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A Black Female-Owned Company Was Flooded With 1-Star Reviews By White Women After A Target Commercial Feature

This week an online infantry of women unleashed an unwarranted backlash after a commercial for the popular plant-based feminine care line Honey Pot, was featured by Target. The bitter comments ultimately forced the brand’s founder Beatrice Dixon, to deliver a response that was not so sweet but really sticks.

An ad by Target featuring  The Honey Pot Company and its owner launched a trove of trolls to claim that it was racist.

The ad, which has been running since early February, recently caught the attention of white women online who didn’t like a portion of the ad which sees Dixon promote her brand and praise Target for spotlighting a Black business.

“The reason why it’s so important for The Honey Pot to do well is so the next black girl that comes up with a great idea — she can have a better opportunity,” Dixon says in the commercial.

Dixon’s comments highlighted a major issue for black women and minorities in business.

As pointed out by CNN “Venture capitalists identify and finance the innovators who create our future. But there’s a problem with how some VCs are identifying the next big thing: They’re leaving out female and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs.”

It’s why Target’s decision to feature Dixon as part of their “Founders We Believe In” campaign is such a big deal. It’s also why it’s so disappointing that the comment, which was meant to be empowering and meant for Black women, was hijacked by a group of white women reviewers and turned into something about them.

Women on the review site Trustpilot quickly took to the comments and rating buttons to lower Honey Pot reviews.

According to a spokesman for Trustpilot who spoke to CNN the review site received almost 18,000 reviews between Sunday night and Monday morning. Reviews became so bad that posts were blocked by artificial intelligence filters because they contained hate speech and staff members of the site to manually remove offensive comments. Honey Pot’s dropped to two stars. Trust pilot has turned off the ability to make reviews for the company, but there are dozens of reviews of Target from people who vowed to never shop there again because of the commercial.

“Our customers were the ones that really got on top of it,” Dixon told CNN explaining that the company’s ratings ultimately jumped back up to a 4.9 in less than a day. “I think one of our customers put it up as a social media post. And then it completely got turned around.”

Dixon has also, needlessly, assured that Honey Pot is for everyone.”Our tagline is ‘Made by humans with vaginas, for humans with vaginas,'” she said. “That means anybody.”D

In response to the backlash, Target issued a statement in support of Honey Pot.

“Target has a longstanding commitment to empowering and investing in diverse suppliers that create a broad variety of products for our guests,” a Target spokesman said in a statement. “We’re proud to work with Bea Dixon and The Honey Pot team to highlight Bea’s journey to build her brand and bring her products to Target. We’re aware of some negative comments about the campaign, which aren’t in line with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from guests who love and have been inspired by Bea’s story.”

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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No doubt, as the Latina Queen of Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has played the better half of quite a few relationships and not just on-screen. From Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, to Casper Smart Lopez has been The Strong Woman behind some pretty well-known men.

Her exes Marc Anthony (whom J.L o shares twins Emme and Max, 13 with) and Ben Affleck know it, and in a recent interview, they opened up about what they really think of her.

For her recent May cover of InStyle magazine, Lopez’s feature story included insights from her former loves Anthony and Affleck on everything from her drive to her ageless beauty.

In honor of the singer and actor’s 30-year run in the entertainment industry, the magazine featured her and her most prolific exes. For the interview, both Anthony and Affleck commented on Lopez’s character, heart, and business savvy. “The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen,” Anthony, explained in his interview.

Anthony, a singer and actor who starred in the 2001 film In the Time of the Butterflies was married to Lopez from 2004 to 2014.

“Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she’ll say, ‘You just don’t see it yet.’ Nine times out of 10, she’ll nail it. She’s the first one in the room and the last to leave. The hardest worker I’ve ever met,” Anthony went onto share. “When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since. I learned so much from her. She’s the original!”

Affleck who dated J.LO in 2002 and starred alongside her in the films “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” also spoke openly about Lopez.

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck, whose romance with Lopez earned him the other part of the nickname “Bennifer” by the media, explained.

“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business,” he revealed, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

At one point Affleck commented, relatably, that he felt J.Lo appeared as if she hadn’t aged since they dated.

“Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” he joked.

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