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Chubbies totally mocked Better than the Weekend’s logo for their newsletter, and we’re calling them out



If you’re not familiar with Chubbies, a short-short e-commerce startup with a cult following, you seriously need to question your style.

I personally love the shorts. However, I now have beef with the company that can’t be packed into a 5.5 inch inseam — because they shamelessly ripped off the Better than the Weekend logo for their newsletter.

These shorts are a complete

Posted by Chubbies on Thursday, February 4, 2016


There’s no need for me to break it down like a political commentator analyzing DACA — the similarities are strikingly obvious. 

Screenshot from Chubbies newsletter email.

Their graphic design team basically just treated the process of designing the logo like the end result of a blow job, or so it seems, adding some pineapple to try to make it better.

Chubbies was founded in 2011 by Kyle Hency, Rainer Castillo, Preston Rutherford, and Tom Montgomery — four bros whose names sound like romance novel characters from the deep south who met during their undergrad at Stanford. After several years in the post-grad job market, they decided to start a company centered around their love for retro-style short shorts they’d find at thrift shops or get handed down by their dads. To test the idea of their own line, the founders told Business Insider in a 2015 interview they made some short shorts and brought them to a Fourth of July celebration at Lake Tahoe. Can you get any more preppy white privileged than product testing at a Lake Tahoe party?

Unsurprisingly, the reaction assured them their product would resonate with bros and that they’d likely find success. After all, their shorts are pretty rad. That’s why I reached out their team in hopes to interview the founders in 2016 for a Better than the Weekend feature.

Facebook chat with Chubbies, August 2016.

It seems the marketing team was more interested in Better than the Weekend’s retro-style logo after checking out the site than press by a startup digital publication based in Scranton, PA. 

Not at all a surprise from a company that found killer success by recreating thrift shop finds and things they saw their dad had.

Perhaps the Chubbies team spends more time breaking laptops for a laugh on Snapchat and goofing off in the office than taking the time to generate original designs.

This is Tater. Tater is on our Customer Support Team. And Tater can dance like the wind. Not to mention sing with all the voices of the mountain.

Posted by Chubbies on Friday, October 23, 2015


Not going to lie, the Chubbies team is pretty funny. (But not completely original, as even that was a spoof.)

Maybe rich white boys in America think everything belongs to them and everything will just work out in their favor in the end?

Irish I had a pair of these

Posted by Chubbies on Friday, January 13, 2017


Regardless, Chubbies disappointed me. They’ve hit a semblance of success that should have them above treating their customers and followers like a Winklevoss twin. 

If your team liked the Better than the Weekend logo that much, the least you could have done was send us some short shorts and a compliment in appreciation for being your muse instead of turning down an interview and later recreating our logo for your newsletter.

In conclusion, are Chubbies shorts awesome? Totes. Will I ever buy a pair again? Probably not. Do shorts with copied designs exists elsewhere, perhaps for an even more affordable rate than $64.50 per pair? I don’t know. Do I think the founders are the Spencer Pratt’s of swimwear? You know it.

Chubbies did not immediately respond or offer to comment on the situation.

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Better than the Weekend Actually Got Nominated for Something



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Well, two things, actually.

And this shit got me in my feelings.

When I found out Better than the Weekend was nominated for two Steamtown Music Awards, I was just happy to be invited to a work affair happening at a bar. The annual event celebrates the talent and hard work of regional musicians and entertainment industry professionals set in Northeastern Pennsylvania — and BTTW is nominated for Publication/Blog of the Year and Journalist of the Year. (Directions on how to vote at the end of the article.)

As the founder of an online publication still in its early development, getting recognized by the community and being in the company of publications that have been around in our HQ city for as long as 25 years is pretty rad and a solid win on its own.

When I launched BTTW in the summer of 2016, I wanted to create an online community of people who want an escape from the negative bullshit in their lives and need help getting through the week. And the way that community continues to grow is by focusing on sharing stories about who people really are outside of their IG feed and how they live their lives. Because understanding each other and finding common interests and values is how we connect and feel less alone in the world.

There was the time I spoke to a white college-educated liberal who wanted Donald Trump to be the next president. The Associated Press even circulated that story.

Then there was the time I visited a sleepaway camp for grownups. That might be the greatest place to unplug and make great new friends. Ever.

There was also the time BTTW hosted and moderated Scranton’s first-ever live streamed political debate with candidates running for public office or the time we threw an epic election party.

All the while, musicians from Northeastern PA have been part of that story, whether it was with a live performance at our office or a BTTW hangout —

Live entertainment at the HQ for Scranton’s First Friday with Mike Baresse

Posted by Better than the Weekend on Friday, April 6, 2018


— or having discussions with musicians beyond their music; deep from the soul. This is SMA nominee Jami Kali posing for ‘Dreams, Exposed,’ photographed by nominee Lisa Petz. 

To vote Better than the Weekend for Publication of the Year and me (Justin Adam Brown) for Journalist of the Year, click this link to be directed to the event’s Facebook page. Scroll down to the Recent Posts and you’ll find the categories and be able to vote.

If you’re from Northeastern PA, vote for your favorites. If you’re not, vote for everyone!

Win or lose, I’m just happy BTTW is capturing your attention.

I’ll be at the event Thursday, Sept. 13 at The V Spot in Scranton rooting on all the nominees and celebrating their hard work. Hope you’ll make it, too.

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Dickhead Jogger Arrested for Throwing Homeless Man’s Belongings in Lake



A video went viral of a jogger taking time out of his day to throw a homeless man’s belongings into a lake. The jogger has since been identified as 31-year-old Henry William Sintay by The Mercury News and was arrested. He’s currently being held on $100,000 bail.

The dickhead move made by the dickhead jogger happened by Meritt Lake in Oakland, California, on Friday, June 8. A witness named JJ Harris filmed the incident as a woman tried to stop the dickhead jogger. This video is messed up on so many levels — and not only because his thicc dad bod doesn’t suggest he has time to stop mid-jog to try to end homelessness.

Watch this:

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Starbucks will close 8,000 stores May 29 for racial-bias training



Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.

“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said. “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

The announcement follows the controversial arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week after the store manager called the police. They were arrested for trespassing. The customers said they were waiting for another man to arrive. That person arrived at the store just as they were being arrested.

Starbucks’ CEO publicly apologized repeatedly following the arrests, which he called “reprehensible.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, will be among the help to design the program, as will executives from the Equal Justice Initiative and Demos, to roughly 175,000 Starbucks employees.

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