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Ricky Schroder apologizes after viral Costco confrontation

The former “Silver Spoons” actor confronted a Costco worker who wouldn’t allow him to enter the store without a mask.

WASHINGTON — Former “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue” actor Ricky Schroder apologized after posting a video on social media showing a confrontation with a Costco employee over recent mask mandates.
In the video posted Friday, Schroder asked a Costco employee named Jason why he wasn’t allowed inside the store while not wearing a mask.
“Because in the state of California and the county of Los Angeles, and Costco, there has been no change to our mask policy,” Jason said.
“Didn’t you see the news? Nationwide Costco has said you don’t need to wear masks,” Schroder replied.
The incident took place a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people. It recommends fully vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
However, California and Los Angeles still have mask requirements in place.
“Actually that’s not true,” Jason replies to Schroder’s comment. “So, what is accurate is that Costo always goes above and beyond when following the law, and the mandate in California has not changed.”
Watch the full video below:
Schroder went on an anti-mask rant and urged individuals to give up their memberships to Costco “until they remove this.”
In Schroder’s 7-minute apology video posted on Sunday, he explains why he reacted the way he did during the confrontation.
“First off, to Jason at Costco,” Schroder began. “Jason, nothing personal. I’m not upset with you or anybody in a position like you have… works for a living. I understand you were following their laws and rules.”
He added: “I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords, and sorry that I had to use you to do it. I’m sorry. If I hurt your feelings, I apologize.”
In November, Ricky Schroder was in the news after donating money to help release the accused Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse. The Illinois teen has been charged with killing two people during an August protest against the police killing of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

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'Jeopardy!' winner apologizes, says hand signal was not 'white power' symbol

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Kelly Donohoe held up three fingers across his chest with his thumb and index finger folded together during Tuesday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” He had held up one and two fingers in previous episodes to indicate the number of wins he had achieved, according to multiple reports.

But some fans thought it might be an “OK” symbol. The gesture became fodder for a trolling campaign on the website 4chan a few years ago to dupe viewers into thinking the fingers formed the letters “W” and “P” to mean “white power.” But the Anti-Defamation League said extremists ended up adopting it as a sincere expression of white supremacy.

The gesture, when used for that purpose, generally is presented to clearly show the circle formed by the thumb and index finger together. Donohue held his fingers sideways across his chest, so such a circle would not be clearly visible.

Boston.com reports that Donohue initially responded to the controversy by saying on Facebook, “That’s a 3. No more. No less.” But he was reportedly criticized for not having a more forceful condemnation. That post is no longer visible. Also now missing from his public-facing Facebook page is a Facebook cover photo with an image of Frank Sinatra making a similar gesture.

In a new post Thursday, Donohue repeatedly denounced white supremacy and said he was “horrified” about what has been said about him.

“I absolutely, unequivocally condemn white supremacy and racism of any kind,” Donohue wrote. “People who know me personally know that I am not a racist, but for the public at large it bears repeating: I am not a racist and I reject and condemn white supremacy and all forms of bigotry for the evil they are. It’s shameful to me to think anyone would try to use the stage of Jeopardy! to advance or promote such a disgusting agenda.”

Donohue repeated that the gesture was to mark his third win. He also said he removed his earlier post because of the comments he was receiving.

“I did, however, understand the fair criticism that I did not include a forceful condemnation of white supremacy in my initial statement. I hope my feelings on that matter are clear now,” Donohue wrote.

In an open letter on Medium, more than 580 former contestants spoke up. They gave Donohue some benefit of the doubt, noting that he had held up fingers for his first and second wins and said the symbol may or may not have been intentional.

“Regardless of his stated intent, the gesture is a racist dog whistle,” the signatories wrote. “Some of the first people to notice this were not affiliated with ‘Jeopardy!’ in any way — they were viewers who couldn’t believe what they’d seen, captured it on video, and shared it to Twitter. Among them were people of color who, needless to say, are attuned to racist messaging and not appreciative that the show allowed this symbol to be broadcast.”

The contestants also said “Jeopardy!” has previously made changes to remove negative messaging, even reshooting segments.

“This should have been done in this case. Intentional or not, the burden was on the production team to catch the similarity to a hate symbol and make sure it didn’t end up on air,” they wrote.

Claudia Jordan Apologizes For Wrongly Tweeting That DMX Died & Getting Backlash From Fans

TV host Claudia Jordan has owned up to her mistake, after tweeting that DMX had died. The rapper is currently on life support following a heart attack.

Claudia Jordan[1] has apologized after mistakenly tweeting that rapper DMX[2] had passed away. The 50-year-old hitmaker remains in hospital on life support after suffering a heart attack[3] on April 2, however, he is still alive. “Rest in Paradise DMX,” the Deal or No Deal[4] star tweeted on April 6, before quickly deleting the post. Fans slammed the TV personality for wrongfully reporting that he had died, with one user writing, “Misinformed or not – it isn’t her place to announce something like this before the family does.”

In response, Claudia tweeted, “I’m sorry” before clarifying that she mistakenly thought the media had reported the death of DMX, “I did. I deleted it. And apologized. I feel awful.” The rapper suffered a heart attack[6] at his New York home around 11pm on April 2, and was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, NY, where he was put in critical care. DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, confirmed that the singer, who was born Earl Simmons, had suffered a heart attack, however he did not clarify the cause of the terrifying health scar. “I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had had a heart attack, and I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support,” he told ABC[7] on April 3.

Murray continued, “I’ve spoken to the family and the family and I are quite close with each other. I am concerned about his well-being and mindful of his significance. I have known Earl for over 25 years and I believe that his music is quite poignant, very important. He’s truly a poet of our time.”  HollywoodLife has reached out to DMX’s reps numerous times for comment.

