TIME Crime

Missouri Governor Called for Tolerance Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

His comments come amid fears the decision could reignite violent protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke ahead of an announcement Monday evening about whether a grand jury has decided to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, who is white, in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

 

TIME Family

Old Spice’s Clingy Mom Will Make You Cringe

One small ad, one giant eye roll.

Old Spice sure has a low opinion of poor old mom.

In their new ad, mom has nothing to live for her, but her little baby boy. So when Junior starts hosing himself down in Old Spice-scented masculinity and becomes a man—which, of course, means dating attractive young women—in that straight-out-of-Sophocles way, mom just can’t handle it. She starts weeping and wailing her so-called “Momsong” like a Greek chorus in mom jeans and growing extra-long arms to cling to her precious baby boy.

“Where’s my little boy, I miss him so/Who’s this man living in our home?/My special guy has turned into a man,” she sings, before collapsing on the carpet in a heap of tear-swollen misery. That’s when good old dad comes rolling in on his riding lawnmower, as stereotypical suburban dads are wont to do, singing his ode to the joy that his son isn’t living in a van down by the river and is instead getting some action under the hash-marked tagline “#SmellcomeToManhood.” Hey ad: Gross.

The ad is actually a follow-up to another spot for Old Spice’s line of lady-luring body spray for young men. The first ad, titled “MomSong”, is more of the same, because apparently clingy mothers, wailing over the fact that their sons are developing at an age-appropriate rate, is never not funny. In “MomSong” the beleaguered mothers become creepy stalkers following their sons on dates while sniffing (literally) their former babies who now “smell like a man.” (Note to future self: Please refrain from sniffing grown son.)

It’s unfortunate that Old Spice and Weiden + Kennedy, the agency hired to make the ad, which features music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame, felt the need to peddle in stereotypes that would have been outdated even in the Mad Men era. (It’s also unfortunate that they think people want to “smell manhood.”)

While it’s clear that it’s all meant as one big joke, the whole ad is just a giant eye roll. While it’s clear that moms are not the target demographic for scented body spray with manly names like Bearglove and Lionpride, moms still have to live in a world where mothers are treated like nothing more than overbearing, emotionally unstable, clingy women, instead of, say, human beings wondering why their teenaged son spent his allowance on a male perfume called “Lionpride.” You can do better Old Spice.

Hopefully their own mothers will have a little talk with them over the Thanksgiving dinner table.

[H/T AdWeek.]

MONEY College

California Students Continue Tuition-Hike Protests

Protests at University of California campuses continued Monday with students at UC Berkeley planning a class walkout and march.

TIME Football

Report: Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel Involved in Fight

Manziel and his entourage were reportedly involved in a brawl early Saturday morning

 

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his entourage were involved in a fight in a Cleveland hotel and apartment building early Saturday morning, according to a police report obtained by Cleveland Scene.

No arrests were made in the incident, and Manziel is not listed as a suspect in the police report.

According to the report, when police arrived at the Metropolitan at the 9 at 2:36 a.m., the alleged victim, 33-year-old Chris Gonos, told them that he had been assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.”

The report says that while waiting for an elevator with his girlfriend, Gonos saw a man he believed to be Manziel and approached him, telling him, “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.” Gonos says at that point he was struck in the face several times by a man who was with Manziel.

Several other men then allegedly “pushed and attacked” Gonos until a hotel staff member broke up the fight. The staff member was also hit in the face. The alleged offender said Gonos attempted to assault his “client,” apparently referring to Manziel.

Gonos told Cleveland Scene that his brother tackled Manziel and another member of his group “smashed” Manziel in his face.

According to Gonos, Manziel retaliated by “sucker punching” Gonos’ brother while he was being held by a security guard. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, who also obtained the police report, said there is video footage of the incident.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer released the following statement:

“We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred. Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations. We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time.”

The general manager of Metropolitan at the 9 told Cleveland Scene that he had no comment on the incident. According to the magazine, “many” Cleveland professional athletes live in the building.

Manziel, selected by the Browns in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, has made headlines in the past for off-field incidents. Before his redshirt freshman year at Texas A&M, Manziel was arrested and charged with failure to identify, disorderly conduct and possession of a fictitious driver’s license after being involved in a fight. He later pleaded guilty to the former charge. He was fined $2,000 as part of a plea deal and had a two-day jail sentence waived because he was placed in jail after his arrest.

Manziel lost out to Brian Hoyer for the Browns’ starting quarterback job in training camp. He has appeared in two games this season, attempting one pass.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME White House

Watch Live: President Obama Awards Meryl Streep and Others the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 people on Monday, including Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder and Stephen Sondheim. It’s the country’s highest civilian honor. Watch the ceremony above live.

