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Hulu Users Did Not Approve of Astroworld Special

Service has yanked locally produced 'Astroworld: Concert From Hell' after backlash

(Newser) - Hulu has yanked a news special it released this week that recapped the events of the Travis Scott concert in Houston last month that injured hundreds and left 10 people dead, including a 9-year-old boy . Per the Los Angeles Times , the 50-minute Astroworld: Concert From Hell was pulled from Hulu'...

After Backlash, Rittenhouse's Student Status Changes

ASU: Teen 'is not currently enrolled' after previously being signed up for online classes

(Newser) - Before Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted earlier this month on all counts related to his August 2020 shooting of three men in Kenosha, Wis., he told the court that he was a college student at Arizona State University, taking nursing courses. The school confirmed he was enrolled as an online student...

Malawi Has an Unusual Offer for Mike Tyson

The country wants him as its new cannabis ambassador, but his rape conviction hovers

(Newser) - In "something we weren't expecting" news this week, Mike Tyson has been asked to be an ambassador. Specifically, the cannabis ambassador for the African nation of Malawi, which hopes that the former world heavyweight champ's brand will help bring investors to its nascent medicinal pot industry. "...

USC Apologizes to BYU Over Televised Chant

'F--- the Mormons' rang out multiple times from the stands

(Newser) - Anyone who tuned in to USC's home game against Brigham Young on ESPN over the weekend might have heard a not-so-friendly chant from the stands. On at least five occasions, the crowd broke into a chant of "F--- the Mormons" during the game, reports the Deseret News . Now,...

Defense Lawyer's Remark on Arbery's Toenails Spurs Outrage

'Beyond rude,' is how Arbery's mother characterized Laura Hogue's comment

(Newser) - The trial over the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery continues, and on Monday, one of the defense attorneys found herself taking heat for a comment she made about Arbery's appearance. Per 11Alive , Laura Hogue, who's representing Gregory McMichael, stood up during closing arguments and insisted that what...

Teacher in Hot Water Over Question on Quiz
Teacher's Jokey Quiz
Question Under Investigation
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Teacher's Jokey Quiz Question Under Investigation

California instructor suggests those on the right are 'idiots' on test

(Newser) - A teacher at a high school in Northern California is facing backlash over a question on a social science quiz last week. The teacher at Whitney High School in Rocklin asked students to identify a "group of complete idiots" and gave four possible answers: "KKK," "all...

Attorney in Arbery Trial: Sorry for 'Black Pastors' Remark

Defense lawyer Kevin Gough apologizes to those who were 'inadvertently' offended

(Newser) - Update: The defense attorney in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial who told the judge he didn't want to see any more "Black pastors" in the courtroom is now offering a mea culpa. "My apologies to anyone who might have inadvertently been offended," Kevin Gough said, per...

Rodgers' Fiancee on Hubbub: 'Grasping at Straws My Dears'

Shailene Woodley hits back at reaction to NFLer's vaccination controversy

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers has been speaking out about the controversy around the revelation he's not vaccinated against COVID, and now his fiancee is stepping into the fray. On Friday, Shailene Woodley shared a since-deleted Instagram story that included what Us Weekly calls a "cryptic" quote: "Calm seas may...

Billionaire Plays Architect, and a Real Architect Quits
His Dorm Design Is Likened
to 'Psychological Experiment'
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His Dorm Design Is Likened to 'Psychological Experiment'

Billionaire Charlie Munger is paying for a largely windowless dorm on California coast at UCSB

(Newser) - It's good to be the king. Or if you have enough money, it might even be good to be the architect. However, one billionaire's foray into the field is generating all kinds of controversy in California. The unusual tale:
  • The billionaire: Charlie Munger, the 97-year-old right-hand man to
...

Got Milk Controversy? CNN Does
Got Milk Controversy?
CNN Does
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Got Milk Controversy? CNN Does

A Texas family's milk consumption was featured in a news segment on inflation; backlash followed

(Newser) - The US economy continues to be a hot topic, especially as we head toward another winter still wrangling with COVID, and a CNN report this week tried to get to the heart of "how badly inflation is hitting the middle class." The five-minute segment intro'd by commentator...

