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Kendall Jenner has a new tequila brand, and Twitter wants to know why



Reality TV star Kendall Jenner’s new tequila brand is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many on social media.

Earlier this week, the model and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” heiress unveiled her 818 line of tequila, named for the San Fernando Valley area code (Jenner grew up in the affluent suburb of Calabasas). The collection includes three varieties: “Añejo Tequila,” “Reposado Tequila” and “Blanco Tequila.”

“for almost 4 years i’ve been on a journey to create the best tasting tequila,” Jenner wrote Wednesday on social media.

“after dozens of blind taste tests, trips to our distillery, entering into world tasting competitions anonymously and WINNING … 3.5 years later i think we’ve done it! this is all we’ve been drinking for the last year and i can’t wait for everyone else to get their hands on this to enjoy it as much as we do!”

While many of Jenner’s celebrity friends — including some of her famous sisters — swiftly celebrated her new product launch in the comments, the tequila did not go down well with others on social media. A number of Twitter users immediately took shots at Jenner, accusing her of appropriating Mexican culture while encouraging their followers to support “family-owned Mexican tequila/mezcal brands” instead.

“Kendall Jenner starting a tequila brand, with zero knowledge of Mexican culture and calling it ‘818 tequila’ is GENTRIFICATION. … The 818 does not claim Calabasas,” tweeted Jennie Molina, a health justice advocate from the San Fernando Valley, which is home to many Mexican immigrants.

“It could have been any other white woman from a wealthy area profiting off of Latinx culture. My point is they claim the 818 when it benefits them, but do they claim what’s real? Do they even know that the 818 has some of the poorest cities in LA? 15 miles NE of Calabasas?”

It could have been any other white woman from a wealthy area profiting off of Latinx culture. My point is they claim the 818 when it benefits them, but do they claim what’s real? Do they even know that the 818 has some of the poorest cities in LA? 15 miles NE of Calabasas?

— Jennie Molina (@jenjocelyn) February 17, 2021

Several also pointed out that, in Spanish, the names of Jenner’s tequila products don’t make grammatical sense. For example, the adjective “blanco,” meaning “white,” should come after the noun, “tequila,” that it is describing.

“I’m laughing that Kendall Jenner spent 4 years making her tequila and the words are placed wrong,” Twitter user @gat0linaa wrote. “Wtf is ‘blanco tequila’ lol.”

Reps for Jenner did not respond Friday to The Times’ request for comment.

The Kardashian-Jenner squad has sparked many a cultural-appropriation scandal in the past. To name a few: Queen Bee Kim Kardashian West‘s since-rebranded “Kimono” shapewear collection, beauty mogul Kylie Jenner’s cornrows, Kim Kardashian’s cornrows and Khloe Kardashian’s cornrows.

And, of course, who could forget the infamous Pepsi commercial that landed Kendall Jenner in hot water a few years ago by suggesting that the fashion influencer could solve racism in America with a can of soda? More recently, Jenner ignited widespread outrage by hosting a star-studded 2020 birthday bash amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

And Jenner is far from the only non-Mexican celebrity to draw criticism for selling tequila. Other entertainment figures being called out on Twitter this week for their respective beverage brands in the wake of Jenner’s launch include Nick Jonas, George Clooney, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Dwayne Johnson.

See more reactions to Jenner’s tequila news below.

I’m laughing that Kendall Jenner spent 4 years making her tequila and the words are placed wrong. Wtf is “blanco tequila” lol

— Kat🎐🍓🌸✨ (@gat0linaa) February 16, 2021

Something about Kendall Jenner making tequila rubs me the wrong the idea of white celebrities taking from local Mexican artisans and profiting off our traditions and agricultural business yet only visit Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for vacation spots…

— LaMesaQueMasApluada (@estyledesma) February 17, 2021

“They’re both strong but this is a little less strong”

-Kendall Jenner, catadora profesional de tequila.

