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FAFSA Offends

We all know how easy it is to make a quick joke on social media these days, but oh how things can go sour fast. The federal financial aid agency which we know as FAFSA made a huge mistake today posting the following tweet above and naturally, people were offended. In fact, I’m offended. I get that they were trying to be clever, but categorizing those that fill out the FAFSA as poor is incorrect. Not everyone that fills out the FAFSA is poor and why shame those that do when tuition for higher education currently is as high as it is.

The tweet was up for an hour before it was taken down and followers had a lot to say in response.

Shame on you FAFSA.

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Macklemore’s Mess Up

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Oh boy… America’s favorite and definitely Seattle’s favorite rapper Macklemore has done goofed. At a secret performance on Friday night at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Macklemore donned an outfit resembling very closely to a Jewish caricature. For someone who cares so much about equality, you would think that an outfit like this would be completely out of the question for him. That’s why people are so confused! I don’t want to say right away that this is taking away his credibility for everything that he has started and preached, but it definitely doesn’t look good.

To make matters worse, Macklemore didn’t apologize. Upon being called out on it by actor Seth Rogen, Macklemore went on to further deny it and didn’t take responsibility for his actions.

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How is he gonna get out of this one? Today, I found him on Instagram with Seattle Seahawks football player Russell Wilson visiting patients in the hospital (something Wilson regularly does.) Is this timing and appearance a coincidence to distract people from his very offensive costume?

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Oh wait… we do have an apology! You can check it out here. Thoughts anyone?

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Richard Sherman Don’t Have to Change

“I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.”

There’s a whole lot of debate about Richard Sherman’s post-game interview the day after the big Seahawks vs 49’ers game and frankly, I don’t find it to be a big deal. Sure, the rant was a little cray and intense, but that’s how Seahawks fans ARE. The whole city is kind of crazy and I love it. We’re going to the Super Bowl so of course everyone is a little bit excited and in the heat of the moment Richard Sherman just wasn’t holding anything back. I don’t think he necessarily said anything wrong though because everything he said was true…Crabtree was talking smack about Sherman earlier this week.

And in case you missed it… what everyone’s talking about on your Facebook newsfeed:

It’s uncomfortable to see how non-Seahawks fans reacted to this and how quickly this got ugly with racial comments. Cool it. Bros, u just mad you didn’t get it.

No, but in all seriousness, it’s a game. It’s a rivarly and I don’t think it’s something that people should take too seriously. Richard Sherman is not a villain. He is not uneducated. He graduated with a Communications degree at Stanford and he’s worked his ass off to get to where he is today. The city of Seattle is proud of him and the rest of the team and I don’t think they need to change up what they’re doing. Sherman knows that the post-game interview he gave may have come off wrong and because of that he’s written a post to address it. You can read it in full here – and it’s worth the read to at least hear the other side of the story.

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Jason Biggs Calls Out Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

A Los Angeles Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop was caught having these two tip jars on display by the American Pie franchise star. Apparently, the jars were out so that visitors of the location could vote for their favorite Paul Walker film. Hello! The guy just passed away three days ago. It’s shocking to believe that employees at that location would find this appropriate or that a manager would approve it. Thanks to Jason’s tweet, a spokesperson was able to remedy the issue, but I don’t think anyone is going to forget about this incident happening.

A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question “as the matter is still under investigation.”

“This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention,” the company said in a statement to NBC4.

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Joe Jonas: My Life As a Jonas Brother

A piece written by Joe Jonas was released last night and will appear in the December 13th issue of New York Magazine. In this, Joe describes the pressures of growing up in front of the spotlight, being a Disney kid, losing his virginity (yeah- see ya Promise ring) and smoking for the first time with Miley and Demi. To someone that was probably not interested in the Disney childhood stars, you might have a different opinion about the article, but I actually found it quite interesting. It doesn’t sound like it was contrived from his people. It sounds like it was a written by a 24-year old and the details that he has shared are not just things that you would expect any Disney star to admit. While I’m bummed that the Jonas Brothers broke up, I realize that it’s not feasible for them to be performing together as a family forever. After all, they’re going to have their own families to tend to someday. If Hanson couldn’t do it then they shouldn’t be held to that same standard either.

