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People Got So Mad About This ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale Costume That the Company Is No Longer Selling It

A “sexy” Halloween costume inspired by the dystopian novel and TV series The Handmaid’s Tale is no longer being sold after receiving a barrage of online criticism for sexualizing the show’s subject matter — women subjugated by an oppressive government. The online retailer Yandy, which designed and sold the costume, issued an apology Thursday following…

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People Got So Mad About This ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale Costume That the Company Is No Longer Selling It

A “sexy” Halloween costume inspired by the dystopian novel and TV series The Handmaid’s Tale is no longer being sold after receiving a barrage of online criticism for sexualizing the show’s subject matter — women subjugated by an oppressive government.

The online retailer Yandy, which designed and sold the costume, issued an apology Thursday following the backlash. “Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that [the costume] is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than empowerment,” the company wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.

“This is unfortunate as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image,” the statement continued. “Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.”

Before being taken down, the costume’s product description read: “An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece.”

In the Handmaid’s Tale, women have had their rights eroded by an authoritarian government, which forces them to bear children and effectively act as slaves. The main character describes herself as a “two-legged womb.”

Many Twitter users quickly pointed out the costume was problematic given the show’s subject matter. “This is so far from the point,” one wrote.

“Our society doesn’t take the rape of real women seriously, why should they take the rape of fictional women seriously?” another person tweeted.

Dressing up in the handmaid’s signature red capes has become a symbol of women’s resistance in the real world in recent months. Earlier this month, dozens of women donned the crimson capes and protested at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

This is far from the first controversial Halloween costume that has forced a company to roll back its product. In 2016, Disney stopped selling a controversial Moana costume after people said its brown skin was racist.

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Fantasy Football Week 15: You’re starting Doug Martin, benching Aaron Rodgers, and other things to know – CBS Sports

Need Fantasy Football lineup advice? Talk to CBS Sports on your Google Assistant to get insights on the best sleepers and to help decide between players. Just start with, “Hey Google, talk to CBS Sports.” Have the Eagles’ wings been clipped? I wrote about this more extensively on Wednesday, but the Eagles offense could be…

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Need Fantasy Football lineup advice? Talk to CBS Sports on your Google Assistant to get insights on the best sleepers and to help decide between players. Just start with, “Hey Google, talk to CBS Sports.”

Have the Eagles‘ wings been clipped?

I wrote about this more extensively on Wednesday, but the Eagles offense could be in real trouble with Carson Wentz out. I’ve never been sold on Wentz as a truly elite quarterback, but the last time we saw Nick Foles he looked flat-out awful. In two games this season he threw for 451 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Of course, the other problem the Eagles have is they have too many mouths to feed. Three running backs will receive touches, and the receivers have been even less predictable. They also face a Rams defense in Week 15 (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, available on fuboTV) giving up 13.4 points per game with Aqib Talib on the field. 

I’m sitting Alshon Jeffery, Josh Adams, Golden Tate and anyone else on the Eagles not named Zach Ertz

We’re not trusting Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton.

Seasons are on the line and we’re telling you to bench both Rodgers and Newton. Something must be wrong, right? Yes, absolutely.

For Rodgers it’s a combination of his performance and his matchup. For the season he’s been a low-end starting Fantasy option. He’s 12th in Fantasy points per game. In his last three games he’s scored 53 Fantasy points. And now he’s facing the Chicago Bears on the road. The Bears have allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. No quarterback has scored more than 20 points against them in the last seven weeks. 

Newton’s situation is more complicated. The Saints defense is good, but they aren’t the Bears. Newton has been better than Rodgers this season in Fantasy, but he’s struggled as of late and there are real questions about the health of his shoulder. His rush attempts are down over the second half and he hasn’t been an accurate passer. This game could turn into a shootout, but I’m expecting a low-scoring game and a subpar performance from Newton as a result. 

The Vikings offense may look different.

With John DeFilippo fired this week we have a little bit of uncertainty about how the offense will work for Minnesota. But we can make an educated guess. The broadcast Monday night mentioned multiple times how Mike Zimmer wanted this team to be more run-heavy; it would be hard to be less so than they were under DeFilippo. 

The Vikings have run the ball on just 33 percent of their offensive plays, compared to a 63 percent pass rate. I would not be surprised at all by a major shift in that number against the Dolphins in Week 15. For that reason, I’m concerned about Kirk Cousins and excited about Dalvin Cook. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are still starts, but they may not have the same upside. 

