Gillette commercial takes on “toxic masculinity” in #MeToo-era rebrand – The Denver Post

For three decades, Gillette promised its customers “The Best a Man Can Get.”

An individual. Acquisitive. Assertive. And always clean-shaven.

This was the vision of masculinity depicted in an ad campaign that debuted in January 1989 during Super Bowl XXIII. The early days of the George H.W. Bush administration and the end stage of the Cold War, it was the year of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Promoting Gillette’s top-of-the-line Atra razor, the 60-second spot portrayed variations on a single theme: a white man scoring, whether at the office, on an athletic field or with a woman. The one specific location it invoked was Wall Street, the arena of the ultimate alpha male.

Now, Procter & Gamble, the maker of Gillette, is out with a new ad, “We Believe,” that challenges the image of masculinity it once promoted. The consumer goods company, whose net sales totaled $66.8 billion last year, has ignited a debate about gender and cultural branding, as well as about the power exercised by multinational corporations in shaping evolving ideas about family and relationships in the #MeToo era.

“Bullying. The #MeToo movement. Toxic masculinity.” The headlines resound as men — black and white, young and old — peer at themselves in the mirror. “Is this the best a man can get?” asks the narrator of the ad, released Sunday on YouTube and shared Monday on Twitter. The scenes that unfold suggest that the answer is no, and point to a new mantra: “The Best Men Can Be.”

The new Gillette men are a community, concerned more about who they are than about what they can acquire.

But some men want out of that community. Piers Morgan, the TV presenter, blasted the ad, writing, “This absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity.”

The nearly two-minute spot, created by the New York-based advertising agency Grey and directed by Kim Gehrig of Britain-based production agency Somesuch, represents the latest corporate foray into the culture wars. Last year, Nike stock soared after it unveiled a September advertising campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL star whose protest of police violence drew the ire of conservatives who decried his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

Just as the decision by the footwear and apparel company led Kaepernick’s critics to burn their Nike gear, the approach by Procter & Gamble incensed many viewers, but none more so than men’s rights activists who vowed to “#BoycottGillette.” Christina Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who coined the term “victim feminism,” blamed a familiar boogeyman: the campus left.

The ad was called “hideously woke.” Some found it “smarmy” and “condescending.” By early Tuesday, the video had about 223,000 downvotes on YouTube, compared with about 25,000 favorable reactions. On Twitter, the video had drawn about 70,000 likes and 19,000 comments by early Tuesday.

Meanwhile, even some who praised the company’s intentions warned that the ad unwittingly reinforced the idea that bad behavior is normal because all men take part in it.

The fierce reactions may bode well for the success of the message, said Robert Kozinets, a scholar of marketing and consumer culture at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

“Advertisers, when they’re lucky and smart, are able to tap into something that’s part of the popular consciousness,” Kozinets said in an interview with The Washington Post. Procter & Gamble is hitching its wagon to the #MeToo movement, he said, and rebranding to fit a “moral narrative with a lot of energy behind it.”

The video was accompanied by a pledge to donate $1 million per year for the next three years to a nonprofit working in the United States to help men “achieve their personal ‘best,’ ” according to a news release from Gillette. Its original slogan, the company said, was aspirational. “But turn on the news today and it’s easy to believe that men are not at their best,” the release noted. The first recipient of the funds will be the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, according to Adweek.

While picking sides on a divisive issue could be seen as a threat to the company’s bottom line, Kozinets said, most advertising is a quest not to be forgotten, which means even negative feedback can be productive.

And while some might object to a profit-minded company acting as an arbiter of moral conduct, there are few other forums to debate these issues, he said. When it comes to inspiring the public to consider hot-button issues, Kozinets observed, “politicians are clearly not rising to the challenge. But corporations are.”

One example is Heineken’s 2017 Worlds Apart campaign, which aimed to bring people with radically different worldviews together over a cold one. But advertising has missed the mark by trying to swim in the direction of political currents as well. Also in 2017, Pepsi pulled an ad with Kendall Jenner that was blasted for co-opting protest movements.

