Who knew New Jersey-ians were so touchy? Dove has apologized for a prospective billboard for their new NutritionMoisture deodorant that ruffled feathers (er, clanged gold chains?) in the Garden State. “Dear New Jersey,” it read, “when people call you the ‘Armpit Of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” The delicate sensibilities of people who elected Chris Christie bristled and Dove now says it won’t post the billboard at all. Arguably it doesn’t even need to post it at all, now that it successfully created a stupid controversy for free publicity.
Furthermore, on the matter of New Jersey smells: I lived there for a year-and-a-half and have zero complaints about smells. In my opinion, Washington, D.C., which is built on a swamp, and the perimeter of New York City’s Central Park, which is speckled with horse poop, smells much worse. Now, fight amongst yourselves about it in the comments. [Gothamist via MyFoxNY]
In today’s depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state’s recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to “convert” gay teenagers into being straight. Because it’s complete and utter quack psychology bullshit.
But! These horrible parents, who have remained unnamed, claims their 15-year-old son doesn’t want to be gay and “needs” the conversion therapy. Their son has contemplated suicide and has, in their words, “unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.” I don’t think it’s particularly presumptuous to assume that his parents’ — and perhaps, community’s — disapproval is a major factor in his unhappiness. I guess they’re not concerned with that, though. They feel that their rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being violated. (The American Association for Christian Counselors has filed a separate lawsuit over the bill.) Keep reading »
Gird your loins, New Jersey: the powerfully-jawed pacu fish, known to bite off the testicles of unsuspecting fishermen, has been caught in Passaic lake. A 77-year-old man reeled in a strange-looking fish with “human teeth,” so he brought it to a nearby pet supply store. Come to find out, the ugly critter is an invasive species called the pacu fish. Called the “nutcracker fish,” supposedly pacus have mistaken human testicles for tree nuts — their regular diet — and allegedly caused the death of two men who died from blood loss after their nuts got chomped. Originally, the pacu are native to Papua New Guinea and the Amazon River, but are kept as pets and sometimes dumped into bodies of water when the owners no longer want them. Fishermen caught a pacu in June at an Illinois lake and the fish also been found in Paris. More bad news for the testicles of New Jersey? Pacu fish live for 20 years. Time to invest in some iron-clad fishing waders, boys! [Huffington Post] [Raw Story] [Image via Raw Story]
Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can’t be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to outlaw “gay conversion therapy.” Christie has already signed a note that will accompany the bill; in it, he cites his own belief that people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. Read more on Newser…
It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust, reports USA Today.
Romero-Flores allegedly ran three brothels in Lakewood and filled them with women lured from their homes in Latin America with promises of jobs as house cleaners or babysitters. In these brothels, women were forced to serve up to 40 clients in a single day.
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