If you’re looking for a good (but lengthy) Monday morning read, here ya go!

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Blog Roundup

  • The world’s largest Ferris Wheel will be built and live in Staten Island, New York. [Source]
  • How to saber a champagne bottle [Source] I watched my co-worker and his roommate do this and it was awesome…but also awesomely dangerous so don’t attempt if you think you can’t.
  • Former Seattle Real World castmate Irene tells the true story from her season. [Source]
  • A $4 spaghetti recipe that tastes as good as the $24 one. [Source] I’m all about those life hacks. 
  • The best ice cream spots in San Francisco via Thrillist- however my co-worker Sheila would not agree with this list and I take her opinion on ice cream pretty seriously.
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Condé Nast Discontinues Internship Program

The publication that has made Lauren Conrad famous as a Teen Vogue intern has decided to discontinue their internship program. Girls all over the country are crying into their pillows right now. Actually, the internships at Condé Nast are kind of a big deal. Former interns have used it as a launch pad for fashion industry careers and while the program itself has received a bad name in the news after being sued by two former summer interns who claimed to have been paid under minimum wage, there are people who feel like they have received great industry experience.

Current interns will not be affected by this movement and as of right now Condé Nast has declined to comment on the matter.

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The Art of Business Ethics

As a junior in college sitting in my Business Ethics class, I remember at the time not being able to relate to the subject as well as my peers. In my eyes, it was another class, another two hours in my day, another requirement.  It was the equivalent of what most people ask about math, “When am I going to use this in the real world?” Well, as naive as I was then, that’s exactly what I believed. Surprisingly enough, business ethics has come up in my life repeatedly within the last year. It is a factor that I consider when I’m blogging and reading the news. It is something that I reflect on when I choose the companies I want to work with and collaborate with.

It reminds me of the advice that Connie Wang had mentioned in her video below several posts down – know your brands, know who you’re wearing and where your clothes are coming from and whether or not you support that. I’m not an outright activist by any means, but when it comes to the lifestyle I live and the brands that I support, it is definitely something that I have started to consider over the years. The reason why I am bringing up this topic today is because news broke out that the pasta brand Barilla is basically…homophobic. Today, the company’s chairman Guido Barilla said that they were never going to include gay people in their advertisements.

“We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesn’t bother anyone else.”

I was shocked and disappointed by Barilla’s statement and I’m not afraid to say that I find it in poor taste. #kindofpunintended. I don’t know if anyone has ever expected pasta brands to support gay rights and feature gay people in their advertisements. Was there a shift at some point? Whatever the case, why did Guido Barilla feel the need to make such a bold statement like this?

In short, the whole story is a huge mess. Guido somewhat retracted his statement, but I don’t think it’s good enough for anyone. You can read the rest of the article here, but for now we’re done with this post. I’ve been eating Barilla pasta since college, but special thanks to Guido for now letting me know that I have other options.

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Why Christopher Abbott Really Left Girls

As we get closer and closer to the season 3 premiere of Girls, a part of me is clinging to the idea that the news of Christopher Abbott leaving the series was just a publicity stunt. I think sometimes we – okay…I – get invested in characters in television shows that the thought of them leaving or a series ending is something I can’t accept. Remember when Marissa Cooper died on The OC? Did anyone ever truly recover from that? The show, sure as hell, didn’t.

It wasn’t too long ago that it was revealed from Page 6 that Christopher Abbott had left the show citing creative differences with Lena Dunham, but now we’re finding out that that may not have been the case.

Abbott cleared the air with The New York Times , saying it was a falling out with said role that pushed him to leave. As the show progressed, Abbott began to realize that, despite the honesty of Dunham’s vision, he couldn’t relate to his character anymore. “The world that Lena [Dunham] wrote was very real, especially in New York, but it wasn’t as relatable for me on a personal level,” he confessed.

