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They said it: 10 of the most interesting quotes uttered during SXSW Interactive

Posted March 15th, 2016

 "I'm here because I like excuses to visit Austin, Texas." 

--President Barack Obama during his address at SXSW Interactive. 

 

Rich Fury/Invision/APActress Kerry Washington speaks during South By Southwest at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

 “The truth about comments that I’ve learned is that comments are not about me. When somebody comments on social media, they are revealing something about themselves. If you don’t like something that I say or do, that’s really you sharing with me who you are. And if you’re nasty about it, that’s really you sharing with me who you are.” 

--Actress Kerry Washington, speaking during the panel “New Rules of Social Stardom.” 

 

"Taking the time to try to get the story right -- that's never something that technology can speed up." 

--filmmaker J.J. Abrams. 

 

 “This group of boys is challenged in a number of additional ways that women and other groups are not. In general, they face much harsher discipline, starting in preschool. They are far more likely to grow up in poverty. There is, generally speaking, a lack of role models due to the large numbers of African American men who are in prison.” 

-- Christina Lewis Halpern, founder of All Star Code, a program that prepares black and Latino boys to enter and advance in the tech sector. 

 

“It shouldn't be about labels. I don’t want to be called a label, I want to be called a model. As a body activist, I want to tell women to not be totally subjected to the beauty standards around you.” 

--Model Ashley Graham, speaking during the panel “Acceptance Revolution: Fashion’s New Body.” 

 

“If we could create bridges, we could transcend the obvious barriers between us. We’re being scapegoated against each other when the real enemy is not race, it’s class.” 

--Henry Lewis Gates, Harvard professor and filmmaker, during the “Race in America” panel 

  

“Talent is equally distributed. Opportunity is not.” 

--Tracy Chou, software engineer at Pinterest, during the panel “Tech Diversity: Why We’re Still Talking About It.” 

 

Getty ImagesBEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“Someone asking me to remove my hijab is not out of the norm. I think that’s the most important thing to take away from my situation. Of course, that’s not going to define my experience here at South by Southwest. I just want people to know this is the norm for Muslim women here in this country.” 

-- Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencer on the U.S. Olympic team and a Muslim-American, after a SXSW volunteer asked her to remove her hijab, a traditional covering for the hair and neck that is worn by Muslim women. 

 

"Be cautious about government solutions for all of your (Internet of Things) problems. The government solution is probably not going to be one you like." 

--U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R- Corpus Christi, during a panel on security issues surrounding the Internet of Things.


"Every company is going through this: Are you a legacy company that is established, or are you a digital company that is moving forward? The companies that will make it have found a way to curate and use data. Data is the new oil. The companies that win are the companies that are using math to inform the decisions that they make." 

-- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank


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