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ASIAN AND HISPANIC JOURNALISTS PROTEST USE OF ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS’ IN NEW SUPERMAN MOVIE

Controversial scene from 'Batman v Superman' (screen capture)
Controversial scene from ‘Batman v Superman’ (screen capture)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Two of the country’s minority journalism organizations today formally protested the use of the term ‘illegal alien’ in the new Hollywood film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Asian American Journalists Association(AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) sent a strongly-worded joint letter to Zack Snyder accusing the film’s director of perpetuating stereotypes and fueling anti-immigrant sentiments.

The film’s first trailer was released yesterday. In one scene, Superman (Henry Cavil)  is seen on Capitol Hill being mobbed by angry protesters bearing placards with messages like “Superman = Illegal Alien,” and “Aliens are Un-American.”

The letter asked Snyder: “How difficult is it for you to use ‘undocumented immigrant’ instead of ‘illegal alien?’

AAJA and NAHJ have been advocating against the use of offensive and derogatory language by the media especially as it relates to immigrants and minority communities.

In a brief email response to the journalism organizations, Snyder simply said, “Chill, guys. This is fiction! Besides, Superman IS an alien!”

The film opens March 16, 2016 in theaters worldwide. Ben Affleck plays the role of Batman.

ASIAN AND HISPANIC JOURNALISTS DECRY MEDIA USE OF ‘ANCHOR BABY’

(Screen grab)
(Screen grab)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Two of the national minority journalism organizations have issued advisories urging the media to refrain from using the term, ‘anchor baby,’ which commonly refers to a child born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents.

The Asian American Journalists Association  (AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) both called the term offensive and derogatory especially to the immigrant communities.

Republican presidential candidates have been focusing on illegal immigration in the campaign trail, calling for the building of great  walls along the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada, urging the Department of Homeland Security to deport all of the estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants now in the country, and proposing an end to birthright citizenship as we know it.

The journalism groups suggested the use of alternative terms and labels, including ‘birth tourism,” and ‘babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents (or undocumented immigrants).

Additonally, AAJA proposed the use of ‘Anchor Bobby’ instead of ‘anchor baby.’

‘Bobby’ of course is Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby (Piyush) Jindal, who was born in Baton Rouge in 1971, to an Indian mother.  At the time of birth, Jindal’s mom was a non-U.S. citizen which technically qualifies the governor to be called anchor baby … we mean Anchor Bobby.

“UNITY: JOURNALISTS OF COLOR” TO BE AUCTIONED OFF ON eBAY

imageMcLean,  Virginia- At its prime, UNITY: Journalists of Color was the world’s largest organization of ethnic journalists, drawing its members from four national journalism organizations in the U.S. – the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association and Native American Journalists Association.  UNITY held conventions once every four years, attracting as many as 9,000 attendees beginning in 1994.

Two years ago, however, the black journalists left the coalition over disagreement on UNITY financial and organizational issues. Soon thereafter, the predominantly white National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association was admitted to the coalition and the name was changed to UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.  This week, the Hispanic Journalists voted to leave the coalition as well over similar issues, leaving just two journalists of color organizations and the lesbian and gay journalists.

Acknowledging that the name “UNITY: Journalists of Color” will never again apply to the crumbling UNITY organization, the board of directors of UNITY voted unanimously to auction off the old name on eBay. The starting bid is $1,000 dollars with a “buy it now” price of $3,000.  A UNITY board member who spoke to The Adobo Chronicles on condition of anonymity, said that if the auction raises the full $3,000, the amount will be divided equally among the remaining member organizations, each receiving $1,000.

Rumors are spreading on social media that some black and Latino journalists are pitching in to raise the $3,000 to buy  the UNITY: Journalists of Color name so that they can start a new organization that is truly representative of an ethnically-diverse coalition of journalists.  The smaller Native American Journalists Association and the usually quiet Asian American Journalists  Association will be invited to join the new organization but it remains unclear if the lesbian and gay journalists will be invited as well.

At last check on eBay, the auction has not generated a single bid.