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Couple Didn't Get the Memo on Over-the-Top Gender Reveals

Now they're under fire after Brazilian waterfall was dyed blue, possibly causing environmental damage

(Newser) - In the latest gender reveal celebration gone awry , a couple is being accused of possibly causing environmental damage after an entire waterfall was dyed in their honor. The Washington Post reports the incident took place Sunday in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, where the 59-foot Cachoeira Queima-Pe waterfall plunges...

Favre Biographer: Don't Read My Book, 'He's a Bad Guy'

Remarks came after texts emerged showing ex-QB knew more on illegal welfare payments than claimed

(Newser) - "I love Mississippi and I would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most." That was a May 2020 tweet from former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. He was responding to accusations that he'd illegally received welfare funds from his home...

Columbia Falls Hard Amid 'Shoddy' Rankings Controversy

Ivy League school drops from No. 2 to No. 18 on 'US News' list that critics say is easily manipulated

(Newser) - US News & World Report's annual college rankings dropped on Monday, and one university in particular dropped significantly: New York City's Columbia, which fell from the No. 2 spot it held last year to No. 18—back to a spot it hadn't seen in more than 30...

Chick-fil-A in Hot Water After Using This Word Online

Fast-food chain apologizes for 'poor choice of words' after using 'community' in tweet

(Newser) - A patron who was disappointed about Chick-fil-A's offerings got an almost immediate response online, but the fast-food chain's quick customer service was soon overshadowed by the way it worded its reply. Today reports that the customer tweeted at the restaurant on Friday, complaining that although his local branch...

Jeremy Strong on New Yorker Profile: 'I Felt Foolish'

'Succession' actor is speaking out on the commotion, calls article a 'profound betrayal'

(Newser) - Update: Jeremy Strong has stayed mum since last year's polarizing New Yorker profile on him, which portrayed the Succession star as an extremely serious actor considered by some to be "self-indulgent." Now, the 43-year-old actor is speaking out, telling Vanity Fair that the article "felt like...

CEO's Advice to Young Workers: Years of 18-Hour Workdays

Suggestion by Bombay Shaving Co. chief Shantanu Deshpande isn't going over well

(Newser) - On the heels of stories about "quiet quitting" —a workplace trend in which employees are doing the bare minimum to keep their jobs—comes hand-wringing over one man's very opposite work mindset. It's that of the CEO of India's Bombay Shaving Company, who took to...

Responding to One Controversy, Chris Rock Creates Another

Comedian references Will Smith slap with joke about Nicole Brown Simpson, which didn't go well

(Newser) - Chris Rock won't be back to host the Oscars next year, at least according to his own telling, and yes, it appears to be linked to "the slap." The 57-year-old comedian performed Sunday night at Phoenix's Arizona Financial Theatre, which is where he informed the crowd...

Faculty Pic With Pa. Governor Hopeful Raises Eyebrows

Doug Mastriano posed in Confederate uniform in 2013-14 Army War College photo

(Newser) - Doug Mastriano, a far-right GOP candidate for Pennsylvania governor who's been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has already raised eyebrows with his appearance outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6 and the various conspiracy theories he promotes, including that widespread fraud tipped the 2020 election in Joe Biden'...

Girl Gets 'Uniform Infraction' at School —Over 'Jihab'

Teacher who wrote up 8th-grader misspelled 'hijab' on dress code violation form

(Newser) - A Massachusetts school is taking heat after a teacher wrote up an eighth-grader there for wearing a hijab in class. NBC Boston reports on the incident at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, where the girl was dinged for a "uniform infraction" for donning the religious head covering worn by...

Finnish PM: 'I Resent' That Videos of Me Partying Leaked

Some have even called for Sanna Marin to be drug-tested after clips of her dancing emerged

(Newser) - Sanna Marin is known to enjoy the nightlife , but her most recent foray into fun is drawing a good deal of criticism. Finland's 36-year-old prime minister has found herself "in hot water" over videos now circulating on social media that show her partying at a private get-together, "...

