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In a recent settlement, the drink company Red Bull agreed to pay $10 to customers disappointed the product did not actually give them “wings,” as the drink advertises. Now, a US-based nonprofit organization called Truth In Advertising (TINA.org) is calling on consumers to contest Coca-Cola’s $1.2 preliminary settlement over allegations of deceptive wording of its Glaceau Vitaminwater drinks. And, much like the Red Bull settlement, if the court accepts the objection, consumers who felt deceived by the drink’s marketing claims could potentially be awarded cash compensation, too. Not to mention, Coca-Cola might have to stop using words in advertising that might suggest the drink is healthy. This class-action lawsuit follows a separate lawsuit against Coca-Cola brought by the Center of Public Interest (CPSI) in 2009, which took issue with Vitaminwater’s claim to have health benefits when in fact it is loaded with sugar. Last year, a federal judge rejected Coca-Cola’s defense that no reasonable person could be misled despite label names such as “Defense,” “Revive” and “Endurance,” but the outcome of the suit is still pending. A final hearing will take place in December. In the meantime, TINA.org is asking people who have purchased Vitaminwater in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and the US Virgin Islands to file their own objections on the website vitaminwaterclassactionsettlement.com by November 3.
For those excited about the rumor of a limited edition Red Velvet Oreo stuffed with cream cheese filling, as depicted in a Twitter post on October 18 (and then again two days later), apparently the potentially delicious cookie is a fake, according to a report by Theverge.com. Nabisco hasn’t exactly addressed requests about the make-believe variation, but Oreo aficionados noticed a couple of details in the tweet that raised eyebrows, like the size of the package (limited editions apparently come in smaller packages) and that, in all of the 35 different Oreo variations released since 2012, the crème flavor changes but not the cookie part, as this Red Velvet one implies. Womp, womp! Considering the enthusiasm surrounding the flavor, we’re hoping Nabisco would actually take cue from its social media fans and release it!
A video of a comedy routine by comedian Hannibal Buress released last week is reminding everyone that Bill Cosby, remembered mostly for The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and Jell-O Pudding commercials, is also an accused rapist. As a result, Mic.com writer Maureen Shaw has posed the question: why has America forgiven him? In 2004, Andrea Constand brought a civil suit against 77-year-old Cosby that included 13 other women, all of whom said Cosby drugged and raped them. Since then, two other women, who presumably had nothing to gain financially since the statue of limitations had run out on the case, also went public with their stories. And now, thanks in large part to the comedy skit by Buress, social media is talking, posting comments like, “Next time Bill Cosby is on stage in RayBans, shaming folks and their parenting…ask him about Erinn” and “this generation knows nothing about Bill Cosby’s sexual assault cases. They swept that shit so far under the rug.” What this means for Cosby? Well, not much on a legal aspect, but plenty in the public opinion, it seems.
Taylor Swift dropped her latest single off her recently-released 1989 album, titled “Welcome to New York,” and some folks are not happy about it, including Jezebel writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. According to Shepherd, who refers to the song as the “gentrification anthem NYC didn’t need” in her headline, the contrast between Swift’s “New York” and, say, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” is that Swift sings of the new New York, a “playground for the happy-go-lucky and effortlessly moneyed” and what it is becoming, while Jay and Keys sing about the struggles of growing up in NYC but loving the city despite it. Shepherd goes on to say: someone should tell Taylor Swift about stop-and-frisk, or poverty levels, or the effects of school budget cuts, or people of color being pushed out of the neighborhoods they have populated for decades because of condos and Ted Talks.” What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section.
A study by researchers at Greenmedinfo has identified sugar as not just as the fuel for already existing cancer, but as a primary driver in oncogenesis, the initiation of cancerous characteristics within previously healthy cells, according to a site called eatlocalgrown.com. Conventionally, the perception has been that sugar drives malignant cell growth and survival. But this new study provides evidence that sugar actually initiates cancer. Additionally, cutting sugar out of the diet of someone with cancer can reverse the cancer cell to its pre-cancer state. Wow! To learn more about this very interesting and potentially life-saving study, click the link here.
Iggy Azalea made headlines last week for her Twitter feud with the doggfather Snoop Dogg. This week, she’s the subject of more positive news: the Australian rapstress is the new face of fashion giant Forever 21’s Holiday campaign and she looks absolutely lovely in the ads. Iggy, who signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2012, sports a glittery green mini dress in one of her pictures, alongside Los Angeles Lakers boyfriend, star Nick Young, who appears in green checker slacks, a white jacket with black piping, a white dress shirt and black tie. In another picture, the “Fancy” spitter is wearing a sparkly top and cardigan combo with black leather-like skirt, while Young rocks a black suit, white button up and hat. The two look absolutely adorable in the flicks!