IKEA is under fire after one of its stores in Atlanta allegedly listed fried chicken and watermelon as menu items for its employees to supposedly honor Juneteenth.
The furniture giant reportedly sent an email to employees last week alerting them that “to honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made” it was also going to roll out a special menu.
And that’s where IKEA dropped the ball BIG TIME … because the so-called special menu — again, for a holiday commemorating the end of slavery — included fried chicken, watermelon and mac n’ cheese … some of those items, of course, perpetuate racial stereotypes.
An employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS46, “You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time.”
The outrage led to 20 employees calling out from work. Word that workers were furious quickly began to spread at the store and it ultimately reached the store manager … who sent out another internal email apologizing. The menu was ultimately altered to include cornbread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf.
An anonymous employee reportedly said none of the coworkers who sat down to create the menu was Black, but we reached out to IKEA and a spokesperson refutes that … saying there were Black co-workers involved, but it offered no further details.
The spokesperson added, “We value our co-workers’ voices and changed the menu after receiving feedback that the foods that were selected are not reflective of the deeply meaningful traditional foods historically served as part of Juneteenth celebrations. We got it wrong and we sincerely apologize.”
As we’ve reported … President Biden signed Juneteenth into law last week, making it the 12th federal holiday.
Deshaun Watson Hits Texans Practice As Sexual Misconduct Probe Continues
A sexual misconduct investigation is NOT keeping Deshaun Watson away from the Texans practice field … the star QB worked out with his Houston team Wednesday, seemingly unbothered by it all.
Cameras captured the 25-year-old hitting Texans practice in full workout gear … throwing passes, participating in drills and running around without any issues whatsoever.
It’s unclear, though, what the Texans’ plan for Watson is going forward … the team’s general manager, Nick Caserio, dodged questions about the QB’s status before he hit the field Wednesday.
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Caserio declined to say how much Watson would do, if he was the team’s starter, if he’d be traded, or how a criminal investigation into Watson plays into all of the above.
“From our perspective,” the Houston exec said, “it’s a day-to-day endeavor.”
The NFL said Tuesday it’s placing “no restrictions” on Watson yet … even though more than 20 female massage therapists have accused him of crossing the line during what were supposed to be routine rubdown sessions.
Twenty-two women have sued the quarterback … and Watson’s attorney says 10 women have filed criminal complaints against Deshaun as well.
Both police and the NFL say they’re investigating it all.
Watson has denied the allegations … and his reps have said any sexual encounters he had with female masseuses were entirely consensual.
It’s unclear if Watson — who has asked for a trade out of Houston — has any plans to play for the Texans in either preseason or regular-season games this year.
Lindsie Chrisley Files For Divorce From Will Campbell, Wants Child Support
Lindsie Chrisley is waving the white flag on her marriage with Will Campbell … she filed for divorce and is demanding child support.
Todd Chrisley‘s daughter filed divorce docs Monday in Georgia, claiming her 9-year marriage to Will is “irretrievably broken.” According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Lindsie is demanding temporary and permanent child support for their 9-year-old son, Jackson.
In the docs, Lindsie says she and her estranged husband “are currently separated are living in bona fide state of separation” … and she says she wants a shared parenting plan for their kid.
Lindsie and Will got hitched back on January 3, 2012 after a few years of dating.
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She announced the split Tuesday on social media, saying the decision to end their marriage was “mutual” and adding … “While one door closes, another opens.”
It’s been a busy week for Lindsie … as we first told you, she had the cops called on her after allegedly throwing a drink at one of her brother’s friends over the weekend in Atlanta.
'Prison Break' Star Wentworth Miller Says He Was Diagnosed With Autism
Wentworth Miller says he learned something about himself in quarantine … he’s autistic.
The “Prison Break” star just revealed he’s been diagnosed with autism, something he says came as a shock but wasn’t exactly a surprise.
Wentworth says he’s approaching 1 year since he received his informal autism diagnosis, which was preceded by a self-diagnosis and followed by a formal diagnosis … saying diagnosing autism is a “long, flawed process in need of updating,” particularly when experts are diagnosing adults and not children.
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He says being autistic isn’t something he’d change about himself, because it’s central to who he is and part of everything he’s achieved in his career.
With his official diagnosis, Wentworth says he’s not going to suddenly dedicate his celeb platform to autism awareness, because he doesn’t know enough about autism.
He says he’s re-examining his life through a new lens and doesn’t want to talk over the autistic community or speak for them, admitting he’s still ill-informed.
Danny Aiello's Son, Rick, Dead at 65 from Pancreatic Cancer
Actor Rick Aiello — son of the late legendary actor, Danny Aiello — has died of pancreatic cancer … his family tells TMZ.
According to Rick’s mother, Sandy … he passed away Monday night surrounded by loved ones at a hospital in Warwick, New York. We’re told he’d battled the illness for about a year and a half.
Sadly, Rick’s brother, Danny Aiello III, also died of pancreatic cancer in 2010. Their father died in December 2019 from an infection related to a sudden illness he was being treated for … as we first reported.
Rick followed in his father’s footsteps as a veteran actor with more than 60 credits to his name, beginning in the mid-80s. He’s most known for appearing in the same movie that earned his dad critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination — Spike Lee‘s 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing.”
Rick played Officer Long … just like he did in Spike’s “Jungle Fever” a couple years later.
