urbazon / E+

Starbucks Coffee customers can now use the restrooms without stumbling over drug addicts on their way in.

Starbucks announced it is closing 16 stores in major cities due to dangerous incidents caused by the company's woke "open bathrooms" policy.

Starbucks made headlines in 2018 when the company announced store managers could not block the homeless and other non-customers from using the restrooms.

Incidents include homeless people and drug addicts turning the restrooms into drug and sex dens.

The company even installed hazardous waste boxes for needle disposal in restrooms in various locations to accommodate drug addicts in 2018.

The store closures come after workers reported incidents involving drug use by customers and members of the public in store restrooms.

Workers signed a petition demanding the company do more to protect them.

Starbucks previously prohibited employees from limiting access to the restrooms to customers only.

"We read every incident report you file - it's a lot," wrote Starbucks executives Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson in internal memos to employees Monday.

"We cannot serve as partners if we don’t first feel safe at work."

Starbucks refers to its employees as "partners" in company communications.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Starbucks gave store managers leeway to ban undesirables from using store bathrooms.

Additionally, stores can change layouts or limit seating in order to reduce dangerous situations.

"We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told the NY Times. "I don't know if we can keep our bathrooms open."

Photo may have been deleted

Stella McCartney

Disneyland sparked outrage by swapping Minnie Mouse's famous polka-dot dress for a men's tailored pantsuit.

The pantsuit was created by fashion designer Stella McCartney in honor of Women's History Month, which takes place in March.
 
READ ALSO: Mars, Inc. faces backlash for 'woke' and 'inclusive' M&Ms
 
Minnie has worn her famous red and white polka-dot dress since 1928. Apparently, Disney decided it was time for a change in keeping with the agenda to erase femininity.

The change was met with a mix of outrage and bewilderment on social media.

Photo may have been deleted

Photo may have been deleted

Mars, Inc.

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.

Photo may have been deleted

The brown M&M's 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.

Mars, Inc. also changed the tan flesh tone arms and legs of the six characters to white.

Twitter is not amused.


 

Photo may have been deleted

20th Century Films

West Side Story failed to meet box office estimates on opening weekend. West Side Story 2021 earned just $10.5 million in ticket sales and streaming sales.

The movie missed predicted box office sales of $12-$17 million.

The Steven Spielberg–directed movie is a "woke" remake of the 1961 original, which won 10 out of 11 Oscar Awards including Best Picture of 1961 and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno.

The estimated budget for the remake was over $100 million - and doesn't include the estimated $50+ million in marketing and advertising expenses.

Critics praised the young cast who dazzle in the remake, but others slammed Spielberg for trying to improve on a classic that is already perfect in every sense of the word.

Spielberg dismissed complaints that there were no English subtitles in Spanish-speaking scenes.

"If I subtitled the Spanish I'd simply be doubling down on the English and giving English the power over the Spanish," Spielberg said.

In addition to 10 Academy Awards, the original West Side Story won a plethora of awards including Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. It is listed No. 3 on the National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films and is considered one of the greatest musicals ever made.

West Side Story 1961 grossed $44.1 million worldwide -- the highest grossing movie of 1961 and the second highest grossing musical ever.

Watch the original trailers below.
 

 

Stock photo: Getty Images

A Wisconsin high school principal has apologized for separating white people from people of color to discuss police brutality in Zoom meetings.

West High School Principal Karen Boran sent two separate email links to parents fpr Zoom meetings. One link was for parents "of color" and the other link went to white parents, according to The Federalist.

Parents were invited to "join the Zoom space where you most closely identify" to discuss "all the police brutality and violence that is going on."

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) sent a letter to Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Carlton Jenkins explaining the problems with racial segregation in 2021.

According to WILL, the email discriminated against parents who weren't white or Black.

"Racial segregation is never beneficial or benign. It is our hope that the leadership at MMSD take this opportunity to commit the school district to the principle of equality and end all racial segregation immediately," wrote Dan Lennington, WILL deputy counsel.

West High School Principal Karen Boran apologized , telling the Wisconsin State Journal that her email "did not convey our intention in a manner that supports our core values." She added that the "wording in the communication we sent lacked clarity."

West High School was also criticized for separating people by their skin color during an affinity event last year.

Last summer, the school hosted "virtual discussion spaces" for students and staff separated by skin color.

The high school administration apologized then, too.