YouTuber Blows Open Chuck E. Cheese Conspiracy Theory On The Viral List

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Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing1. Does Chuck E. Cheese's “Recycle” Their Pizza?

It looks like YouTube’s attempt to curb conspiracy theories on their platform could use a little work because Shane Dawson just made the viral list again, and this time it’s for resurfacing an old Chuck E. Cheese's conspiracy theory. The celebrity YouTuber’s video “Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson” currently has 19 million views. In it, he investigates three “mysteries,” starting with Chuck E. Cheese's oddly-shaped pizzas, posing the possibility that the restaurant takes customers’ leftover slices and pieces them together into one pie. Gizmodo reports that the internet is in an uproar, debating whether the chain really does “recycle” slices. Though many are taking the same semi-ironic tone as Dawson, others are engaging in serious debates. Chuck E. Cheese's is taking them all seriously, responding to publications and users like @thattricktaylor that “These claims are unequivocally false.”

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing2. Brands Are Failing Black History Month

The fashion world has been rocked by blackface accusations, including Gucci’s red-lipped ski masks (as called out by @dietprada) and a pair of Katy Perry kicks. And for some reason, they’re far from the only brands to miss the mark this month, and we’re only half-way through February. Esquire’s February cover featured “An American Boy” with the caption “What it’s like to grow up white, middle class, and male in the era of social media, school shootings, toxic masculinity, #MeToo, and a divided country.” And last week, Ad Age reports that Adidas stirred up tensions with the release of an…

 
 

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