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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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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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8 Facts About the Late, Great Barbara Bush



Former first lady Barbara Bush died in Houston on Tuesday. She was 92 years old. The wife of former president George H.W. Bush, and mother of former president George W. Bush, had been battling congestive heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had recently decided not to seek any further treatment.

The matriarch of the Bush family was known for her bluntness and advocacy, but many young people know little about her. So, here are 8 straight up facts about the former first lady of the United States.

1. She was born Barbara Pierce in New York City on June 8, 1925.

2. She met met George H.W. Bush at a school dance in 1941, at the age of 16. After dating for a year and a half, the couple got engaged before he went off to World War II to serve as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot. When he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and they got married two weeks later on Jan. 6, 1945, in Rye, N.Y.

3. Barbara gave birth to six children: George W. (in 1946), Pauline “Robin” (in 1949), Jeb (in 1953), Neil (in 1955), Marvin (in 1956), and Dorothy (in 1959). She lost her daughter “Robin” at the age of three to leukemia. 

4. She served as second lady of the United States when George H.W. Bush was vice president to Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989. 

5. She alarmed conservatives when she revealed she was pro-choice. 

6. Describing Geraldine Ferraro, her husband’s opponent for vice president in 1984, she said: “I can’t say it, but it rhymes with ‘rich.'”

7. She was first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

8. She helped to develop the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which seeks to improve literacy in the U.S. through programs directed toward pre-school children and parental literacy while cementing her legacy. She spoke regularly on “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time,” a national radio program that stressed the significance of reading aloud to children. 

Political affiliation aside, the death of Barbara Bush is a reminder that class in Washington is dying, too.

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Meghan Markle Fought Against a Sexist TV Ad When She Was 11 – and Won



Meghan Markle has the world’s attention.

The American-born actress set to marry Prince Harry in May 2018 has a future of fulfilling philanthropic duties — and maybe even tea parties with the Queen every now and then — to look forward to.

A throwback video of an 11-year-old Markle on a 1993 episode of a Nickelodeon news show, however, proves the future royal was always fit to be a princess fighting for rights of the people.

When watching TV commercials with her classmates and assessing potentially implicit messages for a social studies project, Markle’s spirit for advocacy kicked in. She was disturbed how an ad for dishwashing detergent implied women do all the cleaning.

“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things — that just Mom does everything,” a young Markle says in the video clip. “It’s always ‘Mom does this,’ and ‘Mom does that.’”

She went on to make a small impact by writing a letter to Proctor & Gamble, which resulted in the company changing the voice-over in the ad to declare “people” were battling to clean instead of women.

The 36-year-old now has a much bigger stage to speak from, which is great news in the fight for equality.

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