1 big thing: The Starbucks case study
The Starbucks response to two black men who were arrested in one of its stores could be a case study in how corporations act when called out for wrongdoing in 2018, especially when it's on video.
- Two unidentified black men were arrested Thursday in a Philadelphia store after a manager called the police on them for sitting down instead of leaving when told the restroom was only for paying customers.
- The incident was captured on video and went viral, spurring outrage and protests. [See the video]
- Starbucks officially apologized Saturday. CEO Kevin Johnson called the situation "disheartening" in a press release.
- Johnson called the arrests "reprehensible" Monday during an interview with "Good Morning America."
- Starbucks also confirmed that the manager is no longer with the company.
- Johnson privately apologized to the victims on Monday, according to The Washington Post.
- Starbucks announced today that all company-owned stores will close on May 29 for racial bias training. Roughly 175,000 employees will undergo the training, the company said.
- Helping develop the curriculum, per a company press release: "Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, [CEO] of the Anti-Defamation League."
Be smart: The quick and company-wide response, after fallout raced
through social media, shows a new normal in how fast events escalate
and companies respond.
2. What you missed
- At least one person has died after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 "suffered an apparent engine failure" of the left engine today. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. More.
- The Supreme Court ruled against a portion of federal law that requires the deportation of legal immigrants who have committed a “crime of violence." Neil Gorsuch sided with the more liberal judges.
- Speaking at Mar-a-Lago today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the U.S. government has had "direct talks" with North Korea at "extremely high levels." More.
- Fox News says they were "unaware of Sean Hannity's informal relationship with Michael Cohen," adding that Hannity "continues to have our full support." Details.
- Two other vulnerable Trump lawyers: Jason Greenblatt and Allen Weisselberg, per Timothy O'Brien in Bloomberg View.
3. 1 Hollywood thing
"[I]n the aftermath of Hollywood's sexual harassment scandals, film festivals have done some soul searching," the AP's Jake Coyle reports.
- "Codes of conduct have been rewritten, selection processes have been re-examined and, in many cases, gender equality efforts have been redoubled."
- "When the curtain goes up on the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival... films directed by women [will] make up 46 percent at this year's festival."
- "Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival and chief executive of Tribeca Enterprises, particularly wanted to launch this year's festival with the premiere of a film directed by a woman, about a woman."
- "[W]e tasked ourselves early on with: Can you get to 50-50? Can we have 50 percent women filmmakers at the festival? We got to 46,' Rosenthal said."