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Mars, Inc. is facing backlash on social media for rebranding its M&Ms characters to be more progressive, diverse and inclusive.

Most notably, the brown and green M&Ms characters have lost their sex appeal.

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The brown M&Ms white pumps have been lowered to befit a school teacher and the green M&M will trade in her go-go boots for white sneakers.

Mars, Inc. made the changes to bring the characters in line with the company's commitment to gender balanced leadership.

"We're excited to reveal our new M&M'S brand look and feel, which fans will see come to life across all M&M'S touchpoints around the globe," said Jane Hwang, Global Marketing Vice President, Mars Wrigley.

M&Ms also changed the tan flesh tone arms and legs of the six characters to white.

Twitter is not amused.


 

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Adele angered her loyal fans when she canceled her upcoming Las Vegas residency due to COVID cases among her vaccinated crew.

The red-faced singer recorded a video tearfully explaining why she canceled her entire residency, but fans were unsympathetic.

Fans who paid thousands of dollars for tickets lashed out at the British pop star for behaving like a Diva. They say she's a narcissist who only cares about herself.

Two sisters who found out about the cancellation while on a plane from New York to Las Vegas were left heartbroken and angry, according to DailyMail.com.

Another family who paid half a year's salary for tickets were waiting to board their plane when they learned of the cancellation.

Thomas Wright and a friend flew from South Carolina to Las Vegas for opening night. They found out the show was canceled when they landed. They are out over $2,500 for tickets, flight and hotel accommodations.

"When you land in Vegas but Adele canceled her shows," Wright tweeted.

Fans might have gone easy on the emotional pop star, but Adele has a history of disappointing them.

An irate fan tweeted:

"I cannot stand Adele & can't understand how she still has fans. She let them down in London cancelling last minute & now again. Dos she not realize it's not just about the tickets; people pay a LOT of money to get to these places [sad emoji]. And that's without all hr COVID nonsense!"

Another fan wrote:

"Not the first time you've done this. I wonder how much you pocket du to covid shutting you down? Well I hope people learn. You should have just got on with it but the covid excuse is too easy."

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Rihanna was dragged on Twitter.com for disrespecting civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.

As the nation celebrated King's birthday on Monday, the Bajan businesswoman changed her Twitter banner to a Photoshopped image of smiling Dr. King wearing a gold grill.

Rihanna is not from here so she probably didn't understand how offensive the image is. But she learned on Monday, as her followers lashed out on her timeline.

The offensive image was still posted as Rihanna's Twitter header as of Tuesday morning. The semi-retired pop star has over 104 million followers on Twitter.com.

Instead of addressing the controversy, she posted selfies with the caption: "commercial break." She also shared thirst trap photos and a video of herself wearing lingerie from her Savage X Fenty line.


 
Here is what some of her followers had to say about the MLK disrespect:

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USA Today deleted tweets following public backlash to its article attempting to normalize abnormal adult attraction to children.

The article, titled "What the public keeps getting wrong about pedophilia," was quickly moved behind a paywall.

The writer quoted researchers who claimed there's a difference between pedophiles who harm children and people who only think about it.

The writer claimed scientific studies found "pedophilia is determined in the womb, though environmental factors may influence whether someone acts on an urge to abuse."

"Not all people who sexually abuse children are pedophiles. Some pedophiles never abuse children, experts say, and some people who sexually abuse children do not sexually prefer them, but use them as a surrogate for an adult partner. They may be disinhibited and anti-social, with impulse control problems."

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"The evidence suggests it is inborn. It's neurological," said James Cantor, a clinical psychologist and sex researcher. "Pedophilia is the attraction to children, regardless of whether the (person) ever ... harms."

Cantor said there's no treatment for pedophilia, but pedophiles can be taught self-control and strategies to compensate, which he said is more likely if they're under the care of a professional.

"There are the people who are sexually attracted to children ... (and then) there are some people who molest kids who are not pedophiles," said Anna Salter, a psychologist, author, and internationally recognized expert. "They molest kids because of anger. They molest kids because they're scared of adult women. They molest kids to get revenge, but they don't actually have an age preference for prepubescent children."

After deleting the tweets, USA Today explained:

"A previous thread did not include all information and the story it was written about is behind a paywall. We made the decision to delete the thread."

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Amazon's gender recognition system identified former First Lady Michelle Obama and tennis superstar Serena Williams as male.

According to MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, Amazon's response was that the software is not "facial recognition, it's gender recognition" -- as if that makes it acceptable to identify women as male.

Both Michelle and Serena are genetically and biologically female, but they have been plagued by vicious rumors that they are men.

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It doesn't help that Amazon's gender recognition software also identifies them as the male gender.

While "gender" and "sex" are often substituted for the other, their meanings are different. According to Dictionary.com, sex is "a label assigned at birth based on the reproductive organs you're born with."

"Gender includes a person's perception, understanding, and experience of themselves and roles in society... their inner sense about who they're meant to be and how they want to interact with the world."

However, both Michelle and Serena interact with the world as biological women.

Critics complain that Amazon's system shows gender and racial bias, and recent studies have confirmed that bias.

Studies led by Buolamwini found huge racial and gender bias in the facial recognition software.

Protests across the United States prompted Amazon to suspend police use of its software in 2020.

After some tweaking, the ban was lifted by Amazon, saying it hoped Congress would pass a law to ensure ethical use of the gender recognition technology. However, no such law has been passed, according to Fox Business.

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Black Twitter was outraged after a character on Prime Video's "Harlem" bust it wide open in a scene with star Meagan Good.

