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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.

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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.


 

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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.
 

 

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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.