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Hyundai Apologizes For Controversial Commercial

In: Donovan, Random Reads

I simply have no words. I can’t believe will all the departments and people needed to sign off on a new ad creative, that no one thought this could possibly be offensive.

Believe it or not, the European division of Hyundai came up with the brilliant idea to feature a suicide attempt to highlight their vehicle’s new feature. At least with Ford’s controversial ads featuring the Kardashian sisters tied up was a bit tongue-in-cheek. The suicide clip is just in bad taste. Naturally given the uproar, Hyundai issued an apology and removed the ad from YouTube.

“Hyundai Motor deeply and sincerely apologizes for the offensive viral ad,” Hyundai says in a statement. “The ad was created by an affiliate advertising agency, Innocean Europe, without Hyundai’s request or approval … Hyundai apologizes to those who have been personally impacted by tragedy.” 

Titled “Pipe Job,” the one-minute commercial shows a man sitting in a car in a closed garage trying to kill himself with toxic exhaust fumes. In the end, his suicide attempt is thwarted due to Hyundai’s 100 percent water emissions. Surprisingly, a 2002 ad by Citroen and a 2009 ad by Audi were also based on similar concepts. Check out the yanked commercial below.

watch the controversial commercial after the jump

I can’t with this story, it’s too much. Drag Race mega goddess and friend to Homorazzi MANILA LUZON is at the forefront of a fabulous scandal.

In an article by CHARISMA NEWS (which is the gayest name I have ever heard), it states that this is the second year of this controversial drag show at the University of San Diego. ‘The drag show will be emceed by Manila Luzon, a professional drag queen and openly homosexual man who advocates same-sex “marriage.” ‘ 

Like I can’t, it’s SO FUNNY! Marriage in quotation is too much, and Manila Luzon a professional? PLEASE ;)

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Michael Shannon Reads Insane Sorority Letter

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

Last week, an email sent by a sister from the University of Maryland Delta Gamma chapter went viral. In case you missed it, the expletive-filled rant was the most ridiculous and angry thing ever. It chastised her fellow sorority sisters for being “LITERALLY being so f**king awkward,” making plans with other fraternities besides Sigma Nu, and for being “so fucking BORING.” The horror. It definitely showed the ugly side of the Greek system.

Funny or Die enlisted Michael Shannon to give a dramatic reading of said email. Shannon plays Superman’s archnemesis General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel. Truthfully, I don’t know what’s more frighteningly evil- General Zod or this Delta Gamma chick. I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. Check out Shannon’s video below. While not as hilarious as FOD’s recent Gay of Thrones video, it’s still worth a watch. It perfectly illustrates how insane the email was to begin with.

watch the video after the jump

News Anchor’s Profanity Flub Goes Viral

In: Donovan, Random Reads

Poor guy. Imagine if your first day flub was recorded for the world to see. That’s exactly what happened to A.J. Clemente.

As the rookie news anchor was trying to pronounce London marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede’s name, the cameras began rolling. What viewers of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota saw and heard was Clemente uttering “F–kin’ s–t.” As his co-anchor Van Tieu began her spiel, A.J. remained clueless that he was on air. It wasn’t until a few seconds later that he realized what was going on and looked visibly shocked. When Tieu asked him to tell viewers about himself, he fumbled with his words.

“I graduated from West Virginia University, and I’m used to, um, you know, from being from the East Coast.”

Believe it or not, there were complaints to the station. Who does that? Clearly, it was his first day and made an innocent mistake. Lighten up people. KFYR-TV news director Monica Hannan quickly addressed them on the channel’s Facebook page.

“He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse. WE train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. WE can’t take back what was said. The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation. All we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness, and I can offer my personal assurance that I will do my best to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again under my watch.”

That suspension only lasted a few moments as AJ was eventually let go. He tweeted the following.

“Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent.Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive.Wish i didnt trip over my “Freaking Shoes” out of the gate.” – A.J. Clemente @ClementeAJ

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Wicked Drake & Destiny’s Child Mashup

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

If you were on the fence with Drake’s “Girls Love Beyoncé” which he dropped earlier this week, this will win you over. In the Toronto rapper’s original version, he sings the chorus from the Destiny’s Child hit track, “Say My Name,” in between his rhymes. For this mashup, Raleigh, N.C.’s JAYBeatz blends the 1999 single’s original verses and chorus seamlessly with Drake’s lyrical words. In some instances, he combines the lyrics so well, it’s as if Beyoncé and Drake are actually singing to each other. Check out an example below.

Destiny’s Child: “It’s hard to believe that you / were at home, by yourself”

Drake: “No I’m not alone, even though nothing was the same / let me get your ass alone, let me hear you say my name.”

The R&B girl group’s sassy delivery really works well with Drake’s monotone moodiness rap style. I’m not even exaggerating when I say JAYBeatz’s “We All Love Beyoncé” is my EVERYTHING. At least for this weekend it is ;) Check it out below.

listen to the track after the jump

Nerd Alert: Batgirl #19 @GailSimone

In: Random Reads, Tommy D, Totally GAY!

Yesterday morning as I was waking up I thought that it has been a while since my last Nerd Alert and I was really wanting to do another one. Little did I know (mainly because I try not to read spoilers) that I would read one of the best issues of comics in the New 52, and that it came from Batgirl.

I have always had a love hate relationship with the New52 Batgirl. First of all I am a Stephanie Brown fan through and through and getting rid of her as Batgirl (and from the DCU altogether) was heartbreaking for me. I also loved Barbara as Oracle and I truly feel that we have lost one of the best characters in the history of comics, but I still picked her up. The first year was a bit rocky for me mainly because Batgirl I felt was a wimp. As we all know Barbara was shot and paralyzed by the Joker and was in a wheelchair. She became Oracle the info jock of the DCU for all of it’s heroes and an intellectual counterpart to Batman. With the reboot they gave her back her legs through a miracle surgery. Well in the first chunk of issues she just kept whining about her new legs, and how she was scared to lose them again and all the remorse she felt by being able to walk while so many don’t. It got incredibly redundant that I almost dropped the title.

Thank god I didn’t.

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Normally, I’m a honey mustard or vinaigrette kind of guy, but I might have to rethink my salad dressing options, especially after watching this Kraft commercial. The brand’s new pitchman cleverly called (not) “Zesty Guy” makes a really compelling case to try Zesty Italian. Just be careful not to get too close to the stove like him. Otherwise you might find your v-neck shirt disintegrate, leaving you exposed like Zesty Guy. I guess it’s really our fault. He keeps asking how zesty we like it, causing the flames to go higher and higher, as he adds a bit more zest.

In addition to appearing in the sexy ad spot, Zesty Man will also pop up on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live as a guest chef and bartender. I’m sure Andy Cohen will be happy. Having a hot guy to stare at while guests ramble on is a nice way to pass the time. Plus you can probably cop a feel for the sake of ratings ;) If you want to spread the word about the sassy cook, you can send Zestygrams to all your friends. Check out the commercial below.

watch the commercial after the jump

Ever since Kevin Keller first arrived in Riverdale back in 2010, he’s been a fan favorite with Archie Comics readers. The blond, blue eyed, athletic and gorgeous stud became the comics’ first openly-gay character. Since his debut, Kevin received a full series pickup, been targeted by anti-gay group- One Million Moms and even got hitched with a hot military man. You go, Glen Coco. Now, the groundbreaking cartoon is achieving a new first. He’s getting his very own novel.

“This is a book I would have hugged if I’d had it as a child,” says publisher Francesco Sedita. “I hope it has that effect on children and adults today.”

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