A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

A New Heineken Ad Is Trying To Get People To Talk About Politics

Ever since Pepsi released an ad with Kendall Jenner that seemed completely tone deaf to our current political climate, companies have seen an opportunity to one up each other with how progressive they can appear in advertising campaigns. Since it doesn’t seem like ads are going away anytime soon, they may as well have a positive message beyond, “Give a cop a soda, protestors!” 

Heineken has now entered the fray with its new “Open Your World” campaign. As part of this campaign, the Dutch beer maker has partnered with The Human Library, a group which hosts events where people can be “borrowed” for conversations. The variety of people involved means that if there’s a type of person you’ve never met or understood, you might be able to find them at an event and gets some answers to questions you’ve had. Their philosophy seems to be that talking face-to-face is the best way to open people’s hearts and minds. Heineken’s philosophy is that they may as well drink a beer while they’re at it. A Heineken beer. Not a less friendly beer. Only Heineken.

The partnership is being promoted by this short film, or advertisement, in which three pairs of people with wildly opposing viewpoints are introduced, then instructed to build a bar together as an ice breaker. When the bar is complete, they’re shown a video that reveals what a distance they’re at ideologically. Then, they’re given the option of sitting down and talking about their differences over a beer or leaving. The three pairs are a feminist and a man who describes himself as part of the “new right,” a man who thinks climate change is a hoax and a man who doesn’t, and a man who thinks transgender people are bad and a transgender woman.

It’s honestly hard to tell if these people are actors and I haven’t been able to find an answer to that question. It seems as though the people with more conservative or hateful views come around by the end of the commercial, to a degree that some people are expressing skepticism about.

It may also be carefully edited to extract the more offensive parts of their conversation, if it was real. Maybe after a few sips, things devolved into a screaming match, which is what happens whenever I try to have a conversation with my crazy uncle. It’s also hard to know what these people thought they were signing up for when they agreed to this, but I felt particularly worried for the transgender woman, who was having her very identity questioned rather than just her belief in the ozone layer. 

But again, if this is real, it does seem like everyone was able to approach each other in a respectful and friendly way. It would be nice to be able to confront people who spew hateful things at you anonymously online in a controlled environment, just to see if there’s a human inside the troll. Also, buy Heineken!

Guess they got to me.

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People Are Trolling Burger King's New 'O.K. Google' Commercial With Epic Results

People Are Trolling Burger King’s New ‘O.K. Google’ Commercial With Epic Results

When it comes to marketing, you’ve got to think outside of the box.

Simply getting on camera and talking about how awesome your product is doesn’t really do it for consumers anymore. We’ve become a little too jaded and savvy for that.

So you’ve got to think outside of the box, something that Burger King thought it was doing when it prompted customers to ask their Google device what’s in a Whopper Burger. The actor in the ad says, “O.K. Google, what is the Whopper Burger?”

The 15-second ad seems harmless enough.

Now the problem with this, is that it pulls the data from Burger King’s Wikipedia Page. Once the Internet found it, it edited BK’s Wikipedia page with some hilarious results.

Depending on when you ran the commercial, the Whopper contains cyanide, dead children, woodchips, poison, or mustard gas.

People were quick to point out to Burger King that it was their own darn fault for trusting Wikipedia in the first place.

Others were just upset that Burger King would create an intrusive ad.

And thought the burger company had what’s coming to them.

While those in the PR and marketing business are saying that BK only benefits from the backlash because all exposure = good exposure.

As long as you’re thinking about burgers, you’re gonna get hungry sooner or later. Great, now I want one of their new chicken sandwiches. I guess it’s totally working on me?

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People Thought Donald Trump Unfollowed Kellyanne Conway And Things Got Out Of Hand

On Tuesday, shortly after what must have been Kellyanne Conway's worst interview yet on the Today Show, and only hours later seeing her thank and retweeting a white nationalist, public speculation that Conway would be the next member of Trump's administration to either be fired or resign seemed like a pretty good bet.

As the rumor mill started churning, people started noticing that Kellyanne was no longer being followed by Trump, thinking that Trump essentially announced that he was going to fire her over Twitter.

Many have already likened the Trump presidency to another reality TV show, complete with its twists and fan favorites being voted off the island every few days, which is why this was so believable, but the reality of the situation is that none of the accounts ever followed Conway to begin with.

Trump has followed the same number of people for years, with that number fluctuating on occasion, including that time in January where he followed @EmergencyKittens, an account dedicated to flooding the internet with pictures of cute kittens, for a limited amount of time.

At no point in time was it documented that Trump followed Conway's account, with someone pointing out just that a few weeks after the elections.

