Sports Brand Criticized for Instagram Post Featuring Models Wading in Lake

Liquido Active posted a photo that showed a photographer wading in Hanging Lake in Colorado and models sitting on a log in the lake. Both activities are prohibited and clearly signed around the lake.

Within an hour, the company’s post had more than 150 comments on Facebook of people noting that the trail and lake is lined with signs making clear restrictions for the preservation of the lake.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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David Beckham calls Hong Kong “China,” Causes Outcry

David Beckham, famous soccer player, was in Hong Kong. He wanted to share how much he enjoyed the experience, but instead caused controversy.

People in the Chinese-speaking world know that Hong Kong, though technically part of China, has its own distinct culture, laws, and even currency under the “one-country, two systems” policy.

Because of the distinction and cultural differences, most people in Hong Kong do not like it when westerners call it “China” instead of referring to it separately. On the other hand, most mainland Chinese like to remind everyone that Hong Kong is indeed part of China!

The former footballer, 41, shared a photo montage on Instagram and Facebook of his trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong with the caption “great 48 hours in China”.

Fans were quick to point out that Hong Kong is in an autonomous territory that has its own government and laws.

One user was quick to point out: “We have our own government, currency, even Football Team!”

Another posted: “I like you a lot, thanks for visiting, but this is Hong Kong… not China…”

…Noticing his error, the former footballer quickly changed the message to read: “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong.”

But the caption change sparked fury among some who said Hong Kong is a part of China.

One user posted: “Believe it or not, Hong Kong belongs to People’s Republic of China!!!”

Another wrote: “Tbh, loved you for so many years but I think I will stop supporting you now. Because you changed ’48 hours in China’ to ‘Shanghai and Hong Kong’ which clearly shows your political view that Hong Kong does not belong to China.”

Read more about it on the Evening Standard.

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Singapore Airlines, Politicians Criticized for Hijacking Olympic Gold Medalist’s Success

Joseph Schooling made history by winning the first gold medal for Singapore in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Curiously, many people and organizations wanted to associate themselves with him so as to raise their profile:

Singapore Airlines was quick to present Schooling with a KrisFlyer Elite Gold card and one million KrisFlyer miles, “because the King of the Butterfly deserves a Great Way to Fly”.

Pretty clever I must say, and totally appropriate.

However, they got stumped by this one photo with a very bad composition…

What is this?

It looks like the guy in the middle is having a birthday party and Schooling accidentally gatecrashed it.

Let’s not even get started about using the Singapore flag as a tablecloth.

There was a Member of Parliament (MP) who was criticized for claiming credit for Schooling’s deferment of National Service to allow Schooling to compete in the Games:

Then there is Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah with her epic Facebook post which many netizens suggested she was trying too hard to claim credits for Schooling’s success…

Finally, there was a Cabinet Minister who was criticized for not wanting to pay for the “live” streaming for the Games due to the cost, but was in Rio to take pictures with Schooling:

Before national television broadcaster Mediacorp secured a last minute deal with the Rio 2016 television broadcast rights owner, Dentsu, to telecast the games live to the Singapore audience,Fu made these comments in an interview:

“This time the Olympics is important for us, with so many of our athletes training very hard, but it’s 30 hours away and the time zone is a bit different.

So I think that while Singaporeans are still very concerned and interested in the performance of our athletes, I’m sure many of them will try to catch up and watch the Games at a later time.”

Hmm….

We see her watching the games live in Rio though. She was also there taking photos with Joseph Schooling…

Read more about it — pictures, negative comments and all — at Yahoo Sports.

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