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The Trayvon Martin gun-range target was bad enough. Then a bunch of white kids had to go and launch multiple #Trayvoning Facebook groups (that have since been removed).

Trayvoning is like Tebowing, except totally the opposite -- white (and apparently, black) kids pose as a gunshot victim, wearing a hoodie, and holding Skittles and an iced tea, which is what Martin had on him when George Zimmerman shot him to death in February.

Facebook group members said they were merely combating "racism against whites": "White people are becoming more and more oppressed."

[hypervocal]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history earlier this year when she won Pakistan's first Oscar. Her documentary, Saving Face, told the stories of several women fighting to rebuild their lives after their husbands threw acid in their faces.

Now the director faces a contentious legal fight -- she is attempting to release the film in Pakistan, where survivors fear ostracism and reprisals if the film is shown.

Naila Farhat, who features fleetingly in the documentary:

We had no idea it would be a hit and win an Oscar. It's completely wrong. We never allowed them to show this film in Pakistan. This is disrespect to my family, to my relatives and they'll make an issue of it. You know what it's like in Pakistan. They gossip all the time if they see a woman in a film.

Naveed Muzaffar Khan, a lawyer who represents the victims, said legal notices were sent to Obaid-Chinoy and fellow producer Daniel Junge last week. The survivors, he said, "have not consented for it to be publicly released in Pakistan," adding that such agreement was required for all the women who appeared in the film. He plans to seek a formal injunction Friday unless they agree not to release the film publicly in the country.

For her part, Obaid-Chinoy insisted the women signed legal documents allowing the film to be shown anywhere in the world, including Pakistan. She said she was "unclear about the allegations" and would respond to the legal complaints "when a court orders us."

[yahoo]

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Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers roommate of Tyler Clementi, was sentenced to just 30 days in jail today after being found guilty of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, evidence tampering, and other counts for using a webcam to tape Clementi having sex with another man. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, just days after he learned of the video and an accompanying Twitter feed.

Judge Glenn Berman's lectured Ravi before announcing the relatively light sentence: "You lied to your roommate who placed his trust in you without any conditions, and you violated it. I haven't heard you apologize once." Ravi had faced up to 10 years.

In addition to his jail term, Ravi was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service; attend a counseling program for cyberbullying and alternative lifestyles; pay $10,000 to a group that helps victims of bias crimes; and serve a three-year probation sentence. Prosecutors plan to appeal.

[dailyintel]

This Is All Kinds of Wrong of the Day

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Banksy's famous Parachuting Rat, located on a wall in the Melbourne, Australia suburb of Prahran, has been destroyed by builders doing drilling work for a café.

Local business owners were upset by the needless demolition of the piece by workers who apparently didn't realize what they were destroying. The wall did contain other graffiti, but area taggers had avoided painting over the Banksy.

"Had it been 20cm higher or 20cm to the side this would never have happened," neighboring business owner Jacqui Vidal told the Stonnington Leader, "This should have been avoided. It's not a big piece, but it is one of the few remaining Banksys in Melbourne."

The Rat was destroyed once before by cleaners who painted over it during a 2010 anti-graffiti campaign, but was later restored.

There is some good news, though: a possible new Banksy piece -- showing an Asian boy hunched over a sewing machine and a Union flag -- has appeared on the wall of a Poundland shop in London. It has yet to be confirmed as authentic on the artist's website.

[heraldsun.]

This is All Kinds of Wrong Story of the Day

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Two men have been arrested for being connected to series of shootings on Friday in Tulsa. What brings these shootings together is that all the victims were African-American, thus making these crimes not of coincidence, but alleged hate crimes. Sadly, this also makes the idea of a post-racial America seem like an even less likely truth.

[gawker]