But the damage was done. The rumor mill churned out its alternative facts and soon even those with verified accounts were tweeting the news to the masses.

Later in the day, both Trump and the POTUS Twitter accounts followed Conway, presumably to put and end to the rumors that she was next on the chopping block.

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Yet another valuable lesson on why you should double and triple check your sources before spreading news.

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14 People Share Their Heartbreaking Deportation Stories

The United States is a nation of immigrants and a very young one at that. Immigration has taken center stage in recent months, mainly as a tool to leverage voters by politicians who otherwise have conflicting interests with their current or potential constituents. 

While everybody wants to come over and start their lives in the United States legally, the process to do so takes years and costs thousands of dollars. As a result, people that come to visit overstay their visas and have to look over their shoulder while they try to expedite the processing of their paperwork.

These immigrants, who are now illegal, can go on living years in the US before either gaining residency or being deported. They get married, have kids, work long hours and usually hold very labor intensive jobs. That along with no access to healthcare or any type of government assistance program is still, in their eyes, a better life than the one they left to come here.

As you know, these people either end up gaining residency, or they get deported. These anonymous whispers come from the latter, people whose lives have been turned upside down after having a family member or themselves plucked out of their lives. Check out their stories below/

  1. My husband was deported two days after I gave birth to his son. Being a single parent is difficult. America the country that separates families :/
  2. Doesn't it sucks that my mom is alive and that I can't see her because she got deported when I was 11. Trying to save enough to see her is hard
  3. My ex girlfriend accused me of beating my own son when in fact it was her aunt that was doing it. I spent a year in prison fighting the case and then I was deported. I will never see my son again.
  4. The worst news ever was getting a call from my best friend and him telling me that his parents got deported. My family took my best friend in to live with us while his parents work on their paperwork
  5. when I was a toddler, my dad was deported to his country. only communication I have is FB. & he doesn't know how to spell my name.
  6. My dad was deported to Africa when I was 2 but he still contacts me everyday to see how I'm doing and ask about my day
  7. I want to go to Mexico and see my father. He was deported. If I could only hear his voice and give him a hug.
  8. Its been 4 years since my dad was deported and it still hurts to see my mom work a job that pays her $ 1000 per month and barely get by, i had to take up a job just to help out and move back in
  9. My dad used to be in the US all my life, then in 2012 he was deported & only get to see him once a year when I get vacation days. I keep all that pain bottled up of not being able to see him everyday.
  10. My mother was deported 7 years ago. I haven't seen her in 7 years. I miss her so much! What I would give to just hug her again!
  11. My Dad has been deported back to Mexico in 2013. Now that Donald Trump is president, I'm probably never going to see him in person again😢
  12. I got deported from the states even though I'd been there since I was 2. Probably gonna go live in Canada now
  13. I got deported from the United states after living there since I was 2.... Broken system over there.
  14. My dad just got deported... I always thought criminals were the only ones to get deported. My dad only got a speeding ticket and now he's gone...

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People Used This Clever Code Word To Order Marijuana At Burger King

I love marijuana. I’m not going to lie about it. One of my favorite things in the world at the end of a productive month where I felt like I got a lot accomplished is taking an evening to myself after working out extra hard that day, queuing up two movies I’ve really wanted to see, getting a bunch of munchies together, toking up, and just eating and watching TV.

Now I have a decent amount of self-control most times, but when I’m high, it’s like a foodapocalypse. I will eat anything and everything in sight. It’s probably the number one reason why I blaze so infrequently.

But when I do, the food I get is extra junky, there’s something about fast food and pot that go so well together.

Something these Burger King employees knew all too well and used their fast food jobs as the perfect cover up for selling weed.

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Seacoast Online reported that two workers at the Epping Burger King, Meagan Dearborn and Garrett Norris would distribute marijuana through the drive-through. People would drive up and ask if “Nasty Boy” was working, which was Garrett’s awesome nickname.

If “Nasty Boy” was indeed, working, people would place an order for “extra crispy” french fries and get a separate coffee cup with weed in it with their order.


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Norris was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Assistant shift manager Dearborn was also arrested after being charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs and illegal possession of alcohol (she’s 19).

They were both released on $ 2,500 bail and have arraignments scheduled on February 22nd.


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Hopefully they get a cool ass judge who recognized clever business tactics when he sees them. Oh, and it’s not like they were selling heroin, it’s not like anyone’s ever overdosed on pot. Besides, how else are you going to enjoy BK’s gross food? (h/t seacoast online)

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People Are Trying To Figure Out Why Sean Spicer Hates Dippin' Dots And Daft Punk

Sean Spicer is making headlines yet again. The newly appointed White House Press Secretary was the subject of ridicule over the weekend when he lashed out at both the media and reality itself when he said that Trump’s inauguration had the most inaugural attendees ever — a flat out lie.

