Apparently they don’t cover this in business school. When you’re the CEO of one of the most despised companies in the world, it’s probably best to not repeatedly make a statement that equates public outrage over unmerited executive bonuses with lynch mobs. [More]
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Journalists aren’t the only ones finding it difficult to deal with the success of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin. Ben & Jerry’s released a limited edition frozen yogurt dubbed “Taste the Lin-sanity” at a store in the Boston area, flavored with crumbled fortune cookies and lychee honey. Customers complained about the culturally insensitive choice of ingredients and quality of the product, and the company responded by pulling the flavor and apologizing.
Use of a clumsy-at-best, racist-at-worst reference to New York Knicks hoopster Jeremy Lin by ESPN journalists have resulted in the firing of a headline writer and the suspension of an anchor. The journalists both used the same racially insensitive cliche to describe poor play by Lin, who is of Taiwanese descent.
Making an about-face after stirring up a hornet’s nest of discontent by saying Americans were too self-absorbed to notice his company was providing cheap, streaming-only access to Canadian customers, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he was joking and that Americans would get a similar service soon.