MONEY Shopping

Old Navy Changes Plus-Size Clothing Policies in Response to Petition

The Gap-owned retailer is changing how it sells its larger-sized apparel, but women will still have to pay extra.

Responding to a Change.org petition protesting Old Navy’s pricing of plus-size clothing for women, the retailer said Friday it was changing some of its policies regarding its sale of larger apparel sizes — but not changing its price.

The Gap-owned retailer said Friday it was changing its return policy for women who purchase plus-size clothing, which is available only online. Starting December 5, customers will be able to make plus-size apparel returns in the chain’s brick-and-mortar stores, instead of having to ship the returns back to Old Navy.

In addition, Old Navy said that in January it would form a new customer panel “to gather insights that will further enhance our plus size collections.” The group, according to the company, “will focus on discussion, fashion brainstorming and product feedback directly to the Old Navy design and marketing teams.”

But the retailer made no indication it would change the pricing policy that sparked the Change.org petition: that women’s plus-size clothing is priced higher than its mainstream counterparts at the store, while larger men’s clothing doesn’t cost more than standard sizes.

Old Navy’s plus-size women’s line is “priced differently because it is different,” the company said. “We invest more in our product, and we’re proud of what we deliver.”

TIME celebrities

Watch Woody Harrelson Figure Out Liam and Chris Hemsworth Are Brothers

Maybe Harrelson's just trolling. Maybe not.

When Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, his opening monologue made it clear he has smoked a lot of marijuana in his day. He even had to recruit his young The Hunger Games costars to help him remember the year 1989, due to his hazy memory. (He also mistook Jennifer Lawrence for Taylor Swift, but he was probably joking.)

Keep that in mind when you watch this video, recently unearthed by Vulture, of Harrelson coming to the realization that his The Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth is the brother of Thor star and current Sexiest Man Alive, Chris Hemsworth. This happened just last year — a full three years after Harrelson and Hemsworth started working together on The Hunger Games movies. Apparently the last name and similar good looks weren’t enough to tip him off to this fact and he only made the connection while on the press circuit last year for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

[H/T Vulture]

TIME Advertising

Watch the Sexist PlayStation Ad Sony Quickly Pulled From YouTube

Perpetuating all your least favorite stereotypes

Sony quickly and quietly pulled a PlayStation ad from its European YouTube account this weekend that bears a greater resemblance to soft-core porn than it does to a commercial for a piece of hardware.

“I know you’ve already done it today, and I bet you really enjoyed yourself, ” a sexy female British doctor coos, shortly prior to climbing on top of her office desk — you know, like serious doctors often do. “How many times did you do it yesterday? Are you afraid you’re doing it too often? In your bedroom under the blankets? Or perhaps you prefer the kitchen or the toilet? Or do you like it in the garden?”

The innuendo-laden ad is for a Remote Play feature rather than, well, you get the idea. While the world is used to blatantly sexist ads at this point, the Sony one is particularly depressing. And that is because, as the Verge puts it, “Sony might be trying to do a halfway good thing here.”

The ad ends with the revelation that the sexy doctor parody is actually a gamer, too. “You can even join me,” she says with a wink before pulling out her own gaming device.

But is the way to show that women also like to play video games to treat them as a sexualized fantasy for teenage boys?

While the ad is no longer on Sony’s official account, other YouTubers, however, have posted it.

Although Sony didn’t immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment, the ad does fall in line with past campaigns reportedly from 2012:

This isn’t the first video game ad that uses sexual innuendos. Business Insider references an XBox 360 ad that uses a similar “Everyone is doing it” mantra:

Somehow this new one feels different.

TIME space

Watch Christopher Nolan and Kip Thorne Discuss the Physics of Interstellar

Thorne literally wrote the book on (much of) the movie's cosmology

There’s no arguing about the blockbuster status of Interstellar, director Chris Nolan’s latest box office phenomenon. But plenty of people are debating the science component of that sci-fi tale—which is how it always is when a movie based in something as non-negotiable as physics has to take just enough liberties to make the fiction part of the story fly.

Nolan was determined to keep his narrative scientifically honest, which is why he signed on as technical adviser celebrated Caltech physicist Kip Thorne—who literally wrote the book on (much of) the movie’s cosmology. TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger sat down with Nolan and Thorne to talk about human curiosity, the art of sci-fi filmmaking and the one time the two of them locked horns over a plot point.

TIME Science

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Overeat

Just in time for Thanksgiving

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the American Chemical Society’s YouTube channel “Reactions” has boiled down the science of stuffing your face in a two-and-a-half-minute video. It explains how signals in the brain tell us when we are feeling full or when it is time to stop eating, as well as how antacids reduce the physical discomfort. Might be fodder for conversation after dinner when everyone is sitting around, running out of things to talk about and on the verge of slipping into a food coma.

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