Two surveys released this week show Corona’s brand is suffering from negative buzz.
The first survey, conducted by 5W Public Relations, said that 38% of Americans wouldn’t buy Corona “under any circumstances” because of the outbreak, and another 14% said they wouldn’t order a Corona in public. The survey encompasses polling from 737 beer drinkers in the United States.
In another survey conducted by YouGov, the firm found consumers’ intent to purchase Corona fell to its lowest level in two years. The survey also showed that Corona’s buzz score, a metric that that measures favorability, has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year.
Still, Corona beer isn’t making any changes to its advertising despite the name’s unfortunate similarity to the deadly coronavirus.
Constellation Brands, which brews several variations of the popular lager, said in a statement that its customers “understand there is no link between the virus and our business.”
“Sales of Corona remain very strong and we appreciate the continued support from our fans,” Constellation Brands spokesperson Stephanie McGuane told CNN Business. “Our advertising with Corona is consistent with the campaign we have been running for the last 30 years and is based off strong consumer sentiment.”
The spread of the coronavirus couldn’t have come at a worse time for Constellation, which is spending $40 million to launch its new Corona-branded hard seltzer. Part of the promotion includes a sponsored tweet that has sparked criticism for using the phrase “coming ashore soon.”
Replies to the tweet say the ad is in “poor taste” and that the brand should “lay low for a few weeks.”
Online searches for “corona beer virus” spiked in early February, but have since declined.
Constellation Brands’ stock dropped 8% on Thursday, although the entire stock market has fallen sharply as fear grows about the spread of coronavirus. The number of cases have climbed to 83,577 globally Friday. Nearly 3,000 people have died from the virus.
Metro high school students were forced to line up by the color of their skin, and then their hair was allegedly ranked from nappy to not.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Metro high school students were forced to line up by the color of their skin, and then their hair was allegedly ranked from nappy to not.
A recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University was fired following an exercise he decided to implement at Harding Charter Preparatory in Oklahoma City.
“He barely talked about the school itself,” Rio Brown said.
At Harding Charter Preparatory High School, college recruiters stop by all the time, but this gym assembly was different.
“I could already see through his BS basically,” Korey Todd said. “He was a white man.”
A man representing Oklahoma Christian University left the 11th grade class stunned.
“He was like, ‘Let’s play a little game,’” Todd said. “He said, ‘Okay, everyone now line up from darkest to lightest skin complexion.’”
“He said, ‘Okay, who is going to line up the fastest,’” Brown said.
Then, the juniors were told to shuffle again.
“He told us nappiest hair in the back and straighter hair in the front,” Brown said.
“That’s when I felt uncomfortable like, ‘Okay, this isn’t right,’” Todd said.
“Teachers left,” Brown said. “They were crying and they were offended. Their faces just look disgusted. I know they had a talk with him after, like, ‘That’s not okay.'”
According to Oklahoma Christian University, the recruiter was fired shortly after. The university released the following statement to News 4:
“The OC admissions counselor who visited Harding Charter Preparatory Academy on Monday is no longer an Oklahoma Christian University employee. OC admissions leadership did not approve the inappropriate activity in advance and has communicated closely with Harding administration since the visit. Admissions staff are scheduled to visit the academy Monday to apologize to Harding students and staff on behalf of the University.”
The principal at Harding Charter Prep also admitted all of it was true, releasing this statement to News 4, saying:
“As you are aware, our school is visited by many college representatives each year to recruit the most hardworking students in the state of Oklahoma. Unfortunately, an incident occurred this Monday when a college recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University led a group activity with our students that involved inappropriate and hurtful statements.
The Harding Charter Preparatory High School governance board, administration, and staff does not condone any behavior and/or language that undermines our community’s values. Our community, from its inception, has valued diversity, inclusion, and a safe and supportive learning environment. We will continue to do so.”
“I hope it is a wake-up call because many people at the school need to hear how we feel,” Brown said.
Oklahoma Christian University officials also tells News 4 they will be making a personal visit on Monday to apologize to the entire campus.
‘Humans are not well-liked’ in ‘Demon town,’ where ‘the most powerful witch on the Boiling Iles’ lives.
Eda the Owl Lady, the most powerful witch on the Boiling Iles, and her young teenage protegeScreenshot: Disney trailer for ‘The Owl House’”
The Disney Channel will premiere a new cartoon – The Owl House – on Friday, January 10, that promises to introduce young viewers to a world of demons and witchcraft.
According to Disney, “The series follows self-assured teenage girl Luz, who discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked, and she must disguise herself in order to fit in at witch school.”
Disney describes that realm as a “Demon town,” where Luz takes up residence with Eda the Owl Lady, “the most powerful witch on the Boiling Iles.”
Luz declares, “Someday, I’m going to be just like her.”
The visual design of the show is inspired by various European painters such as Hieronymus Bosch, who was best known for his surrealistic depictions of hell.
