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BREAKING: Justine Sacco Has ‘Really Suffered’ Since AIDS Tweet

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We at PRNewser often use the breaking news line as a joke, but this “no kidding” moment is really “news.”

Remember the unfortunate tweet above?

Justine Sacco, former chief communications officer of IAC (parent company of Tinder, Vimeo and OkCupid), prepared for a trip to Africa with some kitschy AIDS humor and lost her job as a result. Sure, she apologized and ended up back on the job market, but it’s safe to say her life changed.

Now she’s back…to help kick off a book tour. Read more

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VP of Korean Air Lines Resigns After Tantrum Over Macadamia Nuts Delays Flight

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There are some valid reasons for an airline executive to delay a flight, but we’re betting the plane full of people recently forced to embark on their trip 20 minutes late wouldn’t consider a bag of macadamia nuts one of them.

As a recent Korean Air Lines flight from New York City to Incheon, South Korea sat on a runway at JFK preparing to depart, Cho Hyun-ah, the airline’s vice president in charge of in-flight experience, was served a bag of macadamia nuts by a junior flight attendant. What’s the problem with that, you ask? Well, Ms. Hyun-ah was traveling first class, and the airline’s guidelines for proper service apparently state that no first class passenger should ever suffer the indignity of opening their own package of nuts — the macadamias were supposed to be served on a plate.

Upset over the rookie attendant’s mistake, Hyun-ah called over the senior flight attendant. But when he failed to produce the proper manual for flight service, Cho reportedly shouted, ordered the plane to return to the gate, and forced the senior flight attendant to disembark.

The debacle caused the flight to leave New York about 20 minutes behind schedule (presumably a bit more inconvenient for Cho’s customers than an unopened bag of nuts). Read more

Rolling Stone Revises Apology as Backlash Against its Handling of Rape Story Grows

A Note to Our Readers | Rolling StoneIn order to change the current culture and systems that allow colleges and universities to systematically fail victims of sexual assault in the name of self-preservation and rosier PR, many things must take place — not the least of which is the spreading of awareness of such egregious failures through deep-digging, responsible journalism. It’s for this reason that Rolling Stone‘s recent article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” was so explosive; it’s also the reason that the magazine’s bad-to-worse handling of the story has caused such a massive firestorm.

A few weeks after the magazine published its account of “Jackie’s” brutal assault by seven members of a UVA fraternity, some discrepancies in the details of the student’s story began to surface. In response, Rolling Stone posted a statement on Friday, signed by managing editor Will Dana, which admitted, “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account,” and then added, “We have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”

This “apology” didn’t sit well with many readers, as it seemed, rather than taking responsibility for its own failure to fact-check, the magazine was effectively placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of a possible trauma victim. The backlash was swift, and many took to Twitter, using the hashtag #IStandWithJackie to call out the magazine, pointing out that trauma victims often misremember details, and that this didn’t necessarily mean her story was fundamentally untrue.


Rather than further apologizing for its tone-deaf apology, the magazine responded by quietly deleting its statement and publishing an updated version the next day. The new version explains the editorial choices in greater detail and puts the responsibility of fact-checking and well-rounded research back on its own plate. The statement reads in part: Read more

GOOD NEWS: Cops Buy Groceries for Great-Grandmother After Purse Snatching

Funny-Police-CarsLately, America’s finest boys and girls in blue have been getting a bum rap thanks to incidents in Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere.

It’s almost fashionable to hate on the police. From talk shows to morning shows, and all over social media, trolls just want to repeat that old N.W.A. mantra. And while I do not advocate that song at all, I understand why folks may feel that way.

Police officers these days not only need to protect and serve, but also create some shtick to garner community trust like ‘Junior Deputy’ badges or funny cop cars (seen here).

However, if a good circus trick isn’t available while on duty, community service for a great-grandmother who had her purse stolen will always help a department earn serious brownie points. Read more

Old Navy: Your Favorite Sexist, Sizeist Retail Store?

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Does it shock you that plus size shoppers at Old Navy pay more for a pair of jeans than their leaner counterparts? Some might say “meh” and chalk it up to the reasonable assumption that more fabric fairly equals higher costs.

But what if we were to say that Old Navy charges $12-$15 more for plus-sized jeans? And that “Women’s Plus” clothing are relegated to a separate section of the website? And that plus-sized men pay the same price for their plus-sized jeans, which are listed alongside goods fitting their skinnier brethren?

Shocking it may not be (after all, those of the zaftig persuasion are used to this kind of treatment), but shameful, sexist and sizeist do come to mind… at least they do to the minds of Renee Posey and 20,000 others at Change.org, who are petitioning Old Navy “to stop their discriminatory pricing practices and offer products at a fair cost to ALL people of size, not just men.”

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Calvin Klein’s ‘Plus-Size Model’ Plays Defense

Calvin Klein model Myla Dalbesio‘s appearance on TODAY this morning was quite interesting. You’ve almost certainly heard of the story: the fashion giant has earned bad press for calling her “plus-size” when she is anything but to the average person…”average” meaning “anyone who is not so deeply embedded in the fashion industry that he or she loses all sense of perspective.”

The first thing we learned: neither Dalbesio nor her employer ever used the phrase “plus-size” to describe her.

Her interview with Savannah Guthrie starts around the two minute mark:

Yesterday Veronique Hyland of New York magazine’s The Cut blog wrote, “Far better to have sidestepped the size question, and just presented Dalbesio as the new spokesmodel.” This was our initial reaction as well, but it seems like that’s exactly what Calvin Klein wanted to do.

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The Progressive Pope? Francis Demotes Conservative Cardinal

pope francis throneJust last month, Pope Francis determined that now was the time to shake things up in the Vatican.

ICYMI: He claimed that all the “in the beginning” malarkey about how God created the world made the Creator sound more like Harry Potter and less like an omnipotent being. At that time, we knew people would start crying “progressivism!” and murmuring about a dark influence on the Holy See.

While the latter is still brooding, the Pontiff has made another bold decision that could empower his critics: he demoted an “outspoken, American conservative” Cardinal.

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Geraldo Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickensh!t,’ Gets Blasted by Kerry in Return

As a self-proclaimed “Jew-Rican,” Geraldo Rivera would be the last person you would expect to throw bombs in the direction of God’s chosen people. But one also gets the sense that the dude kinda’ misses the spotlight.

And so, this happened yesterday evening:

Gentlemen, to your corners…

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Golden State Warriors’ Owner Goes Maybe-Racist, Blames Siri

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Meet Peter Guber. (And yes, his name is pronounced the way you think…more on that in a moment.)

He is Chairman, CEO, and founder of Mandalay Entertainment, a motion picture company that has racked up more than $3 billion and 50 Academy Award nominations. Dude’s got skills.

Goober Guber is also the owner of the Golden State Warriors, and is now part of some unfortunate NBA owner company. He recently joined the ranks of Donald Sterling, formerly of the L.A. Clippers, and Bruce Levenson, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks, as a maybe-possibly racist.

But save the #PRFail; he blamed auto correct, so it’s all good.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Is Having Some Performance Issues

jamie-dornan-dakota-johnsonSoccer dads, cat moms and even some red-faced teens are anticipating the Valentines Day 2015 is the 90-minute S&M boink fest 50 Shades of Grey, set for release on Valentine’s Day (how romantic!).

However, ticket sales may go flaccid after hearing this news: It’s not sexy enough. 

Wait, what?! *Gasping. Swooning. Regretting.*

Word from US Weekly is that stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are lacking that je ne sais quoi needed to make this movie a global success large enough to match the impact of the book that preceded it.

Take two is already getting…tied up.

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