Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”

Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”

Reactions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram reveal mixed feelings about this very American tradition. Though the origin of Black Friday is murky, many believe the phrase was first used by the Philadelphia police force in the late 1950s to describe the traffic jams and crowding of downtown Philly stores by hordes of suburbanites the day after Thanksgiving and the Army/Navy football game. Since then, Black Friday has become a national shopping holiday that lasts well…

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Disney’s Lion King remake: the first trailer is finally here

Disney’s Lion King remake: the first trailer is finally here

The first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King is as beautiful and warm-fuzzy as it is in your dreams. Congratulations, humans: Last-minute Thanksgiving Day rumors that Disney would drop the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated live-action remake of The Lion King turned out to be true — and there was much rejoicing. The company sneakily released the trailer with almost no notice, save for an Instagram post by J.D….

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Cards Against Humanity holds 99 percent off sale for cars, diamonds, golden dildos

Cards Against Humanity holds 99 percent off sale for cars, diamonds, golden dildos

The card game company Cards Against Humanity has a long history of pulling Black Friday stunts. In 2013, it actually raised the price of their game by $5; in 2014, it sold literal bull shit. In 2016, it raised $100,00 to dig a hole for as long as consumers would fund the backhoe. Last year, it claimed to have given up on selling card games in favor of a not-at-all-copyright-infringing brand of potato chips called…

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Lawsuits and slashed tires: Vermont’s school funding battle

Lawsuits and slashed tires: Vermont’s school funding battle

The state made education funding more fair, but it also made a lot of people mad. All across the country, it seems like a given: places with more expensive houses have nicer schools because they can raise more money. That’s just how education seems to work. Except in Vermont. Two decades ago, the state passed a radical law that aimed to equalize education funding. The law (and subsequent tweaks) made it much easier for towns…

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Why some brands aren’t offering Black Friday deals

Why some brands aren’t offering Black Friday deals

Scaling back on Black Friday is a canny marketing tactic for brands like REI, Everlane, and T.J. Maxx. This morning, many Americans woke up to their local news channel running B-roll of wild-eyed customers stampeding into a Dick’s Sporting Goods or Best Buy or Macy’s. And if you don’t have local cable (like me), you may have rose to a slew of emails offering 30 percent of that and 40 percent of this. But despite…

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Dolce & Gabbana founders apologize for stereotype-filled Chinese marketing campaign

Dolce & Gabbana founders apologize for stereotype-filled Chinese marketing campaign

The fashion brand usually digs in after a scandal. But this time, they say, “It will certainly never happen again.” Dolce and Gabbana issued an unusual apology on Friday for a marketing campaign filled with stereotypes about Chinese people and for leaked messages from founder Stefano Gabbana. Both the campaign and the messages earned the company criticism and resulted in the cancellation of its Shanghai runway show (an event that reportedly cost millions of dollars)….

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