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After More Under Armour Athletes Criticize Plank’s Pro-Trump Stance, Company Responds

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Two more world-class athletes and paid endorse Under Armour endorsers have joined Steph Curry in publicly calling out CEO Kevin Plank for supporting President Donald Trump on national TV earlier this week.

Baltimore’s Gay Bars Aren’t Joining the Yuengling Boycott

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Unlike their counterparts in other East Coast cities, Baltimore’s gay bars and gay-friendly dining spots haven’t hopped on the Yuengling boycott bandwagon.

Governor of Maine Threatens to Boycott NFL Because of Ray Rice

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Photo by Troy Bennett via the Bangor Daily News
Photo by Troy Bennett via the Bangor Daily Newspaul

Maine Governor Paul LePage has spoken movingly about the domestic abuse he suffered at the hands of his father while growing up. It’s not surprising, then, that he has a pretty intense reaction to what he calls “thugs and wife-beaters.”

Now LePage is joining the chorus of people who feel that Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two-game suspension after a widely publicized domestic violence dispute is just not enough. In a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, LePage brings all his Maine rage to the table, arguing that a light punishment sends the message that it’s okay “for professional athletes to beat women, just for the sake of ratings” and also that “Taking thugs and wife-beaters off the field may be bad for business, but you are playing games with people’s lives.”

Maryland Considers Boycotting Those Who Boycott Israel

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This is a little convoluted, but bear with me: A little more than a month ago, the relatively obscure American Studies Association passed a resolution in favor of an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions, as a move of protest against Israel and, paradoxically, as a symbolic show in favor of academic freedom for all, including Palestinians. The response to the boycott was swift and often critical. Now the Maryland state legislature is weighing a bill that would effectively boycott the boycott.

L-Word Actress Kicked Off Baltimore Flight After Kissing Girlfriend

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L-Word actress Leisha Hailey kissed her girlfriend on a Southwest flight from Baltimore to St. Louis… and promptly got kicked off the plane for it. Now, Hailey has taken to Twitter to call for a boycott of the airline, while Southwest is claiming that Hailey’s behavior was excessive, and that other passengers were complaining. The airline wrote on its website that the actress was approached “based solely on behavior and not gender.”

But Hailey — perhaps taking a cue from Alice, the fiery character she played on the long-running Showtime drama — says that she’s been discriminated against, and has called for a Southwest boycott. She claims that the flight attendant told her that Southwest was a family airline… and Hailey reacted by getting “verbally upset.” She issued a statement on Tuesday, calling for airline bosses to issue an apology. 

Things could get even trickier, because Southwest is the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Hailey’s statement continues, “We want to live in a society where if your loved one leans over to give you an innocent kiss on an airplane it’s not labeled as ‘excessive or not family oriented’ by a corporation and its employees. We find it very disturbing that the same airline who lauds itself as being LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) friendly has twisted an upsetting incident that happened into our behavior being ‘too excessive’.”

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