Apology of the Day: ‘Lemony Snicket’ Author Sorry for Racist Remarks, Donates Money

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Apology of the Day: ‘Lemony Snicket’ Author Sorry for Racist Remarks, Donates Money
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Talk about a "Series of Unfortunate Events."

Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket children's books, decided to try out some extremely racist jokes while hosting the 2014 National Book Awards this week. (You can watch the cringeworthy video here.)

He made the controversial remarks after Jacqueline Woodson, who is black, won an award for her book "Brown Girl Dreaming."

"I told you! I told Jacqueline she was going to win," he said. "And I said that if she won, I'd would tell all of you something I learned about her this summer, which is that Jacqueline Woodson is allergic to watermelon. Just let that sink into your mind."

And then he made things even more uncomfortable.

"I said, 'You have to put that into a book.' And she said, 'You put it into a book.' And I said, 'I'm only writing a book about a black girl who is allergic to watermelon if I get a blurb from you, Cornel West, Toni Morrison and Barack Obama saying, 'This guy's OK. This guy is fine.'"

He has apologized twice on Twitter since the debacle. And in the latest apology, he is trying to make up for his faux pas by putting some money towards a charity called We Need Diverse Books, "a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating and supporting non-majority narratives."

Twitter Meme of the Day: Kids Thank Michelle Obama for Gross Food

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Michelle Obama has spent a great deal of her time as First Lady promoting healthy eating. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law in 2010, allocated funding to provide more nutritious foods in schools and established new USDA guidelines.

And to thank her for her efforts, the kids are complaining.

Students across the country are posting pictures of the very unappetizing school lunches on Twitter with the hashtag "#ThanksMichelleObama." The trend seems to have re-emerged, as kids were doing this back in April of this year as well.

Healthy as they may be - some of the pictures posted on Twitter are pretty horrid looking.

It also seems to have morphed into a bit of a meme with everyone jumping in to share their "lunch."

Celebrities Read Mean Tweets of the Day

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Jimmy Kimmel has released his 8th edition of "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets," and this stuff just keeps getting better. Thank you Internet trolls!

Here's the latest edition which includes a whole new slew of insults towards - among others - Britney Spears, Lisa Kudrow, Michael Chiklis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Pratt.





Bet of the Day: ESPN Host Posed Like Kim Kardashian After Notre Dame Lost

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Notre Dame lost their game against Northwestern last Saturday, and as a result, we all lose.

Because this happened.

Former Notre Dame player and current host of ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," was forced to pay up on a bet with his co-host Mike Greenberg by re-creating Paper Magazine's Kim Kardashian butt photo.

This Thanksgiving, we are all thankful for that carefully placed bow.

Foot-in-Mouth of Day: ESPN Student Reporter Tweets ‘Joke’ During FSU Shooting

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Foot-in-Mouth of Day: ESPN Student Reporter Tweets ‘Joke’ During FSU Shooting
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There was another school shooting Wednesday night - this time at FSU in the library, where 3 people were injured, and the shooter was killed by police.

None of this warrants making any type of joke, but Marisa Martin, a student reporter associated with ESPNU's Campus Connection at the University of Alabama, thought otherwise in a Tweet posted last night.

"Reported gunman on the FSU campus. Maybe he is heading for Jameis."

Jameis Winston is the FSU quarterback who has been at the center of a number of scandals and legal issues over the past year or so.

After the Twitter backlash calling for ESPN to "#FireMarisaMartin", she fought back, adding that - while she hopes everyone is safe - she is entitled to her own opinions.

Her Twitter account was soon deleted, and she then apparently tweeted using the official Alabama Campus Connection account that she had been hacked. Riiiiiiight.

ESPN seems distancing itself from her, clarifying that while part of the program which lets students contribute stories to ESPN, she is neither an employee nor paid.

When the Ku Klux Klan Promised "Lethal Force" Against Ferguson Protesters, Anonymous Struck Back

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When the Ku Klux Klan Promised "Lethal Force" Against Ferguson Protesters, Anonymous Struck Back
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Over the weekend, reports emerged that the Ku Klux Klan passed out fliers and warnings indicating they would enact "lethal force" against Ferguson protesters should they display aggression in response to the grand jury hearing of the Michael Brown shooting.

Hactivist group Anonymous did not take kindly to these threats.

As of the morning November 16, the Ku Klux Klan still had control over their own tweets, as you're seeing from their official Twitter feed here (who knew that abject hate could be so tuned in to social media trends?). Just later that evening Anonymous seized the Twitter account to use to their own ends, changing its profile picture to their own iconic image and tweeting things like this:



The moral of the story is the same as always: Just don't bother getting on Anonymous's bad side.

Social Media Fail of the Day: New England Patriots Thank Racist Twitter User

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Social Media Fail of the Day: New England Patriots Thank Racist Twitter User
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Whoever handles the Patriots' social media is probably not having a very fun Friday at work - assuming they are still employed.

To celebrate their 1 millionth follower on Thursday, the Patriots asked people to retweet an image of a digital jersey to receive a customized version with their Twitter handle on the back.


The account then tweeted out a thank you to an account with an extremely racist username, complete with an accompanying jersey emblazoned with the slur.

They have since deleted the offensive tweet and apologized for the "filtering" error.