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PlayStation apologizes for PS5 preorder fiasco, says process ‘could have been a lot smoother’ – Fox Business

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PlayStation took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize for the fiasco that ensued over the weekend after PS5 preorders were launched prematurely by retailers.

“Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” the gamemaker said. “We truly apologize for that.”

The company noted that it will release more PS5 consoles for preorders over the next few days, with retailers expected to share more details soon. PlayStation added that more PS5s will be made available through the end of the year.


Sony revealed on Wednesday that the PS5 will cost $499.99 when it launches alongside the game maker’s $399.99 Digital Edition.

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The PS5 will launch on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea before being unveiled to the rest of the world on Nov. 19.

“We’re pleased to provide choice to gamers with two PS5 console options at launch, depending on if you want a digital-only experience or prefer disc-based gaming,” Sony said in a press release Wednesday. “Whichever PS5 you choose, you’ll enjoy the same breathtaking, next-gen gaming experiences.”

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The PS5 comes with a custom processor that supports 4K graphics and ray-tracing support and an SSD hard drive that provides “lightning-fast” loading speeds.


In July, Sony said it would offer plenty of advance notice as to when preorders for the highly anticipated console would go live.

However, the actual announcement came as a total shock to gamers, with Sony announcing that PS5 preorders would start as early as Thursday.

To make matters worse, retailers including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and GameStop all jumped the gun on the announcement by beginning to offer preorders just a few hours after the initial announcement was made. The move resulted in PS5 consoles running out within minutes and retailers’ websites crashing, leaving many gamers frustrated.


Microsoft’s Xbox took to social media following the trouble to mock its competitor, saying it would let gamers know “the exact time pre-orders start” for their upcoming next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S.

Two days later, video game journalist Geoff Keighley shared the preorder times by country for the Xbox Series X and Series S, noting that he’s “heard Xbox will be penalizing retailers by lowering allocations if they break these embargoes.”

The Xbox Series X and Series S will begin preorders on Sept 22, with the consoles officially set to launch on Nov. 10 for $499 and $299 respectively.


In addition to details about the PS5, Sony released pricing for the console’s accessories, including the DualSense Wireless Controller for $69.99, PULSE 3D wireless headset for $99.99, an HD Camera with dual 1080p lenses for broadcasting for $59.99, a media remote for movies and streaming services for $29.99 and a DualSense charging station for $29.99.

The company also gave gamers sneak peeks at some of the console’s upcoming titles and announced the PS Plus Collection, which offers PlayStation Plus members the ability to download and play from a “curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation,” including Batman Arkham Knight; Bloodborne; Fallout 4; God of War; Monster Hunter: World; Persona 5; and many more.

The PS Plus Collection benefit will be included along with existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.


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Top HHS spokesman apologizes to staff for accusing government scientists of sedition – CNN

(CNN)Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo on Tuesday apologized to staffers for a rant in which he accused career government scientists of “sedition” and working to undermine President Donald Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation told CNN.

Caputo — a fierce defender of the President who was appointed to his post as assistant secretary of public affairs for HHS not long after the coronavirus pandemic began — mentioned a series of conspiracy theories in a Sunday live video on his personal Facebook page, including that there is a “resistance unit” against Trump inside the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caputo claimed that he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden will refuse to concede the election should Trump win, and political violence will ensue.
A source familiar with the matter said Caputo portrayed himself as a victim in his apology, but apologized for putting HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a bad light.
Caputo’s status at HHS is uncertain at this point and he was already treading on thin ice at the agency before the revelations about his comments on Facebook, a second source familiar with the situation said. It is unclear whether any action to move Caputo out of his current position is imminent, that source added, but discussions regarding Caputo’s future are ongoing. The first source said Caputo did not bring up his future in the apology.
A third source familiar with the matter said Caputo apologized to HHS staff Tuesday morning because he had embarrassed them, particularly career officials, and he felt badly about it. He also apologized to Azar on Tuesday for putting the secretary in a position of having to deal with the fallout of Caputo’s remarks, the source said.
The source added that it’s possible Caputo will take a leave of absence to address a medical issue, but a final decision has not been made.
Caputo is dealing with potential health issues that could force him to step aside, according to a fourth source familiar with the situation. Politico was first to report on Caputo’s apology and The New York Times was first to report that he is considering a leave of absence.
A source close to the White House coronavirus task force said Azar has been unhappy for some time with Caputo as deputy secretary. The source close to the White House said Caputo, who is a longtime Trump political operative, was forced upon Azar and the latest controversy likely won’t help his standing with the secretary.
During his Sunday broadside, Caputo lambasted the CDC, baselessly claiming that scientists “deep in the bowels of the CDC have given up science and become political animals.”
The scientists “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next,” Caputo added.
Caputo asserted that he was under attack by the media, that his physical health was in question and that his “mental health has definitely failed.” The Times reported that he “sounded anguished” over the nation’s coronavirus death toll — which has reached more than 195,000 dead, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. He warned people in the video to wear masks when attending the President’s campaign rallies.
Caputo also said he expected to stay in his position because the President supported him.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Caputo said in the video. “I swear to God, as God is my witness, I am not stopping.”
Caputo declined to discuss the matter any further in a brief phone interview with CNN later Monday, except to say he made the comments as he was dealing with some of the pressure caused by harassment to himself and his family over the last several days. He added that harassment included what he deemed to be death threats.
The fall-out following his Facebook rant Sunday is one of dual controversies encircling Caputo. A senior administration official told CNN Saturday that amid tension between the administration and the CDC, Caputo and his team had demanded to see weekly science reports from the CDC before they are released.
Officials within HHS had defended the demand, saying the CDC fell under the agency’s umbrella and that all communications and public documents needed to be cleared at the top.
Politico first reported about the pressure being put on the CDC regarding these reports.
This story has been updated with additional reporting Tuesday.

