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Hotel CEO on Airbnb: ‘We Wish We’d Thought of It’

Well, yeah. If you have any hospitality or “sharing economy” clients, you’re going to want to check out this interview with Choice Hotels CEO Steve Joyce, which ran on Bloomberg yesterday.

Given the fact that Airbnb recently decided to change course and (sort of) “play nice” with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, this looks like a “next step” in the conversation between traditional service providers and their “disruptors.” In that story, an Airbnb spokesperson said “We need to work together on some sensible rules.” Flash forward to yesterday:

(If you can’t see this video, you might need to click the top link. It’s being difficult.)

A key quote:

“We love this new collaborative approach…and we’re trying to figure out how to take advantage of it.”

Sounds like capitulation, doesn’t it?

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Here’s Your First PR Sitcom, ‘Seriously Distracted’

In the past we’ve mentioned the fact that depictions of PR in pop culture don’t tend to be too positive. The fictional names that come to mind are Samantha Jones, Olivia Pope and…The Kroll Show. There are some exceptions like FXX’s You’re the Worst, but despite the fact that its female lead works in PR, we don’t see much of what she does beyond hanging with the rap group that seems to be her only client.

When we heard back in March that PopSugar would produce its own mini-sitcom about the industry, we were…interested. Last week, “Seriously Distracted” debuted on PopSugar’s entertainment and celebrity sites, and we were happy to see that it stars Amy Sedaris, brother of serial embellish-er David Sedaris and former star of Stephen Colbert vehicle Strangers with Candy.

Here’s the first episode, guest-starring Kimiko Glenn of Orange is the New Black:

Honest question, since we’ve never worked with unjustly famous people: do they really get this bad?

In summary: the employees of Le Grande PR are (almost) all female and their prospective clients are ignorant, self-obsessed celebrities. But Sedaris’s hair is great, isn’t it? And did you catch the 30 Rock reference?

Second episode after the jump. It involves middle-aged women on Tinder.

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Florida Association for Women Lawyers Not a Fan of NBC’s Bad Judge

kate walshHave you watched the NBC program Bad Judge? Doesn’t look like many people have. Except perhaps the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. The president of the Miami-Dade chapter, Deborah Baker, has sent a strongly-worded letter to the CEO of the network Steve Burke asking him to cancel the show because it’s a step backward for womankind.

“The show depicts a female judge as unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized, and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power,” the letter says.

And there’s more: “A misogynist who believes that women in power cannot control their sexuality, their bodies and their professional or personal conduct would have their views endorsed by this show.”

Yikes. But in fairness, this show isn’t trying to be Law & Order.

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How Not to Give an Interview (or Sing the National Anthem)

So you’ve probably heard about last night’s botched version of our own national anthem — and the subsequent apology from, depending on where you read it, “nu metaler Aaron Lewis” or “country singer Aaron Lewis” (how can one be both?!).

That’s after the jump, but here’s another example of how not to behave when the cameras are on, via Vision Vancouver and Kirk LaPointe, a former journalist running for governor of Vancouver on the brilliantly named Non-Partisan Association ticket.

We can debate how effective this “walk away” method turned out to be. Later, LaPointe elaborated on the matter at hand in a Reddit AMA, writing that he does not support current proposals to raise money for public transit via a carbon tax because “…that tax has to be revenue-neutral, and more than half of the money is returned to lower-income British Columbians. So, directing it to transit penalizes those who can least afford it.”

On second thought, we can see why he didn’t bother answering a question about who came up with a proposal he doesn’t even support in the first place. And we like the fact that he runs a blog on journalistic standards and ethics; the Ford brothers definitely can’t make that claim.

Now for that botched national anthem:

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There Are Safety Instructions Somewhere In Air New Zealand’s New ‘Hobbit’-Themed Video

Air New Zealand is back with their latest safety video, this time starring many of the cast members from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which opens December 17th. Amid all of the giant birds, wizards and celebrity cameos, there might be one thing that gets lost: the safety message.
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Brad Pitt Uses ‘Between Two Ferns’ to Promote His Charity

Another week, another episode of the Funny or Die/Zach Galifianakis series “Between Two Ferns.”

When last we checked in on our hirsute comedian, he was interviewing the president — and we argued that the move was a smart one to promote enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.

In this episode, Brad Pitt deals with a bit of Galifianakis’ gentle ribbing to (sort of) promote his charity, Make It Right.

Note how he managed to drop the name in there before Louis C.K. made his appearance.

Pitt’s org built homes in New Orleans’ ninth ward for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina before running into some bad PR around the beginning of the year thanks to reports that some of the houses were “rotting from the inside out.

So, while this appearance may  not lead to thousands of donations, it was a pretty good decision on Pitt’s part to play along so he could make the mention, no?

FKA Twigs Is Making Google Glass Less Lame

FKA Twigs, dancer, musician and rumored Robert Pattinson girlfriend, has made her directorial debut with a new video called “#throughglass” that blends song, dance and technology through her use of Google Glass.

Google Glass has got an image problem. And you know it’s a big one when people who use them frequently are called “glassholes” by everyone including mainstream media. Not exactly the group you want to be a member of. But this video has got people calling Glasscool.” This could be just the kind of buzz this new device needs.

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NO MORE Unveils New Anti-Domestic Violence PSA Starring NFL Players

Today on TODAY, the National Football League made what looks like its biggest attempt to date to address the ongoing struggle with the domestic violence in its ranks.

This is the first concrete evidence of work performed by the league’s recently created “social responsibility team,” which includes its own community affairs VP Anna Isaacson and three (female) advisers, each of whom has extensive experience dealing with domestic violence and sex crimes.

The clip stars some of the league’s most prominent players, beginning with Giants quarterback Eli Manning:

This PSA was created to promote NO MORE, an anti-DM advocacy group founded by Law and Order actress Mariska Hargitay (who directed along with fellow actors Tate Donovan and Blair Underwood). You may note that it’s a variation on a PSA released last year that starred various actors.

That one after the jump.

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Art (Unfortunately) Imitates Life for Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven

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Recently, one of the most (seemingly) wholesome actors of the small screen revealed a very dark and disturbing secret — at least, that’s what we thought.

Stephen Collins – who played the pastor/dad on the WB TV show 7th Heaven – apparently confessed to his counselor that he was a child molester. TMZ received and posted on the tape, which prompted a criminal investigation.

Although that came up inconclusive (which means he probably won’t be prosecuted), there’s other news: Later this year, Collins will play a pedophile on TV.

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Governor Rick Scott Doesn’t Respond Well to Fans

More specifically, the Governor couldn’t handle his opponent’s single fan, which former Governor Charlie Crist was apparently using to keep cool in the Florida heat at yesterday’s would-be gubernatorial debate.

The intro segment has to be seen to be believed:

This went on for seven full minutes before Rick finally rolled onto the stage. Scott’s subsequent attempt to explain his own juvenile behavior is even better:

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