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Miniso Apologizes to the Public for Misconceptions

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The Miniso Group in China, the latest retailer to react to a rise in nationalist sentiment among Chinese consumers, has apologized for positioning itself as a Japanese-style brand and promised to change this throughout all of its outlets.

Its Own Brand

The business, which operates more than 5,000 stores in China and worldwide, has long referred to itself as “a Japanese-inspired lifestyle product retailer” and has been contrasted to the Muji chain run by Ryohin Keikaku, a firm listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Issue of It

Chinese social media users, however, took exception to it earlier this month after its Spanish Instagram account shared a photo of dolls, one of which it referred to as a “Japanese geisha doll,” but which Chinese users pointed out was actually wearing a qipao garment, a traditional Chinese attire.

After hiring a Japanese designer as its chief designer between the end of 2015 and 2018, Miniso issued a lengthy apology on Thursday, apologizing for “taken the wrong path” with its brand positioning and marketing strategy in the company’s early years.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Failed Collaboration with Call of Duty

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It may sound a little strange, but Cardi B should be creating some buzz for Call of Duty. Back in July, the rapper partnered with Activision. She goes on to tell us more about how the partnership eventually fell apart after that.

The Reason

You might recall that Cardi B debuted her partnership with Activision by donning a Simon “Ghost” Riley necklace in the music video for “Hot S**t.” Since then, you probably haven’t seen Cardi B advertising Call of Duty because she allegedly lost her cooperation deal as a result of prior “stupid decisions.”

A Hot Topic

Cardi B admitted guilt to assault-related charges earlier this month, according to Comic Book. They related to an altercation that occurred in a New York strip club in 2018. Cardi B took a plea agreement that included 15 days of community service, paying court costs for the other women involved, and avoiding prison time.

Make sure you check out what she said in this Twitter post!

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Rumors of Trevor Noah and Dua Lipa Dating Recently Surface

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After being photographed holding one other’s hands and sharing kisses and hugs on a romantic date night in New York City on Wednesday, Dua Lipa and Trevor Noah ignited a ton of dating speculations.

Where It Happened

The 38-year-old anchor of The Daily Show and the 27-year-old pop diva were spotted having a quiet and personal supper together at Miss Lily’s in the East Village.

A Big Maybe

The new relationship develops as Trevor prepares to leave The Daily Show after seven years in charge, a period in which the late-night informational program’s audience drastically decreased.

When performing, Dua is renowned for wearing provocative and vibrant outfits, but when she was out with Trevor, she drastically changed her appearance to be more casual-chic. 

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Alan Rickman’s Diary Reveals Criticism of Emma Watson

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If the remarks Alan Rickman made about Emma Watson’s performance in his soon-to-be-published personal diaries are any indication, he was capable of the kind of harsh insults that Harry Potter character Severus Snape would be proud of.

Backstage Talk

The late actor admitted that he had pondered leaving the Potter series with his agency because he had been so uncomfortable filming on some of the movies. He struggled with everything on the Hogwarts set, from his working hours to his coworkers, and had significant issues.

The Direction

The recently discovered journals claim that Alan struggled particularly with Emma Watson, who naturally played Hermione Granger in the movies. “These kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times.” Alan wrote about the kids he performed scenes with.

As Harry, Hermione, and Ron find themselves sparring with their teacher more than ever, Alan had to spend more time in this film with his younger co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.

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