Alice Eve slammed on social media after claiming Bruce Jenner is ‘playing at being a woman’

Alice Eve is feeling the heat after claiming that Bruce Jenner is “playing at being a woman.” The “Star Trek: Into Darkness” actress made the controversial claim on her Instagram page in response to the former Olympian’s interview with Diane Sawyer, in which he confirmed that he is transitioning to become a woman. Eve initially blasted Jenner in an attempt to argue for equal rights and wage equality. “If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because woman can’t compete in the decathlon,” she wrote Monday, referring to Jenner’s heralded gold medal victory at the 1976 Olympic Games. “You would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn’t given a chance,” she continued. “Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a ‘woman’ while retaining the benefits of a man is unfair. “Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men, Then, my friend, you are a woman,” Eve concluded. After receiving backlash on social media, the 33-year-old actress attempted to clarify her comments. “I'm not saying by identifying they are negatively impacting feminism,” she wrote. “I am saying that we have to refine the language on this topic so all men, women and transgenders are accurately represented in their process of self-identification.” Eve also thanked social media users for discussing the topic with and broadening her perspective. “Maybe this needs a little thought. I felt confused and now I feel enlightened and like I know what education I need to move forward.” Eve deleted the original post slamming Jenner and posted a photo of David Bowie as his androgynous 1970s persona Ziggy Stardust, in which she wrote, “I am a supporter of anyone who wishes to explore their gender Continue Reading

‘Furious 7’-themed social media contest sparks outrage in Cambodia as theater chain encourages speed-limit violations

A  Cambodian theater chain has steered away from a potentially disastrous promotion for "Furious 7" in which participants were encouraged to flout the speed limit. Ahead of the film's April 13 release in the Southeast Asian nation, Legend Cinemas launched a Facebook page promotion encouraging fans to post photos of their speedometers as they hit excessive velocities, the Phnom Penh Post reported. Under the head-scratching social media contest last Wednesday, participants were also encouraged to put a piece of paper with the phrase "#Let's GoLegend" in the frame. That sparked the ire of local authorities, who cited statistics that show more than half of the country's 2,000 road deaths each years can be traced to speeding, according to an Indonesian paper. "The company is encouraging people to do something very dangerous," said road safety consultant Chariya Ear. REVIEW: 'FURIOUS 7' IS THRILL RIDE AND FITTING TRIBUTE One movie-goer took a photo of a speedometer passing 145 kilometers-per-hour (90 miles per hour) before Legend Cinemas cancelled the promotion on Thursday. "We do apologize for our Fast & Furious competition," a statement read on the company's Facebook page. "It was a shame that we made it happen. Hope you do not mind and still support Legend Cinemas." The controversy isn't expected to dent the box office returns for "Furious 7" in Cambodia. The newest installment of the car chase franchise, starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, has already raced to a $384 million worldwide opening this past weekend. Continue Reading

New York City Council to begin crowd-sourcing questions from social media

Led by Twitter fanatic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council is starting to “crowd-source” questions from social media to grill city officials at hearings. The Council will also put more data online, such as interactive maps tracking street renamings and city projects that residents can vote to fund, and summaries in simple language of proposed bills — as part of a public technology plan released Monday. “We want to meet people where they are digitally active,” Mark-Viverito said. Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Former mobsters live out in open in public and social media — almost taunting those who rather them silenced

Meet the Tweetfellas. Ex-Gambino mobster John Alite tweeted in April that he was outside Citi Field for the Mets’ home opener, and he included a photo of himself clad in a bright orange hoodie. Three days earlier, the reviled turncoat who has reinvented himself as an author, motivational speaker and seeker of second chances, tweeted that he would be plugging his book “Gotti’s Rules” at 1 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Tampa. The Mafia rat pleads guilty to making himself an easy target for haters, as he lives out in the open — almost taunting mobsters who would rather see him forever silenced. “Yeah, I’m putting myself in danger, but my options are limited so I hustle day and night,” Alite told the Daily News. “What else can I do to make a living?” Alite, who tweets under @johnalite, bills himself in his Twitter profile as a father, speaker, mentor and survivor. “I teach people of all ages how to cope with bullying and abuse, and shine a light on the dead end Life I used to lead,” he wrote. The 52-year-old is a member of a growing cast of media characters, who after completing their government service as informants, have balked at vanishing into America’s heartland with new identities. Instead, they are sticking close — some would say dangerously close — to their stomping grounds and stoking high profiles on social media, personal websites and reality TV shows. Former NYPD Police Commissioner Howard Safir, who created the witness protection program when he was a top official of the U.S. Marshals Service, said they’re foolhardy if they think they’re getting a pass on the death sentence for violating the mob’s code of silence. “Organized crime is very patient, even if it means it’s going to be years down the road for there to be retribution,” Continue Reading

