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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 »

'Save the Boob' Ads Turn Heads, Spark Complaints

Cutting-edge ads seek to reach younger women

(Newser) - Just because breast cancer is serious, does that mean PSAs have to be?  "Save the boob" is the tag line on one irreverent video in a campaign for breast cancer awareness that's drawing fans—and furious complaints. Designers of the public service announcements aim to grab the attention younger... More »

Top-Selling US Bible Due for Translation Update in 2011

Translators promise to revisit TNIV's gender-neutral revisions

(Newser) - The New International Version of the Bible will get an update in 2011 as scholars adapt translations to contemporary English usage, USA Today reports. The top-selling Bible translation in North America has not been updated for 25 years, with a proposed 1997 edition scuttled after provoking a contentious debate among... More »

Roseanne Poses as Hitler: Cue Controversy

Publisher defends magazine's choice

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr, always good for a controversy, recently dressed up as a “Nazi domestic goddess” for Jewish magazine Heeb, causing quite a flap. “Yes, the story of this infamous satirist/Jewish grandmother pulling a tray of burnt ‘Jew cookies’ out of an oven has been making its way... More »

'French Eminem' Ignites Censorship Fight

Canceled concerts fuel national censorship debate

(Newser) - A rapper slammed for backing violence against women has sparked a censorship debate that’s reached the upper levels of France’s government, the BBC reports. OrelSan, the “French Eminem,” was dropped from a music festival after former presidential candidate Segolene Royal warned she might pull public funding.... More »

No House Resolution Praising Jacko: Pelosi

(Newser) - The House of Representatives will not consider a resolution praising Michael Jackson’s humanitarianism, the Boston Globe reports. “A resolution, I think, would open up to contrary views to—that are not necessary at this time to be expressed in association with a resolution whose purpose is quite different,... More »

Transformers From 'Da Hood' Spark Racism Charges

New characters compared to Jar Jar Binks

(Newser) - Critics are comparing Transformers to Star Wars, and not in a good way, E! reports. Twin autobots Skids and Mudflap are causing an uproar over ethnic stereotypes. The new characters are from “da hood,” can’t read, and inspired one critic to describe them as—horrors!—“... More »

Pageant Pushed Playboy: Prejean

But nasty e-mails make Carrie seem like the one at fault

(Newser) - Accusations are flying between Carrie Prejean and Miss California pageant officials, TMZ reports. The dethroned winner says a pageant exec tried to force her to appear semi-nude in Playboy; Keith Lewis says he was honoring her wish that he pass along offers before declining them. The high-profile gay-marriage opponent also... More »

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