It’s 2013, and People Are Still Getting Worked Up About Interracial Couples in Ads

Anytime someone tells me racism is dead, I just point them to the nearest YouTube comment section:

It’s another one of those things that shouldn’t be a story but is—an ad from a major U.S. brand featuring an interracial couple and their daughter. You’d think this new Cheerios ad from Saatchi & Saatchi in New York might go largely unnoticed, given the plethora of interracial couples on TV shows these days. (NBC’s Parenthood is a notable example, though far from the only one.) But it’s not going unnoticed—it hit Reddit’s front page, a place largely reserved for life’s great oddities, and the YouTube view count is rising fast. The problem is that TV ads have always lagged TV programming in this regard, as so many brands are clearly scared of being perceived as making a political statement with the casting of their commercials. Thus, the Cheerios ad, despite its characters being representative of tens of thousands of actual couples in America, sticks out like a sore thumb. And then you have the YouTube comments section, which predictably has devolved into an endless flame war, with references to Nazis, “troglodytes” and “racial genocide.” At what point will an ad like this just seem normal?

The Reddit thread isn’t much better than the deleted YouTube comments.

Miami-Dade Police Choke Black Teenager Because He Was Giving Them “Dehumanizing Stares”

From Miami New Times:

Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn’t threaten police. He didn’t attack them. He wasn’t armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few “dehumanizing stares,” and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold.

During Memorial Day weekend, McMillian was rough-housing with another teenager on the sand. Police approached the teen on an ATV and told him that wasn’t acceptable behavior. They asked him where his parents were, but MicMillian attempted to walk away. The officer jumped off the ATV, and tried to physically restrain the teen. According to CBS Miami, police say the 14-year-old kid gave them “‘dehumanizing stares,’ clenched his fists and appeared threatening.”

McMillian says he was carrying a six-week old puppy at the time and couldn’t have been clenching his fists because he was feeding the dog with a bottle. He claims that during the confrontation the dog’s front left paw was injured while officer forcibly separated him from the dog.

Disney World Patron Finds Gun on Ride

From MySunCoast:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A Walt Disney World patron on a ride with her grandson found a loaded gun on her seat.

Officials said Wednesday that the woman found the pistol on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. The woman gave the loaded weapon to a park attendant who then contacted her manager and authorities.

The owner of the gun, Angelo Lista, told authorities he discovered his gun was missing several minutes after leaving the ride. He has a concealed weapons permit.

Lista told authorities he didn’t know Disney World patrons weren’t allowed to bring guns. He said he thought the security checkpoint at the entrance to the park was only so guards could check bags for bombs or explosives. Guests do not walk through metal detectors.

The Hitler Kettle

From The Atlantic:

And, yes, it’s real kitchen equipment! If you go on the JCPenney website, the Hitler-esque kettle is actually known as the Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Kettle, retailing for $40. “This stainless steel tea kettle has all the bells and whistles you’ll need—a cool-touch handle, space-saving design and a delightful whistle to let you know when it’s ready to pour,” reads the description. And so far, none of the three customer reviews on the JCPenney site mention a resemblance to the leader of the Nazi party:

Reporter Kicked Out of Amy’s Baking Company After Finding Flies in Drink

From Eater.com:

Looks like little has changed following last week’s “Grand Re-Opening” of Amy’s Baking Company: On Friday, a reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal dined at the restaurant — now infamous for its Facebook freakout following a terrible showing on Kitchen Nightmares — and she and her party were kicked out by co-owner Samy Bouzaglo himself.

According reporter Hayley Ringle, she and the rest of her party incurred Samy’s notorious wrath when they complained of fruit flies in their cocktails not once but three times. (Ringle shares photos of the bugs in her article). Samy, who fielded their complaints, kicked them out of the restaurant when the group pointed out the flies in the restaurant’s third, failed attempt to make a clean cocktail.

Simpsons Theme Park Construction

Construction continues near The Simpsons ride at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. All the signs have been uncovered for the new locations coming. You can now see the Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, and The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop signs. There will also be a new spinner ride and a waterside bar for Moe’s.