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Chrissy Teigen Cookware Line Dropped By Various Retailers In Light Of Her Bullying And Suicide-Baiting Of Model Courtney Stodden – Bounding Into Comics

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Model and left-wing activist Chrissy Teigen has been involved in quite the scandal lately, which began when fellow model Courtney Stodden opened up to The Daily Mail about some hurtful comments made towards her in the past by Teigen, including some wherein Teigen bullied the then-16-year-old Stodden and even encouraged her to commit suicide.

As it is to be expected from left-wing activists like Teigen, who like to hold everyone accountable for things they’ve done in the past — except for themselves, of course — all of the alleged tweets against Stodden have since been deleted.

Source: TMZ, YouTube

However, thanks to Conservative commentator and New York Times best-selling author Candace Owens, who took numerous screenshots of the tweets in question, audiences can still see the tasteless comments made by Teigen towards Stodden.

As a matter of fact, it is partially thanks to Owens that the topic recently gained traction on social media, since few seemed to be condemning the left-wing activist for her cruel tweets

“Donald Trump was censored off the internet for writing nothing even remotely violent,” asserted Owens in her initial Tweet regarding Tiegen’s history, while also sharing The Daily Mail’s original piece. “Chrissy Teigen told a then-16-year-old to commit suicide, and that she couldn’t wait for her to die— and is allowed to keep all of her accounts. Disgusting.”

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

In another Tweet, Ownes added, “Everything about Chrissy Teigen’s record on social media indicates mental derangement but telling a 16 year old girl that you fantasize about her being dead? That takes the cake.” 

The Conservative author then brought up a very valid question, asking “Why does @Target sponsor this trash?”

She also shared a tweet from Teigen which read, “@CourtneyStodden my Friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby,” revealing that the celebrity model did in fact fantasize about wanting to see Stodden dead.

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

Owens also proceeded to call out Teigen’s hypocrisy, noting how “Chrissy Teigen publicly defend Meghan Markle and said she believed that Meghan had suicidal thoughts” but “just forgot to mention that she uses social media to encourage teenagers to kill themselves.”

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

Eventually, on Wednesday the 12th of May, Teigen issued an apology to Stodden, stating that “Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the world.”

“I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be,” Teigen explained. “I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel. I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly.”

“These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!” the model concluded.

Source: Chrissy Teigen, Twitter

However, let’s not forget that Teigen took a solid 10 years to apologise to Stodden, an act Owens believes was only done because Owens herself brought further attention to the story on social media.

“Chrissy Teigen has offered a public apology to Courtney Stodden for encouraging her to commit suicide as a teenager, but ONLY because I blew the story up,” expressed Owens. “The media has given Chrissy a pass for YEARS as she has monstrously attacked people, repeatedly for simply existing.”

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

However, Stodden was not the only individual to find themselves on the receiving end of a suicide-baiting tweet from Teigen.

In one tweet, Teigen appears to mock Lohan’s 2007 suicide attempts, writing “lindsay adds a few more slits to her wrists when she sees emma stone”.

“Isn’t John Legend’s wife just SO FUNNY when she encourages self-harm?” said Owens. “All you celebrities are massive, disgusting hypocrites who treat people like dirt.”

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

In another Teigen tweet shared with Owens, the model can be seen apparently wishing suicide upon former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, writing “”listen. i don’t want much from sarah palin. i just want her to admit partial fault, then shoot herself in the face. is that wrong?”

Yes, it is very wrong.

Source: Obnoxious Granjero, Twitter

Referencing this tweet, Owens once again called out Target for still selling Teigen’s products, noting that though “Chrissy Teigen also pleaded with Sarah Palin to commit suicide by shooting herself in the face,” the retailer “is still carrying her products.”

Source: Candace Owens, Twitter

However, TMZ has reported that ever since Teigen’s social media history was first reported on by the media and Owens blew up the story to her large number of social media followers, Target has announced that they will no longer stock Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookware line, though they also mention that this was an amicable decision made in December of last year between Target and Teigen.

The outlet also claims that this is something that had nothing to do with the controversy between Teigen and Stodden.

