March 18, 2005

And the award for offensively clueless suburbanites of the decade goes to...

These geniuses. I'm so glad they did the heavy lifting and rigorous study required to reach these difficult conclusions.

Honorable mention for fucking Reuters and MSNBC for deciding this was worth propagating. If this was an attempt at sarcasm on their part, I have news for them: their general lack of clue is waaaaay too high for me to buy something that subtle - read: without overt signs of intelligence or humor - from them.

Just in case they yank the story, here's the first paragraph:

Study: Homeless, unemployed favor malt liquor
Potent, cheap beer heavily targeted to black, Hispanic youth

Reuters-Updated: 4:14 p.m. ET March 14, 2005

WASHINGTON - Malt liquor, a type of beer that is higher in alcohol than other brews, is largely a drink of the homeless and unemployed, and is likely to be abused, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

And malt liquor is heavily marketed to black and Hispanic youth, the team at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California found.

Posted by jbz at March 18, 2005 3:35 PM | TrackBack


I am confused: What are you offended by in the study and/or article? Disclaimer: Rhonda is a friend of mine--and, like me, an African American woman raising young children. I don't think the idea of certain liquors being targeted at brown populations is self-evident to everybody. In academic research, frequently results end up sounding like "common sense" and people wonder how the scholars ever got funding to do what they did. This is so especially after mainstream media get hold of the results and condense them for general consumption.

Posted by: Yvette at March 19, 2005 8:38 AM
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