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Pepsi apologizes for girl-getting iPhone app

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SAN FRANCISCO — US soft drink giant PepsiCo has apologized for a free iPhone application crafted to help men seduce women and keep records of conquests but the program remained available on Tuesday.

Pepsi’s “AMP Up Before You Score” iPhone application categorizes women into 24 types and then uses the Apple smartphone’s Internet capabilities to link users to information about them and what they like.

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AMP is an energy drink made by PepsiCo.

“Let’s say you meet a girl who is way into being green and you need a vegan restaurant stat; we’ve got you covered,” a voice-over maintained on Tuesday in an online Pepsi video about the AMP at YouTube.

“If you are anticipating a successful night, the Before You Score app gives you up to the minute information, feeds, lines and much more to help you amp up and talk to 24 different types of ladies.”

Types of women listed in the application include punk rocker, bookworm, aspiring actress, artist, and sorority girl.

A “Keep a List” feature in the program reportedly prompts users to add women’s names and encounter details to a “brag list” if they “get lucky.”

People offended by the application shared their ire with PepsiCo, which fired off an apology on popular microblogging service Twitter.

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“Our app tried 2 show the humorous lengths guys go2 get women,” the message read in shorthand typical of ‘tweets” which are capped at 140 characters.

“We apologize if it’s in bad taste and appreciate ur feedback.”

The AMP app remained available at the App Store, according to a check Tuesday by AFP.

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Online commentary ranged from amused to outrage.

“It’s just Pepsi trying to lighten things up in the world,” a person maintained in a chat forum accompanying the AMP video at YouTube.

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“Whether this is a joke or not… this is not cool,” countered another member of the online exchange.


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Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.

"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."

"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’

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Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.

"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.

He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.

Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."

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Bishop falsely claims Joe Biden is not a Catholic — and it doesn’t go well for him

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On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island attacked former Vice President Joe Biden's faith, claiming that he is not really a Catholic.

Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.

— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) August 11, 2020

Biden is a lifelong, practicing Catholic, and he was also on the 2012 ticket, so Tobin's claim doesn't make any sense. But Tobin is an extreme right-wing firebrand with a history of politicizing the church — in 2007 he denied communion to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-choice views, and in 2019 he called Gay Pride events "harmful for children" and demanded Catholics not attend them.

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