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Hallmark's decision to pull a commercial showing 2 lesbians kissing triggered outrage on Twitter.com.

The family-oriented network pulled four same-sex commercials after conservative groups launched petitions signed by thousands of concerned parents.

In one ad, two brides kiss after exchanging vows at the altar. One woman wears a wedding dress, the other wears a men's tailored suit.

The commercials were paid for by Zola.com, an inclusive wedding planning company that purchased six ad spots. Four of the 6 ads feature same-sex couples.

A petition created by the conservative group One Million Moms (1MM) garnered over 25,000 signatures. The group's mission is to "fight against indecency".

The organization pleaded with Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark's parent company.

"Please reconsider airing commercials with the same-sex couples, and please do not add LGBT movies to the Hallmark Channel. Such content goes against Christian and conservative vaults that are important to your primary audience. You will lose viewers if you cave to the LGBT agenda."

The group said the Zola commercials made Hallmark Channel unsafe for family viewing.

A similar petition on Christian website LifesiteNews.com garnered over 50,000 signatures.

It didn't take long for Hallmark to realize the error of its ways.

"We are not allowed to accept creatives that are deemed controversial," said an account rep.

Liberals on Twitter vented their outrage under the hashtag #BoycottHallmarkChannel.

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Valerie Jarrett, who served as the senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, was among the vocal critics.

"Controversial? Really, ?@Hallmark?? What a horrible message you are sending not just to all of the same sex couples and their loved ones, but to everyone. #lovemeanslove."

Television personality Baker Machado tweeted:

"he declined to comment on why a nearly identical ad featuring a bride and groom kissing was not rejected."

Another Twitter user said critics of the ads are "okay with voting for a guy who had sex with Stormy Daniels while his third wife was nursing his infant child..."

But others were pleased with Hallmark's decision.

One user tweeted: "I will not be boycotting Hallmark Channel or their cards. They have [every] right to make their own decision."

Another user tweeted:

"It's the only channel that moms and dads don't have to monitor for sex or violence or 4 letter words. Leave Hallmark alone, same sex couples are a fact of life."

 

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A television commercial is causing mass confusion among young people who apparently missed or misunderstood the ad's tagline at the end.

The commercial opens with a pre-teen boy telling his father, "I think I got my period." The next scene shows a man rolling over in bed to reveal a bloodstain on the sheet under him.

The commercial also shows men dealing with their periods in public restrooms and locker rooms. One man asks another man for a Tampon, and a high school boy nervously drops his pantyliners in front of a girl, who asks him if he needs her help.

The commercial caused confusion among young people on social media who questioned how boys and men can menstruate.

Many missed the ad's tagline at the end of the commercial - 'If we all had them, maybe we'd be more comfortable with them.'

But even those who read the tagline were baffled. Since when are we women ashamed of having periods?

Some viewers believe the people behind the commercial are men who assume women are ashamed of having periods.

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Thinx claims to make underwear that absorbs your period.

"We're on a mission to empower every body [sic] with innovative solutions and social change," the company states.

The company's Twitter page promotes their undergarments under the hashtag #IfWeAllHadPeriods.

One YouTube viewer wrote: "I think [the ad is] mostly trying to deconstruct the 'stigma' about periods. I'd personally never heard of period shaming, but apparently some people think its a thing."
 

Colin Kaepernick

A Nike ad campaign featuring free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick won an Emmy award for Best Commercial.

The award was handed out at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend.

Nike picked Kaepernick to lead its 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' TV and print campaign that also featured Serena Williams and LeBron James.

Kaepernick courted controversy in 2016 when he remained seated on the bench during the national anthem. After the public backlash, he got off the bench and kneeled on the sideline.

The 30-year-old quarterback said he was protesting social injustice. But some fans noticed he waited until he was benched to become a "woke activist".

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Nike North America vice President Gino Fisanotti told ESPN after the initial backlash.

Kaepernick, who was 3-16 during his final season with the 49ers, filed a grievance against the league for colluding to blackball him -- despite the fact that he turned down at least 2 contract offers.

Kaepernick and the league settled the lawsuit for a reported $10 million.

Miss Cleo

Youree Harris, who found fame as TV psychic Miss Cleo, has a died at age 53.

Harris died in Palm Beach County, Florida, following a prolonged battle with cancer. She gained a huge following with her Psychic Network TV commercials featuring her famous catchphrases, "Call me now!" and "The cards never lie!"

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