailed Kanazawa rather than his editors.

Kanazawa’s blogs, for as long as Psychology Today has published them (a little over five years now) have always been controversial, racist, sexist, and unfounded. Most of his blogs are hypotheses on human nature (or why men and women do the the things that they do). Readers are drawn into Kanazawa's ideologies because his notions offer one explanation for human behavior in our contemporary culture and its current setting.

As it stands, contemporary culture is obsessed with beauty and cosmetic surgery has proven itself recession proof. Celebrity lifestyles generally support many of Kanazawa's theses and much of Kanazawa's audience are celebrity and people watchers.

Kanazawa wrote about beauty, women, motherhood, men, and dating. All of which were big hits with contemporary online readers.

Comments

Submitted by Speakforyourself (not verified) on
Yep its true you are unattractive so instead of posting on here look in the mirror and try not to break it. Now if you believe my statement than your one rich dumbazz

Submitted by chills (not verified) on
i am beautiful black woman. i was furious when i saw this but after i looked at the person who wrote the article i just cracked with laughter, it just took all the anger out of me. if black women really where unattractive would some you spend hours in the sun trying to look darker? would you get breast implants? would you get lip injections? if other races were perfect then they would be no need for the majority of them to go through the trouble of enhances what was given to them naturally?

Submitted by chills (not verified) on
i am beautiful black woman. i was furious when i saw this but after i looked at the person who wrote the article i just cracked with laughter, it just took all the anger out of me. if black women really where unattractive would some you spend hours in the sun trying to look darker? would you get breast implants? would you get lip injections? if other races were perfect then they would be no need for the majority of them to go through the trouble of enhances what was given to them naturally?

Submitted by LaRita (not verified) on
Can you imagine being born healthy and breathing and told that because you are brown skinned with kinky hair you deserve to be treated worse? I didn't ask to be born. I have been told all my life that my skin color is all "wrong." Just because I breathe. I'm all wrong? My hair is all wrong. I have 2 eyes, a nose a mouth, ears, 2 legs, a good mind, compassion, love, heart, but I'm just the wrong color... my grandmother was not allowed to sit on a bus in the front because she had brown skin. Her grandmother was whipped and beaten because she had brown skin.

Submitted by tj (not verified) on
No Fred, I don't believe in "free speech, but...," I believe in "free speech and..." This man was not censored. Psychology Today, as a reputable resource, simply withdrew his privileges (not rights) to publish unfounded and inflammatory "research." This man is free to use whatever other forums he chooses to get his message across. So yes, Speech is Free legally but one must also recognize that the real life Consequences of it can be quite Costly. He may wish to continue to ruin his own professional reputation, but I applaud Psychology Today for not allowing him to ruin their scientific credibility.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If this was about freedom of speech, rather than diplomacy and courteous regard, there'd be no issue. Be that as it may, there is no surprise that you wouldn't recognize that, dear.

Submitted by Ashley Swagz (not verified) on
The problem with Kanazawa isn't about free speech, it's about publishing "scientific-based information" and presenting it as qualitative, academic evidence. Free speech doesn't cover libel or slander. And I'm sure Psychology Today is not interested in their bloggers being pundits.

Submitted by Yeah man (not verified) on
Well since he was talking about other races and what he felt were their imperfections, it would be pretty funny if someone wrote an article about asian men and small penis size in relation to ethnicity:) lol

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Well I dont think he was fired because of his disrespectful and misleading so call poll. I think they were waiting for his crazy azz to slip up and he failed big time. Good riddance to a man who claims to use science as his source for spewing BS.

Submitted by tj (not verified) on
If this is true then why are non-black women (as they have for centuries) literally killing themselves to look like us. Tanning, Lip Injections (before that it was thick lip liner and glossy lipstick), Butt Injections (before that it was pads and bustles), Breast Impants, perms, etc. Yes, there are some people in mainstream America who expressly deject "black beauty" while at the same time making "slight improvements" that are the cornerstone of African aesthetics. And, there are some black women who play into this and have longed for thinner noses, smaller waists, lighter skin, and straighter hair. However, those of us within the black community and in the billion dollar black beauty products market have noticed that more black women are increasingly not just accepting of but totally embracing the natural features that make them black (ie, improved quality and selection of make-up and skin care products, as well as natural haircare products). And, on a personal note, I for one love my milk chocolate skin, my size 8 hips and thighs, my 36D boobs, and my thick black curly locks...and I haven't had a single guy (black, white, or other ever say otherwise). And word to the wise, happiness has nothing to do with how society perceives you, it's about how you perceive yourself. Otherwise, you wouldn't have these "beloved size zero stick figures" slitting their wrists and ODing all the time...but thanks for your theories, I'm sure someone will find them beneficial.

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