Bikini Rule Is History After Players' Controversy

Governing body of beach handball says women have other options now

(Newser) - Update: Professional female handball players are no longer required to wear skimpy bikinis. The International Handball Federation has updated its regulations, and they now allow women to wear bike shorts and tank tops if they wish, reports the Guardian . The move comes after a high-profile protest by Norway's beach...

Brooke Shields Addresses Infamous Calvin Klein Ad

Actress says she wasn't in on the joke

(Newser) - Brooke Shields has addressed the controversy that once surrounded her due to a tongue-in-cheek denim ad she appeared in 40 years ago. In an interview with Vogue , the actress and model revealed she wasn't in on the double entendre of the phrase "You want to know what comes...

Netflix Co-CEO on Chappelle Controversy: 'I Screwed Up'

Ted Sarandos says his defense of comedy special lacked humanity

(Newser) - A trans Netflix employee who was among the first to speak out about the $24.1 million Dave Chappelle comedy special The Closer directs her criticism toward Netflix's defense of the show in an essay published Monday. "When a company like Netflix says something like, 'We do...

Katie Couric Memoir Opens Up Can of Worms on RBG Interview

Journalist admits she edited out controversial remark on athletes who kneel to 'protect' Ginsburg

(Newser) - Katie Couric's memoir Going There is due out Oct. 26, though where she went within its pages has started a journalistic ethics firestorm. The controversy centers on a 2016 interview Couric had with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in which the Supreme Court justice, who died in September 2020, made some...

Marvel Writer Quits Over Editor's Alias: 'Changes the Equation'

Steven DeKnight slams CB Cebulski's 'deep lack of ethics' for once pretending he was 'Akira Yoshida'

(Newser) - "How does this man still have a job?" That was just one of Marvel writer Steven DeKnight's tweets upon hearing some news over the weekend about Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief, and before announcing he's cutting ties with Marvel until the matter is addressed. That revelation, at least to...

Kim Kardashian's OJ Jokes Didn't Land With One Person

Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson didn't appreciate Kardashian's OJ humor on 'SNL'

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian didn't hold back on the jokes over the weekend during her Saturday Night Live hosting gig, but one set of barbs has the family of Nicole Brown Simpson lashing out. In Kardashian's opening monologue , the 40-year-old TV personality mentioned her late father, Robert Kardashian, who'd...

Columbus Day Sprang From Violence
History of Columbus Day
Is a Violent One
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History of Columbus Day Is a Violent One

President Harrison acted after a mob killed Italian immigrants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Monday is Columbus Day, though the term "politically fraught" is a common one used these days to describe the federal holiday. A look at its history, as well as views from supporters and critics:
  • Going away? Many states and municipalities have either ditched Columbus Day and replaced it with
...

Ex-Ozy Editor: 'Amazed That It Took So Long' for Firm to Crash

Eugene Robinson also says he suspects CEO Carlos Watson was behind fake phone call

(Newser) - If you thought talk about Ozy Media was over, steel yourself. The digital media firm caught up in the convoluted wake of a fraudulent phone call and other controversies is making headlines again. A former Ozy editor now says he suspects the person on the other end of that fake...

Chappelle in 'Familiar Hot Water' Over Netflix Special

Comedian on blast for comments made about transgender women

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle isn't one to shy away from controversial takes , and he's back in what CNN calls "familiar hot water." This time, the backlash has emerged after comments the 48-year-old comedian made on gender and transgender women in his new Netflix special, The Closer, which debuted...

'This Is Our Lazarus Moment': Ozy Reverses Closure Decision

Carlos Watson said the change of heart came after weekend discussions

(Newser) - A new twist in the rise and fall of Ozy Media : an attempt to rise again. After the company's board on Friday announced Ozy was immediately shuttering following bombshell reporting from Ben Smith at the New York Times, Ozy CEO Carlos Watson told the Today show on Monday that...

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