Berkeley Rocked by 100s of Protestors Even Without Ann Coulter There

Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech at Berkeley for tonight was canceled earlier this week, but that didn’t stop hundreds of protestors flooding the University of California campus.

The demonstrators came ready for action — and possible violence — earlier in the afternoon wearing helmets, shields and padding, according to the Washington Post.

The authorities also turned out in force, resulting in the conservative and liberal activists mostly just shouting at each other across the street, divided by a police line.

Also Read: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Threats of Violence: ‘Sad Day for Free Speech’

Prior to the outbreak, University spokesman Dan Mogulof said police had obtained “a lot of information about threats [from] individuals and groups who intend to either come and protest all that’s happening or support all that’s happening,” NBC News reported.

However, by mid-way through the evening, only two people had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations — one for carrying a knife on campus and another for obstructing a police officer, wearing a mask to evade police and other charges.

Also Read: UC Berkeley Sued Over Ann Coulter’s Postponed Visit

Coulter, who initially insisted she would go to Berkley even after the university canceled her planned speech citing threats of violence, told the New York Times on Wednesday: “It’s a sad day for free speech.”

After arriving in San Francisco, the conservative commentator had hinted that she might still “swing by to say hello” to her supporters in Berkeley, which fortunately was not the case.

Also Read: Bill O’Reilly Defends Ann Coulter Against ‘Snowflake Fascists on College Campuses’

She later told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday night that she hadn’t planned to say anything inflammatory anyway.

“Well, my seditious and hateful speech, the theme of it, obviously, it was going to be a searingly brilliant speech on immigration,” Coulter said.

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Feds Find a Way to Make the Internet Even Worse

If Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai gets his way, consumers can expect a full reversal of the Obama-era push toward net neutrality later this year. Pai outlined his intentions yesterday in a speech, and in a phone call Thursday FCC senior officials provided more details about the plan.

In a nutshell, Pai aims to remove regulations that prohibit ISPs from favoring certain types of internet traffic over others, meaning that a video from a random creator might not play as smoothly as one from a deep-pocketed studio who paid for priority treatment. But consumers will have until the end of summer to try and convince the FCC otherwise.

At the FCC’s next meeting on May 18, Pai will introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, if enacted, would reclassify internet providers as information services, similar to cable companies. That’s significant because ISPs have been classified as common carriers – entities that provide communication services to the general public and are regulated to ensure they indiscriminately provide said services – since 2015. Prior to that, ISPs were considered information services. But the Obama-era FCC classified them as common carriers after several previous attempts to establish net neutrality were shot down by the courts, and then enacted what is called the Open Internet platform.

Also Read: FCC Drops Investigation of Sponsored Data Plans in First Blow to Net Neutrality

Returning ISPs to their earlier classification will effectively revoke the legal authority for the FCC to impose net neutrality on ISPs. In particular, this would impact what’s known as the “Bright Line Rules,” adopted by the FCC in February 2015 as the underpinnings of its Open Internet platform.

Those rules prohibit carriers from engaging in three types of behavior with regard to lawful internet content: blocking, throttling — impairing or degrading certain content from loading or playing to effectively favor others — and paid prioritization — favoring certain traffic over others as a result of those owners paying for that treatment.

The officials said the FCC will take a look at those core principles themselves, and is asking the public to weigh in. “We are seeking comment about the usefulness and merits of bright line rules as well as what legal authority there is to have them,” an official said.

The FCC is seeking comment in compliance laws which require a 60-day public commentary period and 30-day reply period whenever the FCC presents a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, before the rule can go into effect.

Also Read: As Expected, Trump FCC Chairman to Put Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block

When asked later in the call whether that meant there could eventually be “no rules,” the officials demurred, declining to speculate on the final result of the process after hearing from the public.

“I think it would be premature to comment on what the particular rules would be at the end of the process,” an official said.

One official said regardless of what happens with the Bright Line Rules, the Federal Trade Commission would then have the authority to police them. The FTC is legally prohibited from regulating common/”>common carriers.

Also Read: Hollywood Writers Guild ‘Strongly Objects’ to FCC Plan to Undo Net Neutrality

“I’m extremely confident that the Title I classification would be held up in court,” one of the officials said., referring to the clause in the 1996 Copyright Act governing information services and cable companies.

However, that official said he wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to that.

“Knowing the history in this area, I think it’s highly likely that whatever we do will end up in court,” an official said.