The message of the Gillette ad is hardly subtle in identifying a crisis of masculinity. Young boys bully, chasing each other or taunting “Freak” in cyberspace. Adult men harass and demean. They leer at women at parties and on street corners. “What I actually think she’s trying to say,” a corporate executive cuts in, putting his hand on the shoulder of the lone woman at a boardroom table as he silences her.

Interspersed with these scenes are images from popular culture — reality TV, music videos, cartoons — that appear to normalize bad behavior, justified by the mantra “Boys will be boys.”

“But something finally changed,” the narrator intones, as #MeToo revelations flash on the screen. “And there will be no going back. Because we — we believe in the best in men.”

The remaining scenes feature men policing each other’s behavior or uplifting women. “I am strong,” a father tells his young daughter. The message imparted to two brawling boys is, “That’s not how we treat each other, okay?” These lessons matter, the ad concludes, “because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.”

Representations of masculinity have long been fertile ground for advertising, stretching at least as far back as the Marlboro Man, a figure of a rugged cowboy who first appeared in 1954 to popularize filtered cigarettes, which had been perceived as feminine.

More recently, the “Old Spice Guy,” which advertised another Procter & Gamble product, reflected new expectations that men be “both sex symbols and good domestic partners,” Kozinets said. He noted that the campaign, which launched in 2010, took a more lighthearted approach to masculine aspirations, in line with the image projected by President Barack Obama.

Men have hardly been the sole targets of advertising that seeks to bend cultural expectations.

The 2004 Dove Campaign for Real Beauty aimed to convince women that there were many ways to be beautiful. But mainly, it helped sell soap. In the year after the campaign launched, the company’s total sales rose about 6 percent to $500 million.

Kidnapping suspect targeted Wisconsin girl after seeing her get on bus – The Denver Post

BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” and he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he fatally shot Jayme’s mother in front of her, according to a criminal complaint filed hours before Patterson’s first court appearance.

Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents Oct. 15 near Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis. He was also charged with armed robbery.

Investigators believe Patterson hid Jayme in a remote cabin before she escaped on Thursday. Police have said the two did not know each other.

Patterson sat expressionless during the court appearance, which he made via video feed from the county jail. He spoke only to acknowledge that his name and address were correct on paperwork and that he agreed to waive a speedy preliminary hearing. The judge set bail at $5 million.

Patterson went to the home twice intending to kidnap Jayme, but broke off one attempt because too many cars were in the driveway and called off another because the house was too active, the complaint said.

On the night she was abducted, Jayme told police, she was asleep in her room when the family dog started barking. She woke her parents as a car came up the driveway.

She and her mother, Denise, hid in the bathroom, clutching one another in the bathtub with the shower curtain pulled shut. Her father, James, went to the front door. They heard a gunshot, and Jayme knew that James had just been killed, according to the complaint.

Denise Closs started to call 911. Patterson broke down the bathroom door. Jayme said he was dressed in black, wearing a face mask and gloves and carrying a shotgun, the complaint said.

Patterson told her mother to hang up and ordered her to tape Jayme’s mouth shut. He told detectives that Denise Closs struggled with the tape so he wrapped the tape himself around Jayme’s mouth and head. He then taped her hands behind her back and taped her ankles together before pulling her out of the bathtub and shooting her mother in the head.

He dragged Jayme outside, nearly slipping in blood pooled on the floor. He threw her in the trunk and drove off, pausing to yield to three squad cars speeding toward the house with flashing lights, the complaint said.

Patterson took her to a cabin that he said was his, ordered her into a bedroom and told her to take off her clothes and get dressed in his sister’s pajamas. He then threw her clothes into a fireplace in the cabin’s basement, according to the complaint.