He also had notable roles in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” and made guest appearances on shows like ‘Law & Order’ and “Sex and the City.”
Ricky is survived by his wife, Arlene Anne Urichich, and their 2 kids.
He was 65.
Lynne Spears Says Britney's 'Fine' After Calling for Jamie's Removal in Legal Docs
Britney Spears‘ mother is staying pretty tight-lipped about her daughter, which is interesting … because she said a lot in new legal docs about removing Britney’s dad from her conservatorship.
Lynne Spears was at LAX Sunday with Britney’s brother, Bryan, but neither had much to say about the ongoing “Free Britney” saga.
Other than Lynne muttering that her daughter is doing fine, she seemed to want to keep her thoughts to herself … but we know precisely where she stands on Jamie.
According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ … Lynne says she supports Britney’s petition to remove her father as conservator of her estate.
Lynne says she became involved in the conservatorship in May 2019 during a “time of crisis” for which she clearly blames Jamie, saying he had “absolute control” over Britney’s money and health decisions.
Lynne claims Jamie hired a doctor to treat Britney, but she and many others believe the doc was prescribing her “inappropriate medicine” she didn’t want to take and forced her to enter a health facility after threatening punishment if she resisted.
According to the docs … Lynne says with the conservatorship in place, the relationship between Britney and her father has “dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred” of Jamie.
Worth noting — our sources say Britney can’t stand her mom as well and they’ve been estranged for years. Britney also blames Lynne for her current circumstances.
We broke the story … Britney filed more docs herself Monday, blasting her dad in her bid to remove him as conservator of her estate as quickly as possible.
Basketball Robot at Tokyo Olympics Drowns Half-Court Shot, No Problem
A robot basketball player has made its debut at the Tokyo Olympics — and it turns out, the thing is pretty damn good at shooting baskets … almost scary good. Actually, just scary.
Check out this robot that Tokyo officials rolled out Sunday for what appears to be a halftime show during a basketball game there between Team USA and France … which the U.S. ended up losing 83-76.
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Besides that news, reporter Ann Killion captured the real headline-grabber … and that would be this hunk of metal slowly and inartfully sinking shots from a fair distance — including one basket it made from half-court!
Watch the clip … the robot starts by swishing a 3-pointer, this after lining it up perfectly and eventually launching the ball straight through the net. Then, it heads down to the mid-court logo, where it does the same thing — picking the ball up by itself, and then chucking it.
Sure enough, that ball goes through as well. Obviously, the robot can get buckets, and even though it’s slow to the draw … it’s clearly quite accurate. Shoot, maybe Team USA shoulda recruited this thing to be one of their wingmen! They sure needed the help.
All jokes aside … the fact this robot can actually make its way up and down the floor and put up shots on its own is pretty incredible. It’s a testament to technology, but also … perhaps a sign of what may come in the future. Who’s to say they won’t make a full-blown team of robots one day???
Considering what Boston Dynamics is doing with their robots and how far they’ve come in making them move seamlessly, like humans, something tells us that possibility is one that could come about. We certainly have the tech to do it — but do we actually wanna???
Dancing and basketball AI is cool and all to watch … and yet, things can go left fast. Be careful what you wish for, humanity!!! We’ve seen the movies — we’re not too far from that.
Silverfox Squad Heats Up Miami With Yacht Shots!
This week’s Summer Hot Shots comes from a pack of men that can only be described as the Silverfox Squad (LLC) … who slipped into some of the most stylish looks money can buy and boarded their yacht for a shirtless photoshoot that is guaranteed A+ eye candy for both the young and old!
The age-defying dudes in the elite Silverfox Squad are comprised of some gorgeous grey-haird guys like Irvin Randle, Winston Warrior, JP Hanney, Darryle Jones, Stephen Adkins III, JL Michaels, Titus Unlimited and Eustace Collens Jr. — but don’t let the white hair fool you … these shredded seniors are more ripped than models half their age.
We are continuing to whip up our Summer Hot Shots for 2021 from a distance and have collaborated with some mind-melting hotties from around the world for your viewing pleasure!
Be sure to check back every Sunday this summer to see who’s over-heating your computer modem.
Morgan Wallen Sells Home Where He Dropped N-Word in Driveway
Turns out, Morgan Wallen is looking for a fresh start in more ways than one … he’s leaving the neighbors who called him a menace to the hood and heard him hurl the n-word after a late night out with friends.
According to real estate docs, Wallen sold his 4-bed 3-bath home in Nashville earlier this month for $835,000. The home is part of a duplex with updated features, a rooftop patio and a backyard perfect for privacy.
It was on the driveway where Wallen was captured on a video calling a friend the n-word. When TMZ obtained the video of the incident, neighbors told us Wallen’s late-night, rowdy antics were a problem … and he routinely arrived home in the wee hours, making a whole lot of noise which pissed off everyone who was trying to sleep.
While it doesn’t appear Morgan spent much time at the home since February — he recently revealed to GMA he spent 30 days in rehab — the neighbors won’t have to worry about him anymore … and vice-versa.
Morgan hasn’t hit any big stages since the incident, but he did recently perform at a Nashville bar where the crowd went nuts … you gotta imagine he’ll have a massively successful tour when he makes a full return.
As for the house hunt … his album spent 11 weeks on top of Billboard’s Country Chart, so he’ll have plenty of cash handy to land a new pad.
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