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University President Tweets Photo With Shirtless Students, Lands In Hot Water

December 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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East Stroudsburg University President Marcia Welsh is currently receiving a lot of criticism for tweeting a photo of herself with the Hawthorn Hotties, a student group known for performing erotic dances to raise money for prostate cancer research, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Many faculty members at the university believe President Welsh did not mean for the photo to have a sexual undercurrent, however they do believe if she were a male president who took a picture with female students dressed in revealing attire, she would have been fired.

Cosmopolitan says the group suggested the photo with President Welsh: “We asked to get a picture with her. She didn’t have any prior knowledge of that. There’s no promiscuous or sexual reference at all within the picture. There’s really nothing to negatively take from that except for the fact that the guys have their shirts off.” Despite this, followers on Twitter were very upset with President Welsh posting the picture:

Several students did note to the Penn Live publication that faculty may be attacking President Welsh because of her decision to eliminate the university’s music program which prompted laying off faculty members from that department.

No matter the reasoning for the backlash, President Welsh seems unfazed by the criticism she’s received. She released the following statement:

“Our campus community is inspired by students who put forth a tremendous effort to raise funds for causes that are close to their hearts. The students who refer to themselves as the ‘Hawthorn Hotties’ were raising money for the American Cancer Society. To exploit the support of our students is not only an insult to them but a malicious disservice to the good work they do for our university and the community.”

Anaconda’s Not Alone: 15 of the Most Controversial Music Videos

November 7th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Is it just us or are music videos getting more controvesial all the time? And as artists turn the volume up on video’s they’re getting into a lot of hot water. Should these artists be allowed to do what they do? Or are the censors right about things getting out of hand?

Feed A Child Pulls Ad Depicting Small Black Boy Being Fed Like A Dog

July 14th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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feed a childLet’s maybe give Feed A Child’s founder and CEO Alza Rautenbach the benefit of doubt when she says she didn’t realize a recent ad depicting a white woman hand feeding a black child as he sits at her feet like a dog was racist. She told South African news network eNCA, “From Feed A Child’s side, we don’t look at color. To us there isn’t a black and a white and an Indian. … The reason was not to stir a negative reaction or offend anyone. We do apologize for that. To us it was a woman and a child.”

But you can’t tell me that no one in the South African humanitarian organization or at the ad agency, Oglivy & Mather, questioned the ad, which has now been pulled.

In one scene, it shows a white woman watching television while a young black boy lies on her lap and she is feeding him popcorn. In another, while the woman lies in bed, the boy delivers her a newspaper and he is rewarded with a piece of her breakfast. In one more scene, the woman is icing a cake and she holds out her finger for the boy to lick.

The commercial ends with the words: “The average domestic dog eats better than millions of children.”

According to Feed A Child, the commercial was intended to raise awareness about starving children “and the plight of many children in South Africa who go to bed hungry.”

“Unfortunately, the core message of the commercial became diluted or even lost through the interpretation thereof,” a note on the organization’s website reads.

The South Africa”s Advertising Standards Authority said it looked into the issue and “no further action” would be taken, reports News 24.  According to ASA spokesperson Mpumi Mda, they had considered what action to take after receiving several complaints.

Feed a Child SA has since apologized for the commercial, pulled it from television channels and its YouTube channel. They even uploaded a video of Rautenbach apologizing and explaining the intent of the commercial.

“The directorate is therefore satisfied that the voluntary removal of the commercial and the accompanying apologies are adequate under the circumstances, and that no formal consideration of the merits of the matter is needed,” Mda said.

ASA has ordered Feed a Child SA to never broadcast the commerical again. You can still visit The Huffington Post for clips from the ad.

Married Writer Seth Adam Smith Says Marriage Isn’t For Him…And It Isn’t About You Either!

November 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Writer Seth Adam Smith has published one of the most controversial blog posts to hit the internet in months and he’s likely about to become really famous because of it.