Show creator Terrace, who first became acquainted with religious painters while growing up in Catholic school, said Bosch’s twisted takes on angels and demons would make for a “cool show in that art style.”
Opening children to demons’ influence ‘will only end in affliction and suffering’
Last month, controversy arose over when major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble offered a book inviting young children to learn how to summon demons.
Written for 5- to 10-year-olds, A Children’s Book of Demons directs kids to “conjure gentle demons by writing their sigils, which serve as ‘a phone number’ straight to the spirit.”
“As ridiculous as the ‘demons’ contained in the book may be, there is nothing innocent or fun about even pretending to summon evil spirits,” noted Elizabeth Johnston, aka Activist Mommy, on her blog. “But who is to say it is pretend? The spirit world is real and is no laughing matter.”
“It is a sign of the degeneration of our society that making use of demons is considered acceptable, and it manifests ignorance of their malice and desire to do us harm,” renowned exorcist, Fr. Chad Ripperger, told LifeSiteNews. “Books such as these ought to be avoided by parents and children, as they pose a possible opening to demons’ influence in their lives, which will only end in affliction and suffering.”
“Parents would be well warned that it is not something ‘silly,’ but contrary to the proper formation of their children,” he continued. “Opening up children to this at a young age will often place the child in a mindset that diabolic influence of demons in his life is not something serious or to be avoided.”
While The Owl House has not yet premiered, The Disney Channel has already signed on for a second season of the show to be produced.
Georgia Linehan thought she’d found the perfect flat in Kent, until a male Gumtree advertiser presented her with a sleazy proposition to take £200 off her monthly rent
A woman thought she’d found the perfect property until the landlord offered to lower her rent in exchange for photos of her breasts.
Georgia Linehan, from Kent, posted a shocking screenshot to Twitter showing her text messages with a man whose property she was interested in renting.
“That’s the last time I try and find a house on Gumtree,” she wrote.
The WhatsApp conversation shows the man sent her a number of standard-looking photos of a house on Regent Street, Whitstable, for which the monthly rent was £695.
Ms Linehan was pleased with both the rent and the location, and told the landlord she would “have a think and get back to you in a couple of days”.
He then told her there was “an option to reduce rent” if she was interested. When she asked for more information, he said he owned a modelling company and some of his tenants do “boob work” for him.
“Breast pics for 2 pics the rent gets reduced by £200,” he said.
Ms Linehan was not tempted by the offer, taking to Twitter to express her disgust.
“I cannot stress enough how much I hate men,” she said.
While some people were scandalised by the landlord’s sleazy proposition, others said Ms Linehan should have said yes because £200 knocked off the rent is “a steal”.
“All jokes aside I think this is a very clear indication of how dangerous some people can be on the internet… especially to young, vulnerable women,” Ms Linehan said in response.
“And it also shows how hard it is for a woman to even find a place to live without being sexualised and exploited. Be safe girls.”
A Gumtree spokesman told Daily Star Online the man’s message is a breach of the company’s policy.
“We strongly encourage our users to report this type of behaviour so our dedicated safety team can investigate and take appropriate actions such as removing adverts and blocking offending users, like this advertiser, from the site,” he said.
“We also urge our users to communicate via the app rather than other methods, as this makes it easier for us to take action.
“We provide comprehensive safety advice for prospective tenants on our website and we continue to invest in our platform as well as work closely with government and law enforcement agencies to make Gumtree a safe place to operate.”
An Indianapolis woman was murdered, after going on Facebook Live and threatening to blackmail an alleged downlow gay man.
Police say that Jane Waughfield was shot and killed yesterday, while in traffic in Indianapolis. Police suspect two Black men are her killers.
But get this. Just a few moments before she was killed, Jane went on Facebook Live – and threatened to expose a secretly “downlow’ gay Black man.
In the video, seen below, Jane claims that she accidentally walked in one of her former lovers – as he was engaging in a downlow gay relationship.
Jane says she was “disgusted” and threatened to expose the man for being gay. She then asked for the alleged downlow man to pay her $5,000 to stay quiet.
Here’s where it gets even crazier. Jane told her followers that the men she was attempted to blackmail, may try to kill her. In the video, Jane told fans, “They tried to kill me. They chased me out the house.” Later in the video she said, “If I die, let them people [the police] know they killed me.”
Hours after she made the video, Jane was shot and killed
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that Jane was hit with multiple shots while driving near Lafayette Road and 30th Street..
When officers arrived at the scene they found a crash involving four vehicles and Jane suffering from a gunshot wound.
She was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Florida Department of Corrections employee accused of sexual assault in prison
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As a Florida Department of Corrections’ education supervisor, Rev. Antonio Carlisle was supposed to help rehabilitate inmates. An inmate is accusing him of doing just the opposite when he allegedly raped him in prison.
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch released a statement on Friday saying the charges against Carlisle “are deeply disturbing and abhorrent.”