Parents of 2-year-old ‘angel’ killed by falling bricks on Upper West Side flooded with sorrow and sympathy on social media

The heartbroken parents of a 2-year-old “angel” killed by falling bricks from a crumbling Upper West Side building were flooded Tuesday with sorrow and sympathy on social media. An outpouring of condolences and offers of help from New Yorkers and others greeted Stacy and Jayson Greene, a day after the Daily News revealed they made the agonizing decision to donate their daughter’s organs to save the lives of other children. Greta Greene died Monday, a day after she was hit in the head by bricks that rained down eight stories on her and her grandmother, Susan Frierson, 60, as they sat on a bench outside a building at 305 West End Ave. On Tuesday, people upset over the tragedy turned the bench into a makeshift memorial, attaching balloons and leaving flowers, stuffed animals and notes of condolences. Friends of the bereaved parents and even strangers posted notes of support and grief on social media. “Stacy, you and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers with this heartbreaking and unfathomable news. What a sweet life you gave to beautiful Greta. She was so lucky to have you for a mom,” Katy Shirey wrote on Greta’s mother’s Facebook wall. As city officials continued to investigate the tragedy, many posters on Twitter vowed to keep the Greene family in their thoughts and prayers. Others expressed shock over the way Greta died. A Twitter user with the handle @—hellobirdie, wrote, “rip #GretaGreene, so tragic... you were a beautiful baby girl.” Another poster, @GeoffRickly, wrote, “It's a terrible, tragic day in New York. Our hearts go out to you @Jayson_Greene and your family. If there's anything that we can do.” Other posters honored the adorable Greta by using the Twitter hashtags “GODSANGEL” and “Angel.” Greta’s parents, who live in Brooklyn, remained in seclusion Continue Reading

‘Tigernado’ sweeps social media after tornado hits Oklahoma City area, sparks false report of exotic animals breaking out of safari park

A "tigernado" took the web by storm. As severe weather unleashed tornadoes across the Midwest on Wednesday, exotic animals were reported missing from a safari park near Oklahoma City. The reports that big cats were on the loose proved to be untrue — but the real story became the "Tigernado" meme that went viral on social media faster than a panther pounces on its prey. Within minutes of the tigers-on-the-loose false news breaking in Oklahoma, Twitter exploded with the "Tigernado" hashtag, as users created posters, GIFs and even a T-shirt for the imaginary disaster. A "Tornado Tiger" parody account also popped up. The safari's owner later told the Daily News the reported breakout never happened, and said local media misquoted him saying otherwise. "Nothing's loose, no animals got loose," a flustered Bill Meadows told The News on Wednesday night. "Not a one went missing. I'm not aware of where that news came from." He said the safari park, located in the town of Tuttle, did suffer "major, major structural damage," and predicted it could cost tens of thousands in repairs. The safari has 170 animals, including 23 tigers, as well as monkeys, kangaroos, alligators and many others. But Meadows hadn't heard of the Tigernado craze, and he cracked up on the phone when The News told him about it. "I bet you whoever made that up will make s---loads of money, and I'm happy as s--- for them!" he said. "Nobody got hurt, so that's just funny as hell." The animals were said to be on the loose around 9:45 p.m. and residents of Tuttle, about 30 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, were warned to stay in their homes. Police said about 30 minutes later that all animals "were accounted for." In the end, the Tigernado brought a bit of humor to a day that was no laughing matter in the Oklahoma Continue Reading

