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Air New Zealand Pulls Safety Video Starring Sports Illustrated Models After Backlash

Air New Zealand partnered with Sports Illustrated in February to celebrate the magazine’s 50th anniversary and make an airline safety video. (???)

But once the video went public, it was met with push back from activists in Australia, namely Natasha Young, who launched an online petition to have the video nixed because it “objectifies” women and “disregards those who are conservative” and have conservative sensibilities. That spawned a hashtag, #AirNZsexism. The petition attracted 11,000 signatures. And now, Air New Zealand has pulled the video.

The airline says the video — which stars Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, including Chrissy Teigen and Christie Brinkley – has been pulled as a matter of course; it regularly rotates the clips the airline says.

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Now Guinness Is Dropping Out of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Due To Its Anti-Gay Policy

st. patty's paradeBeer and St. Patrick’s Day go together like peanut butter and jelly. But some beer companies are breaking up this happy pairing because of the anti-LGBT policy associated with the holiday’s big events. On Friday, Heineken announced that they were pulling their sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parade taking place today at 11am in New York City (it says it’s the world’s largest and oldest parade). And the makers of Sam Adams, the Boston Beer Company, said it was done with the South Boston parade.

Now we have word that Guinness is also pulling its sponsorship of the New York parade. This after the iconic bar Stonewall Inn said it wouldn’t sell the beer for St. Patty’s because of its support.

The City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio also said they wouldn’t be participating because of the policy.

Guinness released the following statement about the move:

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Irish Officials to Allow ‘Moderate’ Drunk Driving

GuinnessToday in Way to Perpetuate a Stereotype News, officials in the Irish county of Kerry have voted in favor of a motion that would allow people in rural parts of the county to drive home after having “two or three” drinks at local pubs.

The motion was proposed, according to councillor Danny Healy-Rae, because “people are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their licence.”

Let us just say that being of Irish descent, having lived in Galway for several months, and having spent a fair amount of time in Kerry, it really is true that the Irish pub culture is as much about socializing as it is about drinking (if not more so). It’s also true that many rural parts of the country have few, if any, social outlets aside from said drinkeries. Therefore, as ridiculous as it may sound, these concerns about people becoming socially isolated if they can’t go to their neighborhood watering holes are legitimate.

That said, we do feel the need to point out that the whole problem could also be resolved if these isolated folks just practiced heading to the pub, taking part in conversations, listening to music, playing cards with their neighbors and not drinking excessively (ludicrous, we know).

All jokes aside, though, we would be very surprised if this motion were accepted by the Minister for Justice (the next step in becoming law).

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Guinness Goes Viral For St. Patrick’s Day

So speaking of beer, Guinness has released a couple of videos in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. We have one here and Syracuse.com has another, along with a few clips commemorating the day. Jameson has a party going on on its Facebook page for the big day as well. Cheers!