I also love the Vikings defense. They’re in a great spot as it is, but if Minnesota goes to more of a ball-control offense they may just pitch a shutout against a Dolphins team coming off an emotional win. 

Doug Martin has the dream matchup.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been a phenomenally bad against running backs over the last eight games. Nine running backs have scored at least 14 Fantasy points in non-PPR scoring; Six have scored 20 or more. Martin has found the end zone in three straight games and has seen his workload increase in games which the Raiders stay competitive. Martin is a solid No. 2 running back with upside in a game between two terrible teams. 

The league’s worst offense faces one of its worst defenses.

The Arizona Cardinals rank dead last in yards per game and points per game. The Atlanta Falcons allow the fourth-most points and seventh-most yards per game. What a matchup!

Why is this interesting? Really because of three options:

  • The first is David Johnson, who has been a bit of a plodder this year but has scored enough to be a top-15 running back on the season. The one advantage for Johnson? The Falcons have been awful against pass-catching running backs for almost five years running. You should start Johnson with confidence as a No. 1 running back, especially in PPR.
  • The second is Larry Fitzgerald. The Falcons have had their struggles against No. 1 receivers, but I’m a little leery of starting Larry. He looks as though he’s lost another step and there is no one else other than Johnson to pay attention to in the passing game. As bad as the Falcons are, I think they can keep track of the veteran receiver over the middle. He’s a low-end flex.
  • Finally we get to the Falcons defense. Many people are streaming them this week. I’m not. Even though they’re at home against a terrible offense. I prefer Buffalo, Washington and Detroit as streamers.

We may finally see Lamar Jackson’s upside.

I understand if you’re tired of hearing about Jackson’s upside. He’s had four starts against outstanding matchups and he’s mostly been mediocre. But that upside is just so intoxicating. 

He has between 12 and 14 carries in all four starts and he’s starting to take a few more shots deep. This Tampa Bay defense is susceptible to the deep ball and hasn’t been very good at all against the run. I legitimately believe he has 200-100-3 upside which would make him a candidate to be the No. 1 overall quarterback in any given week. He wouldn’t have been far from that if Chris Moore hadn’t dropped this pass last week.  

There are two games you should try to avoid.

We have two games in Week 15 with an over/under below 40. I’m mostly trying to avoid them. Josh Johnson and Washington travel to Jacksonville to take on a Cody Kessler-led offense. And the Lions are in Buffalo. The only must-start (besides the DSTs) in either game is Leonard Fournette, and even that is a volume-based recommendation. Vernon Davis and Kenny Golladay are both fine starts as well, but neither is anywhere close to guaranteed.

Monday Night Football gives us outdoors Drew Brees.

We talked about the Newton side of this game, but Brees owners have a more difficult decision to make. I have him ranked as a borderline start, but there’s plenty of reason for concern. 

The Saints have played four games outdoors this season. They’ve won all of them, but Brees Fantasy owners have mostly suffered. Brees has averaged 29.5 attempts, 223 attempts, and 16.5 Fantasy points in those four games. The only game where he was good was against the Bengals when he threw three touchdowns on 25 attempts and ran for a score as well. His upside may be too much for you to bench, but the history outdoors is pretty discouraging. 

So who should you sit and start? And what shocking quarterback could win you Week 15? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy football rankings for every single position, and see which shocking QB finishes in the top 10 this week, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.

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Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City Chiefs again betting favorite for NFL MVP – ESPN

2:56 PM ETDoug KezirianESPN CloseSportsCenter anchor Behind The Bets podcast hostKansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a 66-1 long shot to start the season, is once again the favorite to be the NFL MVP.Mahomes, 23, is now listed at minus-155 to win the award, and he has supplanted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as…

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a 66-1 long shot to start the season, is once again the favorite to be the NFL MVP.

Mahomes, 23, is now listed at minus-155 to win the award, and he has supplanted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as the betting favorite this week at both DraftKings and William Hill U.K.

Brees, now at plus-135, had become the favorite during the Saints’ 10-game win streak.

“Mahomes [was] 66-to-1 and is now -155. That’ll tell you something right there,” DraftKings director of sportsbook operations Johnny Avello told ESPN’s Doug Kezirian, adding that Mahomes presents the largest liability to the house. “You have to look at what [opponents] he has, moving forward. Chargers. Seahawks. Raiders. It looks like he should be able to add to the stats.”

Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards (4,300) and passing touchdowns (43), and is poised to become the NFL’s youngest MVP since 23-year-old Dan Marino in 1984. Typically, established stars win this award, and the 39-year-old Brees is still very much in the race, especially given he has never hoisted the MVP trophy.

“Brees’ stats are really good,” Avello said. “This is voted on, so could be some sentimental reasons in here for Brees.”

Mahomes had become the betting favorite after Week 4 and lost that distinction after Week 11, when the Chiefs lost at the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.

He is just the latest long shot who has posed a threat to sportsbooks. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy last weekend as a 30-1 underdog from the offseason.

“[Award futures] are some of the toughest odds to make. It seems like when [sportsbooks] make money, you make a little. When you lose, you lose pretty significantly,” Avello said. “The bettors get a handle on somebody early in the game, like Mahomes and Lamar Jackson [2016 Heisman Trophy winner as a 100-1 long shot], and they get them at a decent price.”

Quarterback Philip Rivers (25-1) also has never won the MVP award and could make some noise with a Chargers win over the Chiefs on Thursday. With that outcome, Avello said he would reduce Rivers’ odds to 7-1 and raise Mahomes’ to 3-1.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has garnered some buzz with an NFL-high 16.5 sacks for an 11-2 team, but he remains a significant long shot at 50-1. New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986 is the last defensive player to win the league MVP.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers entered the season as betting favorites.

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No One Knows Where The Raiders Are Going To Play Next Season – Deadspin

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson (Getty)The Raiders have just one home game left in Oakland this year, Christmas Eve against the Broncos. The Raiders will begin play in their new domed Las Vegas Stadium in the 2020 season. And in between? Uhhhhhhhh…On Tuesday, the city of Oakland sued the Raiders and the NFL for violating antitrust…

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The Raiders have just one home game left in Oakland this year, Christmas Eve against the Broncos. The Raiders will begin play in their new domed Las Vegas Stadium in the 2020 season. And in between? Uhhhhhhhh…

On Tuesday, the city of Oakland sued the Raiders and the NFL for violating antitrust and contract laws in how they went about relocating the team to Vegas. On Wednesday, in retaliation, the Raiders tore up a tentative lease agreement to play 2019 in Oakland.

Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben said the Raiders “formally and officially pulled their proposal off the table.” Raiders team president Marc Badain said, “We made an offer of $7.5 million in rent to the city, and that’s now off the table.” Seems like both sides are in agreement on that, at least.

Owner Mark Davis said “all options are open,” but there’s not a lot of time to figure that out. Roger Goodell said yesterday that the NFL needs to know where the Raiders are going to play “by early January, February.”

So where’s it going to be? Some possibilities:

  • The Oakland Coliseum for one more year is, ultimately, the most likely outcome. Don’t expect these sides to exactly kiss or make up, but each has something the other wants (a football stadium; money), and there may not be enough time left for anything else but that to come into play.

  • Ealier this year, the Raiders began making some contingency plans for if they had to leave Oakland before they could move into their new Vegas digs. CBS Sports reported at the time that the Raiders had approached San Diego officials about playing in the Chargers’ old stadium. The mayor’s office said earlier this week, however, that the team hadn’t yet reached out.

  • The 49ers’ stadium in Santa Clara was built for the possibility of hosting two NFL teams—in fact, it’s specifically in the lease. City and stadium officials said on Wednesday that they had not yet spoken with the Raiders, and Mark Davis has said in the past that he really, really does not want to play there.

  • In just the latest of a long series of episodes of unrequited love, the Raiders are probably not going to play in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Mark Davis specifically said Wednesday that he does not want to play on artificial turf. This despite San Antonio’s mayor publicly stating that the city should host the Raiders in 2019.

  • UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium is definitely not the Raiders’ first choice, no matter how much they’d love to be in Vegas as soon as possible. It’s small, and not even close to meeting NFL standards, and it’d be expensive and potentially not even possible to upgrade it before the start of next season. When earlier this year the Raiders were compiling a list of 2019 contingency plans, Sam Boyd was not on the list.

  • A whole grab bag of weird options, including college stadiums at Berkeley, Stanford, San Jose State, the University of Nevada (Reno). Also mentioned has been has been the NFL stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which makes sense because I don’t think there’s another team using it.

Please comment below with your suggestion on where the Raiders should play in 2019. Mine is the parking lot of the Walnut Creek P.F. Chang’s.

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