One senior official pushed back at many of the comments against Pai’s proposal from business leaders, pointing at the growth in the tech sector between 2005 and 2015, when ISPs were classified as information services companies.

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“The lighter touch Title I regulatory framework was a boon to the internet economy,” an official said.

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Newswire: A&E is giving up on scripted TV

Bates Motel just wrapped up its five-season run on A&E a few days ago, but unlike Norman Bates himself, the network has no interest in holding onto a mummified corpse it doesn’t have any use for. In A&E’s case, though, the mummified corpse is actually scripted television in general: According to Deadline, it’s completely abandoning scripted shows in favor of nonfiction programming. Bates Motel was the only scripted show to premiere on A&E since 2013 that lasted more than a single season, with older hits The Glades and Longmire having already been canceled a few years back (though the latter has continued on Netflix since then).

Meanwhile, A&E’s newer reality shows like 60 Days In, Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, and Live PD have been blowing up, so the network has decided to stop trying to make scripted shows work and just embrace what is …

A&E Announces ‘Bates Motel’ Was Its Last Original Scripted Show

A&E is exiting the scripted programming space.

Following Monday’s conclusion of “Bates Motel,” there will be no more scripted series on the cable network for the foreseeable future. Going forward, A&E will be shifting its focus back to the unscripted programming on which the brand was built.

The network has not ordered a new scripted series or pilot since 2015. The network’s most recent original scripted drama, “Damien,” Glen Mazzara’s “The Omen” spinoff series, was canceled last May after just one season.

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The news comes on the heels of the success of Leah Remini’s docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which scored the network’s top-rated series premiere in two years. Last month, the network renewed the show for a 10-episode second season.

The network also announced last month that it would be reviving the hit series “Biography” with a two-hour feature documentary about the rapper Notorious B.I.G. The series will air in multiple formats across multiple networks, including A&E, Lifetime and History.

Deadline first reported news of the shift.

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Bill O’Reilly Defends Ann Coulter Against ‘Snowflake Fascists on College Campuses’

Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly defended Ann Coulter on his “No Spin News” podcast Wednesday night, bashing “snowflake fascists on college campuses.”

O’Reilly quoted New York University Provost Ulrich Baer, who recently wrote “As a scholar of literature, history and politics, I am especially attuned to the next generation’s demands to revise existing definitions of free speech to accommodate previously delegitimized experiences. Freedom of expression is not an unchanging absolute.”

The former “O’Reilly Factor” host didn’t appreciate the term “delegitimized” when referring to Coulter and made his opinion perfectly clear.

Also Read: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Threats of Violence: ‘Sad Day for Free Speech’

“So you don’t have any right to say something that’s quote unquote ‘de-legitimate,’” O’Reilly said. “And this is what is being taught in the nation’s schools. This is New York University. This guy’s a Provost, it’s outrageous. Dangerous.”

O’Reilly added, “This is so much garbage, I can’t believe it…. We know that Ann Coulter’s ideas are de-legitimate. That’s what he uses, de-legitimate. He would say the same thing about me, okay? Therefore, not worthy of being heard. This is fascism, totalitarianism, Stalinism. That’s what happened in Russia. The Soviet Union.”

Coulter canceled her scheduled speech at the University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday after losing the support of conservative groups that sponsored her appearance. Coulter told the New York Times on Wednesday: “It’s a sad day for free speech.”

Also Read: Fox News’ Jesse Watters Slams UC Berkeley: No ‘Safe Space for a Conservative’

Coulter initially insisted she would go toBerkeley even after the university canceled her planned speech citing threats of violence. But Coulter now says she does not see how she could go forward.

The university said Coulter would be allowed to speak at a later date, when the campus is less crowded.

The decision to drop her legal efforts to force Berkley to let her speak came after the conservative group that was backing Coulter, Young America’s Foundation, announced late Tuesday that it could no longer take part, citing safety concerns for its staff and students.

Coulter said the lack of support from the group left her with little choice but to back out.

“Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away,” she said.

The group that invited Coulter to speak, the Berkeley College Republicans, also dropped its support saying the atmosphere had become too hostile. Berkeley administrators offered a day next week when students are no longer in class but Coulter declined.

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Fox News’ Jesse Watters Slams UC Berkeley: No ‘Safe Space for a Conservative’

Both Fox News personalities Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson appear to be taking President Trump’s lead, rhetorically twisting the University of California at Berkeley’s free speech legacy against the school.

