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Sad Dogma: Pope Francis Did Not Say All Dogs Go to Heaven

pope francis animalsIf your friends follow the PRNewserverse (and why shouldn’t they), everyone would tell you that Pope Francis is the patron saint of PR.

For the most part, the guy has held the Midas Touch in those ruby red shoes and golden scepter of his since he took the helm of the Holy See. Lately, he has gone off his granola path by claiming evolution was cool and demoting a Cardinal for not respecting his ‘aut-thor-i-tay.’

However, he quickly won back some headlines by claiming all animals have a place in heaven.

Lovers of our four-legged friends across the Catholic Church were giddy with comfort and expectation. And then, word came out this week that he didn’t quite say that.  Read more

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Pittsburgh Penguins Broadcaster Jokes About ‘I Can’t Breathe’

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(Photo Credit/Screen Grab via Deadspin)

People protest for various reasons. Most of them are good.

Today, thanks to the power of national TV, social media, and a little bit of merchandising, sociopolitical or economic causes can take on a whole new life. Most recently, the death of New York native Eric Garner – who died after an NYPD officer applied a chokehold to restrain him — inspired more than 25,000 to march in Manhattan this weekend.

The line “I Can’t Breathe” has been seen everywhere as a result, and a local sportscaster thought it was fair game for a bad joke. Read more

Frozen Director Finally Apologizes for ‘Let it Go’

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You have seen all the Pixar or Disney greats (or both, since the Mouse bought Pixar). You have fallen in love with the characters. You may have caught yourself singing a couple of those songs in the shower.

And then came Frozen.

Whatever the reason, this billion-dollar blockbuster continues to charm as many minds as it makes into mush. So the director of the colossal animated hit did what any big-time Hollywood director would do…

She apologized.

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This Week in Apologies

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Today we’d like to do something just a little bit different: a roundup of the week that was…in public apologies.

Since the world still turned and businesses still had to make money over the past seven days, plenty of public figures and brands needed to say “I’m sorry.”

Let’s run through them in a completely arbitrary order…

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Strange Fruit PR Changing Its Name After Twitter Shows Them How Awful It Is

 

Do a search for Strange Fruit PR online and you’ll find nothing but blank pages. That’s because the firm has deleted its website and all of its social media accounts in order to come up with a new name after the backlash to the original moniker became a firestorm.

The Austin-based firm even got an unwanted shout out from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes over their name.

 

Time and again, the PR industry talks about how it needs to diversify. Firms are also quick to talk up their efforts to tap into various resources to get the best and the brightest to offer insight and expertise from different races, nationalities, from women and those with experiences from both inside publicity and outside of it, in all sorts of other areas and backgrounds. Firms far and wide say they’re working hard to be inclusive.

The fact that this firm took this name shows just how far the industry still has to go.

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Rolling Stone Revises Apology as Backlash Against its Handling of Rape Story Grows

A Note to Our Readers | Rolling StoneIn order to change the current culture and systems that allow colleges and universities to systematically fail victims of sexual assault in the name of self-preservation and rosier PR, many things must take place — not the least of which is the spreading of awareness of such egregious failures through deep-digging, responsible journalism. It’s for this reason that Rolling Stone‘s recent article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” was so explosive; it’s also the reason that the magazine’s bad-to-worse handling of the story has caused such a massive firestorm.

A few weeks after the magazine published its account of “Jackie’s” brutal assault by seven members of a UVA fraternity, some discrepancies in the details of the student’s story began to surface. In response, Rolling Stone posted a statement on Friday, signed by managing editor Will Dana, which admitted, “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account,” and then added, “We have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”

This “apology” didn’t sit well with many readers, as it seemed, rather than taking responsibility for its own failure to fact-check, the magazine was effectively placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of a possible trauma victim. The backlash was swift, and many took to Twitter, using the hashtag #IStandWithJackie to call out the magazine, pointing out that trauma victims often misremember details, and that this didn’t necessarily mean her story was fundamentally untrue.


Rather than further apologizing for its tone-deaf apology, the magazine responded by quietly deleting its statement and publishing an updated version the next day. The new version explains the editorial choices in greater detail and puts the responsibility of fact-checking and well-rounded research back on its own plate. The statement reads in part: Read more

Mariah Carey Wants Her Voice Back for Christmas

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Do you remember the time when Mariah Carey did that thing with her voice that threatened to permanently damage your dog’s hearing? No one really knew how she did it, but mutt owners everywhere felt the power of her vocal gymnastics.

The ghost of Christmas past just called, and its wants Carey’s ’90s starlet tones back.

If you were around a TV (or the Web went the dang thing went viral), you know that ghost spooked Carey and already stole the thing. During the annual tree lighting ceremony at 30 Rock last night, she was supposed to sing her classic Yuletide tune “All I Want for Christmas Is You“…

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Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes (Again) For Violating Ebola Quarantine

snyderman tweetDr. Nancy Snyderman made her return to the Today show this morning to once again apologize for all of the hubbub surrounding her outing during her voluntary quarantine. Rather than just saying she was sorry for breaking the rules, she and Matt Lauer got more specific about what exactly went wrong.

Besides “scaring my community,” she says she was guilty of “adding to the confusion of terms” that was happening.

Adds Lauer, “In your situation it wasn’t about what was medically right to do. It was about breaking a promise.” She agrees.

And with that, they hit the issue on the head.

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When Geeks Attack: Mattel Apologizes for ‘Barbie Can’t Code’ Book

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Graphic artist? Maybe. Engineer? Not so much. 

According to Mattel (BarbieMedia.com), Barbie has held more than 150 different jobs “spanning from registered nurse to rock star, veterinarian to aerobics instructor, pilot to police officer.”

Maybe a temp pool is next for the former bikini model?

Her latest career turn had many people in the tech world irate because of a seemingly sexist approach: seems Barbie can’t do much with a computer beyond plugging it in.

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How Bad Was Uber’s ‘Apology?’

You all saw Uber CEO Travis Kalinick‘s version of an “apology” earlier this week. We gave the company’s official response to its SVP of business’s “we will DESTROY you and your family” threat to Pando’s Sarah Lacy a D+ for minimal effort, and Lacy herself agreed, telling CNN that the company needs “accountability.” We take that to mean actions rather than empty words, but today a Bloomberg report covered by Mashable strongly indicated that the guilty party, Emil Michael, won’t be going anywhere.

Today our friends at Fast Company gave us their hot take on the story, and it’s quite amusing. Take it away, Jason Feifer:

Have to agree with him here: an apology made via a series of tweets reads, “do I REALLY have to do this?”

We have no idea what additional steps the company will take since Kalanick has been silent over the past couple of days. In the meantime, we’ll make a point of NOT waiting for more expert commentary from one Ashton Kutcher.

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