However, a more recent report by The Sun reveals that Teigen’s cookware line has now also been removed from Macy’s, having reportedly been delisted from the retailer’s website just this past weekend.

Furthermore, Bloomingdale’s has also walked away from their deal with Chrissy Teigen over the abusive comments she has constantly made in the past, with a source who spoke to Page Six noting that “[Bloomingdales and Teigen] pretty much had it together … but had to cancel it.” However, the source provided no further information on the matter. As of writing, neither Teigen nor Bloomingdale’s have officially commented on the current status of their deal.

Source: The Ellen Show, YouTube

Woke celebrities like Chrissy Teigen love to call out others for stuff they’ve done in the past. Teigen is now being held accountable for something she said 10 years ago, sure, but she was 26 at the time she was encouraging others to commit suicide.

Teigen should’ve known better, and her decade-long silence on the comments made against Stodden only proves that she wouldn’t even have considered apologising had it not been for the focus given to the story by The Daily Mail, Owens, and countless others across social media.  So much for that left-wing activism, huh?

What do you make of the whole Chrissy Teigen controversy? Let us know in the comments section down below or on social media.

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Could WhatsApp Be the Next Big E-commerce Channel? – Later Blog

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If you think WhatsApp is solely for casual chats with friends, think again. 

WhatsApp for business is gaining serious traction — over 175 million people message a WhatsApp Business account every day. 

During Facebook’s annual F8 Refresh conference, WhatsApp’s Head of Business Products, Ajit Varma, shared how the platform is evolving as a customer service and sales tool. 

In this blog post, we’ll cover how WhatsApp for business works and how you can use it to drive e-commerce sales.

How Does WhatsApp for Business Work? 

WhatsApp is a messenger tool that is primarily used for friends and family chats.

However, WhatsApp can also be used for business. 

With the WhatsApp for Business API, brands can use WhatsApp as a home for customer service chats, timely notifications, and product recommendations.

Source: WhatsApp

As the app is comfortable and familiar for most users, it’s an easy platform to reach and engage with customers. 

With the WhatsApp for Business API, brands can benefit from automated responses to common queries (much like Facebook Messenger chat bots) and provide customer service at scale.

Plus, the evolution of WhatsApp Pay — an in-chat payment feature that allows users to make transactions — opens up a whole host of opportunities for integrated e-commerce on the platform. 

For example, when a user contacts a business to ask about a certain product or service, brands can provide recommendations on WhatsApp. 

With WhatsApp Pay, users could soon buy a product directly within the app — streamlining the end-to-end purchasing process.

Want to find out more about how social commerce is evolving? Check out this blog post: How Social Media Is Changing the Online Shopping Experience

Facebook F8 2021: New WhatsApp Business Features

During Facebook’s annual F8 conference, WhatsApp’s Head of Business Products, Ajit Varma, announced some major updates to the WhatsApp Business API:

Timely Notifications

Businesses will soon be able to send timely notifications and updates to customers on WhatsApp, “to let people know when an item is back in stock, for example.” 

Source: F8 Refresh 2021

These could also be informational updates, reminders to book an appointment, or the latest product deals.

New Message Formats

Varma also shared plans to introduce new messaging formats to help businesses streamline conversations, resolve issues, and drive conversions.

The first of which is list messages, which lets brands present a menu of up to 10 options for customers to choose from.

Source: F8 Refresh 2021

This means customers no longer need to type out a response, significantly lowering the barrier to entry.  

Next up, reply buttons — a new format that allows people to make a selection from up to three options in one quick tap. 

Source: F8 Refresh 2021

Brands can customize their list and reply options via their WhatsApp Business API account. 

Add to Cart 

Perhaps most notably, Varma shared some major e-commerce additions to the WhatsApp Business API. 

Customers will now be able to “Add to Cart” within WhatsApp — and could soon be able to make payments directly within the app. 

Source: F8 Refresh 2021

“We’re building new tools to allow the end-to-end commerce journey to happen in WhatsApp,” said Varma. “These features will provide a richer shopping experience.”