Whenever he had friends over, he made clear that no one could know she was there or “bad things could happen to her,” so she had to hide under the bed. He sealed her under the bed with tote boxes and weights so she could not crawl out, according to the complaint. She had to stay under the bed whenever he left the house, sometimes going for hours without food, water or bathroom breaks.

When his father visited, Patterson told investigators, he turned up the radio in the bedroom to cover any noise she might make.

He said he assumed he had gotten away with the slayings and kidnappings after two weeks went by. He told detectives that on the night of the kidnapping he put stolen license plates on his car and removed an anti-kidnapping release cord from his trunk. He also shaved his head so he would not leave any hair behind and chose his father’s Mossberg shotgun because he thought it was a common model that would be hard to trace.

Patterson, who has no criminal history in Wisconsin, was described by people who knew him as a quiet and good student who participated in quiz bowl in high school. He wrote in his high school yearbook of wanting to join the Marines. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the Marines said Patterson lasted just a little more than month in the corps before washing out in October 2015.

Patterson told detectives he worked at the Saputo Cheese Factory near Almena for just two days before quitting. The company did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

His defense attorneys, Charles Glynn and Richard Jones, said they believe Patterson can get a fair trial, but they are not sure where.

“It’s been an emotional time for this community and a difficult time for this community. We don’t take that lightly. But we have a job to do in protecting our client,” Jones said.

Patterson’s relatives, including his father, Patrick, declined to comment after the hearing.

After Jayme’s disappearance, police collected more than 3,500 tips, but no hard leads emerged.

Then on Thursday, according to the complaint, Patterson made Jayme go under the bed at the cabin and told her that he would be gone five or six hours. Jayme pushed the tote boxes away, crawled out, put on a pair of Patterson’s shoes and fled the house.

A woman walking her dog spotted Jayme along a road near Gordon, a town about an hour’s drive north of Barron. The woman said the girl begged her for help, saying Patterson had been hiding her in a nearby cabin and that she had escaped when he left her alone.

Neighbors called 911, and officers arrested Patterson within minutes.

The New York Post published photos of the cabin Monday. The images showed a shabby living area with a couch, refrigerator, an old television set and an unfinished ceiling. Exterior photographs show a lean-to loaded with firewood, a three-car garage and an empty box of adult female diapers in a trash can. A sign over the cabin’s front door reads “Patterson’s Retreat.”

Trump fetes champion Clemson with fast food

WASHINGTON — The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship.

Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. He did not disclose the tab.

“We ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza,” Trump said after returning to the White House from a trip to New Orleans. “We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.”

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said much of the staff in the White House residence has been furloughed because of the shutdown, “so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.”

An impressive — and highly unusual — White House smorgasbord greeted the players. Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s. Also on offer were boxed burgers from McDonald’s, including Big Macs.

White House cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries.

Pizzas, some topped with olives and tomatoes, also were on the menu. Silver bowls held the condiments, and stacks of white plates sat nearby. Several young men were spotted eating multiple burgers at the standup tables dotting the East Room.

The Clemson team’s visit is its second since Trump took office. The Tigers last visited in June 2017 after their championship run the previous season.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has nominated this season’s undefeated Tigers as the best college team ever. Trump called them a “great team, an unbelievable team.”

Trump has routinely sparred with professional athletes during his two years in office. College football has managed to avoid such political controversies, with last year’s champion Alabama also visiting the White House.

Broncos offensive coordinator candidates to consider

The Broncos’ search for a new scoring vision is underway.

Denver’s decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and not fill his vacancy with Gary Kubiak signals an ideological shift under new head coach Vic Fangio. Here is a closer look at five potential candidates to become the Broncos’ next offensive coordinator and play caller.


Scott Eklund, The Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell stands on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle.

Darrell Bevell

Current position: Former Seahawks’ offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Packers’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-’05. … 12 seasons as offensive coordinator between Minnesota (2006-’10) and Seattle (2011-’17). … Sat out of NFL coaching last season.

NFL play-calling experience: 12 seasons.