— vol (@val_esmar) February 16, 2021

Kendall Jenner starting a tequila company does not sit right w me at all… she’s an unseasoned white privileged rich girl from Calabasas what the hell does she know about tequila?! couldn’t you have started wine company instead?

— 𝕵𝖔𝖗𝖉𝖆𝖓 (@jjordanxS) February 17, 2021

Am I the only one that finds it an eye roll that Kendall Jenner is coming out with her own tequila.. from jalisco, Mex.

— Principessa (@Paulinagreen_) February 16, 2021

Maybe Kendall Jenner should donate a percentage from each tequila bottle sale BACK to the low income 818 communities. Since she wants to profit off of it.

— Lisss (@_ohlizz) February 17, 2021

oh so when kendall jenner drinks tequila everyday it’s a “business venture” but when i do it i “have a problem” and am ”ruining dinner”

— lina avalos 💛💛 (@lina_avalos) February 17, 2021

If you’re going to shame Kendall Jenner for making tequila then I want to hear that same energy for Nick Jonas, George Clooney, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, the Chainsmokers, & Toby Keith

— Cody Maverick (@nataliemozer) February 18, 2021

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Katie Ford Flies From Twitter To Join Fyllo As COO



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Katie Ford Fyllo

Katie Ford has joined cannabis compliance company Fyllo in February as chief operating officer, leaving Twitter after a two-year stint as head of global brands.

The time was right to fly the nest.

Ford was the first board member of Fyllo, which was founded by her former Amobee colleague Chad Bronstein. She served as chief client officer at Amobee before Twitter.

“[Fyllo] scaled really fast in a 14-month period,” Ford said. “[Cannabis is] not a niche category – it’s gone mainstream – and my superpower is helping build mainstream brands.”

Fyllo currently employs 120 people, with its headcount slated to double over the next year.

The company has also made two acquisitions since launch: point-of-sale and CRM cannabis company DataOwl this January and CannaRegs, a database of nationwide cannabis regulations, in January 2020. Add in an extra $10 million in funding secured in August, for a total of $26 million, and Ford felt compelled to transition from board member to COO.

Fyllo helps marketers place ads for cannabis products and target cannabis users in a compliant way and ensure that publishers only accept compliant cannabis ads.

One of the business lines that excites Ford the most is Fyllo’s potential as part of the movement to destigmatize cannabis. “There is a profile and stigma of cannabis users, and we’ve debunked that completely,” she said.

The pandemic has only accelerated that process. Ford notes that President Joe Biden has a “pro-cannabis agenda” and that many states are ramping up plans to legalize cannabis as they seek tax revenue lost during the pandemic, making the environment for Fyllo more favorable.

In addition to working with endemic advertisers that sell cannabis or CBD products, Fyllo is using purchase data via its DataOwl acquisition to help non-endemic advertisers reach segments of cannabis users. Quick-service restaurants and packaged goods companies are two good examples.

Fyllo is also helping holding companies and trading desks generate “significant ROI,” Ford said. “They’re coming to us and saying it’s as good as first-party data.”

Ensuring client success will be a key part of Ford’s new role at Fyllo. Prior to Amobee and Twitter, she spent 24 years at Publicis working on strategy for big global brands, including Coca-Cola, Miller Coors and Kellogg’s.

“We’re only as good as how we perform,” Ford said. And so making sure Fyllo delivers on ROI for advertisers and educates them about Fyllo’s compliance cloud will be a key part of her mission.

Ford is also working on building culture during a pandemic. Many new employees have never met each other in person.

Next up, Fyllo will continue integrating its DataOwl acquisition and work on developing a product that can offer advertisers and publishers the equivalent of a “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval for compliance, Ford quipped – but for cannabis marketing.

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NSE Halts Trading, But There’s No Stopping The Memes On Twitter



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NSE Halts Trading, But There's No Stopping The Memes On Twitter

A meme on the NSE glitch, shared by Virender Sehwag

Trading on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was halted on Wednesday morning due to a technical glitch. “NSE has multiple telecom links with two service providers to ensure redundancy. We have received communication from both the telecom service providers that there are issues with their links due to which there is an impact on NSE system,” NSE said on Twitter. “We are working on restoring the systems as soon as possible. In view of the above, all the segments have been closed at 11:40 and will be restored as soon as issue is resolved,” NSE added.

