The Campaign Against Racially Insensitive Halloween Costumes and a Filmmaker Funds Movie on Twitter

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Halloween is just around the corner, and a group of Ohio University students wants to limit what costumes people can wear. The group called Students Teaching Against Racism in Society, aka or STARS, has launched a campaign against costumes that it thinks are racially insensitive. STARS created posters of people dressed as racial stereotypes like Japanese geishas, a Latino wearing a poncho and sombrero, and an Arab terrorist wearing a fake bomb. The posters say, "We're a culture, not a costume." Sarah Williams, the president of STARS, told ABC News, "We want to highlight these offensive costumes because we've all seen them." The group has indeed highlighted this issue, with images of the posters going viral. The images, which Williams uploaded to her private Tumblr page, have already gained more than 17,000 notes (a staggering amount for a personal Tumblr blog). Though many applaud the students for the campaign, some say they're being overly sensitive. What do you think about the costume campaign? Tell me on Facebook and Twitter!

Like a lot of filmmakers these days, Dutch director Eddy Terstall took to the Internet to help fund his newest film. But unlike a lot of filmmakers, he found a unique way to use Twitter to do it. He created Eddy's Twitflicks, where any fan who donates money can send the director a tweet and get it turned into a minimovie. A 10-second flick costs 10 euros. For 60 euros or more, Terstall will make a minute-long movie. The minifilms are then posted on donors' Facebook walls. To fund a short film called "Deal," Terstall wanted to raise 20,000 euros (about $28,000). But thanks to Eddy's Twitflicks, he ended up raising 120,000 euros (almost $170,000), about six times his original goal. "Deal" is now a full-length feature that's in production.