Why he fits in Denver: Bevell is credited with scouting and developing Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson into a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVIII champion. Seattle produced three of its top-five scoring years in franchise history under Bevell and set single-season records for rushing, passing and total yards. Bevell also coached 39-year-old Brett Favre to arguably his greatest statistical season with the Vikings in 2009. However, it’s Bevell’s more recent success developing talent with some college concepts in the Seahawks’ offense that puts him in contention.


John Autey, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo talks to quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during the first quarter of a NFL preseason game against Jacksonville at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018..

John DeFilippo

Current position: Former Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Longtime quarterbacks coach (Raiders 2007-08 and 2012-14, Jets 2009, Eagles 2016-17). … Two seasons as offensive coordinator (Browns 2015 and Vikings 2018). … Fired in Minnesota last season after Week 14.

NFL play-calling experience: Two seasons.

Why he fits in Denver: DeFilippo guided Eagles’ quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles to an unlikely Super Bowl LII victory after a long NFL career mentoring passers such as Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel. DeFilippo and Vikings’ coach Mike Zimmer clashed on offensive philosophy this season, but quarterback Kirk Cousins set career highs in completion percentage (70.8) and passing touchdowns (30). DeFilippo’s Minnesota flop hurts his chances to call plays in 2019, but his overall track record suggests the Broncos might seek an interview.


Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni ...

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL team’s facility, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Indianapolis.

Nick Sirianni

Current position: Colts offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Three seasons as wide receivers coach (Chiefs 2012 and Chargers 2016-17). … Two seasons as quarterbacks coach (Chargers 2014-15). … Recently completed first season as NFL offensive coordinator.

NFL play-calling experience: None.

Why he fits in Denver: If youth leads to innovation, then 37-year-old Sirianni might provide what the Broncos’ offense lacks. His work with Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and L.A.’s potent passing attack landed Sirianni his first NFL coordinator gig in Indianapolis. The Colts, with first-year head coach Frank Reich calling plays, thrived with the league’s fifth-best scoring offense (27.1) and red-zone conversion rate (68.8). Denver can’t provide Sirianni an opportunity to coach a franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck, but giving Sirianni play-calling duties would be a major promotion.


Rich Scangarello

Current position: 49ers quarterbacks coach.

Coaching experience: Two seasons as quarterbacks coach (49ers 2017-18). … Two seasons as quality control coach (Raiders 2009 and Falcons 2015). … Previous offensive coordinator experience at the small college level (Idaho, UC-Davis, Millsaps and Northern Arizona).

NFL play-calling experience: None.

Why he fits in Denver: After the Broncos’ initial request to speak with Scangarello was denied, the two parties negotiated a Tuesday interview. Scangarello is short on NFL experience. But he impressed last season juggling a trio of quarterbacks (Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens) to pass for 4,247 yards — the most in San Francisco since 1998 when Steve Young was under center. Scangarello’s evolved offensive philosophy under of 49ers’ coach Kyle Shanahan is just what the Broncos are looking for.


Shane Waldron

Current position: Rams passing game coordinator.

USA Today publisher Gannett Co. targeted for $1.36B buyout by Digital First Media

DENVER — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs.

MNG Enterprises — better known as Digital First Media, the parent company to The Denver Post — said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively.

The newspaper industry has shrunk and consolidated as readers ditch print papers and go online. Estimated U.S. daily newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell 11 percent to 31 million in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. As recently as 2000, weekday subscriptions totaled 55.8 million.

In just the last three years, employment in newsrooms has fallen 15 percent.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the hedge-fund backed MNG has built up a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, and that it has been rebuffed repeatedly by the company about a sale.

Gannett said Monday that it has received the offer and it’s under review.

Gannett, based in McLean, Virginia, owns dozens of newspapers including the Record in New Jersey and the Arizona Republic in addition to USA Today. It also has a record of buying media companies and slashing costs.

