Gabatron Morning Briefing – 4-7-16: Ill-Advised Ad Campaign

GAP is taking some heat for a new ad that some are saying is racially insensitive. The ad features a group of young girls from an all-kid circus troupe. A white troupe member is leaning on her black peer’s head. The caption was “Meet the kids who are proving girls can do anything.” One of the responses on Twitter: “Proving girls can do anything… unless she’s Black. Then all she can do is bear the weight of White girls. #EpicFail.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled a plan to redevelop the old Cook County Hospital building on Wednesday. They’d turn it into apartments, a hotel and retail space. Would you want to live in a building where quite literally thousands of people have died? Which gets re-developed first: The old Cook County Hospital or the old Post Office Building?

Chicago Police made 6 year old Madison Pruitt an honorary police officer. Madison is battling a rare muscle cancer but says she wants to be a police officer one day. Sure it’s heartwarming, but they really just did it because there are so many officers retiring and they desperately needed the help.

Rahm Emanuel’s standing by his new top cop despite the investigation into his fiancee. He says Eddie Johnson is a “Chicago success story.” At this point it seems like that decision is made less because of a sense of loyalty and more because any other pick would know they were Rahm’s 3rd choice.

Denny Hastert says that he’s “profoundly sorry” for the harm he caused others decades ago, without actually saying what that harm was. He and his lawyers are asking for probation at the sentencing hearing on April 27th.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is getting his own cereal – “RizzO’s”. They’ll be available at your local Jewel and also online. Imagine the merchandising opportunities when they actually win something.

Florida Governor Rick Scott decided it was a good idea to stop in his local Starbucks and get a tasty caffeinated beverage. He was wrong. A woman started to absolutely berate him in front of all of the other Starbucks patrons. I’m all for keeping politicians accountable, but screaming at them in a random public place doesn’t seem like a particularly productive thing to do.

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