Wait…so Christopher Abbott isn’t as sensitive as his character was on the show? I suppose it’s no shocker, but I think every girl wanted to believe that because hi – that’s why we loved him so much! It’s okay, we’d gladly accept getting to know him on a more personal level if we had the opportunity.

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Conflict Kitchen

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There are two ways to attract me to your restaurant. 1. The food itself. 2. The reviews I read about it and other people’s experiences eating there. Conflict Kitchen is a concept that got me curious because it is a restaurant that changes its menus to reflect the country that is currently conflicting with the United States. Their current focus? Cuba!

I think one of my favorite restaurants back in Seattle – Coastal Kitchen – has a rotating menu, but the fact that you can learn a bit of history, culture, and politics from eating at Conflict Kitchen is exciting! Conflict Kitchen is located in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out their website and current menu here.

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Pray For Zac Efron

Zac completed his stint in rehab earlier this year. We’re told the problem spiraled out of control during the filming of Seth Rogen’s movie “Neighbors,” which was shot during a narrow time frame beginning in April.

Sources tell us Zac — who also starred in the movie — was a no-show on a number of days. As one source connected with the film tells us, “It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine.”

Three other sources confirm … Zac’s problem was rooted in cocaine, but say he also dabbled in Molly — a pure form of Ecstasy, and a popular drug in clubs and raves.

We were sad to learn today that Zac Efron was admitted into rehab for ecstasy and cocaine, but the positive light in this is that it was 5 months ago. Yes, some celebrities can keep things under wraps. We are wishing Zac a speedy recovery back to good health and for success in his future films.

Go get ‘em wildcat.

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Kris Jenner Just Wants A Good Review

When you’re a blogger or a writer, you pretty much accept that no one is ever going to agree with you. Someone – somewhere – is always going to have an opinion about what you’re writing, but blah blah blah life goes on and you can’t be too bothered with it. The same goes for celebrities and public figures. In fact, they may have it worse than us by being scrutinized by everyone for every little thing that they do. It’s no secret that Kris Jenner’s new talk show isn’t hitting the high marks and when she didn’t receive the reviews she wanted, she decided to bribe one writer with a pen from Tiffany and a passive aggressive note.

Not wanting to keep this from her followers, the writer – Linda Stasi tweeted:

‘Does this bribe make me look fat? Kris Jenner just sent me a Tiffany pen with which to write her a better review next time! Shockingly wrong!’

‘She has as much right having a talk show as her dopey daughter [Khloe Kardashian] with no talent had being a host of the X Factor,’ the critic said in the video

Ouch.

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Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago”

President Obama gave an incredible speech while I was at work today shedding more light onto the Zimmerman trial. I have been following the trial on and off, but with all of the recent activity, I’ve done my best to stay on top of it. I understand that right now, more than ever, individuals feel so passionate about the case and for good reason. As a country, we have come so far, but we haven’t gotten  far enough. What this trial has shown me is that there is still so much work to be done not only as a whole, but within ourselves.

I wanted to share with you this recap from CBS News and I completely quoted the whole thing because I didn’t write a single part of it.

In some of his most extensive comments on U.S. race relations since entering the White House, President Obama on Friday gave a very personal perspective of the shooting of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, offering an explanation for why the case has created so much anxiety within the African-American community.

“When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said this could’ve been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Mr. Obama said in an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room, where reporters were gathered to question White House spokesman Jay Carney.

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Emma Roberts x Nylon Aug. 2013

Earlier this week, Emma Roberts made headlines when TMZ broke the news that she had been arrested due to domestic violence…beating up her 26-year old boyfriend Evan Peters. It was surprising to say the least because that’s a side we never imagined the actress to have. I’ve been a fan of Emma’s ever since her Nickelodeon days on “Unfabulous,” but it must be hard to keep up this act of being a sweet former teenage actor and niece of Julia Roberts.

We hope things get better for you Emma. Please don’t turn into Amanda Bynes. I read reports that you and your boyfriend just have a passionate relationship and stuff so … just keep your fists to yourself.

Other than that, we love her photoshoot for Nylon’s latest denim issue and her interview with the magazine.

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