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Neil Gorsuch SCOTUS 'Hazing' Begins Cafeteria & Other Duties Assigned

4/11/2017 7:51 AM PDT

Neil Gorsuch will have more than just Supreme Court cases to deal with as the newest justice ... he'll also be assigned to cafeteria duty and other lowly tasks for being the new robe on the bench.

SCOTUS justices have a long-running tradition of assigning the newest high judge to junior justice duties, which include 3 specific tasks he or she must undertake until a new justice fills their spot.

Gorsuch is replacing Justice Elena Kagan, who for the last 6 plus years has had to personally answer the door if knocked on during meetings with the justices, take notes during those meetings and our favorite ... attend to grievances about cafeteria food leveled by court employees.

Kagan introduced a frozen yogurt machine to the cafeteria, and Justice Stephen Breyer expanded the cafeteria's salad bar and even added Starbucks coffee when he was the junior justice.

Looks like the bar's been set pretty high for Gorsuch ... salad bar, that is.

D.L. Hughley on Pepsi Kendall As a Black Activist Is a Joke ... She Only BANGS Black!

4/10/2017 1:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendall Jenner's track record of dating black guys doesn't make her qualified to play the role of a social activist, and THAT's where Pepsi screwed up ... according to D.L. Hughley.

We got D.L. at LAX and he told us Pepsi got things seriously twisted when they cast Kendall as a soda can-wielding civil rights leader in that instantly infamous commercial.

Some people might think his take here is no more ridiculous than Pepsi's explanation for the immensely tone deaf spot. Besides, D.L. says he's had serious issues with the soda giant for years ... dating back to another infamous celeb incident.

At least Kendall's hair is intact.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Almost Has the Fist at Catch ... Sidewalk Brawl Erupts

4/10/2017 6:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Don't mess with Miss Nikki Baby's crew ... they're down to brawl with or without show cameras rolling.

The "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star narrowly avoided an all-female rumble Sunday night outside of Catch. She was leaving with friends, when all of a sudden another group of women -- supposedly her friends or acquaintances -- rushed them and started trading blows until bodies hit the floor.

Interestingly, Nikki made sure no one messed up her hair or makeup. You can see she's right next to the action when the fight starts ... but she QUICKLY retreated to the sidelines.

Again, there doesn't appear to be any show cameras recording during the brawl. So, there's a much better chance this reality brawl is actually real.

Walmart 2 People Eat Salad w/ Dead Bat Inside

4/10/2017 7:01 AM PDT

File this under DISGUSTING ... 2 Walmart customers were tested for rabies after eating a salad with a DEAD BAT inside.

Fresh Express reportedly recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Walmart in the Southeastern part of the U.S. after customers in Florida found the webbed winged monster.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 2 people ate some of the salad before they found the bat. The bat was sent to the CDC rabies lab for testing but the CDC added that "the deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitely rule out whether this bat had rabies."

Both customers were tested and are reported to be in good health so far.

Soup ... always go with soup.

In-N-Out Burger Gets Snippy with Barbershop ... Sues for Name Jacking

4/9/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

In-N-Out Burger claims a barbershop ripped off its famous name -- that's what this lawwwwwsuit's all about!

In.N.Out Barbershop in Puerto Rico is accused of jacking the burger chain's name and ignoring demands to take it down. INO Burger says it even accommodated the barbershop's request for a Spanish translation of the cease and desist letter ... but it led nowhere.

According to the docs ... In-N-Out sent the place a second threatening letter in January and never heard back. They claim the barbershop is benefiting off their name and confusing consumers ... and want all profits and damages from the infringement.

It's unclear what a barber shop customer expected by entering the establishment ... other than a haircut.

On the bright side -- In.N.Out isn't accused of stealing the famous arrow logo ... or the theme song.


Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad May Have Crossed Legal Line With San Francisco PD

4/7/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad has cops on the soda company's tail ... cops from the police department depicted in the video.

You see an emblem on the cop's shirt sleeve with the words, "San Francisco Police." There's also an eagle spreading its wings ... pretty much like the real SFPD uniforms except the color scheme is different.

Sources at the San Francisco PD tell us Pepsi never asked permission to mimic their uniforms. What's more, the sources say they're working with the City Attorney to determine if producers crossed the legal line by using the logo, which the City considers proprietary.

True enough ... pics of the emblem are featured in behind the scenes footage of the making of the commercial -- footage that was released online and got lots of views, and might now land producers in even more hot water.