Bill O’Reilly’s heir apparent, Watters, came down hard on U.C. Berkeley, claiming that the school does not provide a “safe space for a conservative.”

During Wednesday night’s Fox News broadcast of “The Five,” on which Watters is a newly-minted co-host, he appeared with guest Ann Coulter, who announced earlier in the day that she canceled her scheduled speech at the northern California university after losing the support of conservative groups that sponsored her appearance.

Also Read: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Threats of Violence: ‘Sad Day for Free Speech’

Coulter told the New York Times earlier in the day: “It’s a sad day for free speech.” The conservative commentator initially insisted she would go to the Berkley campus even after the university cut her planned speech, citing threats of violence. But Coulter now says she does not see how she could go forward with it.

With Coulter present, Watters presented an argument that made the university — which was the birthplace of the free speech movement in the 1960s — out to be hypocritical on the topic of providing “safe spaces” to all groups and ideologies.

“They caved to the mob and the mob won and the mob is emboldened,” he said. “I looked on the Berkeley website today — I had a lot of time on my hands — and they have safe spaces for just about anybody,” he added, citing minority groups including Muslims, American Indians and undocumented students.

Also Read: UC Berkeley Sued Over Ann Coulter’s Postponed Visit

“But they don’t have a safe space for a conservative,” Watters continued, suggesting that the university isn’t effective in its addressing of violent protests on campus and that authorities may be turning a blind eye when it comes to the likes of Coulter and other conservative provocateurs, such as Milo Yiannopoulos.

You can watch the segment here.

Tucker Carlson also ran with the theme on his Wednesday night broadcast in a segment which donned the on-screen headline “Liberals Shut Down Free Speech.” (Watch it here.)

Both Carlson and Watters seem to be echoing President Trump’s previous stance on the matter.

Also Read: Bill Maher Slams Berkeley for Canceling Ann Coulter Speech: ‘Liberals’ Version of Book Burning’

Trump took to Twitter in early February to express his outrage at the historically free-speech friendly campus after violent protestors clashed with police over a speaking event at which conservative Breitbart editor Yiannopoulos was scheduled to appear. The president claimed that the school didn’t “allow free speech,” and also posed an apparent threat to cut federal funds to the school.

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As Expected, Trump FCC Chairman to Put Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block

In a speech Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday confirmed his intent to reverse the agency’s pro-net neutrality policies.

Pai announced that at FCC’s next meeting on May 18, he will introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will undo several actions taken during the Obama administration to promote an open internet policy. Otherwise known as net neutrality, those policies are intended to ensure that internet content is treated equally by service providers.

Also Read: How FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Became a Rising Republican Star

The most significant action Pai intends to take is to change the classification of internet service providers. From 2005-2015, ISPs were classified as “information services,” similar to cable companies. The classification severely limits the regulatory authority of the FCC, so in 2015, FCC reclassified high speed internet services providers as “common carriers,” making them similar to phone companies and thus subject to a higher degree of regulation.

The full details on the proposed rules will be made public on Thursday. After the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is presented on May 18, there will be a 60-day public comment period, followed by a 30-day reply period before the rules can be enacted.

Also Read: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Mocks Canceled Shows, Wants to Be Vin Scully of Regulation

A member of the FCC Committee before becoming its chairman under Donald Trump, Pai has been a longtime critic of net neutrality and of telecommunication regulation generally. In a keynote speech on Tuesday in front of the National Association of Broadcasters, he promised a similar regulatory approach for television, promising to “get unnecessary rules out of the way.”

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Hilary Swank Cast in Danny Boyle’s FX Anthology Series ‘Trust’

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is the latest big name to join the cast of “Trust,” FX’s upcoming Danny Boyle-directed show about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

TheWrap has learned that Swank will be playing Gail Getty, mother to the kidnapped Getty and the person responsible for paying his multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she’s broke.

She will be starring alongside Donald Sutherland, who was cast to play J. Paul Getty, the oil magnate and founder of the Getty family dynasty. However, he can’t help with the younger Getty’s ransom, since he’s isolated in a Tudor mansion surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion.

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“Trust” is FX’s latest anthology series, which seeks to unlock the mysteries of every family, regardless of wealth or stature. The first 10-episode installment will be about the Gettys in 1973, following the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, which is famous for its dysfunction. Most of the family, and the police, thought the ransom note — which asked for $17 million — was a joke. Even the Italian police declined to investigate.

Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson are executive producing, with Beaufoy also writing. It will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.