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Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments; Fox Stands Behind ‘The Masked Singer’ Host – Variety

Nick Cannon will continue to host Fox’s top-rated reality competition series “The Masked Singer,” the network confirmed on Wednesday. The news that Cannon would stay on “Masked Singer” comes after the host issued an apology online for anti-Semitic comments he made on a podcast.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” the network said in a statement. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”

Cannon posted his apology a day after ViacomCBS terminated a long-term relationship it had with the star, which included the long-running sketch comedy series “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out.” ViacomCBS made the move following an exchange between Cannon and former Public Enemy member Professor Griff on the June 30 episode of Cannon’s podcast “Cannon’s Class.” At one point, Cannon said Black people are the “true Hebrews” and talked about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family.

“It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” Cannon said on the podcast. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”

In his apology, posted on Wednesday evening, Cannon said he now felt “ashamed” for those statements; Cannon is said to have been meeting with Jewish leaders in light of the controversy. “First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin. They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from. The video of this interview has since been removed.

“While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5,000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to say that it is eye-opening would be a vast understatement. I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me. I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education — I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury hasn’t yet revealed whether its plans had changed regarding its new daytime talk show “Nick Cannon,” set to debut on Monday, Sept. 21, in more than 90% of U.S. local markets. The prolific Cannon is also a producer and appears in E!’s “Celebrity Call Center,” a new reality show that just launched this week. And he continues to host a daily radio show for Meruelo Media’s KPWR-FM (Power 106), which is syndicated nationally.

Cannon is also an executive producer on “Masked Singer,” and has been with the show since its launch in January 2019. “Masked Singer” became a quick hit, and a cornerstone of Fox’s schedule — so much so that the series was given the plum slot behind the Super Bowl earlier this year.

“The Masked Singer” has aired 42 episodes over three seasons so far, with Cannon as host of all of them. He also fronted “The Masked Singer: After the Mask,” an after show that aired on Fox this spring. For his work on “The Masked Singer,” Cannon was nominated for best host at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, as well as best host for this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards. He was also part of the production team nominated last year for a Producers’ Guild award.

In a social media post early Wednesday, Cannon said he left NBC and “America’s Got Talent” (which he previously hosted) after he says he felt the network “threatened and mistreated me for years,” and that he then “took my talents and executive creativity to my open minded and willing partners at the Fox Television network to create the current #1 hit show on television “The Masked Singer” in which I host and executive produce.”

“The Masked Singer” has been in pre-production, which includes casting and prep work, but it’s not believed to have resumed taping just yet.

Cannon’s career has encompassed acting, stand-up comedy, sketch, music, radio hosting and more — with past credits including “America’s Got Talent.” He told Variety’s Cynthia Littleton earlier this year that he wasn’t looking for another network variety show to host after he ended an eight-season run on “AGT.”

“I was really meticulous about what I would want to host again in the space of nonscripted variety since I had done it on the biggest level with ‘AGT.’ I didn’t want to jump in and host another talent show,” Cannon told her.

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Couple apologizes after confronting man over ‘Black Lives Matter’ chalk in front of his home – NBC News

A San Francisco man used chalk to write “Black Lives Matter” in front of his house, prompting a white couple to demand to know whether he lived there, in an accusation that cost one person his job on Monday.

The incident – which unfolded in the city’s tony Pacific Heights neighborhood last week and was recorded in video that went viral – led Raymond James Financial to fire the male accuser, Robert Larkins.

“Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind,” according to the company’s statement. “An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, and we expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside of the workplace.”

The statement continued: “After an investigation into the circumstances of a video alleging racism by one of our associates, we have concluded that the actions of he and his partner were inconsistent with our values, and the associate is no longer employed with Raymond James.”

Larkins apologized on Monday for confronting San Francisco resident James Juanillo as he used chalk to express his support for Black Lives Matter.

“Over the last two days, I have had my eyes opened wide to my own ignorance of racial inequity, and I have thought a lot about my own personal blind spots,” according to a statement by Larkins.

“I was wrong to question Mr. Juanillo, and I was wrong to call the neighborhood police watch. It was wrong, and I am profoundly sorry for treating him with disrespect.”

Juanillo said he was moved to support protesters demanding action against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“I decided that I was going to stencil a message of solidarity to my people of color, because I’m Filipino-American,” Juanillo told NBC News. “I decided to stencil ‘Black Lives Matter’ on our retaining wall in front of our house.”

Juanillo said he has lived in that Gough Street home, which he shares with his husband and five friends, since 2002.

“We are a family,” he said. “I’m a real resident who knows my neighbors.”

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Juanillo’s chalk work drew the attention of Lisa Alexander, CEO of LaFace Skincare, and her husband as they strolled through the neighborhood.

“As soon as I finish the ‘R’ in ‘Matter,’ Lisa pops up,” he said.

Juanillo, 50, videotaped them asking whether he was the homeowner.

“Because it’s private property, are you defacing private property?” the husband asked, standing well beyond Alexander who did most of the talking. “You’re free to express your opinions, but not on people’s property.”

Juanillo posted the footage to social media and by Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 16 million times on Twitter.

“This is not the way to do it,” Alexander said in the video. “It’s private property.”

When Juanillo said he wasn’t breaking any laws, Alexander responded: “Yes you are, actually.”

Juanillo told the couple they could call the police if they thought he was breaking a law, and Alexander said they would.

“And that, people, is why black lives matter. That’s ‘Karen’ and she’s calling the cops,” Juanillo said in his video, using internet shorthand for a white woman calling police to report a person of color doing an otherwise innocuous activity.

The famously liberal San Francisco Bay Area has seen its share of incidents similar to Juanillo’s.

A white woman, later dubbed “BBQ Becky,” called 911 two years ago after spotting men using a BBQ grill at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Months later, a woman, later called “Permit Patty,” called police on an 8-year-old Black girl who was selling water bottles in San Francisco.

“She should know in this environment,” Juanillo said, “that a white person like her of privilege calling the cops on a person of color for a perceived crime could result in death.”

Alexander apologized on Sunday.

“There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home,” Alexander said in a statement. “I should have minded my own business.”

The viral video has already cost Alexander. Birchbox, which distributes beauty products via a subscription service, said over the weekend that it has cut ties with Alexander over her “racist actions.”

“When I watch the video I am shocked and sad that I behaved the way I did,” Alexander said in the statement.

Juanillo said the couple was wrong and that Alexander “never operated in good faith.”

“Even if I was a random chalk artist just drawing chalk on this wall, that’s not a crime,” he said. “That’s not vandalism, that’s not defacing property. Even if I didn’t live here they shouldn’t have stopped me.”

Larkins acknowledged he was wrong.

“I have a lot to learn about how racism impacts people in their lives, daily, I have hurt my neighbor. I am full of regret and very sorry,” according to Larkins’ statement.

“I am hoping to meet with him soon to express my sincere apology and to ask for his forgiveness and guidance in helping me begin the journey towards being a kinder, more thoughtful and sensitive person.”

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Spike Lee apologizes after appearing to defend Woody Allen – CNN

(CNN)Spike Lee used Woody Allen to make a point about “cancel culture” and has now apologized following backlash over his remarks.

During an interview that aired Friday on New York City’s 710 WOR’s “In the Morning” program, Lee used the example of Allen while talking about the “cancel culture.”
“I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and this cancel thing is not just Woody,” said Lee, who was on the show to promote his new Netflix film “Da 5 Bloods.” “And I think when we look back on it we are going to see that — short of killing somebody — I don’t know that you can just erase somebody like they never existed.”
Lee referred to Allen as “a friend of mine” and “a fellow Knick fan” adding, “So I know he’s going through it right now.”
Allen has been deemed “canceled” because his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow, 34, has long alleged that he sexually assaulted her in 1992 when she was 7 years old.
Allen has consistently denied the allegation and was not charged. Investigators concluded at the time that Dylan Farrow had not been abused, according to The New York Times, which covered the custody proceedings after Allen filed for custody of his three children with Mia Farrow in 1992.
Lee’s comments were not received well, and the filmmaker took to Twitter to write, “I Deeply Apologize. My Words Were WRONG.”
“I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence,” the tweet read. “Such Treatment Causes Real Damage That Can’t Be Minimized.-Truly, Spike Lee.”
Hachette canceled its plans to publish the book in the wake of backlash, but it was published by Arcade Publishing.

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Biden apologizes for saying African Americans ‘ain’t black’ if they back Trump reelection – NBC News

Joe Biden apologized Friday for having told a popular radio host and African American voters in an interview that “you ain’t black” if they back President Donald Trump’s reelection.

At the end of an 18-minute radio interview with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God airing Friday morning, Biden responded to the host’s desire for the candidate to answer more questions by saying,”You got more questions? I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Hours later, Biden expressed regret for the remarks, calling them “really unfortunate” and saying he “shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”

“I shouldn’t have been so cavalier in responding,” he said during a phone call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon. “No one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background,” Biden said.

At another point on the call, Biden admitted, “I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American folks for granted … but nothing could be further from the truth.”

“I’ve never ever done that, and I’ve earned it every time I’ve run. I was making the point that I have never taken a vote for granted,” he said.

Tensions had erupted from the beginning of Biden’s interview with Charlamagne tha God, when the apparent Democratic nominee told the radio host he knew he had been critical of his candidacy in the past.

“You don’t know me,” Biden said.

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Following questions about why Biden had shown “so much resistance” to admitting how his 1994 crime bill affected the spike of black incarcerations, the former vice president grew frustrated after it was suggested that he had done more harm than good to the African American community.

The interview, which was taped Thursday and broadcast Friday, was halted by a campaign staffer after the radio host asked Biden whether he would commit to choosing a black running mate in reward for the strong support black Americans had given him throughout his career.

“You can’t do that to black media,” Charlamagne said. “I can do that to white media, black media because my wife has to go on at six o’clock,” Biden responded, referencing a virtual event Dr. Jill Biden had to attend. Then, noting that the radio host had more questions, Biden proceeded to make his “you ain’t black” remark.

Biden has said he plans to pick a woman running mate, but has not said she would have to be black. He has committed to nominating an African American woman to the Supreme Court.

A Biden senior adviser tweeted that the candidate’s remark was made “in jest.”

The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.

— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) May 22, 2020

Biden has often grown defensive of his criminal justice record, which has been a subject of scrutiny since the launch of his presidential campaign over a year ago, in large part due to his spearheading of the 1994 crime bill when he served as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.

However, the repeated attacks on his record, including by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at the first Democratic debate, did not stop him from earning an overwhelming amount of support from the black community in South Carolina that propelled him to become the apparent Democratic nominee last month.

Biden made that point during the interview when asked if he could attract enough African American and Hispanic youth voters to win the presidency.

“Remember when they said ‘Biden can’t win the primaries?’ I kicked everybody’s ahh…,” he said, his voice trailing off. “I won overwhelmingly.”

The former vice president stressed he will win the African American vote and is committed to reforming the crime bill by implementing his plan to reduce the number of inmates and decriminalizing marijuana.

Charlamagne told Biden that his skepticism about Biden’s criminal justice record has “nothing to do with Trump,” but everything to do with his personal urge to help his community overcome deep racial disparities.

“Take a look at my record, man,” Biden said. “I extended the Voting Rights Act 25 years’ I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run. I mean, come on, take a look at the record.”

The Trump campaign’s Katrina Pierson called Biden’s remarks “racist and dehumanizing,” saying, “Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking.”

On a call with the press hosted by the Trump campaign, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the GOP’s sole African-American senator, said he was “shocked and surprised” when he heard Biden’s “you ain’t black” comment, calling it “negative, race-baiting rhetoric.”

“I was struck by the condescension and the arrogance in his comments,” Scott said. “I could not believe my ears that he would stoop so low to tell folks what they should do, how they should think and what it means to be black.”

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