Fans of classic toys were shocked when Hasbro announced a gender neutral makeover for Mr. Potato Head on Thursday.
The company decided to drop the "Mr." and "Mrs." Potato Head for the more gender neutral Potato Head.
The company announced the change would appear on toy boxes later this year. Mr. Potato Head was first introduced to children 70 years ago.
Hasbro announced the toys would reflect today's modern family of two dads and two moms.
"It's a potato. But kids like to see themselves in the toys they are playing with," said Ali Mierzejewski, of The Toy Insider, referring to transgender children.
Liberals celebrated the change, but Hasbro backtracked after a furious public backlash to the company's "woke" agenda.
"Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD."
A Washington D.C.-area news anchor was suspended for fat-shaming obese vaccine recipients on Twitter.
Blake McCoy, who works for WTTG, a local Fox affiliate, was suspended after he tweeted his annoyance over obese people getting priority access to vaccines.
Obesity is one of the pre-existing conditions that gives people priority to receive vaccines in many states.
"I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority access before all essential workers," McCoy tweeted Tuesday. "When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk. Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese."
His tweet didn't go over well with many on Twitter who retweeted his post to the attention of his employer.
After clapping back at some of his outraged followers, McCoy apologized and deleted the original tweet.
In response to a follower who noted his deleted tweet, McCoy said, "You're right, I deleted because frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet."
Twitter users called for McCoy to be terminated after he posted photos of maskless men partying at numerous gay clubs in Chicago and other cities.
McCoy, who is openly LGBT+, has engaged in risky behavior, such as hooking up with men he met on the Tinder dating app.
In a tweet dated Feb. 6, McCoy wrote: "Tinder date is arriving now for wine, pizza, and monopoly. We've never met. If I die tonight, I want you to know I had a good run. Stay well everyone."
Angela Stanton King angered the LGBT+ community when she rejected her trans child earlier this month.
King is one of the invited guests who will speak on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which begins Friday, Feb. 26, in Orlando, Florida.
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to give a speech at CPAC. King, who spent two years in prison for her role in Phaedra Parks' car theft ring, was pardoned by Trump last year. She gave birth to her fifth child in prison.
On Feb. 16, King went on a Twitter rant about her biological son, who angered her by transitioning to female.
"I wake up daily thinking about how morals, values, & common sense are no match for societal norms," she tweeted. "Thinking about how I fought for my son & sacrificed to raise him. While his Dad was rotting in prison. Just for him to grow up and decide he wants to be a woman. Seriously wtf."
"I spent 60k getting a Degree in Psychology. I thought I was losing it. But I leared that it's a psychological disorder 'Gender Dysphoria' & instead of the Government helping our kids they’re pushing it as normal to join forces w/ Big Pharma & line their pockets [sic].
"If you think your child is safe in today's society you got another thing coming. What parent in their right mind wants their child lost? Dismembering their bodies in search of becoming something they'll never be. How tf is that normal?
"Does anyone consider the parents? These predators want my son to believe that I don't love him if I won't accept him as a woman. How f*cking dare you!!"
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Charlize Theron, star of action films like Mad Max: Fury Road, is down for an all lesbian "Die Hard" with herself as a lesbian Bruce Willis lead.
She made the pitch in response to one fan who tweeted: "Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I REALLY want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife."
Theron retweeted the post and added: "Where do I sign?"
In a new Vanity Fair interview, she stated, "It's a great idea. That's why I replied on Twitter, because I just thought it was kind of brilliant. I was like, 'This person needs to start pitching. That's a great idea', and the fact it would be two women, I was like, 'Yeah, sign me on'."
But the lesbian community is not eager for an all-lesbian "Die Hard" remake with an all-heterosexual female cast.
Here are just a sample of the responses on Twitter:
One user wrote:
"If it got greenlit there would be 2 factions on twitter condemning it, Die Hard fans and those who think Charlize Theron would be taking an acting role away from a lesbian actor."
Another user wrote:
"Please no, just make a good movie with strong female characters. Charlie's Angels and Ghostbusters remakes were disasters. Stop trying to make a point and make a good move."
And a third user tweeted:
"Of course ride the name for money and make this change, because Hollywood can't simply make a new and original movie, that would be too hard."
A Pennsylvania mom faces charges of fatally shooting her children, including a female-to-male trans.
Krisinda Bright, 48, is accused of fatally shooting her 16-year-old bio daughter, Kiara Bright, a male-identified trans who went by the name Jeffery "JJ" Bright.
Friends say Kiara transitioned at age 11.
Bright also fatally shot her second daughter, Jasmine Cannady, 22.
Interim Police Chief John DeLuca told reporters that, after shooting her children, Bright called 911 and went outside to meet emergency responders and police, WTAE reported.
Bright told dispatchers she shot her children and that the gun she used was unloaded and on the dining room table.
She said she shot one of her children while she was lying in bed. Then she went downstairs and pointed the weapon at her second child, who pleaded with her, saying, "Please don't shoot."
Bright said the gun misfired, but she fixed the jam and then shot her daughter in the face. The child was still moving, so Bright went upstairs to retrieve another weapon before returning and shooting her again because she didn't want the child "to suffer," according to the police report.
Both victims were shot in the head and face, according to the complaint.
Bright is facing two counts of criminal homicide. She is being held without bond in the Beaver County Jail.
