5 Lunchtime Links: Charlotte Rampling on Oscar debate

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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, Charlotte Rampling holds the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in ’45 years’ after the award ceremony at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are "racist to white people." All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling told France's Europe 1 radio Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 that sometimes "maybe black actors didn't deserve to be in the final stretch." (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, Charlotte Rampling holds the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in ’45 years’ after the award ceremony at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are "racist to white people." All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling told France's Europe 1 radio Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 that sometimes "maybe black actors didn't deserve to be in the final stretch." (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, file)

Charlotte Rampling holds the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in ’45 years’ after the award ceremony at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are “racist to white people.” All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling told France’s Europe 1 radio Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 that sometimes “maybe black actors didn’t deserve to be in the final stretch.” (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, file)

1. Charlotte Rampling calls diversity debate surrounding Oscars “racist to white people.”

Actress Charlotte Rampling went there, guys. Herself an Academy Award-nominee, Rampling is receiving a lot of scorn for comments she made about the recent racial debate surrounding the upcoming Oscars. During a radio interview Rampling said the calls for a boycott against the awards are “racist to white people,” and “maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to be in the final stretch.” In defending her view Rampling said, “These days everyone is more or less accepted,” and spoke out against the possibility of imposing quotas on the ceremony asking if there should be “thousands of little minorities everywhere.”

2. Austin design firm creates open carry opt out signs for businesses.

Why not opt out of open carry in style? Or at least that’s the thinking of local design firm Wyatt Brand. The company designed a couple of decorative signs for businesses to display and alert their customers that their weapons aren’t welcome. The signs are free and available for download on the company’s website.

For a full list of businesses that have opted out of the newly passed Texas open carry law see below:

2. SXSW announces nearly 200 new performers.

SXSW has made it a weekly tradition to release a list of bands set to perform during the upcoming festival every Friday morning. Today was no different with nearly 200 performers announced this morning. While there aren’t a ton of big names in today’s drop festival goers can look forward to a performance by British R&B artist Estelle who first made it big with her Kanye-colab hit “American Boy,” but has since gotten recognition for her 2015 album “True Romance.” Others include Toronto-based electronic duo Zeds Ded and Charli XCX. You can scan the full list here.

4. Kyōten Sushiko offers sneak taste today through UberEats.

Austin sushi lovers cried big, salty tears when Kyōten sushi trailer closed for business yesterday. There’s little reason to stay sad, however, as the business will reopen as a brick-and-motar Kyōten Sushiko at the Mueller development this Spring. But what about until then? What about today? UberEats will be delivering a sneak taste of Kyōten Sushiko today when you can order their salmon oshizushi straight to your door.

5. Steampunk Saloon Facebook post attacked by trolls.

All the recently opened Steampunk Saloon on West Sixth Street was looking for when it posted a recruiting event on Facebook was “extraordinary individuals to join our team.” Instead what it got was an elbow to the corset by way of hundreds of comments poking fun at the establishment and its bronze-and-brown-clad following. Although the bar has deleted most of the original comments you can read many of them here.


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