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          Are We Just Too Sensitive?

          June 29, 2011

          Are racial and cultural biases out of control, or are people too easily offended? Dr. Phil tackles this touchy topic with help from a panel of outspoken luminaries: comedian and actor Tommy Davidson; conservative radio talk show host Mike Gallagher; USC assistant sociology professor Amon Emeka; Emmy Award-winning writer Teresa Strasser and actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

          Breaking Down Biases
          Dr. Phil’s panel discuss controversial headlines ” from Dr. Laura’s use of the N word on her radio show to the proposed building of a mosque at Ground Zero.

          “It’s extraordinary that reasonable people could even begin to defend this monstrosity.”

          Reinforcing Stereotypes?
          The reality TV show Jersey Shore is a cultural phenomenon that gave the world Snooki and The Situation, but do shows such as this give Italian Americans a bad name? Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo, cast members from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, weigh in.

          Don’t miss the heated debate!

          The Great Beauty Debate
          Do attractive people receive preferential treatment in society? Hear an employer’s shocking confessions about beauty bias in the workplace!

          How do Dr. Phil’s looks measure up?

          A Victim of Racial Profiling?

          Astra, a Dr. Phil staff member, recounts her own experience with perceived bias. Several audience members support her, but others say she should stop playing the race card.

          “Profiling is a real hot-button issue.”

          Watch Astra’s video describing the incident.

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Related Resources

          • Click here to read the full statement from Unico National, an Italian-American service organization.

          • I am Comic
            featuring Tommy Davidson

          • Exploting My Baby
            by Teresa Strasser

          • Skinny Italian
            by Teresa Giudice
          • An Ode to the Art & Occupational Hazards of Standup Comedy, starring Tommy Davidson, Tim Allen, Lewis Black and over 70 comedians, will be out on DVD October 12.
          • Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez has a new show, “Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez,” which airs every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. on Tr3s: MTV.
          • The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Mondays 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. CT on Bravo.

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          Knoxville, Tennessee

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