The three previously worked together on Oscar-nominated films “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “127 Hours,” with Boyle directing, Beaufoy writing the screenplay, and Colson producing.

Swank has been working sporadically in recent years. Her most recent projects include providing a voice in “Spark: A Space Tail” and the upcoming Steven Soderbergh project “Logan Lucky.”

The show is set to start production in June in London and Rome ahead of its premiere in January 2018.

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Newswire: DC to launch its own streaming platform with Young Justice and new Titans show

Outside of Gotham and the CW, Warner Bros. has had a difficult time getting DC Comics-based superhero shows off the ground. So, in order to free itself from the shackles of traditional TV. with its overly demanding advertisers and frustratingly fickle viewers, Warner Bros. has decided to cut out the middle man and just make its own streaming service that’s totally dedicated to DC. This comes from Deadline, and though the service doesn’t have a proper name yet, it is coming out of the gate with a couple of big shows: Season three of Young Justice and a live-action Teen Titans drama called Titans.

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Newswire: NBC pulls the plug on Powerless

Deadline is reporting that NBC has pulled Powerless from its schedule, essentially dooming the sitcom to cancellation. Though the DC Comics-backed show had a choice time slot—8:30 p.m. ET on Thursdays, after Superstore—and an all-star cast that included Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, and more, it never quite found its mark. Audiences didn’t glom on to the show’s high-concept premise, which focused on a witty gang of Wayne Industries co-workers focused on creating gadgets to protect people from superhero-related damage; the show debuted with a “soft” 1.1 million live viewers (3.1 million, all told) and remained static after that.

Though the show hasn’t been officially cancelled yet, Powerless writer and executive producer Patrick Schmacker tweeted that it seems to just be a matter of time.

#Powerless will not air this week or next. This, I know for sure …

NBC Pulls DC Comics Comedy ‘Powerless’ From the Schedule

NBC has pulled the Vanessa Hudgens-led DC Comics series “Powerless” from the schedule, TheWrap has learned.

The series has not yet been officially canceled and no decision has been made as to whether or not the final three episodes of the season will air. The America Ferrera comedy “Superstore” will air in the vacated timeslot for the remainder of the season.

Showrunner Patrick Schumacker tweeted about the fate of the series on Monday afternoon, stopping short of revealing whether the show will continue going forward. “#Powerless will not air this week or next. This, I know for sure. I can guess some other things but they’re not good. Thanks for watching,” he wrote.

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The news comes as the broadcast networks begin to finalize their programming slates ahead of their upfront presentations next month. Of the network’s freshmen series, NBC has already renewed the Kristen Bell-led comedy “The Good Place” and given two additional seasons to the hit Dan Fogelman drama “This Is Us.”

“Powerless,” stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk also star.

The first comedy series set in the DC Comics universe, “Powerless” was originally created by Ben Queen, who exited the show ahead of the premiere. The comedy was subsequently retooled with Schumacker and Justin Halpern aboard as showrunners.

Halpern also tweeted about the show after news broke that it had been pulled form the schedule. “So, yeah. This happened,” he wrote. “To the staff, cast, and crew, thanks for being awesome. To those who watched, I hope you enjoyed this weird show.”

#Powerless will not air this week or next. This, I know for sure. I can guess some other things but they’re not good. Thanks for watching.

— Patrick Schumacker (@PMSchumacker) April 25, 2017

So, yeah. This happened. To the staff, cast, and crew, thanks for being awesome. To those who watched, I hope you enjoyed this weird show https://t.co/867YGNkhEe

— Justin Halpern (@justin_halpern) April 25, 2017

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘I Was Very Surprised How It All Turned Out’

Bill O’Reilly spoke out for the first time Monday about his abrupt departure from Fox News, saying he was “surprised” to be out of a job but believes “the truth will come out.”

“I am sad that I’m not on television anymore,” the former king of cable news said on his “No Spin News” podcast. “I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot, because there’s much stuff going on right now.”

“But I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised — but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am,” O’Reilly went on to say.  “There’s a lot of stuff involved here.”

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It was the first time O’Reilly spoke publicly since Fox News announced Wednesday it had fired its top-rated host following a New York Times report that he and the network had paid out $13 million to five women who accused him of harassment or misconduct. At the time, he issued a statement from Italy, where he was vacationing at the time, saying it was “tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”

O’Reilly explained on the podcast why he couldn’t explain more.

