Apr 02, 2021
MLB says All-Star Game will be relocated from Georgia in response to voting law
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Major League Baseball announced Friday that this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft will be relocated out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting law, saying it fiercely "opposes restrictions to the ballot box."
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement just one day after the season began over mounting pressure to change the location in response to Republican-backed election reform legislation recently signed by Gov.Brian Kemp.
"Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views," he said in a statement. "I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft."
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," he continued. "Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support."
President Biden said in an interview with ESPN this week that he would "strongly support" the July 13 game being relocated in response to the law that he called "Jim Crow on steroids."
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"I think that today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that," Biden said. "People look to them, they're leaders."
Manfred said that despite changing cities, MLB will still continue its support of local business in Atlanta.
"We will continue our plans to celebrate the memory of hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities," he said. "In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward."
The league did not announce a new location, but Manfred said they were working to finalize a new host city.
The recently enacted law places new restrictions on voting by mail, adds voter ID requirements and limits ballot drop boxes. It also mandates two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, an increase from just one, and leaves two Sundays as optional. The law also bans outside groups from handing out food or water to those waiting in line to vote.
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The game was scheduled for July 13 as part of baseball's midsummer break that includes the Futures Game on July 11 and the Home Run Derby the following night.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News and FOX Business. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.
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Kim Kardashian DISSED by RHONY star over her new SKKN line and claims ‘you have to be a billionaire’ to use her products
KIM Kardashian is facing backlash from Real Housewives alum Bethenny Frankel, who called her SKKN line "overpriced."
The Bravo star has been reviewing skin care products on TikTok, and held nothing back in her latest post.6Bethenny Frankel is being praised for sharing an honest review of SKKNCredit: TikTok / Bethenny Frankel 6Kim launched the brand in June, releasing nine productsCredit: TikTok/skkn 6The RHONY star slammed the range as "overpriced" for the qualityCredit: TikTok / Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny took to TikTok to share her thoughts on a few products in Kim's new line.
The Real Housewives of New York City star reviewed the SKKN exfoliator and under-eye product, saying: "I know these two products very well."
She began her review by saying: "Any line that makes it like you really need to do all of the steps is just doing a smash and grab job because your skin is different every day."
Bethenny began with the eye cream, saying: "The packaging: This is an eye cream. It is bulbous. I don't understand it because it doesn't stack. I don't have a circular house or medicine cabinet, so... it doesn't even have a flat bottom so it's effectively like an A – I guess it has a tiny little flat bottom, but that's impractical at best."More on KimWHITE HOT Kim Kardashian shows off teeny tiny waist in white lingerie for new SKIMS adHEART BEATS FOR YE? Kim 'hints' she's back with Kanye West after she sends subtle message
Holding the second product up to the camera, Bethenny complained: "This is crazy. It's gigantic. How are you gonna travel with this? If you don't have a private plane – you'd have to be a billionaire to use this product because if you don't have a private plane how are you traveling with this?
"It's just not practical and I'm a very practical and organized person. This shocks me because don't the Kardashians organize their jelly beans by color?"
In another clip, she appeared to be trying the exfoliator, snapping the case open and closed.
"Oh my god, it's a Rubix cube. Hear that sound? That's satisfying. Only Kim Kardashian could take a Rubix Cube, next time open it up – that's a good idea. You know what? That's a Wet 'N Wild idea. Open up the Rubix Cube and it's skincare."Most read in EntertainmentNAIL FAIL Khloe slammed for 'dangerous' razor-sharp nails in photos after welcoming sonPOOR PETE How Pete REALLY feels about split from Kim- and she won't like it one bitSWEET THEO Tristan's baby mama posts rare video of youngest son whom he 'STILL hasn't met'CHEEKY OUTFIT Khloe looks thinner than EVER as her butt nearly spills out of minidress
Bethenny's review wasn't all negative.
"The actual product of the exfoliant has a little bit of a fragrance – no problem – and it's got those micro white granules, you know, we've seen them before. I feel like it was ProActive or somebody else had those mice white granules. Different lines have them. I like that form of exfoliating. Is it worth the money they're charging? Unlikely," she said before moving on to the eye product.
Bethenny praised Kim's product, saying: "Luxurious product. Very nice. Like a melted butter consistency."
