Controversy of the Day: ‘Ugly’ Christmas Tree Gets Dissed and Discarded by PA Town

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A 50-foot Norwood spruce in Reading, PA is the focus of ridicule this holiday season, with locals calling it "sad," "nasty," "pathetic," "ugly" and even comparing it to Charlie Brown's disaster of a tree.

"If there was a squirrel right now looking for a place to live in the Winter," said one resident. "It won't even go into this tree."

"I've never seen a tree look so horrible in all my life," said another person. "That tree is atrocious."

Don't hold anything back Reading...

As a result of all the outrage, city officials decided the thing needed to be put out of its misery, and after raising money from local businesses, it is scheduled to be replaced this week.

Ad of the Day: Sainsbury's WWI Christmas Commercial Sparks Controversy

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This ad might make you feel all warm and tingly inside, but some people are up in arms over it.

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, in partnership with The Royal British Legion, has released a new WWI-themed Christmas commercial for its store. It's based off of a series of unofficial, real-life ceasefires between those battling in the front lines on Christmas in 1914, showing both British and German soldiers briefly gathering together, sharing food, singing and playing football.

It's very moving, and visually stunning - as far as advertisements go - but the concept has people complaining that it's inappropriate to use the war to promote a supermarket.

"A story such as this has no place in an ad which, at its core, is urging you to buy your turkey and trimmings at Sainsbury's," writes Ellen Stewart for Metro.

Ally Fogg at the Guardian is calling it "a dangerous and disrespectful masterpiece."

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received over 200 complaints, and Neil Kelley, an advertising expert at Leeds Beckett University, told the Mirror that it made him feel "unclean."

The video, which premiered Wednesday, already has nearly 5 million views.

So what do you think? Tasteful or Tacky?

Controversy of the Day: Time Wants to Ban the Word ‘Feminist’ in 2015

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Yasssss, you read that right. Along with a number of justifiably obnoxious, overused words and phrases like "literally," "bae," and "turnt," Time's fourth annual poll titled "Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?" also includes the word "feminist."

The post clarifies the nomination as follows:

"You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let's stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade."

The poll, while intended to be a lighthearted piece, has resulted in a bit of controversy online over that words' inclusion.

Washington Post writer Alyssa Rosenberg has a lengthy piece explaining why she thinks "Suggesting banning it is stupid on linguistic grounds, not just political ones."

Samantha Allen from the The Daily Beast goes even further to dub the poll both "sexist" and "racist."

And, as The Daily Dot points out, some users on 4Chan's /b/ board, who are infamous for regularly gaming year-end polls on Time, are using the site to rally votes to ban "feminist." 9gag is reportedly also trolling the poll.

And it seems to be working.

As of Thursday afternoon, "feminist" is winning with 50% of the votes, with "bae" in a distant second.
"OMG," "YOLO," and "twerk" were the previous winners.

I can't even with this.

Protest of the Day: People Are Using a CoverGirl Ad to Show Why Roger Goodell Must Go

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This image has been circulating on Twitter with the hashtag #GoodellMustGo.

For reference, here is the original image:

Space Shot of the Day: Animation of Six Decades of a Warming Earth

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This newly released video has developed quite the controversy. The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies has created this short clip that visualizes the warming of Earth over the past 60 years. Supporters of the Global Warming theory feel that the video is solid proof of a dangerous trend while skeptics argue that 60 years is too short of a time period to fully understand climate change.

Marketing FAIL of the Day: Vitamin Water Accidentally Puts "You Retard" Under a Bottlecap

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While out on a dinner date with his husband earlier this week, Blake Loates from Alberta, Canada was shocked to find the words "You Retard" printed on the cap of her VitaminWater bottle. Outraged, Loates' father Blake, whose youngest daughter has been living with cerebral palsy and autism, then sent off an angry letter to Coca-Cola's board of directors to demand answers, to which the company responded with an apology to the Loates and an explanation that makes the story even more bizarre and incredulous. According to CocaCola Canada's spokesperson, the unfortunate wording on the cap was an unintended byproduct of a promo campaign that involves pairing up a random English word with a random French word, which by chance happened to be "retard," meaning "late" or "delayed."

Streisand Effect of the Day: Pat Robertson's Deranged "Gay AIDS Ring" Theory Goes Viral

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The controversial Christian talk show host Pat Robertson has fallen victim to the Streisand Effect after unsuccessfully trying to get rid of a YouTube video clip in which he claims that San Francisco gay men with AIDS have been intentionally trying to spread the virus by cutting people with "special rings" on the pretext of shaking hands.