Customers Have Beef With Cracker Barrel's New 'Sausage'
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Cracker Barrel's New 'Sausage' Creates Online Ruckus

Chain's ad promoting plant-based Impossible brand generates backlash from customers

(Newser) - It seemed an innocuous enough ad for Cracker Barrel. "Discover new meat frontiers," the restaurant chain announced in a Monday social media post . "Experience the out of this world flavor of Impossible Sausage Made From Plants next time you Build Your Own Breakfast." The accompanying photo...

Actor Gets Big Defenders After Criticism on Monroe Role

Some aren't buying Ana de Armas as Marilyn, but late icon's estate, Brad Pitt are all in

(Newser) - A trailer was released last week for Blonde, Netflix's upcoming biopic on Marilyn Monroe, and not everyone was buying the sneak-peek performance of Ana de Armas in the lead role, with criticism especially directed at the fact that the Cuban-Spanish actress's accent doesn't especially sound like the...

Jill Biden Slammed for Comparing Latinos to Tacos

'We are not tacos,' Hispanic journalists group responds to FLOTUS speech, blasting 'stereotypes'

(Newser) - On Monday, Jill Biden spoke in San Antonio at the UnidosUS Annual Conference, one of the Hispanic community's largest gatherings on issues such as housing, health care, civil rights, and education. But the first lady's speech didn't go over well with everyone, drawing backlash for what some...

After Losing to Djokovic, a 'Final Act of Defiance' From Kyrgios

Aussie wears red cap to trophy ceremony, breaching strict all-white dress code

(Newser) - Nick Kyrgios gave the crowd quite a show during the men's singles final Sunday at Wimbledon. The show wasn't over, however, after the 27-year-old Aussie lost to Serbia's Novak Djokovic, as he took part in a "final act of defiance." Kyrgios received a second-place trophy,...

Consumers Freak Over Fancy, Non-Melting Ice Cream

Foodies in China want to know why even fire won't make a dent in Zhong Xue Gao product

(Newser) - We already know about fast-food items that don't spoil for decades , but ice cream that doesn't melt adds a new wrinkle to the conversation on what we put in food to preserve it. That's the current topic of discussion in China, where consumers are demanding to know...

The City of Orlando's July 4 Message Didn't Land Well

It's now apologizing for message acknowledging some might not feel like celebrating the holiday

(Newser) - Orlando's Independence Day message was seemingly an attempt to commiserate with those unhappy and stressed over recent events in the news, but all it did was create a backlash that extended all the way to the Florida governor's office. The city newsletter that went out on Friday acknowledged...

Business Closes for Juneteenth, With a Racist Message

Maine insurance agency is taking heat for sign referencing a well-worn stereotype

(Newser) - Many US businesses shuttered on Monday to mark the federal holiday Juneteenth, but one company in Maine is now taking heat for the way it chose to announce its closing. CNBC notes the import of the holiday, which commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Army soldiers showed up in Texas...

After 'Ableist' Song Lyric, Lizzo Makes Amends

In new single 'Grrrls,' singer used the word 'spaz,' which didn't go over well with disabled community

(Newser) - Lizzo has a new album coming out, and one of the singles from it is already drawing backlash. "Grrrls" was released Friday, off of the upcoming Special, and the 34-year-old singer and rapper posted on Tuesday how she made the decision to change one of the lyrics after it...

With This Tee-Off, World of Golf Is in Turmoil
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With This Tee-Off, World of Golf Is in Turmoil

Saudi-financed LIV league threatens to cause a major split among professional golfers

(Newser) - Some big names in golf teed off Thursday in a tournament just outside London, but the resulting headlines aren't focusing on who might win or lose. Instead, they're all about how the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational has sent the world of professional golf into a tizzy. Why? The...

Dish on Museum's Juneteenth Menu Sparks Backlash

Locals say menu item at Children's Museum of Indianapolis perpetuates racist trope

(Newser) - A kids museum in Indiana is at the center of controversy after a menu item for Juneteenth didn't go over so well. The Indianapolis Star reports that included among the food options at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis was a prepackaged watermelon salad ( TMZ has a pic),...

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