Monday Update: Woke NASCAR Might Strip Driver Of Anti-Biden Sponsor, Cole Beasley Schools Fans About Vaccines, ‘Anchorman’ Star Arrested For DUI Hit and Run

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We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate. 

 Here’s what happened today:

Let’s Go Brandon?

NASCAR agreed to allow driver Brandon Brown’s new sponsor – cryptocurrency LGBcoin – short for the driver inspired anti-Biden phrase “Let’s Go Biden,” paint their logo on the side of his car. 

“I’m excited to welcome @LGBcoin_io aboard my No. 68 Chevrolet Camaro as our 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series full season primary partner,” he announced last week. 

However, despite NASCAR’s written permission, the organization has decided to review the decision “at a higher level.” Brown’s spokesperson said NASCAR called on the day he unveiled the new paint job, to apologize for “any confusion and miscommunication,” citing that senior management had not approved the sponsorship.

Brown has had difficult time finding backers after the chant emerged during an interview after his first NASCAR win, and said that the financial support form LGBcoin came at a “pivotal time in our team’s growth.”

“From wondering if we would have the financial means to continue to compete, to my first major win (at Talladega no less), to becoming an unintentional meme, this past season was a rollercoaster,” he remarked.

“The support of sponsors like LGBcoin empowers us to be as competitive as possible and I’m looking forward to competing hard on the track in 2022,” Brown concluded

Madden Madness

A Texas college professor said that late NFL broadcaster John Madden was responsible for building a “digital plantation” to “dehumanize Black athletes” in the popular EA Games “Madden NFL” franchise.

“I have a lot of opinions on John Madden,” Andrew McGregor posted on Twitter. “The creation of the Madden video game was not a great development for the U.S. It further glamorized violence and dehumanized Black athletes, helping to establish plantation cosplay that has grown worse in the era of fantasy football.” 

“It glamorized athletes, using their name for profits while encouraging fans to disregard the humanity. Madden built a digital plantation,” he continued in a follow-up. 

After Twitter collectively melted down over McGregor’s remarks about the beloved former Raiders coach, the college he works for released a statement. 

“The views of professor McGregor are not those of Dallas College, and comments made via his personal Twitter account do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of Dallas College,” a spokesman said

Beasley Battling

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley challenged pro-vaccine fans, who mocked him for his stance on the jab. 

One Instagram user posted a meme of quarterback Josh Allen meditating on the football field and captioned the image: “Bills players mentally preparing for how annoying Cole Beasly is going to be when he comes back from having COVID.”

Beasley commented on the post, “What do I need to tell them for? Everyone in the locker room has already had it. Lol.”

“How is me being vaccinated gonna help anyone else? Congratulations sir. You saved yourself. You still can get it and pass it to other people. How are you any different than me?” he replied to another commenter.

“Don’t think anyone understands how vaccines work. A vaxxed teammate got it twice before I got it once, Covid isn’t going anywhere. It’s something we are gonna have to learn to live with,” he said in another reply. “I’m not telling you what to do with your life so don’t tell me what to do. Thanks.”

Beasley contracted COVID on Dec. 21, and was forced to miss the team’s game against the New England Patriots, but returned to defeat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. 

Arrested

“Anchorman” and “The Goldbergs” star, funnyman David Koechner, spent New Year’s Eve in jail on an alleged DUI hit and run, after failing field sobriety tests California police officers administered Friday afternoon.

Thankfully, his erratic driving did not cause injury or loss of life, the object he hit was a street sign. “The American Dad” actor was released the next morning, and has a court date set for March.

Oreo Battle

“I’ll Never Love This Way Again” singer Dionne Warwick, 81, challenged cookie-maker Oreo over straying from their original flavor.

“Hello, What is your weirdest flavor? Why are y’all doing the most? The one flavor was fine,” she tweeted the brand. 

Oreo sent her a package of their Java Chip flavored cookies and a Oreo flavored lip balm after she sent the post. 

“After asking @Oreo to stick to the original flavor, they sent me these outrageous items as a response,” she wrote. “I will be retaliating at a later date.”

Oreo replied, “So… you don’t like the lip balm?” Warwick shot back that the product “is lovely. I will add it to my beauty regimen.”  

Offensive

Netflix show “Emily in Paris,” starring Lily Collins, Genesis singer Phil Collins’ daughter, has come under fire from the Ukrainian Minister of Culture for portraying one of their fictional expats as a petty shoplifter. 

“In the 1990s and 2000s, Ukrainian guys were portrayed mainly as gangsters. Over time this has changed. However, not in this case,” Oleksandr Tkachenko remarked

“In Emily in Paris, we have a caricature of a Ukrainian woman which is unacceptable. It is also offensive,” he continued. “Is this how Ukrainians will be seen abroad? Who steal, want to get everything for free, be afraid of deportation? This should not be so”

The politician said he spoke with the streamer, who released a statement. “We agreed that in 2022, we will be in close contact to prevent such cases,” Netflix announced. “Such an active public position will help ensure the attitude of Ukrainians is taken into account in future filming.”

RIP 

Former “Comic Book Men” star Robert Bruce was found dead in a New Jersey storage facility at the age of 62. 

His body was found on Friday after his family had not heard from him for several days. He used the facility as his office, and was suspected of living in a basement unit at the facility. They are conducting an investigation into his death, but do not suspect foul play. 

Bruce appeared on the reality show from 2012 to 2018, where he would appraise toys and collectibles, but a friend said his knowledge of the market was vast.

“He knew genuine quality antiques, he knew early 20th century, pin-back buttons for political candidates, he was an expert on those,” fellow collector Ben Leach said. “He’s really one of the early people to bring awareness of Japanese toys to the East Coast.”

“I think people these days have taken for granted that eBay, you can look up anything on eBay, you can look up anything on Google,” Leach added. “He was aware of this stuff before anything like that existed.” 

Exit 

“Impractical Jokers” star Joe Gatto, 45, announced his departure from the popular hidden camera show and divorce from his wife of eight years, Bessy Gatto, in an Instagram post this weekend.

“Sorry in advance for the long and more-serious-than-usual note below, I just wanted to let you all know that I will no longer be involved with ‘Impractical Jokers,’” he wrote. “Alongside my friends, I’ve devoted a decade of my life to building this franchise and couldn’t be prouder of what has been accomplished.”

“However, due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away. Bessy and I have decided to amicably part ways, so now I need to focus on being the best father and co-parent to our two incredible kids.”

The remaining stars of the TrueTV staple, Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano and James Murray, released a joint statement about Gatto’s exit. 

“Hi everyone, so here we are…. After all these years together, we never imagined making ‘Impractical Jokers’ without Joe,” they wrote. ”While we are saddened to see him go, we want to keep making people laugh, keep our relationship with the ‘Impractical Jokers’ fans going, and keep working with the members of our team that we consider family.”

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