“Now, I can’t say anymore because I just don’t want to influence the flow of the information. I don’t want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it,” O’Reilly said.

Also Read: Bill O’Reilly to Return Monday With New Podcast

He also introduced his new format for the podcast, which will be extended from its usual four minutes to anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes of news. He said it will eventually also include on-air guests.

On Monday, O’Reilly talked about President Trump’s approval ratings, the elections in France, former President Obama’s first public appearance since leaving office and the backlash over a canceled Ann Coulter speech at Berkeley.

O’Reilly says he’ll donates all revenue from his podcast to charities, including Haitian Health Foundation, Fisher House, Operation Shoebox and The Independence Fund.

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The podcast is free through Sunday. Members pay $4.95 per month or $49.95 a year.

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Producers Warn Against Strike: ‘The 2007 Writers Strike Hurt Everyone’

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers responded to the Writers’ Guild’s strike authorization vote on Monday.

After the WGA voted overwhelmingly to authorize a possible strike Monday afternoon, the producers group warned against the move, reminding that the writers’ strike in 2007 “hurt everyone.”

“Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet,” the statement continued. “We remain focused on our objective of reaching a deal with the WGA at the bargaining table when the Guild returns on April 25th.”

Also Read: WGA Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike

Writers guild members voted 96.3 percent in favor of authorizing a strike, with 6,310 ballots cast.

“We thank you for your resolve and your faith in us as your representatives,” read a WGA letter to members. “We are determined to achieve a fair contract. Talks will resume tomorrow.”

The guild had been negotiating a new contract for film and TV writers with AMPTP, but those talks broke down toward the end of last month. The WGA’s negotiating committee called for a strike authorization vote March 24, and talks were put on hold again after a two-week hiatus as WGA members voted last week.

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A strike would begin on May 2, and would have an immediate effect on late-night talk shows and “Saturday Night Live,” which is set to return with a new episode on May 6.

Read the full AMPTP statement below:

“The Companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working. The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain focused on our objective of reaching a deal with the WGA at the bargaining table when the Guild returns on April 25th.”

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Gregg Allman Dispels Hospice Rumors: ‘I’m Home Resting’

After an unverified Facebook post fueled rumors that rock legend Gregg Allman has entered hospice care, he let “everyone” know he is A-OK.

“Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders,” the singer-songwriter said in his own Facebook message, labeled “A message from Gregg.” He went on: “I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’.”

The 69-year-old rocker has been battling largely undisclosed health issues in the past few years, keeping many of the details surrounding the state of his health private.

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Allman canceled June concerts last month then announced he would not be touring this year at all. He cited no reason for the canceled gigs. He also canceled 28 dates in 2016, citing “serious health issues.”

“This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” Allman said in a statement last year. “I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.”

The musician-songwriter canceled a 2011 solo tour following a liver transplant that caused an upper respiratory condition. More recently, he suffered a vocal injury that required months of recovery time.

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Black-Owned Hair Care Company Apologizes for Ad With White Woman: ‘We Really F-ed This One Up’

Shea Moisture released a statement of apology and decided to pull their most recent ad after the company was heavily criticized for excluding their core audience and including white women instead.

“Wow, okay — so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up,” the black-owned hair-care company wrote on its Facebook page. “Please know that our intention was not — and would never be — to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate.”

The hair care company, founded in 1912 by Liberian immigrants, came under fire after releasing a new advertisement that features white women who experience “hair hate” and have come to finally love their hair thanks to Shea Moisture products.

 

SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq

— NANA JIBRIL ????????️‍???? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017

Also Read: Shea Moisture Under Fire For New Ad Featuring White Women

The statement also addressed the issue brought up by most critics — that Shea Moisture is pretty much abandoning the very demographic that made the company popular all in the name of widening its market.

“You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape,” the companhy’s message stated.

The hair care line was founded by two Liberian refugees from Harlem and has since been associated almost exclusively with black hair. The release of the new ad has caused some people to think that Shea Moisture is abandoning its original target audience and trying too hard to include white women.

Read Shea Moisture’s full apology below:

“Wow, okay – so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate. You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape. So, the feedback we are seeing here brings to light a very important point. While this campaign included several different videos showing different ethnicities and hair types to demonstrate the breadth and depth of each individual’s hair journey, we must absolutely ensure moving forward that our community is well-represented in each one so that the women who have led this movement never feel that their hair journey is minimized in any way. We are keenly aware of the journey that WOC face – and our work will continue to serve as the inspiration for work like the Perception Institute’s Good Hair Study/Implicit Association Test that suggests that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their textured or natural hair. So, you’re right. We are different – and we should know better.