She added that it's "not, like, ultra-rich."
"It's not Kardashian-rich. It's richer than I am maybe, but it's not Kardashian-rich," the TV personality added.
"This is definitely good skincare. This is quality, I just think it's extremely impractical in its packaging ... it's a good quality product that's likely somewhat overpriced, but most beauty is overpriced."
The SKKN eye cream retails for $75, while the exfoliator costs $55.
Fans have been loving Bethenny's skincare reviews, and her SKKN video is no different.FANS REACT
"Bethenny always spittin facts," one fan wrote.
Another joked: "'Don't the kardashians organize their jelly beans by color' SENT ME."
Other fans seemed to agree with her notes about the range, with one commenting: "The packaging is such a good call out. Who has room in their makeup bag for that!!!"
"Best review ever," someone else chimed in, while a third wrote: "Thank you for your honesty."
Bethenny isn't the only one with negative things to say about SKKN, unfortunately.FANCY FLOP
Not long after Kim launched the range, fans accused the brand of being a "total FLOP."
According to the website, SKKN "was born out of Kim's dream to bridge the gap between the world's most renowned dermatological experts and people at home seeking high-quality skincare."
Skin-care lovers can buy the products as one-time purchases or subscribe and gets discounts.
The products include but are not limited to face cream, toner, eye cream, cleanser, exfoliator, and others.
SKKN is the rebranded line of KKW Beauty, which was Kim Kardashian West Beauty.
While fans were excited about the launch, they quickly realized they couldn't buy any products due to the outrageous prices.
The "Complete Collection" of all nine products now sells for $575, down from the initial announced retail value of $673.
On Reddit, fans slammed Kim and her company's prices.
"I wonder if she thought it was gonna sell out immediately," they wrote, adding a laughing emoji.
"Not with those prices," chimed in one fan.
"What part of…Cleanser: $43; 37 refill Toner: $45; $38 refill Exfoliator: $55; $47 refill Hyaloronic Acid Serum: $90; $77 refill Vitamin C8 Serum: $90; $77 refill Face VlCream: $85; $72 refill Eye Cream: $75; $64 refill Oil Drops: $95; $81 refill Night Oil: $95; $81 refill The Komplete Kollection: $575 (Retail Value $673)…do you not understand," joked one fan.
One Reddit user said, "Kim have you seen gas prices lately?"
"It's just not affordable," wrote one user.
After realizing it didn't sell out, fans bashed the line and gave reasons as to why it didn't.
"The entire set doesn't make sense or appeal to me. The refills, pricing, and ingredients are off-putting IMO," said one fan.
"The refills really got me lol. Claiming sustainability but the refills look like they could be a standalone product and on top of the main packaging there are also covers for each product so the third layer of packaging. A swing and a miss," said another.
Another reason fans claimed SKKN was a "flop" so early on is several products appeared to be discounted in the wake of their release.INTERNATIONAL SNUB
What's more, Kim's brand is only available for shipping in the United States.
Most celebrities, when releasing things have items shipped to numerous countries, but SKKN is a U.S.-only company for now.
Fans from around the globe started shopping immediately as the line dropped.
However, the brand left out many global hotspots including Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, and India.
On the official SKKN Instagram page, angry would-be buyers vented their disappointment.
"Set my alarm for 2:00 am Australian time to purchase this bad boy to only find that you don’t ship to Australia," one fan posted. "Wow, how disappointing!"
In Brazil, one fan begged: "I can't buy SKKN because it doesn't sell to Brazil. Who will send me as a gift?" and included several crying emojis.Read More on The US SunCOMMON ERROR I'm a lottery expert - you're choosing your jackpot numbers all wrongKEEP SWIMMING! Kylie Jenner to relaunch Kylie Swim & open store after shutting down line
Kim clapped back at the critics who told her the prices were too high by saying that it was a "necessity" in order to get the "glow of a lifetime."
As of right now, SKKN is only sold online and is not available in stores.6She also ripped the overall designCredit: TikTok / Bethenny Frankel 6Kim's new range is a revival of KKW Beauty, which featured her maiden name – WestCredit: Instagram/ Kim Kardashian 6She divorced Kanye West in 2021 and has distanced herself from the rapperCredit: Getty