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Posts Tagged ‘Dov Charney’

Cover Battle: Businessweek or Town & Country

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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Bloomberg Businessweek taking on Town & Country. Businessweek went with an illustration of Dov Charney in what is probably his favorite place to be. As for whether he’s allowed to be there, well, that’s debatable.

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The Village Voice Interviews Dov Charney

The Village Voice nabbed an interview with the elusive Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel, and he doesn’t disappoint with his answers. As you’ve probably read, Charney is currently fighting a sexual abuse lawsuit and his company is on the verge of bankruptcy. But have no fear, says Charney, because he’s just like Michael Jackson, and the real problem is the media:

​I don’t know if my reputation is bad. I mean, you’re free to say that. I don’t know if it’s for sure that one could stamp ‘bad reputation’ on my forehead. There’s a class of people who don’t think Michael Jackson was guilty of some of the things he was accused of. Not everybody believes what they read. The media — there’s a nasty streak in the media.

Uh, right. It’s our fault people are suing you and your business is hemorrhaging money.

And just in case you feel bad for Charney, don’t, because he has plenty of support. “I have academics that call me frequently and write me. I have employees that are extremely loyal to what I do — my mission. I have fans.”

Academics! Also, something tells us that fan club is creepy. But we’re the media, so don’t believe us.

American Apparel Is Back With Pubic Vengeance

Judging strictly from the horrendous press it has received in the past few months, American Apparel might as well blow up its factory and give its spandex away to the homeless. The company is done for.

But the Downtown LA-based company is still kicking. Its stock has more than doubled since hitting a low of 66 cents a share this past August. And CEO Dov Charney must be feeling confident. Because his company has unleashed a new wave of pubic hair-centric ads into the media market. Not sure how this is possible, but the giant bush you see to the right somehow comes across as more tasteful than the company’s previous ads–which relied heavily on crotch shots of nubile, spandex-clad, extremely young models.

Not that we’re complaining.

Joanne Lipman: A New Prototype of Feminism in Journalism?

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One year ago, Portfolio was on its last legs. After the market saw the biggest plummet in decades, the cover of the business magazine had American Apparel founder Dov Charney on the cover: A misstep for the magazines that some say it never recovered from. The waiting game of Portfolio‘s cut from the Conde Nast empire wasn’t long, and many blamed editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman for the bad turns the title had taken.

Six months later, Lipman is back, in a New York Times weekend editorial, talking about feminism and inequality in the workplace, which some groups have read as her bitter grapes towards Si Newhouse for killing off Portfolio. But her argument is more than just sarcasm towards a former boss: If you don’t think there are still issues of gender divided in the newsroom bullpen, then maybe you should go back and read some Nan Robertson.

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Charney’s Letter About Allen Billboard…Dov Still Greasy

President of American Apparel, Dov Charney sent us this letter about the lawsuit by Woody Allen that was settled today.

Here’s a good rule: if you have to explain it to Woody Allen – it’s not funny. Here’s another: the First Amendment is the government not infringing on your expression, not Woody Allen not infringing on your expression of his image with your logo.

Plus, Charney gets into a bit of revisionist history and claims there is this whole conspiracy making people believe he’s a huge pervert. This coming from a guy that started masturbating in front of a reporter from Jane. He used to flaunt it, now he’s the victim of bad press and misunderstandings. Uh huh.

Whole letter is printed below:

Today the lawsuit filed against American Apparel by Woody Allen will settle whereby he will receive a 5 million dollar payment. The vast majority of this payment will be paid by our insurance carrier who is responsible for the decision to settle this case and has controlled the defense of this case since its inception. Naturally there is some relief of not having to go through a trial but I also harbor a sense of remorse and sadness for not arguing an important issue regarding the First Amendment, particularly the ability of an individual or corporation to invoke the likeness of a public figure in a satiric and social statement.

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American Apparel Settles With Woody, Dov Still Greasy

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American Apparel used Woody Allen‘s image as a Rabbi, without his permission, for one of their ads.

Allen wasn’t happy about it, as expected.

They settled for a sum or $5 million…which can buy a lot of tween knee highs.

Associated Press reports:

Reading from a statement outside court, Allen said he hoped the outcome “would discourage American Apparel or anyone else from ever trying such a thing again.”

American Apparel president Dov Charney told reporters it wasn’t his decision to settle. The company’s insurance company “controlled the defense” in the case, he said.

“I’m not sorry of expressing myself,” he said.

Speak for yourself, dude.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37396444-01094526.jpgWoody Sues Dov: Woody Allen sued American Apparel Inc. for using images from Annie Hall without his consent. And not, as we had initially assumed, for being manhandled by Dov Charney.

33562141-01084927.jpgJoke’s On Us: LAT does another one of its picture-book thingies, this one focusing on pranks done by and to celebrities. We don’t want to split hairs (especially since they were so kind as to include two photos of George Clooney), but that Bill Gates pie incident was more of political protest than a prank. Anyhoo, enjoy.

37366087.jpgOne Strong Mouse: Disney uses the full weight of its media empire to promote good-will and champion for peace the Jonas Brothers.