Smith published “Marriage Isn’t For You” on his blog six days ago and in that time, the post has received over 24 million views. In his piece, Seth, who has been married for a year and a half, revealed that he’d come to the conclusion that marriage simply wasn’t for him.

Like many other engaged people, Smith started having some doubts about whether or not he was actually ready to take that next step in his relationship with his now wife, Kim. He sat with his father and his dad gave him some shocking advice:

With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

Smith says his wife showed true selflessness a few months ago when they were going through a rough patch. Those hard times made him react in a very selfish way where he ended up withdrawing from his wife and their relationship. But he said instead of Kim reacting to him in the same vain, she reacted in love and “soothed his soul.”  He says Kim continues to show that he chose the right woman to be with and he will remember his dad’s advice that marriage is about the other person because he always wants to see her happy.

Since posting this, Seth Adam Smith’s story has appeared on almost every major news source around the country and on various websites. There’s a good chance that the advice is so compelling and controversial that it could easily be turned into a movie (you know the romantic comedy lovers would eat this right up).

So…what do you think about Seth Adam Smith’s advice?

Whose Side Are You On? Celebrities Who Are Speaking Out For And Against Paula Deen

July 25th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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One of the most interesting parts of the Paula Deen fallout has been the celebrity response. When Stacey Dash chose team Paula, no one was shocked. But who thought the Reverend Jesse Jackson would be on Paula’s side? We’ve got the best celebrity responses right here. Let us know which side you weigh in on.

“I Really Love Her As A Person”: The Chew’s Carla Hall Talks Paula Deen, First Date Meals, And Why Every Woman Should Know How To Cook

July 23rd, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We had the chance to sit down with the lovely Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew and former Top Chef favorite, to talk about food, first dates, and reasons why even the most stubborn woman should learn how to cook (she recommends knowing how to at least make a good soup), whether it’s for a future family, her partner, or just herself. Hall, who has been promoting the Country Crock Star Contest that you can participate and win a $50 gift card weekly in by picking your favorite casserole, also talked about her friend Paula Deen, and why she thinks people need to forgive her and get back to cooking! Here are the details from our chat:

So what should a woman prepare that’s quick and easy for a first date? 

“The one thing you want to think about for a first date is that you don’t want to be locked in the kitchen. You can do some kind of risotto. Or you can do some type of casserole. But let’s say you put lobster in it or shrimp. It’s going to look fancier than it is. And I say that because you don’t want to be stuck to the stove. So often people want to wow somebody and all of a sudden you have company, and now you’re spending so much time in the kitchen that you’re afraid to leave it because your dish doesn’t lend itself to be cooked while you’re with your guest. Another thing that’s really good is tapioca fish, where you’re putting fish in a paper with some veggies. That’s really easy because that can be done ahead. You put your oil inside and some wine so when your guest gets there, 15 minutes out, you pop that in the oven. It’s really, really easy.”

Is it true that you just learned how to cook when you were modeling in Europe in your 20s?

“Just learning how to cook is an understatement. I did not know how to cook. I was in my early 20s, so when I was hanging out with these models, everybody would get together in the kitchen and I was listening to their stories and I was fascinated. Up to this point, I would go to dinner, have great food, Sunday suppers at my grandmother’s house, but I never stayed in the kitchen. I was fascinated so I started buying cookbooks.”

How important is it for women to know how to cook?

“I think it’s really important. I think we went through a phase. I was sort of at the beginning of that phase where I was very proud not to know how to cook. I was like, ‘I don’t cook. You think I’m a woman and that I should cook!? No I shouldn’t, and I don’t know how!’ And I think we were kind of proud of that. Then there was a phase where men were cooking. The script was flipped. And then men were cooking and they were finding themselves dating these women who didn’t know how to cook at all and they looked a little lacking in skills. I think now, it’s really important, not that you’re necessarily going to be doing it all the time. However, I do think it’s a shared chore.

If everybody is doing what they enjoy and without putting gender on those roles, you’ll be much happier.”