It, like newspapers it has acquired, has faced intense pressure to maintain revenue and attract advertising dollars.

Profit has been in decline for years and in November the company lowered its full-year expectations on weak revenue growth in digital advertising. It is also seeking a new CEO after Robert Dickey announced plans in December to step down this year.

Digital First plans offered $12 per share for Gannett, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.

Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications including the Denver Post and Boston Herald. It has a reputation for stringent, painful cost-cutting. Its biggest shareholder is Alden Global Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund that invests in distressed companies.

In April, The Post published the editorial headlined “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved,” calling on Alden Global Capital to sell the newspaper after it cut 30 more positions in the newsroom, leaving it at a fraction of its size just a few years ago. Then in May, three top figures at the Denver Post, including its former owner, resigned amid budget and staff cuts.

But jobs are being slashed all over at newspapers.

In July media company Tronc Inc. cut half of the New York Daily News’ newsroom staff, including the paper’s editor in chief.

Nikola Jokic scores 40 points to lead Nuggets past Blazers – The Denver Post

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray whipped the Pepsi Center crowd into a raucous frenzy Sunday night, and the Nuggets continued their dominant ways.

Jokic poured in a season-high 40 points, Murray dropped 24 including a crunchtime floater and two clutch free throws, and the Nuggets survived a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer from Damian Lillard to win 116-113 over the division rival Portland Trail Blazers. The two combined for 17 of the Nuggets’ 23 fourth-quarter points, outlasting the surging Blazers to improve to an NBA-best 18-3 at home.

Lillard finished with a team-high 26 points but was just 2-for-10 from the 3-point line.

Up 114-113, no basket was more dramatic than Murray’s after he missed a floater, corralled the long rebound and then sunk two free throws after he was fouled with time winding down.

“For years it was the altitude,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “What I like to think now is it’s not only altitude, but you have a really talented team and you have great fan support where this building is rocking every night.”

Sunday’s emotionally charged win, featuring rowdy chants from a packed house, also improved their record to 6-0 against division rivals.

The Nuggets entered Sunday’s back-to-back finale with a 5-1 record on the second night of such sets this season. What’s more, in four of those instances, the Nuggets’ opponents had at least one day of rest.

“It’s really easy to make excuses in this league and to buy into those excuses,” Malone said. “All along, my message and our players understand it. Instead of wasting energy on those excuses, let’s find solutions. Let’s find a way.”

The Nuggets momentarily wrested control with a flurry of momentum-shifting buckets late in the third quarter but eventually gave it all back when Jokic went to the bench. Jokic threw a sky-high alley-oop to Mason Plumlee to tie it at 78, and the Nuggets closed the quarter with 15 points over the final 4:22. Malik Beasley sunk two 3-pointers and finished a layup before Will Barton drained a corner triple to extend the lead to 93-83. But the Blazers immediately reeled off a Lillard-fueled 11-0 run to take the lead once again.

Former Nuggets first-round pick Jusuf Nurkic, who was roundly booed during player introductions, was Jokic’s primary defender and struggled mightily to contain his former teammate. Jokic used Nurkic’s aggression against him, often baiting and coaxing him off his feet.

Nuggets legend Alex English, who spearheaded a conference finals run in 1985, took in the game Sunday as part of the team’s signature rainbow jersey night. English, who was particularly excited about Barton’s return, portends a similar run this year.

“I personally feel like (this year’s team) will be in the Western Conference finals if they continue to play like this because they have such a balanced team,” English said, “and even though Jokic and Murray get a lot of credit, when I watch them, I see a lot of different pieces that contribute.”

Barton returned from an extended months-long absence in Saturday’s dispiriting loss to Phoenix, and Malone re-emphasized how difficult it will be reintegrate his players back into normal rotations. That process was again delayed with Gary Harris missing his fourth consecutive game because of a tight hamstring and Trey Lyles missing his second game in a row with a wrist injury.