Kendall Jenner Final Pepsi Scene Inspired by '60s Pic NOT Black Lives Matter

4/6/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's actually an explanation -- though not necessarily a good one -- for Pepsi's decision to run the disastrous Kendall Jenner ad ... but to understand you have to take a trip back to the '60s. 

CLICK THIS LINK and check out the second photo ... it became world famous, shot in Washington, D.C. in 1967 during a Vietnam protest. It shows a demonstrator with flower power approaching a slew of cops armed with bayonets.

Bjorn Charpentier -- the director of photography for the Pepsi ad -- tells us it was this picture, and not a Black Lives Matter protest, that inspired the commercial. Substitute Pepsi for a sunflower, and there you have it.

Lots of people assumed the inspiration for the scene was the Black Lives Matter protest last July in Baton Rouge, where a woman in a sundress stood peacefully as cops approached her.

Charpentier insists his shoot had nothing to do with that demonstration ... it was all about flower power.

By the way ... Charpentier shot a commercial in 2014 for the Leica Camera company which showcased recreations of 100 famous photos, including the 1967 flower photo. So, that was on his brain.

Pepsi Ad Stock Surges During Scandal Plummets After Apology

4/5/2017 2:30 PM PDT

Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad fiasco had exactly the opposite effect you'd think on Wall Street ... while Kendall and the company were under attack, the stock went up, but the mea culpa was a disaster.

Check out the movement Wednesday from opening bell. There was a small dip, but then the stock went in a vertical direction right up until 1:20 PM ET when the ad was yanked. From there it was all downhill.

Now, even more counterintuitive news. You'd think Coke would benefit from the Pepsi scandal, but it actually did worse at the close. Coke closed down .26% and Pepsi closed down .12%.

Kendall Jenner No Creative Involvement In Pepsi Ad

4/5/2017 12:59 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendall Jenner was the face of the Pepsi commercial and that's it ... she had no involvement in the creative process ... sources involved in the production tell TMZ.

Our sources say she signed on to do the gig and with no knowledge of the marketing vision ... she just knew the brand was big. She clearly knew the story line once she got the script, but the creative was already a done deal.

As we reported ... Pepsi pulled the commercial and apologized for missing the mark and also "for putting Kendall Jenner in this position."

It explains why Pepsi specifically apologized to Kendall in its statement.

Kendall Jenner Walk of Shame After Pepsi Ad

4/5/2017 11:57 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner was in a cover-up of sorts after Pepsi yanked her ad ... hiding her face as she walked past a bank of paparazzi in Paris.

Paps got Kendall Wednesday at a Paris airport, where she was predictably tight-lipped about the backlash she and Pepsi got for the tone-deaf ad.

Pepsi has since taken it down and apologized to Kendall.

Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad Outsourced to Thailand

4/5/2017 11:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Kendall Jenner Pepsi protest commercial featuring American flags and what look like San Francisco cops went off with a bang ... as in Bangkok.

It's kind of weird ... Pepsi presented the ad as a slice of Americana, yet jumped through hoops by shooting in Thailand.

Extras were dressed in jackets emblazoned with American flags, the cops sported SFPD badges and the theme of the commercial was inspired by protests in America ... it just wasn't shot there.

In Pepsi's defense ... there was a Starbucks nearby.

Pepsi Yanks Commercial ... Apologizes to Kendall

4/5/2017 10:23 AM PDT

Pepsi has officially folded and pulled its Kendall Jenner ad after an online revolt ... and issued a special apology to the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star. 

The company was ducking for cover all morning, as people railed on the ad which made it look like Kendall Jenner could bring unity between cops and protests like the Black Lives Matter movement with a can of soda.

Pepsi released the following statement -- "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue."

The company goes on to say, "We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position."

DeRay Mckesson, the face of the Black Lives Matter movement, said what's on the minds of many ... how could the brain trust at Pepsi have thought this was cool?

As for Kendall ... she's removed all references to the commercial on social media.

Kendall Jenner Rosario Dawson Goes After Pepsi Ad She Once Mocked

4/5/2017 7:45 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad is about 15 years too late and it totally misses the point, according to Rosario Dawson, who once used cola to mock soda companies that exploited social injustice.

Rosario starred in the Chemical Brothers' video for their 1999 song, "Out of Control" ... in which she plays a revolutionary heroine who makes peace with rioting police by sharing a soda.

The video was intended to be a satire on the U.S. advertising culture, which tries to get its hands into everything and anything where it can make money. 

Rosario has seen Kendall's version, and responded this way ... "Eerily reminiscent of Chemical Brothers "Out of Control" vid we shot in Mexico City ~ 15 yrs ago sadly minus the point."

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