Monthly Archives: November 2015

SeaWorld Suffers Killer Whale Woes

When you hear SeaWorld, you think of killer whales — for better or worse. As of Tuesday Nov 10, SeaWorld Entertainment has cancelled its famous orca shows. Since its opening in the 1960s, SeaWorld Entertainment centered its brand associations with … Continue reading

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Whiteout Blanks Mizzou Uprising

The University of Missouri team store removed their official 2015 whiteout T-shirt from its website and stores amid racial controversy. The whiteout shirt was created for the game against Brigham Young University, but in the face of racial tensions on … Continue reading

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Ringing In Criticism

As the Starbucks cup debate continues with loud yells from both pro-Christmas-ers and pro-Starbucks-ers, another debate is heating up.  Target has generated significant backlash for their over-the-top Christmas sweater, sporting the acronym OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder. In the media, we … Continue reading

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Fantasy Sports Sites Facing Gamble

If you’ve watched any sporting event (or any televised production, really) in the past six months, you know about DraftKings and Fan Duel. For those living under a rock, DraftKings and Fan Duel are online daily fantasy sports sites that … Continue reading

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Spiked Eggnog Spillover

The holiday season is around the corner and every major brand is trying to come up with creative methods to get customers hyped about their festive products. Some worked out well and some not so much. For instance, Bloomingdales may … Continue reading

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Brewing Up Holiday Brand Shaming

Holiday red Starbucks cups? No Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving at Nordstrom? Just shoot me now, because the world is ending. Today’s American society has turned the 2015 holiday season into a PR crisis for multiple brands and it’s barely even … Continue reading

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Java Lovers ‘Red’ with Christmas Controversy

Last week marked the early launch of Starbucks’ holiday-themed red cups. However, to many those cups aren’t “holiday” enough. A new level of Starbucks backlash emerged when one zealous pastor from Arizona claimed that Starbucks was declaring a “war on … Continue reading

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Costly Corporate Faux Pas

More than ever before, companies must figuratively walk on eggshells to avoid immediate scrutiny from millions of users on hundreds of platforms. The broad reach of media highlights any potentially offensive corporate slip-up. The holiday season seems to make the … Continue reading

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Twitter Kicks ‘Star’ to the Curb

In early November, Twitter did away with the “favorite” button and added a “like” one in its place to the dismay of many users. The popular social media company replaced the star icon, which represented “favorite” with a heart for … Continue reading

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Silence Spikes Food Scare

This November, Chipotle has come under scrutiny for the E. Coli outbreak in its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. According to PR Week, Chipotle finally broke the several-day silence and reached out to them to explain what steps they have … Continue reading

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