People started digging into his past tweets, hoping to uncover a reason as to why he would go on stage and make a buffoon out of himself in his first public address to the nation. They didn’t find anything related to that, but what they did find was much, much stranger.

If you’ve been to a movie theater or theme park over the past decade or two, you’ve probably seen Dippin’ Dots ice cream. The tiny spherical frozen treats are encased in a pretty sophisticated machine that’ll trade you several dozen dots for a couple of bucks. They generally taste good, but are somewhat overpriced, though what vending machine treat isn’t?

Why am I bringing up Dippin’ Dots in an article discussing Sean Spicer? Well…

OK, so that’s not really a big deal. It’s not like he’s going to bring it up again 17 months later or anything.

He then tweeted a story about the company filing for bankruptcy, and was smug about it.

I know it isn’t a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, but good grief, man, control yourself. The thing is — he clearly buys the stuff regularly because a few years later, he shot this bad boy out into the Twittersphere.

Dippin’ Dots, which is an American company that employs hundreds of American workers, made a peace offering.

Scott Fischer, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots, even wrote an open letter to Sean Spicer, inviting him and his White House cronies to an ice cream social to bury the hatchet.

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No response has been made by Spicer and his team, but you can damn well bet that this is probably going to be the first question that pops out of a reporter’s mouth during the next White House press release.

The thing is…it doesn’t end there. Maybe anything that alludes to the future just isn’t his thing, because aside from Dippin’ Dots, which are the ice cream of the future, Spicer hates Daft Punk.

When someone pointed out that they’ve been pretty big for more than a decade, he backpedalled, claiming to be an early fan of Daft “Funk,” but that their old stuff was better.

Daft Punk hasn’t released a statement, and it’s highly unlikely that they will care. At all. While we’re only a few days into the new presidency, it’s pretty easy to see that Spicer is going to be one of our favorite recurring characters over the next four years.

(h/t A.V. Club)

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People Are Removing Tattoos For Free For Ex-Gang Members To Get A New Lease On Life

Past mistakes can echo throughout an entire lifetime. Just ask anyone who invested thousands of dollars into Beanie Babies thinking that the stupid little sacks of fabric would be worth a lot of money someday. A moment of silence for those poor souls.

But the entire world doesn’t have to know about your TY toy obsession; you can keep that on the DL.

But people who were apart of violent gangs and got themselves all inked up really don’t have as much of a choice. Their past mistakes and lives will follow them wherever they go until they remove the majority of their visible tattoos. Unfortunately, however, the process of removing tattoos is a costly one.

But there are a few places who are offering reformed ex-gang members a new lease on life by removing their tats for free.


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Jails to Jobs is one organization based out of the Bay Area in San Francsico that is providing free training to medical professionals, tattoo artists, nonprofits, prisons, and other government programs on how to remove tattoos for free or cheap to people looking to put their sordid pasts behind them.

“We see that as many as four out of five previously incarcerated individuals who successfully find a job do not return to prison. Keeping someone out of prison costs much less than sending them back, yet we as a nation, have primarily focused on trying to fix overcrowded prisons. A better, more sustainable approach is to help individuals remove visible anti-social or gang-related tattoos, get jobs and turn their lives around,” said Mark Drevno, founder and executive director of Jails to Jobs.


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One of the biggest hurdles ex-cons face when they leave prison is getting gainful employment and businesses aren’t exactly in a hurry to onboard someone who’s covered head-to-toe in ink with a criminal record.

Steven Burton, in his project Skin Deep, digitally removes ex-cons tattoos in photos and records their reactions.

He’s got a Kickstarter together to document the project and help bring awareness to community programs like Jails to Jobs that will help to bring formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce.

Unfortunately, the return to crime rate for many ex-convicts in the US is high.


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Many people who fail to find gainful employment when they’re released from prison find it easier to return to criminal activity in order to earn a living. That’s why other programs like Homeboy Industries and Fresh Start Tattoo Removal are helping ex-cons not only help them get their tattoos removed, but also assist with job placement.

It seems like it only makes sense to offer programs that help people who are willing and able to give back to society, despite their pasts.


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Hopefully, this is a trend that will catch on so those who need a helping hand to reform have somewhere to turn to. (h/t kickstarter| prizesizeprizesize)

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15 People Shared Their Experiences With The Paranormal

Maybe you’re not the superstitious type, and you laugh every time you hear stories about people who swear they’ve been saved or haunted by ghosts. Sure, these stories are probably ridiculous and there’s certainly no compelling scientific evidence to suggest the presence of the paranormal. 

