Liam Neeson Targeted By New York City Protestors

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(PCM) It has been an ongoing debate in New York City over the famous Central Park carriage rides and the ethical treatment of the horse that are used for those excursions around Central Park. Recently, actor Liam Neeson jumped into the middle of the argument and wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times in support of the Central Park carriage industry.

In his feature for the Times, Neeson claims that he took a visit to the stables last week and noted that he saw no signs of animal abuse or mistreatment of the horses when he toured the stables. He also went on to point out that the carriage horse industry is overseen by at least five regulatory agencies.

Neeson’s visit to the stables was spawned by comments made by New York City Mayor  Bill De Blasio who says that the carriage horse industry is inhumane and has pledged his support to bring the Central Park carriage tours to an end. The horse-drawn carriage rides around Central Park are a city tradition that dates back about 150 years.

Animal rights activists completely support Mayor De Blasio and over the weekend expressed their outrage at Neeson’s feature in the Times. They dressed up in full-body horse costumes and held protest signs in front of Neeson’s New York City apartment. Some of the signs read “Worked to death” and “Horses +traffic=death”.

The issue could end up in front of city council for a vote, however in the meantime a recent poll shows that 64% of New Yorkers are in favor of keeping the tradition of the carriage horses in Central Park. Neeson has yet to publicly comment on the weekend’s protest.

Liam Neeson Targeted By New York City Protestors also appeard on Celebrity Magnet.

Kirsten Dunst Stirs Up Controversy With Her Comments On Gender Roles

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(PCM) The always gorgeous Kirsten Dunst is gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, however as lovely as she appears on the cover, it is her comments made in the accompanying article that has people up in arms.

When talking about her opinion on traditional gender roles the 31-year old actress commented “I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued”.  She went on to say ”We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking — it’s a valuable thing my mom created. Sometimes you need your knight in shining armor.”

To many pro-feminists those words were enough to spark an outrage, however Dunst then followed up with “You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work”.  Now it is an all out war of words against Dunst on many pro-feminist online blogs such as Jezebel and Uproxx who have taken to slamming the actress’s viewpoints and opinions.

It seems that nowadays someone is always going to be offended no matter viewpoint or opinion that someone, especially a celebrity, happens to vocalize. While we may or may not agree with Dunst’s recent comments, everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion and we certainly need to practice more tolerance before skewering someone for a belief that may be different from our own.

Kirsten Dunst Stirs Up Controversy With Her Comments On Gender Roles also appeard on Celebrity Magnet.

The McDonald’s Versus Taco Bell Breakfast War

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(PCM) It has now become an all out viral war on social media between both McDonald’s and Taco Bell, after Taco Bell launched their new breakfast menu last week.

McDonald’s attacked first, when starting on Monday morning, they will be offering customers a free small cup of McCafe coffee at all participating U.S. locations during breakfast hours. The attack was in response to a Taco Bell advertisement that featured twenty or so real men actually named Ronald McDonald giving their praises for the new Taco Bell breakfast items.

McDonald’s also tweeted out a picture of a man dressed as Ronald McDonald crouching down to pet a Chihuahua with the words “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  And to the Ronald McDonald commercial McDonald’s scornfully replied “Breaking! Mayor McCheese confirms: Ronald, in fact, still prefers McDonald’s.” Burn!

 

It is not very often that McDonald’s offers up freebies, so that is why the free coffee event came as a bit of surprise. It seems they are getting pretty desperate to squash out any new breakfast food competitors. McDonald’s has long since ruled the fast-food breakfast industry, however sales were slipping a bit this year, most due to the unusually harsh winter conditions suffered by most of the country this year.

McDonald’s offers up consumers more traditional breakfast fare, while Taco Bells new breakfast menu features a Waffle Taco (warm waffle wrapped around sausage patty or bacon with eggs, cheese and syrup); A.M. Crunchwrap (scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese and bacon or sausage in a flour tortilla);  and Cinnabon Delights (poppable Cinnabon treats).

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All is not lost for McDonald’s, however!  They do still have one super fan. An 18-year old from Norway now has a McDonald’s receipt tattooed on his forearm. The young man claims that his friends wanted to punish him for being “too active with the ladies’…whatever that means. Now McDonald’s is a permanent part of his and he becomes the company’s newest walking advertisement. He had either the option of a Barbie tattoo on his rear end or the McDonald’s receipt on his arm…I think we would have chosen the receipt too!

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