If needed, Shane Gatling ready to run attack for Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball – The Denver Post

If McKinley Wright’s shoulder injury proves problematic for the next few weeks and beyond, the Colorado men’s basketball team will have a colossal void to fill.

Yet one of the bright spots of Saturday night’s close-but-not-quite 77-70 home loss against Washington was the play of junior guard Shane Gatling, who showed he is capable of substituting for Wright at the top of the Buffaloes’ attack even while his shooting woes continue.

Marie Kondo’s Netflix series inspires a national decluttering frenzy — The Know

For the past four years or so, Kondo, a professional organizer from Japan, has been on the march.
For the past four years or so, Kondo, a professional organizer from Japan, has been on the march. (Denise Crew/Netflix)

Americans woke up on New Year’s Day, bloated in body and soul, and stumbled out of bed to survey their overstuffed post-holiday homes.

It’s no accident that was the day Netflix chose to release “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” an eight-part series hosted by the Japanese-born decluttering diva and space healer.

Although resolving to clean up stuff is a typical New Year’s resolution, there is rarely something as motivating to kick-start the process as a reality makeover show that’s not about weird hoarders. Binge-watching a cheery woman in a flippy skirt who drives up to people’s ranch houses or apartments in a black van and patiently shows them how to deal with their baseball cards or sneaker collections is inspiring. (Reminder: The KonMari Method, as it is called, asks you to hold each possession and ask yourself whether it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and let it go.)

The show seems to have started a national conversation about overbuying and over-stashing. Many opened junk drawers and toy chests while watching the show and started dumping. Shoe boxes were repurposed as drawer organizers, and T-shirts were folded in the crisp KonMari style.

Millennials texted friends photos of their newly neat sock drawers and makeup trays and posted them on Instagram. Furloughed government workers spent their time off sifting through closets and lugging shopping bags of clothes to consignment shops. Auction houses got calls from consumers desperate to get unwanted furniture out of their living rooms; consignment shops filled up appointment slots weeks into the future.

Kondo, 34, started out as an organizing consultant while a university student in Tokyo. Her 2011 book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (published in the United States in 2014) put her on the clutter-busting map. Today, more than 11 million copies of her three books have been sold worldwide. Her Instagram account, @mariekondo, had 710,711 followers as of Dec. 31, 2018; by Thursday it had swelled to more than 1.1 million.

Although Netflix won’t share any viewership data, this show clearly hit a nerve.

Current Boutique owner Carmen Lopez says mail-in consignments to its four Washington, D.C., area locations have increased 25 percent since the show aired. “The show has definitely inspired some serious purging,” Lopez says.

Potomack Co. auction house in Alexandria, Virginia, is busier than usual. “It makes perfect sense, as people are Kondo-ING their possessions since they have time to spare during the shutdown, as well as to bring in a little income,” spokeswoman Kira Greene said in an email.

Maddy Renalds, who works in tech sales in San Francisco, posted on Facebook that she and her “Besties” friend group of 20-somethings spent last weekend on a decluttering frenzy. “Our message thread is replete with pictures of our newly folded clothes & requests for tiny boxes,” Renalds wrote. She said a scientist in the group ran out of boxes, so she repurposed pipette boxes from her lab.

“I am thinking now that @MarieKondo is now on Netflix there is going to be some awesome thrift shopping in the coming weeks. #TidyingUp,” tweeted Washington, D.C., radio personality Kelly Collis, who pens the blog City Shop Girl. She has used the KonMari method in several rooms of her house. “I’m obsessed with it,” she says. “I have two kids, so the clutter never ends. My drawers don’t look like hers, but it’s an inspiration — and reducing clutter makes me not want to spend as much.”

Professional organizer Katherine DiGiovanni, founder of Refine Home Concepts says Kondo has also motivated people to call in professionals. “Her book and now the show have helped to elevate the importance of organization and the idea that your clutter is affecting your mental health and general well-being,” she says. She thinks the drastic category-by-category comprehensive clean-out Kondo recommends might not be realistic for all but that the “folding of clothing like file folders” is a real space saver if you can handle it.