According to the FDC’s Office of the Inspector General, investigators said a sexual assault forensic exam including Carlisle’s DNA was part of the case.
The inmate reported Carlisle was pretending to help him when he moved to overpower him and rape him on Aug. 6 at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County. The sexual assault forensic exam was performed the next day.
Investigators collected Carlisle’s DNA on Jan. 29 and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported it was a match and issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday.
Carlisle was arrested on Thursday in Duval County and he was being held on a $1.5 million bond. He is facing charges of sexual battery and sexual misconduct in Bradford County.
He’s going to be missing a lot of birthday songs now.
A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to nearly 28 years in prison for opening fire at a birthday party, wounding three people, because partygoers didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to his girlfriend, officials said Monday.
Delonte Thomas, 20, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 333 months, or 27 and 1/4 years, in prison for his rampage, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Officeannounced.
In a bizarre court statement, Thomas called himself a “peacemaker” and claimed he had no recollection of the shooting.
Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since New York’s new bail reform law took effect Jan. 1.
A New York City man who’s now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state’s new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.
Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.
“Bail reform, it’s lit!” Barry yelled to reporters Thursday outside the NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station before officers transported him to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”
After his most recent arrest Thursday, Barry was held in custody for about 36 hours until his Saturday morning arraignment hearing in his Manhattan Criminal Court. He was then released before trial without paying bail. He had two warrants out for his arrest for missing court dates related to past alleged subway theft, including one instance in January when he allegedly snatched a $50 bill out of a woman’s hand while she was trying to buy a Metro card at a Bryant Park station machine.
Officers arrested him Thursday after he was spotted jumping a subway turnstile in Penn Station. Barry, a career criminal, has repeatedly duped subway-goers by dressing as MTA officials and robbing people after offering to help them buy their tickets, police said.
“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cr—-r! You can’t stop me!” Barry shouted to reporters. “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing. They punk’ed people out for bullsh– crimes.”
A high-ranking official in the New York City Police Department said because of the new bail reform law, offenders like Barry are released and then repeat the same crimes because judges cannot order them to be held in jail before trial. Sometimes, what begins as a nonviolent crime often turns violent if a robbery goes awry, he added.
“At least before, he’d be remanded and be behind bars for a couple of days. He wouldn’t be able to victimize people,” Assistant Chief Gerald Dieckmann, the No. 2 officer in the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, told the New York Daily News. “When someone doesn’t pay them or give them the money, it’ll turn into a robbery, a slashing an assault.”
But Legal Aid Society, which represents Barry, argued the NYPD is using a few cases to spread fear over the new bail reform law.
“Mr. Barry’s case underscores the need for economic stability and meaningful social services, not a need to roll back bail reform,” the society said in a statement. “Locking up Mr. Barry on unaffordable bail or worse, remanding without bail, ultimately does nothing to protect the public and fails entirely to address his actual needs.”
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike.
The verdict in Manhattan federal court came two years after Avenatti gained widespread notoriety for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal disputes with President Donald Trump.
Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels hush money to keep her quiet about claims of an affair with the president on the eve of the 2016 election.
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday by a jury of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike, in what a top prosecutor called “an old-fashioned shakedown.”
The bombastic attorney, who briefly flirted with running for the Democratic presidential nomination, faces two other pending federal criminal cases this spring related to alleged thefts of millions of dollars from clients, including Daniels, and other serious charges.
“I think he’s in a bit of a state of shock,” one of his defense attorneys, Danya Perry, told reporters after the verdict, which Avenatti plans to appeal.
“But he’s a fighter, as you all know, and he’s staying strong.”
Daniels posted a statement on Instagram, saying: “Sadly, it appears what Michael Avenatti did to me was just the tip of an iceberg of deceit. I am not surprised his dishonesty has been revealed on a grand scale.”
She added: “His arrogant, fraudulent and overly aggressive behavior became so pervasive that the jury found his true character. Although clearly a just result, I do feel sad for his children and foolish for believing his lies for so long.”
He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17 on the charges of extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, and wire fraud.
Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office prosecuted Avenatti, said in a prepared statement, “While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was — an old fashioned shakedown.”
Nike said in a statement, “The verdict speaks volumes. We thank the jurors for their time and service which is the bedrock of the American judicial system.”
Perry, Avenatti’s other lawyer, said, “We are obviously disappointed in the verdict, and even surprised by it.”
She said that the defense has “preserved some significant issues” on which to appeal.
Perry also said that the defense soon will file a motion seeking to change Avenatti’s conditions of detention in the special housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail in lower Manhattan.
Perry said Avenatti is being kept in “inhumane” conditions in solitary confinement.
Daniels was paid $130,000 by Trump’s then-personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her claims of having had sex with Trump years earlier.
Trump has denied Daniels’ allegations but reimbursed Cohen for the hush money.