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Suit: Snapchat CEO Said App Was 'Only for Rich People'

Evan Spiegel didn't want to expand in 'poor countries like India and Spain': complaint

(Newser) - Snapchat's "elusive" CEO may want to stay under the radar until the latest hubbub surrounding something he supposedly said clears up. Business Insider reports that Snap chief Evan Spiegel is being sued by Anthony Pompliano, who worked for the company for just a few weeks in 2015, with... More »

No One Liked Brian Williams' Take on Syria-Bound Missiles

Actually, one guy did like how he called them 'beautiful'

(Newser) - It's been awhile since "Brian Williams" and "controversy" have been uttered in the same sentence, but might as well take a crack at it again now that we're solidly in 2017. The MSNBC newscaster was among those providing commentary Thursday night after the US launched dozens... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

Most Political Moment Came From Guy Who Wasn't There

Iran's Ashgar Farhadi, whose 'The Salesman' won best foreign film, boycotted the show

(Newser) - Everyone predicted politics would take center stage at this year's Oscars, and those prognostications proved accurate. Some of the more notable moments of the night:
  • Before the red carpet was populated, Mike Huckabee kicked off the snark, USA Today reports. "Watch celebs spew ignorant political venom at
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Confirmation Controversies Start Today With Jeff Sessions

Here's what to look for

(Newser) - Let the fighting begin: The confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, is scheduled for Tuesday, and in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee made public Monday, Trump critic and Gold Star father Khizr Khan spoke out against Sessions. "Thirty years ago,... More »

New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group

(Newser) - The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS... More »

Japan's 'World-First' Ice Rink Blasted as 'Immoral'

Apparently not everyone likes the idea of skating on top of 5K dead fish

(Newser) - A recently opened ice rink in Japan was advertised as a "world first"—only to subsequently be accused of being "immoral" and "weird" and having "no soul," CNN and the Guardian report. The skating rink in the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu came... More »

Ken Doll Cake Sparks LGBT Debate

The bakery co-owner felt the buttercream work was 'amazing'

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a group of friends that meets monthly for a dice game in Sacramento, Calif., decided to order a Ken doll cake for a birthday party. The recipient isn't transgender and the cake, which features a dolled-up Ken, wasn't meant to be political, but when... More »

Just-Crowned Miss Teen USA Sorry for Racial Slurs

Texas high school senior took to Twitter at 2am Sunday to do damage control

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA 2016 was supposed to take a step in the direction of feminism and equal rights as the contest ditched the swimsuits for athletic wear . But in the wee hours following the event that crowned Miss Texas Karlie Hay, the 18-year-old high school senior took to Twitter to... More »

Mickey Dee's Yanks 'Brand Ambassador' Out of Schools

John Cisna was the guy who lost almost 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's

(Newser) - The man who said he once lost lots of pounds eating only McDonald's was such a viral sensation that the fast-food giant actually recruited him to evangelize about nutrition at schools across America. But those days appear to be over, with John Cisna yanked after criticism from parents, teachers,... More »

Bloomingdale's Bashed for Holiday 'Date Rape' Ad

The overwhelming response to the ad has been 'creepy'

(Newser) - "Bloomingdale's must be pleased everyone is too distracted by red cups to notice its pro-roofie holiday ad," tweets one Washington Post writer. That's right, another company has found itself in some holiday hot water this week. The Wall Street Journal reports the Internet is in an... More »

Protesters Denounce Met Opera That 'Glorifies Terrorism'

Rudy Giuliani among those objecting to opera's 'historical inaccuracy'

(Newser) - Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined hundreds of demonstrators last night to protest an opening-night opera performance at the Met, the New York Times reports. Protesters shouted "Shame on the Met!" and sported signs that read "The Met glorifies terrorism," and it's all thanks to... More »

'Southern Avenger' Leaves Rand Paul's Staff

Jack Hunter will return to punditry

(Newser) - The Southern Avenger rides alone once more. Jack Hunter has left Rand Paul's employ amidst a firestorm of controversy about his past as a Confederate flag-wearing secessionist shock jock and columnist. Hunter first broke the news to his friend W. James Antle III at the Daily Caller . "I'... More »

Wikipedia's Most Fiercely Edited Topic: George W.

Oxford researchers study 'edit wars'

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered about the most controversial topics on Wikipedia then you have that in common with Oxford University researchers. They've turned their interest into a full-blown study , analyzing millions of articles from 10 language editions of the site, the BBC reports. Rather than look at subjects... More »

Dan Savage Stands By 'Bullsh**' Bible Rant

Sex columnist sparks walk-out by Christians at journalism convention

(Newser) - Dan Savage apologized yesterday for referring to Christians who walked out on his speech as "pansy ass," but stood by the Bible-bashing comments that sparked the walkout to begin with. "We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people," Savage said during... More »

Tracy Morgan: Retarded Boys 'Strong Like Chimps'

Comedian apparently ready for a whole new controversy

(Newser) - Maybe Tracy Morgan is pranking his publicist for a new bit on Scare Tactics. In his first live performance since his infamous anti-gay rant earlier this month, the comedian smoothed over the scandal, but instead took aim at the mentally disabled. "Don't ever mess with women who have... More »

Congressman Deletes His Wikipedia 'Controversies'

Site quickly restores them about GOP's David Rivera

(Newser) - David Rivera’s been involved in a lot of controversies—so many that when Eric Cantor visited Miami last month, he refused to meet with him—but for a few minutes at a time, he’s had a clean slate on Wikipedia. Last month, Wikipedia editor “Lmveiga”—which... More »

Young Girls Bump, Grind; Critics Flip Out

YouTube video of routine set to Beyoncé hit collects thumbs-down reviews

(Newser) - Last time Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" hit the viral video circuit, a toddler was losing it because his dad told him he couldn't be one. That father might have some advice for the parents of the 8- and 9-year-old girls whose raunchy routine set to the megahit isn't going... More »

12 Other Controversial Kisses

Nope, Adam Lambert wasn't the first to cause a smooching uproar

(Newser) - The uproar over Adam Lambert kissing a guy on live television is just the latest in a long line of Hollywood lip-lock controversies. Amelia McDonell-Parry collects the top 12 on The Frisky . Watch clips above, or for the complete list—including Angelina Jolie’s brother-smooching moment at the Oscars—click... More »

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