However, there’s no denying that tiny shred of doubt that can’t explain the random gusts of wind through the curtains, creaks in the closet, and faint voices in the middle of the night…. You know what we’re talking about. 

People took to Whisper to share their run-ins with the paranormal? Are ghosts real or is it a load of bullsh*t? You decide.

  1. When we were younger, my brother and I had to share a room one night. I had always heard whispers. This night, my brother sat up in his sleep and said "They're calling you. Go to them"
  2. I remember being at my grandma's house, I slept in the living room & around 2 in the morning I felt a hand brush against my foot and when I checked to see what it was I was pulled off the bed.
  3. One time I got a phone call in my old apartment, there was a quiet voice of a little girl saying"you should leave soon mister, or else the boogeyman will get you" the next day somebody broke in.
  4. There's a spirit at my job, it makes my car alarm go off at exactly 11pm every night I work.
  5. My wife woke me up to say that there is an intruder in the house. my wife died 2 years ago because of an intruder
  6. I saw a ghost once. My husband did, too. Sometimes the cats avoid that spot and I wonder if she's watching me.
  7. I think the ghost of my ex girlfriend watches me. I hear her voice when I'm by myself, she died 5 years ago.
  8. When I was 10 I didn't believe in ghosts. One day when my sister & I were home alone, I saw a pale lady dressed in a 1800s nightgown go through a wall. I've been a believer ever since.
  9. When I was younger I used to see a mans face appear in windows quite often, it was always the same man, never the same window
  10. My house is haunted, no big deal. But today the tv turned on by itself. Nope. I don't like that ghost.
  11. I'm sure my old house was haunted. My roommates and I heard voices, shared the same nightmare,saw figures and shadows when no one else was home and even woke up with scratches in weird places
  12. I was just sitting in my room home alone, and I have nothing on but my small fan, and I heard someone say "Mommy" .. I don't have a child ...
  13. I was home alone. Was in my room for hours. When my parents came back home they asked if I was in the living room seconds ago. I said no & they replied that they'd seen a dark figure standing there.
  14. nobody believes my house is haunted. yeah, the bruises and scratch marks all over me sure don't say anything.
  15. Once I woke up in the middle of night to see a woman a foot away from me. She was bent over just staring at me. We looked at each other for 10 sec then I looked away and she disappeared

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People Are Bidding Farewell To 'First Pets' Bo And Sunny Obama

With President Obama’s farewell speech wrapped up, folks are saying goodbye to the fluffier members of the Obama family as well; Bo and Sunny Obama. WeRateDogs, arguably the best dog centered account on Twitter, tweeted their farewell to both First Dogs as the President gave his human constituents his farewell.

Faced with this reality, people began bidding the pups farewell as they begin the process of leaving the only home they’ve ever known.

Trump currently doesn’t have any pets, so there will be vacancies to fill come January 20th. 

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25 People Talk About Their Worst Date

I had a friend who was a stereotypical neckbeard. He owned a fedora and lived in his parent’s basement. He shared his weed and video game time with me, so that was always pretty cool.

Anyhow, about five-ish years ago, when we were still friends, he tells me about this date he had with this girl. He says he isn’t sure that it ended well or not. I says, tell me what happened.

First, he says that he took her on an “all day date”. Dude, rule number one of getting to know someone, don’t take them out for an all day date. One, if not both of you will get tired. People need time apart to rest and process their thoughts.

He was a hardcore brony. He bought My Little Pony figures and re-painted them. So he thought he would be clever and gift her two or three throughout the day. He gave her the first one while they were at the zoo, if I recall correctly.

Then he tells me that he gave her another one while they were at a movie. He thought he was being clever, or cute, and stuck it partially buried into their shared popcorn. While telling me this part of his story, he seemed frustrated at her, because he thought that she was being daft for eating around the figurine.

I was like, nah dude, it was an awkward time and a weird way to continue to give someone your creepy custom painted My Little Pony figurines.

Then he says at the end of the day, she drops him off (yeah), and he smiles and waves. He says that she had to make some kind of turn and come back around. He said that he smiled and waved at her as she drove past the second time, but he said that she was just looking straight ahead and ignored him.

I didn’t really feel bad for the guy. He is a huge, huge internet troll and an asshole. He didn’t take criticism, and refused to take my input on how a grown man wearing a fedora handing out custom painted My Little Pony figurines is not what a grown woman is looking for in a relationship.

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