Waves of panic rippled through the business community after Yelp announced a new consumer alert tag that allows users to flag any business as racist.
What could go wrong?
Yelp announced Wednesday that it was taking a "stand against racism" by placing a warning tag on any business that receives multiple consumer comments accusing even one employee of a racist act.
"Today, we're announcing a new consumer alert to stand against racism," the company tweeted. "In the last few months, we've seen that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions."
The complaints can consist of "racist language or symbols" that bring attention to "racist conduct" committed by any single employee or multiple employees of a business.
The racism consumer alert tag is a white exclamation point on a red background.
Yelp will place the tag on any business accused of racism -- even if that business is owned by a minority who employs non-minorities.
The page will be locked and consumers will be unable to leave a comment - negative or positive - until Yelp concludes its "investigation" into the complaints.
Any business hit with a racism alert tag is sure to attract press attention. Yelp will facilitate the further destruction of that business by linking to any press article that covers the alleged racist act.
Twitter reacted to the announcement on Wednesday.
"I'm concerned about declaring a business racist from on-high...," tweeted one user. "What if a Yelp employee has a bias or grudge?"
Another user wrote, "Yelp. Another entity I will block and ban. Its a useless app anyways."
And a third user tweeted: "and here i was thinking your service couldn't get any worse."
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Gabrielle Union's smear campaign against NBC has gotten her quick results. In a statement on Sunday, NBC said they are working with the former America's Got Talent judge to "hear more about her concerns."
NBC and America's Got Talent producers Fremantle and Syco said in a joint statement:
"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate."
Union, 47, and fellow judge Julianne Hough, 31, were let go after Union reportedly became difficult to work with on the set.
Variety.com reported that Union complained about a "toxic workplace culture" on the series. A "source" revealed that Union was offended by an on-camera joke told by guest star Jay Leno.
Leno cracked a joke about a portrait hanging in NBC headquarters that showed producer Simon Cowell and his dogs. Leno said the dogs looked like something on the menu at an Asian restaurant.
Union reportedly asked HR to escalate her complaint about Leno's joke, which was cut before the episode aired.
The "source" also said Union was pestered with notes from NBC staffers complaining about her various lacefront wigs and hair weave accessories. The staffers reportedly said Union's hair was "too black" for AGT's audience.
After NBC released a statement on Sunday, Union retweeted a "covering your own ass" meme by writer Joelle Monique that outlined the three steps to a "solid apology".
But not everyone is convinced that Union is a victim of workplace harassment. Many are convinced that she is an unlikeable narcissist who would stoop to exploiting an emotionally troubled child to boost her career in Hollywood.
A Variety.com reader writes in the comments section (bold emphasis mine):
[Union] and Hough were fired because they were both horrible. The difference is Hough is a professional and didn’t play the race card when she was fired. If NBC and Cowell were actually racists, they wouldn't have hired a black man (Terry Crews) for next season. Union is going to find herself unemployable much like Monique because no one will want to deal with her toxic drama."
Liberal media outlets erased racism from their headlines after a 12-year-old girl admitted she lied about a hate crime incident at her private school.
Amari Allen, who is Black, claimed three white boys held her down and sheared off her dreadlocks at their $12,000-a-year Christian school in Virginia.
The story went viral because Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen is a part-time teacher at the school.
The story prompted outrage and indignation on social media, as celebrities and lawmakers lashed out at the school.
A Gofundme page quickly raised thousands of dollars for the schoolgirl who still had a head full of hair when she tearfully told her story to a news reporter.
But on Monday, Allen's parents released a statement admitting she lied for attention.
News media outlets that loudly reported racism in their headlines have since removed any mention of race from their updates.
In one report, a New York Times headline read "Black Virginia Girl Says White Classmates Cut Her Dreadlocks on Playground".
But in the update to the story on Monday, race was gone from the NY Times headline: "Virginia Girl Recants Story of Boys Cutting Off Her Dreadlocks".
Critics point to the Times story has another example of liberal media outlets manipulating headlines to fit their liberal agendas.
A 12-year-old student who claimed three white boys held her down in a classroom and cut off her dreadlocks admits she made the whole story up, according to police.
Amari Allen's dreadlocks were long and didn't appear to have been cut when she tearfully told a reporter her story on the local news.
Amari claimed she was held down on the classroom floor by three white boys at her $12,000-a-year private Christian school in Virginia.
Amari gave a tearful interview on the local news, saying the boys called her hair "ugly" and "nappy".
The three boys were questioned and they denied the allegations.
The story went viral on social media after it was reported that Vice President Mike Pence's wife worked at the school.
On Monday, Amari's parents released a statement apologizing to the boys and their families.
"To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused," the statement reads.
"To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school."
The school's administration also issued a statement:
"We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false.
"We're grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations. While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict."
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