As someone who has been around Paula Deen, what do you think of the controversy surrounding her?

“Paula is really, really nice. And I really love her as a person. You may have seen my Tweet, ‘I love you and I support you.’ The one thing I’m going to say about that is, you know, forgiveness is power. I ask everybody, how powerful are you? And how do you treat somebody, especially somebody you don’t even know when thinking about forgiveness in that way?”

Very nice woman, and a very nice woman who makes a very mean cranberry soda recipe if I might add. What meal would you make for a first date?

The Biggest N-Bomb Controversies In History

July 16th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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We have had a long, tumultuous relationship with the n-word in the United States. And each time a celebrity lets their racism slip publicly, the debate pops up again. Here’s a review of some of the biggest n-bombs in history and what the fallout says about when it is and isn’t OK to use the word.

UPDATE: Paula Deen Loses Sears, Walgreens, Kmart, And Her Book Publisher

June 28th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Update: Ballantine Books, an imprint at Random House, has dropped the book it had planned to release for Paula Deen in October. The publisher has dropped plans to sell Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, even though it’s been number one on the Amazon bestseller list.

It’s starting to get a little redundant, but Paula Deen has lost a few more business partnerships in the wake of this disastrous racism controversy. Now drugstore chain Walgreen’s, Sears, and Kmart (which is owned by Sears) have cut ties with the chef.

“Our members’ needs will be given first priority as we work to continue to provide quality cookware in our stores and online,” said Sears Holdings in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. The company will be “phasing out” the sale of her products.

Walgreen’s, which also owns the regional chain of retailers Duane Reade and, said it would also be slowly doing away with her products.

This adds to a list of companies that have in some way, shape, or form cut ties with Deen. The list includes The Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Novo Nordisk, and Home Depot. On the positive side, her cookbook is doing well in pre-sales on Amazon and her Paula Deen-themed cruise is selling spots at a good clip.

And Deen now has a new defender. Former President Jimmy Carter told CNN that Deen should be forgive because she was honest.

“I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She’s apologized profusely,” he said. Moreover, he pointed out that Deen’s programs in Savannah, GA have helped “almost exclusively oppressed and poverty stricken black people.”

Tears, Racism, & Broken Business Partnerships: Paula Deen’s Bad Week Isn’t Over Yet

June 27th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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So Paula Deen is having a week, isn’t she! If anyone is going to indulge in a big piece of butter-dipped, deep-fried pie tonight, it’s probably her.

The fallout from her admission that she used racial slurs continues. Hour by hour, it seems, there’s a new development as Deen and everyone around her reorganizes to deal with the controversy.

Here’s a look at all that has happened, starting with the latest updates. Where do you think this will end up?

Controversy Catching Up To Abercrombie & Fitch? Company Reports Sales Drop in Q1

May 26th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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abercrombie fitchAfter weeks (one could say years) of bad press and controversy over comments made by company execs and an overall exclusionary attitude, it looks like Abercrombie & Fitch is getting its comeuppance. The company announced that sales had dropped 17 percent for the first quarter of this year. According to The Huffington Post, the numbers were falling before the controversies erupted, but sales certainly won’t be helped by the scandals. The CEO of the company, Mike Jeffries, says a lack of inventory was the problem.

“It took a little bit longer than anticipated to flow in some of our spring deliveries,” Reuters quotes Jeffries, who spoke during a conference call on Friday. The company has cut sales forecasts for he year as well.

Just last week, Abercrombie issued an apology after teens protested outside the company’s Ohio headquarters. They asked the company to start selling larger sizes (above a 10 and a Large), to cut down on its racy ads, and to focus on anti-bullying and diversity efforts. The company’s statement, after meeting with the students, read, “We look forward to continuing this dialogue and taking concrete steps to demonstrate our commitment to anti-bullying in addition to our ongoing support of diversity and inclusion. We want to reiterate that we sincerely regret and apologize for any offense caused by comments we have made in the past which are contrary to these values.”

The question is, will it help?