Viewers who tuned in to watch "Harlem" didn't expect to see a male character exposing his back door during what was supposed to be an intimate heterosexual scene.

The Black women empowerment series has been heavily criticized for being "too woke" and liberal for many viewers.

Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed wrote:

"This #HarlemOnPrime is really an LGBT show disguised as a "girl power" vehicle. All the sex scenes are generally same sex couples. And the one "heterosexual" sex scene that was about to happen was with Meagan Good, but the dude got in bed and spread his boochie cat open."

Black Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

Watch the trailer for the series below.
 

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Rep. Thomas Massie drew criticism when he shared a pro-gun holiday photo of his family on social media over the weekend.

The photo shows Massie and his family holding rifles in front of a Christmas tree, just days after a teenager killed four students during a shooting rampage in Michigan.

The Republican U.S. representative from Kentucky captioned the image: "Merry Christmas!, ps. Santa, please bring ammo."

The photo outraged Michigan and Montana residents who are still in shock in the aftermath of mass shootings recently.

One Twitter user referenced the photo as an example of white privilege.

"It's funny how the existence of this photo won't ever interfere with these kids lives moving through the world because this is viewed as "American" but if this was a black family, this photo would be used to deny them access to anything good in life."

Another person tweeted: "So true, i can't even believe this photo. Especially after the Shooting in Montana recently smh #raiseyourchildrenbetter."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Grossly insensitive and unnecessary! A photo like this should end any politicians career."

But others cautioned Twitter users to stop making everything about race.

One person tweeted: "Turning every issue into race diminishes your cause."

While another wrote: "Welcome to America where everything is about race but let’s act like it isn’t so it doesn't diminished the cause."

And a third person Photoshopped a Christmas photo using the mugshots of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents.

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A 1st grade teacher is being dragged on Twitter for discussing her lifestyle with her 6-7 year old students.

Professor Nalo tweeted:

"My students call me Professor Nalo because I prefer not to use Mrs. or Mr. in my classroom. I teach all subjects as a 1st grade teacher, but my favorite moments are always when my students ask about my queerness.

"I was asked recently during a podcast interview why i don’t use Mrs. or Mr. to refer to myself, and I asked her why I needed to. She said “don’t you think it’ll be hard for children to adjust?

"But the truth is, it has never been children that struggle with adjusting to the complexities of human experiences. My students are 6-7 years old and they are still steeped in the magic of curiosity.

"My students know about and have met my wife at school, they know I’m queer, and the turtles will call ANYBODY out for calling me “mrs” anything. I told them my story once & never needed to say it again. If only adults adjusted as quickly and easily, it may save many of our lives."


 
One parent wrote: "I'd take my children out of your class in a heartbeat! Your personal life isn't necessary to six year olds or anyone you're teaching for that matter!"

A mom of twins tweeted: "Why would discussing your sexuality with CHILDREN ever be ok? Why would discussing this with small children bring you pleasure and be your favorite moments?"

Another person wrote: "No 1st grader has ever asked about 'queerness' unless they've been told about it beforehand."

And one person accused Nalo of indoctrinating children: "Sounds pretty pedo to me. You shouldn't be discussing sexuality with any children."

Question: Should teachers discuss their sexual lifestyles with 1st graders?

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North Carolina's Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson insists straight people are superior to LGBT+ people because heterosexuals can reproduce.

Robinson made the comments while speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on November 14.

Ron Baity, the church's pastor, introduced Robinson to the congregation, saying he was "a breath of fresh air here in North Carolina."

Robinson, who is running for N.C. governor in 2024, said homosexuals are "what the cows leave behind."

He also referred to LGBT+ people as "maggots" and "flies" and he called homosexuality a sin.

Robinson told the congregation that homosexuality serves no purpose in God's plan.

"If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing."

Robinson made headlines earlier this year when he called homosexuals and transgenders "filth," and said teaching LGBT+ curriculum in schools was "child abuse."

He said "there's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality -- any of that filth."

"And yes, I called it filth, and if you don't like that I called it filth, come see me and I'll explain it to you," he said in a leaked video.

In response to the controversy, Robinson told the News & Observer:

"We are talking about this kind of filth being spread in our classrooms and being spread to our children... My personal beliefs and spiritual beliefs about homosexuality are not pertinent. I will fight for folks' rights to be secure in their persons every day that I'm in this office. But we will not allow it to be spread to classrooms and to children."

LGBT+ rights advocates protested outside Robinson's office on Friday, and activists read a list of names of transgender people who were killed this year.
 

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Old Dominion University has removed a controversial professor who advocated for "minor-attracted people," following disruptions on campus.

Dr. Allyn Walker, a female-to-male trans, was placed on paid leave amid public backlash to Walker's research and book titled "A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity."

In the book, Walker claims so-called "non-offenders" -- pedophiles who don't act on their urges -- should be treated with empathy.

Dr. Walker supports "affirming therapy" for non-offenders by using child pornography and child sex dolls to suppress their urges toward children.

Part of affirming therapy is to change "pedophile" to MAPs because the P-word is offensive to non-offenders.

ODU issued a statement announcing Walker's suspension on Tuesday.

"Reactions to Dr. Walker's research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus. Furthermore, the controversy over Dr. Walker's research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution's mission of teaching and learning."

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A Change.org petition calling for the removal of Dr. Walker from the ODU campus has collected over 11,000 signatures so far.

One person who signed the petition wrote:

"I am disgusted that Old Dominion would employ someone who tries to normalize the sexuality of Pedophiles. They should think of the children in their own families."