When someone asks me what Arielle Charnas has been up to—which happens more often than you’d think—I usually respond with the common AIM vernacular, “SOS,” aka “same old sh*t.” Because some sh*t just never changes! (To be fair, the controversy this time may have less to do with Charnas herself and more to do with her brand Something Navy’s employees, but I digress.)

The latest mini-scandal surrounds the brand’s much-hyped “first and only” sale this past Monday. Leading up to it, Charnas and the rest of the ~SN~ team encouraged customers to shop “early access” to get first dibs on the sale items.

But many customers complained that the ability to shop early was actually the worst—because the items weren’t marked as “final sale” until hours afterward. On top of that, sale prices were slashed significantly between Monday and Tuesday. 

One shopper who wishes to remain anonymous told me she signed up for early access (which began shortly before the official sale launched at 11am ET). “Things were up to 30% off, there was no mention of final sale anywhere. I specifically looked for those words because obviously that’s common with sales.”

She said she bought her items and moved on—only to get an email from Something Navy the following morning that the items she bought had been slashed even further to 60% off. “One of the things I bought was discounted by a pretty meaningful amount,” she says. She contacted customer service only to be told her item was “final sale,” but she could “re-buy” it. (They eventually agreed to give her a price adjustment.) 

If the comments on Something Navy’s Instagram are any indication, loyal followers of the brand—who may not have been able to charm SN customer service into getting a price adjustment—are pissed. (And for the record, I’d be pissed, too!) “So disappointed in you guys. You lost a customer for life with how you handled the sale. Your customers obviously mean nothing to you.” 

One comment asks, “Are you going to address the fact that the sale items were not initially advertised as being final sale?” Something Navy responded that “there was a massive glitch where final sale did not render on every product detail page for a short period of time.”

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Also—I thought everything always sells out? Why the need to slash sale prices even further? (Sarcasm.) 

The brand also posted an IGTV entitled “A Candid Conversation About Motherhood” on Tuesday that featured Charnas and several of her fellow white, privileged employees and friends.  

I’d go off on another tangent but I’m already over my word count, and these comments on the video articulate the issues here better than I possibly could: 

“If you want to post about candid motherhood conversations, go speak to some non-white, non-upper class mothers and include their perspectives in this. Include moms who don’t have such a fairytale of an experience as you all seem to do.” 

“It wouldn’t have been a stretch to include diversity in this conversation. It’s 2020, girls! You should make a checklist before you put out media to ensure you’re representing diverse viewpoints and experiences.”

“It would have been great to include a mother of color, a mother who maybe decided to have children later in life, a mother going through hardship due to a lost job (significant majority of America right now)... As a brand solely focused on Instagram followers with media attention—do better with your platform or take time to actually educate yourself on how to do so.”

“It’s the absolute lack of diversity for me.”

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No, We’re Not Going to Fall for Olivia Jade’s Redemption Tour

I’ll never forget the chilly day in March 2019 when the news of Operation Varsity Blues broke. As someone who loves scams, scandals, and stupid celebrities, it was like a wet dream for me. (As a refresher: The FBI arrested dozens of wealthy, connected parents—including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman—for bribing coaches and administrators at colleges across the country to ensure their children would be accepted.) 

 

Loughlin’s 19-year-old budding beauty influencer daughter—Olivia Jade Giannuli—saw her career come to a standstill after it was proven that she, in addition to her sister Bella, were involved in the dupe, apparently pretending they were skilled rowers in order to get “spots” on the University of Southern California team. (They both attended the school, but have not returned since the scandal). 

And now, Olivia Jade is staging a comeback! But let’s not fall for it, folks.

After appearing on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield Norris this week and expressing that she was “sorry” and just “confused” over the college application process, the YouTuber enjoyed a glowing review in Buzzfeed News. “Olivia Jade knows exactly how to apologize,” it reads.

Does she, though? Because we’re still not talking about the fact that Olivia literally posed on a rowing machine for photos. No one’s bringing this up! She posed on a rowing machine knowing she was perpetuating a giant lie, one that would ultimately help her get into USC, a school she had apparently admitted she had no business getting into, anyway—taking a coveted spot from someone whose parents don’t have $500,000 to bribe school administrators with.

 

And now she’s attempting to get back into the public’s good graces by asking three Black women to do emotional labor and help revive her influencer career? 

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Can We Collectively Boycott This Movie?

Apparently TikTok star Addison Rae is starring in a remake of ‘90s classic She’s All That but this time, it’s called He’s All That, because Addison is going to be playing the attractive and popular one in the movie, do you get it? 

And now Kourtney Kardashian is apparently acting in it alongside her, too.

Also, apparently the production company shut down a COVID-19 testing facility in order to film it. Yeah, no thank you! 

I hate it here.