‘Twin Strangers’ social media challenge seeks to find your doppelganger

Somewhere out there, there's somebody who looks exactly like you ... and it's high time you two met. Three friends in Ireland have started a social media challenge to encourage people around the world do just that. Harry English, Terence Manzanga and Niamh Geaney devised the competition, called "Twin Strangers,"  to find their most likely doppelgänger in 28 days. The chums were attracted to the weirdness of the idea, said Harry, who lives in a suburb of Dublin. "The fact that there may be someone who looks just like you somewhere in the world, it's something that had us quite curious," he told the Daily News in an email. "To see how similar, or dissimilar this person would be to us (that's if they did exist). It's almost like an alternative you, living a different life in a different environment!" The contest began on March 30 and they started receiving submissions from potential matches all over the world. Two weeks in, Niamh connected with a woman named Karen, who has strikingly similar features and the same brunette hair. "Since you got out of the car I haven't stopped looking at you because it's weird. It's really, really weird," Niamh told her new Twin Stranger. "She probably looks closer to me than some of my sisters. It's insane." The meeting also blew Harry away. "I was quite literally seeing double. It was crazy!" he said. "If anything it gave me great hope for my own search too. I think for the sake of our combined efforts it's great to have a match so strong at this point in our campaign. Hopefully it will take off from here!" A YouTube video about the project, posted Tuesday, has already gained a widespread following. The campaign is taking off and the group's Facebook page has nearly 9,000 likes as of Wednesday. The founders set up an album on the page so people can search for their own look-alikes. The responsse has been great and gaining momentum by the day, English said. Continue Reading

Your social media pages could be used in psychology experiments: study

While 689,000 Facebook users were horrified to learn they had unknowingly been part of a study in June, new research says social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology experiments that's unlikely to lose steam. Scholars are hard at work developing new methods of leveraging social media to study personality, mental health, language and cross-cultural differences, reveals research presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's 16th Annual Conference held in Long Beach, California this past week. Facebook continues to be the go-to source for personality assessment, for a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reveals algorithms developed for that purpose by analyzing 66,732 users' word choices. Consenting participants then self-reported their personalities, and they matched the algorithms analysis. Another Facebook study, published in the journal Assessment, concluded that certain phrases indicate different personality traits. For example, the 69,792 participants helped the researchers to conclude that the most neurotic of us all are more likely to use words such as "sadness," "loneliness," "fear" or "pain." The researchers remarked that the data generated from this study could be more reliable than data collected by means of traditional written questionnaires. Although the reaction from social media users of their favorite sites becoming research hotbeds has been unenthusiastic at best, advances are promising. A language study using Twitter turned out to be an adequate predictor of who would get heart disease. "Language associated with anger, negative emotions, hostility and disengagement within a community was associated with increased rates of heart disease," explains lead author Johannes Eichstaedt, "Language expressing positive emotions and engagement was associated with reduced risk." While the participants in these studies appear to have been willing, users are Continue Reading

New teaser for Sundance hit ‘Dope’ mashes ‘90s hip-hop, Nintendo graphics, social media

A trippy new teaser trailer has arrived for Sundance Film Festival favorite "Dope," a coming-of-age comedy about a group of teens in Inglewood, Calif. Combining elements of psychedelia, social media, '90s rap and old school Nintendo-style graphics, the new clip plunges viewers into the world of protagonist Malcolm, a flat-topped geek who gets caught up in a drug caper. The film, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker, Pharell Williams and Sean (Diddy) Combs, made a big splash at Sundance earlier this year, where it was snatched up by Open Road Films. Daily News film critic Joe Neumaier called it one of his favorites of the festival, "a mix of attitude and terrific music, with a wry awareness of what so-called 'black movies' should and should not be." In an interview with Vulture, Famuyiwa said he deliberately sought to shake-up the standard trailer form by releasing a teaser "that grabs you…and makes you go 'Woa, what is this?'" "We wanted it to look like something that would be created by Malcolm and his friends," Famuyiwa said. Dope opens in theaters on June 19. Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: City zoos launch social media contest, winner gets a 5-day trip to Belize

The city's zoos launched a social media safari Friday bound to drive New Yorkers wild. A new website,, boasts 120 “ways to be wild” in New York to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Users who post selfies on Twitter and Instagram while saluting bald eagles at the Queens Zoo, posing with scuba divers at Coney Island's New York Aquarium or a hodgepodge of other challenges between now and Sept. 7 will have a chance to win prizes — including a vacation in Belize. Outside of the four zoos and aquarium, each run by WCS, the safari points the way to other animal-themed attractions. Some are well known, like the bull of Wall St. and the New York Public Library's iconic lion statues on Fifth Ave. Others are obscure, like harbor seal statues in the East River Park or a fountain at the entrance to Staten Island's South Beach featuring dolphins. Prizes include a whale-watching tour and a daylong stint as a sea lion keeper at the New York Aquarium. The top prize, a five-day trip to Belize, includes a voyage to Glover’s Reef, where the WCS is conserving seascapes. Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the WCS has more than 200 scientists working on nearly 500 conservation projects across 60 countries “New Yorkers take pride in what this organization has become,” said Jim Breheny, general director of the four Wildlife Conservation Society zoos and aquarium. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading