Gin and TopicsBy Gini Dietrich


That is right! I am writing this on Friday morning and, by the time most of you see it in your inboxes on Saturday morning, Chicago will be well on its way to five to inches of snow.

I cannot wait!

(Of course, it’ll all melt when we hit the 40s next week, but I’ll worry about that later.)

While I go dig out my snow boots and cross-country skis, I’ll leave you with Gin and Topics.

Oh, and Buddy the Elf wants to remind you there are only five more Fridays until Christmas.

This week’s videos are courtesy of Lubna Sadik, MATTIE DIETRICH, Mindy Mikami, and Catherine Morgan.

5. Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy. “Look at this cup! You may as well call it a Satan sipper!” Ellen does a bit on the controversy around the plain red cups that Starbucks introduced this year and it is laugh out loud funny. I don’t know what’s more funny: Her solution for seeing Christmas as Starbucks or how to see Baby Jesus in your pancakes. I’ll let you decide.

Ellen does a bit on the Starbucks cup controversy and it is laugh out loud funny!Click To Tweet

4. Starbucks Responds to the Controversy. And while we’re on the topic, “Starbucks” responds to the red cup controversy with other options you can buy in-store that are Christmas-y.

If you haven't seen this response from Starbucks on the red cup controversy, this is great!Click To Tweet

3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. They’re baaaaack! The third generation is going off to college and there is a surprise wedding in store. This trailer makes it look like the movie will be awesome!

Fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? The second one is coming soon!Click To Tweet

2. Naptown Funk. This is cute! Midshipmen have liberty on a Saturday afternoon so they record a music video in downtown Annapolis.

It's been a while since anyone has made a parody of a popular song. The Midshipmen have done it!Click To Tweet

1.Wang Rong Rollin—Chick Chick. I just. Wow. I don’t know what the heck this is, but it has more than 19 million views. Let this be a lesson to you: If you want to make a viral video, do this.

This might be the strangest music video I have ever seen. Ever.Click To Tweet

Have a great weekend!

P.S. There will not be a Gin and Topics next week. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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