Kondo’s office issued a statement from her about the response to the Netflix show. “The fact that people have reacted with such speed is beyond anything I could have imagined and my wildest expectations! … It’s my sincere hope that the items at the donation centers will find new owners for whom they will truly spark joy.”

Fort Collins police shoot, injure man near Bradbury Court

A Fort Collins police officer shot and injured an armed man Saturday night while responding to reports of shots fired in a neighborhood.

Police arrived shortly after 10:04 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Bradbury Court in southwest Fort Collins after dispatch received multiple reports of gunfire in the area, according to a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office news release. Officers on the scene found a man, armed with a gun, standing in the street and having a confrontation with a woman.

One officer shot the man, who was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies with injuries, according to the release.

Another person on the scene was treated for minor injuries and released. No officers were injured, according to the release.

Nuggets get ‘outworked,’ Will Barton returns in bad loss to last-place Suns

PHOENIX – There have been dozens of instances of the Nuggets’ expedited maturation this season, but Saturday marked a regression.

They took the Suns lightly and got smacked for it.

“Seemed like we were just playing, ‘Oh, it’s going to be easy,’” Nikola Jokic said following the 102-93 loss. “We played their record.”

The Nuggets (28-13) entered Saturday in first place in the Western Conference, high atop the last-place Suns (11-33). Now just ½ game up on the idle Warriors in the conference, the Nuggets host the surging Blazers on Sunday evening in yet another back-to-back.

“Yeah, it was effort,” said Jamal Murray, whose 4-of-17 night didn’t help the cause. “They played a lot harder defensively than we did.”

It was evident in the careless turnovers – 17 miscues contributed to 26 points for Phoenix – and apparent in how the Suns’ reserves outworked the Nuggets’ bench players. As a result of Kelly Oubre Jr.’s game-high 26 points, Phoenix’s second unit outscored the Nuggets’ 49-25.

“Loose balls, 50-50 balls, give them credit,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone. “I never want us to lose a game saying somebody outworked us, and I think that was the case tonight.”

To their credit, the Nuggets have mostly avoided bad losses so far this season. Losing to 13-29 Atlanta was unbecoming of a first-place team and getting shellacked in Los Angeles by the Clippers also stood out as an uncompetitive loss. But they’ve mostly looked beyond opponents’ records and bypassed excuses when available.

Saturday was the Nuggets’ fourth game in six nights, a brutal stretch that will ultimately culminate in eight games in 13 nights.

“Five games in seven nights (tomorrow vs. Blazers), we have two of those this year whereas most teams don’t have any or they only have one,” Malone said. “It is what it is. We can talk about it, fair or unfair. It doesn’t really matter.”

Barton back

Will Barton has been out since the second game of the season and been close to returning for weeks. It wasn’t until Saturday that he felt most comfortable coming off the bench and giving the Nuggets 6 points on 2 for 10 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in almost 16 minutes of action.

“Felt okay,” Barton said. “Body felt okay. Better than I thought it would.”

Barton, who had surgery to repair hip and core muscles on Oct. 23, said he finally reached a turning point amid his 3-on-3 workouts.

“When I saw I wasn’t thinking about it as much (during 3-on-3), I said it’s time to give it a try,” Barton said. “I was pretty excited. Everyone knows I love basketball. Been away from the game for almost half the season.”

In due time Barton will likely re-enter the starting lineup and replace Torrey Craig, who’s emerged as one of the Nuggets’ best defenders and proven to be a capable 3-point shooter in recent weeks. But even with Barton back, the Nuggets still weren’t whole Saturday as Gary Harris (hamstring) missed his third straight game.

The Nuggets haven’t had their full complement of starters available since the second game of the season. Perhaps they reach that landmark on Sunday, all eager to erase the memory of a bad night in Phoenix.