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Yesterday Colorlines.com published an article titled “Reebok Dumps Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics.”
Rick Ross came under fire after a lyrical endorsement of date rape on his track “U.O.E.N.O.”
Outraged fans responded to the lyric, where Ross brags about slipping ecstasy into a woman’s drink, with a Change.org petition and a host of response videos on YouTube.
Colorlines.com reports Thursday that Reebok, one of Rick Ross’s corporate sponsors, dropped the rapper after several groups pushed the company to cut ties with Ross.
Reebok tells TMZ … “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”
Reebok goes on: “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
Today BBC News Middle East published an article titled “Egypt army denies torturing protesters.”
According to the BBC “Egypt’s defence minister has denied claims that the armed forces were involved in killing and torturing protesters during Egypt’s revolution.”
The article goes on to read:
Over 800 people were killed in violence during and after Egypt’s 2011 uprising, but the deaths were widely blamed on the police rather than the army.
A document leaked to the Guardian newspaper which was reportedly presented to President Mohammed Morsi late last year clearly implicates the armed forces in abuses during the 18-day revolution.
On Friday, Human Rights Watch called for the full report into police and military abuses between January 2011 and June 2012 to be made public.
Here’s a flashback to the protests:
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Huffington Post reported on a new survey dedicated to finding out how much time British women spend on shaving their legs and other beauty rituals.
British beauty brand Escentual conducted the survey and found British women spend an average of 72 days over the course of their lifetime just shaving their legs.
The survey also found that the British women polled spend, over the course of a lifetime, an average of 294 days styling their hair and an average of 52 days removing makeup.
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