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Following the news that he had been hospitalized, and was in a “grave condition”, stars like Missy Elliott[8] and T.I.[9] took to Twitter and Instagram to share words of support. “Prayers for DMX and his family,” Missy tweeted, while fellow rapper T.I. wrote, “Shake back Big Bro. We made plans Maaaan We got s— to do!!! We laughed so hard about how far we’ve made it in life this night. I appreciate you so much for pulling up & and checking on a n—-. So now I’m tellin you like you told me…This too shall pass…We need Real 1s like you around!!! #PrayersUpForDMX.”

References

  1. ^ Claudia Jordan (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ DMX (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ suffering a heart attack (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ Deal or No Deal (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ April 7, 2021 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ suffered a heart attack (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ ABC (abc7.com)
  8. ^ Missy Elliott (hollywoodlife.com)
  9. ^ T.I. (hollywoodlife.com)

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Amazon apologizes for tweet denying some workers urinate in bottles

Amazon on Friday issued an apology for a tweet last week denying claims from some Amazon workers that they were worked so hard that they were forced to urinate in plastic bottles instead of going to the restroom.

The tweet from the Amazon News account came in response to a post from Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanWhite House delays release of budget plan Intercept reporter: ‘There’s no way’ Amazon management didn’t know about ‘routine’ of drivers peeing in bottles Union president: Amazon’s ‘progressive workplace’ claims are ‘outrageous’ and ‘tone deaf’ MORE[3][4][5][6][7][2] (D-Wis.), who commented on claims of a “progressive workplace” from Amazon consumer chief Dave Clark[8][1]

“Paying workers $ 15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan tweeted. 

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Amazon pushed back in its own tweet, writing, “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?”

“If that were true, nobody would work for us,” the account added at the time. “The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.”

Amazon apologized on Friday for its response, writing in a blog post, “This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan.”[10]

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“First, the tweet was incorrect,” Amazon said. “It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.” The company noted that these locations usually have “dozens of restrooms, and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time.” 

“If any employee in a fulfillment center has a different experience, we encourage them to speak to their manager and we’ll work to fix it,” the multinational tech giant added. 

Amazon also said that the tweet “did not receive proper scrutiny,” recognizing the “need to hold ourselves to an extremely high accuracy bar at all times, and that is especially so when we are criticizing the comments of others.” 

The corporation admitted that Amazon drivers especially may “have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

“This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon,” the post added before including a series of links for additional news reports on drivers for ride-hailing services and workers for delivery companies struggling to find accessible bathrooms while working. 

Amazon went on to say, “Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it. We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.” 

Several Twitter users had criticized Amazon for its response last week, including Pocan himself, who tweeted, “And yes, I do believe your workers. You don’t?”

Since 2018, some Amazon workers have come forward with claims that they were forced to urinate in bottles as well as other allegations of worker mistreatment, including that pregnant employees were required to stand for hours on their shifts and were repeatedly targeted for termination.

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Jay Leno Apologizes for Years of Anti-Asian Jokes

Jay Leno, the longtime “Tonight Show” host, apologized for a history of making anti-Asian jokes, saying that at the time he “genuinely thought them to be harmless” but now hopes for forgiveness from Asian-Americans.

The comedian said in a joint statement with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, a watchdog group that tracks anti-Asian comments and incidents in the media and entertainment industries, that he had an attitude at the time that “some group is always complaining about something, so don’t worry about it.” Whenever the show received a complaint, he said, the response was divided into two camps: “We need to deal with this” or “screw ’em if they can’t take a joke.”

“Too many times I sided with the latter even when in my heart I knew it was wrong,” Mr. Leno said. “That is why I am issuing this apology. I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part.”

It was a recent realization. In 2019, Mr. Leno, who hosted “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2014, made an offensive anti-Asian joke while filming a commercial for “America’s Got Talent,” the actor and producer Gabrielle Union told Variety[1].

MANAA, the watchdog group, had complained for decades[2] about Mr. Leno’s jokes that relied on stereotypes of Asians, to no avail. Rob Chan, the president of the group, said in the statement that he was “happy that Jay came around, and that we will be working together in the future.”

Mr. Leno is slated to host a rebooted game show, “You Bet Your Life,” starting in the fall.

Mr. Leno’s apology came as Asian-Americans have endured rising discrimination[3] and racist language[4] during the coronavirus pandemic, while also processing the trauma[5] of a recent mass shooting in the Atlanta area in which six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. Mr. Leno said he would be “deeply hurt and ashamed if somehow my words did anything to incite this violence.”

Some Asian-Americans have long argued that their concerns about anti-Asian speech are frequently dismissed as trivial[6]. Asian-Americans have historically been underrepresented in Hollywood[7] and in comedy[8], and in 2016, a bit by the comedian Chris Rock that relied on Asian stereotypes made it to the Oscars ceremony[9].

While late-night comedians pick a variety of targets, it’s not the first time Mr. Leno has been criticized for jokes that got laughs at the time. Recently, a documentary about Britney Spears by The New York Times[10] brought increased scrutiny to jokes by several late-night hosts[11] about her mental health. Mr. Leno has not apologized to the singer, though others, including Justin Timberlake and some publications, have said they regret their behavior.

Azi Paybarah contributed reporting.

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  1. ^ told Variety (variety.com)
  2. ^ complained for decades (manaa.org)
  3. ^ discrimination (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ racist language (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ processing the trauma (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ are frequently dismissed as trivial (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ in Hollywood (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ in comedy (www.nytimes.com)
  9. ^ made it to the Oscars ceremony (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ a documentary about Britney Spears by The New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ by several late-night hosts (www.lamag.com)

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