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.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Ya its just too bad your black boyfriends love those "beloved size zero platinum blondes".

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Ha Ha speak for yourself because that some and not all and stick to the subject folks were suppose to be discussing the fact that this moron unfortunately labeled as a professional and a teacher at that and I can truly say his students proved their more intelligent then him by telling his azz to take the high road and get lost.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You can believe that the size zero stick figure is only good for thing and one thing only. That's why the black man is with her for what she does to him (think lollipop) not what he does to her.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am white and I have naturally full lips, it does not make me look black. And white women who do lip injections have no goal to look like black women, they want to look like white women with fuller lips - that's all. About the main subject - this guy's "scientific" researches are just a joke. I am not one of those people who say EVERYBODY is equally beautiful. Because... well that's not true. But there are beautiful people in every race in every part of the world. As well as there are unattractive people...

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Shoot let my job give me the amount of money this moron used to make up a BS poll and I'll show you the truth no one has a stocks or bond on beauty. Its is a natural thing it is how one carry theirselves, it is how a individual view another individual, no matter how many times the world labels a woman/man beautiful or handsome it comes down to a individual decision. I as black woman will not let this moron or some people in society define my inner/outter beauty this is why this world is so fudged up, women selling themselves to the higher bidder( watch realtiy tv) and they young women and men are truly lost.

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Ok I was trying to correct my typos and got label as spam okkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The point, as I see it is whether or not we should have a real discussion about this topic. I personally believe that, from the arguments, we should/need to address this subject.

Submitted by camille (not verified) on
This whole situation is ridiculos he was stupid to even do that I've seen his picture and I can say he aint even attractive at all he should keep that to himself, Secondly I believe in all races there are beautiful people and there are not beautiful people, but at the end of the day we all are human beings. This needs to stop, people need to stop evaluating everyone and just live there life, and that's real talk, that why this world is the way it is people need to start living there lives and stop evaluating

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Mr. Kanazawa should be permitted one blog post about the editors of PT being in denial.


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