“In the future, our goal is to bring payments to our business products,” he added. 

Block/Report a Business

Alongside an influx of new features, Varma shared that the company is exploring ways to moderate how businesses operate on WhatsApp.

In addition to limiting how many messages a brand can send and monitoring “value” metrics, WhatsApp is also introducing ways for users to block or report a business.

Source: F8 Refresh 2021

Users will be able to provide a reason for their decision, which WhatsApp will share as feedback to businesses, Varma explained.

These new features make the WhatsApp Business API a compelling choice for brands looking to evolve their customer experience.

“We’re building a platform which enables you to be creative and come up with ideas that fit well into conversions and plug into WhatsApp’s massive reach,” shared Varma. 

“There will be very successful companies built entirely on WhatsApp.”

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Jillian is Later’s Editor. A go-to expert in social media strategy and content marketing, she has worked in both London and New York. Next up? Lisbon and Paris! You can reach out to her on Instagram here: @jillwrren.

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Ben Affleck May Be Ring Shopping For Jennifer Lopez in the Very Near Future

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Ben Affleck May Be Ring Shopping For Jennifer Lopez in the Very Near Future

Could wedding bells be in the air? Bennifer is back and heating up faster than ever. These two have seriously wasted no time jumping in right where they left off. Their magical kiss at dinner, intimate Miami vacation, and introductions to each other’s families are just a few of our favorite highlights from the couple so far. We have a feeling these two are in it for the long run this time around and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited. The pair, who broke off their engagement nearly two decades ago, could in fact be getting engaged again — or so a new report suggests.

According to Mirror, an insider told Closer Magazine that Affleck is ready to marry Lopez. “Ben wants to give long-lasting love another shot and is planning a romantic proposal on the singer’s 52nd birthday,” the source claims.

We’re looking back on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez‘s best moments as a couple amid news of their Montana reunion. https://t.co/lbDCNNYsxz

— SheKnows (@SheKnows) May 10, 2021

If this actually happens, we will be seriously ecstatic. It feels like everyone is rooting for Bennifer to thrive and we’re so glad to see Lopez smitten with Affleck after the year she’s had. We can only imagine just how difficult going through a public breakup is, especially when it involves cheating allegations to do with your fiancé.

If this planned engagement is true, we cannot wait to see what ring Affleck picks out for Lopez. Who knows? Maybe they’ve already gone ring shopping. All we know is that we are totally loving these two together and we cannot wait for more updates. We will be anxiously awaiting an announcement on Lopez’s birthday — fingers crossed it’s true!

Before you go, click here to see celebrity couples who famously broke up and got back together.

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Bailey Nurseries Hires Brand and Business Development Manager – Lawn & Garden Retailer

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Bailey Nurseries announced it has hired Layci Gragnani as brand and business development manager. Gragnani has over a decade of industry experience in  public relations, sales, marketing, and brand management, most recently at Star Roses and Plants

“Endless Summer Hydrangeas, First Editions Shrubs & Trees, and Easy Elegance Roses have continuously worked to break new ground through innovation, partnerships, and a commitment to bringing outstanding hydrangeas, shrubs, trees, and roses to the world,” said Alec Charais, chief marketing and product development officer. “I could not be more excited for that work to continue with Layci leading the charge. Layci is an experienced marketer with an exceptional business sense and track record. She understands that success is measured by that of all partners from the breeder, grower, retail and landscape, and ultimately the consumer. We are thrilled to add her talents to the Bailey team and know it will be success that will be shared  by everyone.” 

In her new role, Gragnani will oversee the strategic direction and drive the supply chain for the introduction of proprietary genetics into Bailey’s consumer brands. Working with the product development, marketing, and sales teams, Gragnani will drive brand awareness and sales through Bailey Nurseries and its brand licensees.  

“Bailey Nurseries is well known in horticulture for their marketing and consumer product excellence, and I am beyond excited to be part of this team,” Gragnani said. “Their work has been instrumental in brand  development for our industry, and I look forward to taking them to new and exciting levels!” 

Gragnani begins in her role effective immediately and can be reached at [email protected]

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