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Flight Attendants' Pins Cause a Hubbub at Delta

Airline issues apology after commiserating with someone who complained about 'Hamas badges'

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines customer didn't like an accessory that two flight attendants sported, complained about it online, and received a sympathetic response from Delta—and now the airline is issuing an apology over its response. Per the Hill , the commotion started when someone put up a photo online...

Angel Reese's Mom Defends WNBA Star's Tweet

Post that some think was a jab at Caitlin Clark has since been deleted

(Newser) - Angel Reese celebrated the Chicago Sky's win this week over the New York Liberty with a tweet—but it's one that some suspect was a jab at fellow WNBA star Caitlin Clark. USA Today reports that after Thursday's game, Reese posted the following: "[A]nd that's...

Elmo Poses a Question, 'Collective Breakdown' Ensues
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An Innocent Question From Elmo Breaks the Internet

It turns out a lot of us are hurting and eager for a listening ear

(Newser) - On a Monday morning toward the end of the seemingly endless month of January, Elmo posed a question : "How is everybody doing?" "The answer, it seems, is not great," the BBC reports, noting there was "a collective breakdown" Monday as X users dumped their woes on...

Musk: X Is Implementing 'Not a Bot' Fee

CEO of former Twitter says new users in 2 nations are being charged $1 to tweet, retweet, like posts

(Newser) - If you've been fearing the day would come when X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, would start to charge regular non-blue-check people for the privilege of posting, that day has come, for some. Fortune reports that the social media site began hitting new users only—and just those...

Guy Pearce's Query on Trans Actors Doesn't Land Well

'Memento' star's question on who should be able to play what characters ignited a brouhaha

(Newser) - Guy Pearce was asking questions this week—including one that quickly got him into hot water with the transgender community. Deadline reports that on Monday, the Memento and LA Confidential star, who became famous for playing a drag queen in 1994's The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,...

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...

Now Musk Is Messing With Soccer Fans

Tesla/SpaceX CEO posted he was purchasing Manchester United, then said he was just joking

(Newser) - A tweet this week from Elon Musk in which he suggested he would soon be the owner of a top UK soccer team went over about as well as it did for Ted Lasso when he first showed up to coach Apple TV's fictional team. The Tesla and SpaceX...

Musk Vanished From Twitter, Met the Pope, Came Back

After 9-day online hiatus, his 'longest stretch' offline yet, the Tesla CEO is once more tweeting

(Newser) - If you've been wondering why Elon Musk has vanished on Twitter as of late, don't fret: He's back. In what the Wall Street Journal calls Musk's "longest stretch without posting on Twitter in nearly five years," the Tesla and SpaceX CEO last posted on...

2 Tweets From Bezos on Biden, With One Theme: 'Misdirection'

Amazon founder goes after president on Twitter about inflation

(Newser) - President Biden is well aware of the nation's current woes around inflation , and he recently pledged to make it his top domestic priority. But his thoughts on how to do so have rankled one of the world's richest men, and that man took to Twitter to tell the...

Ice-T's Tale From the Gas Pump Draws Shock, Then Snark

Rapper joke-tweeted that he was robbed ... by high prices at the gas station

(Newser) - A tweet from Ice-T this week prompted immediate concern from those reading it—until they got to the end of the post and realized the 64-year-old rapper and Law and Order: SVU actor was making a pointed joke about a timely topic. "I was robbed at a gas station...

Bette Midler Rants About Manchin, Offends Entire State

Actress apologizes after calling residents of West Virginia 'poor, illiterate and strung out' in a tweet

(Newser) - Very few people are happy with Joe Manchin these days, at least not in Democratic circles, and Bette Midler counts herself among them. But the 76-year-old actress and singer's recent online rant against the West Virginia senator is raising eyebrows, with many saying her slam against the state itself...

Governor Slams Tweet Offering $500 'Bounty' on Teachers

Moms for Liberty group offers reward for educators breaking state law on racism discussions

(Newser) - Last week, New Hampshire's Department of Education announced it had set up an online portal where parents could lodge discrimination complaints against teachers. Now, the state's governor is slamming a local conservative group's response to that announcement, reports the AP . New Hampshire has a new law on...

Frenzied Interpretations After Musk Shares Ancient Poem

There was no real context to the quoting of the Quatrain of Seven Steps

(Newser) - Talking heads are trying to figure out what the world's richest man meant in tweeting lines from an ancient Chinese poem on Tuesday. Elon Musk caused a stir—on Twitter, where the Tesla and SpaceX CEO counts 62 million followers, and on Chinese social media site Weibo, where he...

LeBron James Nixes Tweet: 'Used to Create More Hate'

NBA star takes heat for posting photo of white cop who shot Ohio teen, along with 'You're Next'

(Newser) - Outcry continues on the police shooting of a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, right before the verdict on Derek Chauvin was announced. One big name who's been speaking up about the killing of Ma'Khia Bryant: NBA star LeBron James, who drew flak himself for what...

Mike Huckabee Slammed for 'Hateful' Easter Weekend Tweet

Ex-governor's attempt to note displeasure with MLB: 'I've decided to 'identify' as Chinese'

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee apparently disagrees with Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, a decision prompted by a new restrictive voting law in Georgia. But the way in which the former Arkansas governor decided to show his displeasure has drawn accusations of racism and insensitivity...

Cher Defends, Apologizes for George Floyd Tweet

She's sorry, but also kind of not

(Newser) - Cher is responding to the backlash against her George Floyd tweet in such a way that some outlets ( Page Six ) are reporting her response as an apology while others ( TMZ ) are reporting it as a doubling down. Specifically:
  • On Saturday, she tweeted that she had "
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Cher Shared Some Thoughts on George Floyd. It Didn't Go Well

Singer tweeted that 'maybe if I'd been there ... I could've helped'

(Newser) - Cher is known for expressing deep feelings about a variety of subjects, including helping animals and offering assistance to the troubled US Postal Service. Some, however, are now saying she should've kept her latest thoughts to herself. As the murder trial continues for Derek Chauvin , the Minneapolis police officer...

Nuke Agency's Bizarre Tweet Has Simple Explanation

US Strategic Command staffer's 'very young child' typed some gibberish, set off confusion

(Newser) - A strange tweet from the official US Strategic Command account set off a whole lot of confusion, but the Daily Dot has uncovered the mystery. It seems a staffer's "very young child" got access to the keyboard and typed gibberish. Specifically, the child typed ";l;;gmlxzssaw" and...

Twitter Suspended People Over the M-Word

'Memphis' was briefly outlawed, in error

(Newser) - If you live in Memphis, have been planning a trip to Memphis, or just like chatting about Memphis online, you may have recently found yourself getting a slap on the wrist from Twitter. CNET reports that users on the social media platform who mentioned the Tennessee city over the weekend...

Confusion Abounds Over Tweet Showing 'Golfing Trump'

Twitter suspended 'fake' Khamenei account over apparent threat, but Iranian leader's site has the pic

(Newser) - Log onto the website of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and an unusual photo appears on the homepage: a graphic representation of a man who appears to be Donald Trump, playing golf in a red shirt. Look more closely, however, and the image turns more ominous, with the...

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