Immediately after the news broke, meme-makers took to social media in huge numbers with hilarious posts. Hashtags like #NSEIndia, #StockMarket and #Nifty are trending high on Twitter, which has been flooded with jokes and memes. Take a look at some of the NSE memes that are doing the rounds of social media:


Among those who tweeted about the glitch was former cricketer Virender Sehwag, who often shares funny posts with his millions of followers.

#nseindia to traders today

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 24, 2021

A number of other memes speculating about the reactions of investors flooded the microblogging platform

A look from all traders to

— Swapnja Sharmaa (@Swapnja_Sharmaa) February 24, 2021

Zerodha to NSE today

— Naman Mehta (@Indian_kop) February 24, 2021

Due to technical glitch,NSE has halted trading in Cash and F&

— Raja kumar (@Rajakum10031512) February 24, 2021

Traders who want to buy BSE stock because BSE is functioning only to realize that its listed on

— Savio Shetty (@abeautifulmind7) February 24, 2021

Meanwhile : 🤣🤣🤣

— Abhi Dev (@abhinandan_dev) February 24, 2021

It was a long wait for many…

Me who is waiting for #nifty to restore their service????

— Gaddam Harshavardhan (@harshareddy794) February 24, 2021

Me who has no other business than trading ????

— Jay. (@hey_jt9) February 24, 2021

The National Stock Exchange has cancelled all open orders of equity, equity futures and option and currency futures after the trading was halted. Because of the technical glitch, live price quotes of Nifty and Bank Nifty indexes stopped updating around 10:00 AM. 

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Tiger Woods’ Twitter account provides update on his injuries, thanks fans



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Tiger Woods is awake, responsive and recovering in a Los Angeles-area hospital after the golf legend was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday morning, according to a statement posted to his official Twitter account early Wednesday. 

The post includes a quote by Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, saying Woods is recovering from a long surgical procedure to repair “significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity.”

“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” said Mahajan. “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.”


“Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling,” he continued. 

The statement also expressed appreciation for the doctors and hospital staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Department.

“There are no further updates at this time and we continue to thank you for your well-wishes and privacy for him and his family,” the statement added.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was driving at a “relatively greater speed than normal” when he crashed in a hilly area and that Woods, 45,  was driving northbound when he hit a center divider and flew several hundred feet. He noted that there was no evidence of impairment when emergency personnel arrived.

“[The vehicle] crossed the center divider, to the point that it rested several hundred feet away so obviously that indicates they were going at a relatively — a greater speed than normal. However, because it is downhill, it slopes and it also curves,” Villanueva said. “That area has a high frequency of accidents. It’s not uncommon.”

A crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Villanueva added that the front end of the 2021 Hyundai Genesis SUV that Woods was driving was “totally destroyed” but the interior was “more or less intact.” 

Woods was pulled from the wreckage by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel and transported to the hospital, reports said.


Former President Trump wished Woods a speedy recovery following the crash. 

“It’s just tragic,” Trump told “Fox News Primetime” Tuesday evening. “[Woods has] overcome a lot, but he’s had an incredible life and he’s going to continue to have an incredible life. But now he’ll recover from this — it’s pretty bad on the legs, I understand. He’ll figure a way, but he’s a wonderful person.”

Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was among the first emergency personnel members to arrive at the scene, said Woods knew where he was and what time of day it was. He described Woods as “calm and lucid.” 

Two sources told Fox News that Woods was set to work with Discovery Networks to do behind the scenes “teaching lessons” with several stars.


Officials said that a second crash occurred after Woods’ wreck but there were no injuries from that incident. The Lomita Sheriff’s Station was continuing the investigation.

Fox News’ Daniel Canova, Ryan Gaydos, and Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report

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