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SNL ‘Addresses’ Its Diversity Problem

We’re all aware that the world’s top tech companies have received a bit of flak in our media for a very real lack of diversity within their ranks.

Saturday Night Live had the same problem, and the show’s runners addressed it by hiring some new talent. Today SNL released a promo making further light of the controversy with the help of former cast member Bill Hader:

You may recall that Kenan himself attracted some criticism one year ago for attributing the lack of non-white performers on the show to a weak talent pool.

SNL can laugh about this now, but a couple of headline hirings with a bonus guest appearance by Hader is probably not the answer for Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.

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Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons Takes a Stand for Scottish Independence

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It’s common for celebrities to publicly back political candidates or openly support causes they care about, but no one ever asks fictional cartoon characters what they think, and as it turns out, they might just have a lot to say — The latest pop culture icon to release a statement urging his countrymen to vote a certain way is none other than the (highly) animated Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons.

The proud Scotsman has officially weighed in on the upcoming vote that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom.

“Now, both sides of this argument have valid points,” Willie amicably admits at the beginning of the video (below, after the jump), but his true opinions become clear when he goes on to describe those opposing sides as “the freedom-loving heirs of the highland tradition, and those who enjoy crawling like worms under British boots.”

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7 Things PR Pros Can Learn From Joan Rivers

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Late last week, a comedic legend left us a little bit happier than when she arrived: Joan Rivers passed at the age of 81.

If you’d been watching Twitter when news of her cardiac arrest during throat surgery broke, you’d be appalled to know how many people didn’t realize that she was famous well before E! Network’s famously bitchy Fashion Police. Yet her raspy voice, blunt humor, and keen insights (all wrapped in her trademarked “Can We Talk,” pronounced “tawwwwk”).

She was many things to many people, but this groundbreaking comedienne was also a bit of an inspiration to us PR strategist types. She was always my mother’s favorite funny person, so I’ve received more than an earful of the potty-mouthed legend in my day.

That’s what got me thinking: if we look hard enough, we can find seven things that we (flacks) can all learn from Joan Rivers.

Dive in after the jump.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Westboro Baptist Church Found a Way to Make Us All Happy

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THINK FAST: Who do you hate more? The terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or the Westboro Baptist “Church”? Hard to choose, but to help make the decision, I believe we would all love to see a no-disqualification cage match.

Whelp, you may get your chance soon enough. Yes, seriously. 

An Australian comic named Adam Hills heard about Westboro’s plans to picket the funeral of Robin Williams. Speaking on behalf of the rest of us, he wondered how far those idiots would take their God-loathing, humanity-hating bravado. So, he offered to pay for them to fly to Iraq and picket ISIS.

And Westboro accepted. See? You’re smiling, aren’t you? Happiness achieved.

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Grammer on Grammar: Frasier Corrects Twitter’s Atrocious Language

The doctor is in: actor Kelsey Grammer announced his arrival in the Twitterverse with the below message on June 30.

Since then, he’s been keeping his promise of enlightening Twitter users about the finer points (or, in some cases, the basics) of proper grammar by correcting poorly-crafted tweets.

We imagine this is just what Doctor Frasier Crane would have done, had Twitter existed in 1999. His (imagined) response in GIF form after the jump.

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Consumers are Clueless Sheep in ‘Marketing: The Musical’

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How do you get a bunch of marketing and branding professionals to attend a convention? By reminding them that they have a deeply important social responsibility to hone their skills, because without them, consumers would be lost, doddling oafs unable to make a single decision or find direction or meaning in their empty, uninformed lives. Obviously.

Oh, and making that reminder musical doesn’t hurt, either.

The invitation to the Canadian Marketing Association‘s 2014 convention states matter-of-factly, “People want to want things. Consumers need you to go.” And to hammer that message home, Toronto agency Cundari has created musical numbers from fictional production “Marketing: The Musical,” which feature lyrics like these:

“Should I buy the red one or the blue? I wish someone would tell me what to think; then I would know what to drink.”

And:

“Our cars are pretty much identical in every single way, so I really need some branding to know how much we paid. Without a logo or hood ornament, I’m in a big predicament.” Read more

THIS JUST IN: ‘Judgment Maps’ Are Now a Thing

THIS JUST IN 2We all have our favorite map apps, with most of the debate placing Google Maps and Apple Maps in the coliseum in a fight to the death. Hopefully, first up in homicide will be that bimbo scolding me with “recalculating.”

Anywho, while GPS makers try to keep their products relevant, there is another kind of maps quickly populating Web browsers across this great land of ours — JudgmentalMaps.com.

These annotated maps take a comedic, but arguably realistic, slant on how to get about town. How many times have you been new in a city and wondered where are the places to avoid? Well, this is the map for you.

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Here’s What Happens When a Comedian Takes Over Your Twitter Account

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In case you missed it, comedians are pretty good at using social networks–especially Twitter. It’s not just Rob Delaney.

Now, you may be excused for responding to the prospect of a funnyman/woman taking over a client’s account with a brief panic attack.

Yet comedy and social media are such natural partners that a pairing could be a huge win for your client.

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