Social media influencer James Charles sparked a furious backlash on Instagram and YouTube after he shared a photo of himself pretending to be pregnant to support a friend, Laura Mellado, who is pregnant.
Charles, a female-identified makeup artist, titled his video "24 Hours Being PREGNANT!!"
He wrote in the caption: "I'm trying something I'll never get to experience, being pregnant! My best friend Laura is pregnant with her second baby so she challenged me to be pregnant for 24 hours to see if I was strong enough to go through what she does!"
His 24 ours of "pregnancy" included being hooked up to a device that simulates pregnancy contractions.
Many called his antics "insensitive" after he wore a fake belly prosthetic and appeared before a backdrop of flowers, similar to a photo shoot by Beyonce.
Charles added a disclaimer to his video: "This video is not being made in any way, shape, or form to make fun of, to make light of pregnancies and the sensitivities and the complications that come around it."
Charles, who has 52 million followers across 2 platforms, continued:
"It's obviously such a beautiful, beautiful thing that women go through with their bodies and it takes a whole lot of strength as well. I know firsthand from watching Laura do it twice now. This is just a lighthearted video to see if I can last for 24 hours experiencing some of the ‘challenges’ that are even possible for me to actually experience today."
One follower wrote: "I love you James. But be ready to expect backlash. This wasn't a good move. It's very insensitive & I'm generally not a sensitive person. Sorry bud. This ain't right."
Another wrote: "You have gone off the deep end."
And a third wrote: "This is a big NO very insensitive and any backlash you get you deserve."
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Deshawn Mcmanus, of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, was shot and killed days after he allegedly assaulted his live-in boyfriend.
McManus was killed during an altercation at an apartment complex on Kelston Place in Charlotte, NC, on Feb. 9
Witnesses say two people were involved in an altercation inside an apartment. The dispute moved to outside, and the victim was killed.
Police say McManus and the suspect knew each other.
McManus was previously arrested in January and charged with assault. He was released on $1,000 bond.
His lover, who goes by the username Slayed ByMone, took to Facebook to grieve.
ByMone's posts attracted attention from Facebook users who initially confused ByMone for a woman. They gently broke the news to ByMone that McManus had a whole boyfriend who was also grieving.
One Facebook user wrote: "@Slayed ByMone when yall start dating like last night? cuz baby he gay, he have a whole live boyfriend that he stay with [sic]."
Another user wrote: "@Wayne Hudson he definitely loved his boyfriend they was so cute I loved their relationship. Demarco Cheerboy Dawson I'm sorry baby [sic]."
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Kirk Franklin says anti-LGBT+ bullying has no place in the church. Particularly since 80% of male church choir members are same-sex oriented.
Franklin spoke up about homophobia in the church during a recent interview on a Sirius XM radio show.
The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, best known for his crossover hit song "Stomp," told host Clay Cane, "What is very important to understand is that the pulpit is not a bullying place, and we have to also understand that no group of people are monolithic. No Black person, all Black people do not think the same, do not process the same. Not all LGBTQIA+ people all think and process the same."
The 51-year-old married father of 4 battled le ghey rumors for most of his career. He encouraged church members not to "weaponize" the Holy Bible against LGBT+ people.
"I have some close gay friends who make decisions based on their interpretation of the Bible, and they live out their lives based on whether celibacy, or whatever they choose to do, and they should have the right to do that."
"We have to not weaponize the Bible to cover up, a lot of times, our homophobic views that have nothing to do with the Bible. A lot of people that maybe profess Christianity, they have views that are not even bibliocentric. It's their personal views that they do not understand, sometimes maybe the biology of homosexuality, and so they want to find a scripture to try to justify their own homophobic views... you can't abuse people from a platform, because that ain’t love, that's not the gospel, to take a microphone and weaponize it to hurt people and to condemn people."
Former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks, who was born Gabe Tufts, came out as a male-to-female trans this week, saying, "This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me."
Tufts, who now goes by the name Gabbi Tufts, shared a photo on Instagram, along with the caption: "The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news. This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do."
The reaction was mostly positive on Instagram. But some wrestling fans expressed shock at the once muscular wrestling star's new look.
"What the f*ck," wrote one stunned fan.
Another follower wrote: "You gained a new fan today. Be YOU. You are loved. We are here to lift you up. I’m so happy you are embracing your true self. I hope you continue to find peace now that this weight and darkness is lifted."
Tufts wrestled professionally from the late 2000s to the early 2010s. His signature move was known as the "Burning Hammer."
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Writer Kola Boof inadvertently outed Randy Jackson, the youngest member of the family group the Jacksons.
Kola, who famously accused socialite Kimora Lee Simmons of stealing her man, Djimon Hounsou, accidentally outed Randy on Twitter.
The drama unfolded when another user paid tribute to the late LGBT+ icon Luther Vandross.
Kola retweeted his post and commented: "I got to meet Luther Vandross & even hung out with him when he was on a date with Randy Jackson (of the Jacksons) at CATCH ONE in Los Angeles."
In response to a flurry of comments on her timeline, Kola expressed regret for outing Randy before he was ready to leave his comfort zone.
Randy, 59, joined the famed Jacksons when his older brother, Jermaine Jackson, left the group to remain with Motown Records in the 1970s.
Randy married Eliz Shaffe in 1989. They have three children, Stevanna, Genevieve, and Randy Jr.
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