Thank you all, as always, for the honest and candid feedback. We hear you. We’re listening. We appreciate you. We count on you. And we’re always here for you. Thank you, #SheaFam, for being there for us, even when we make mistakes. Here’s to growing and building together…”

 

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UC Berkeley Sued Over Ann Coulter’s Postponed Visit

Two groups that booked conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak at the University of California at Berkeley filed a lawsuit on Monday after the school postponed her appearance.

The Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans claim the school violated their free speech rights when it announced Thursday that it had reversed its earlier decision to cancel Coulter’s April 27 appearance, and will now allow her to speak at the school on May 2.

Coulter has said she will speak at Berkeley on Thursday, regardless of the university’s move to reschedule her appearance.

Berkeley’s president and other school officials are listed as defendants in the lawsuit that was filed on Monday in the Northern District of California San Francisco Division.

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Berkeley, which has been rocked by two violent protests recently, saw violence in February when right-wing provocateur and then Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the school. The school canceled Yiannopoulos’s talk moments before it was to begin after some masked protesters hurled rocks and molotov cocktails and attacked members of the crowd.

President Trump criticized the school in February for its decision to cancel the Yiannopoulos talk and tweeted a threat to yank federal funds from Berkeley.

Berkeley has been criticized for canceling the two speakers despite the campus’s historic role as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Coulter said in an email to The Washington Post on Wednesday that she believes that her April 27 speech had “been unconstitutionally banned” by the “public, taxpayer-supported UC-Berkeley.”

In another violent outburst, anti and pro-Trump protestors clashed in Berkeley earlier this month.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report. 

Shea Moisture Under Fire For New Ad Featuring White Women

This week’s major company advertisement flub: Shea Moisture.

The hair care company is under fire after releasing a new advertisement that features white women who experience “hair hate” and have come to finally love their hair thanks to Shea Moisture products.

The hair care line was founded by two Liberian refugees from Harlem, New York, in the 90’s and has since been associated almost exclusively with black hair. The release of the new ad has caused some people to think that Shea Moisture is abandoning its original target audience and trying too hard to include white women.

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SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq

— NANA JIBRIL ????????️‍???? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017

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“Shea Moisture really went all hair matters on us. Wow,” wrote one Twitter user alluding to the Black Lives Matter/All Lives Matter movement.

A few other people pointed out that black women were the ones that have been supporting Shea Moisture from the start and are even the ones who promoted their products, resulting in their continued success.

“Black women have supported and gave free press to Shea Moisture for YEARS,” commented another user. “And then they have a “hair hate” commercial with white women?”

Others took the new ad to be the company’s attempts to gentrify its hair care products.

@girlswithtoys What on earth? Did they just gentrify Shea Moisture? Well it’s been nice knowing them pic.twitter.com/ymvCi0ohe1

— rosechocglam (@MBApioneerz) April 24, 2017

See some of the best Twitter replies below.

How many white women use Shea Moisture breh?!?! ????

— Peachessssss (@Liberiangyal) April 24, 2017

Shea Moisture so typical. Court Black women and when you get the following and support, ditch the group that was riding tough for you.

— ess tee (@EssTee11) April 24, 2017

Black women out here getting fired for having 4c hair and shea moisture has the audacity….. pic.twitter.com/CsLCq5vtEA

— SeaSea (@CeceTMach) April 24, 2017

I’m sorry but since when did white people use Shea Moisture pic.twitter.com/nw5bOWPr9W

— k (@trashfave) April 24, 2017

So… Shea Moisture yall tryin to tell me black women aren’t spending enough money on their hair ???? pic.twitter.com/42X5TeE2MV

— Be???? Humble???? (@_Petty_Adjacent) April 24, 2017

Since Shea Moisture is being gentrified, here’s a thread and reminder that my Miracle Oil is great for highly textured hair. ???? https://t.co/yUJt1Lldar

— Fine & Fun Auntie (@PettyMurphy08) April 24, 2017

 

Shea Moisture…that was a marketing fail. Y’all need a new PR team, today. pic.twitter.com/HaifAcLe0I

— B. (@BrionnaR22) April 24, 2017

“HEY! We want to use Shea Moisture too!” pic.twitter.com/9qfoGBKZAf

— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 24, 2017

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