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Posts Tagged ‘Beastie Boys’

PR Win: GoldieBlox Releases Beastie-Free Remix. See What They Did There?

Funny how the GoldieBlox/Beastie Boys spat turned everyone on the Internet into a legal wonk this week.

Because you care, the weird one from Radiohead was #TeamBeastie:

Anyway, you may have heard that the company re-released the commercial without the offending song. Check out the new version and the statement:

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Beastie Boys vs. Goldieblox: Who’s Suing Who, Again?

Beastie Boys Studio Portrait

Today in Legal Grey Area news: what’s with the pre-emptive lawsuit trend?

The surviving Beastie Boys (RIP AdRock) no longer have to fight for their right to much of anything…but their lawyers were supposedly itching to battle the makers of that “three little girls” Goldieblox spot that everyone liked last week because it basically remixed the Boys’ sexist 1987 single “Girls” into a female power anthem. These guys told the company that the viral video was a “‘big problem’ that has a ‘very significant impact.‘”

In other words, take it down right now or we will so sue.

What a bunch of bullies, right? Eh, maybe not…

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Hack to Flack: A Former Journalist’s Guide to Better PR Pitches

Today we’re happy to bring you a guest post by Lindsay Goldwert, a senior program executive at a global tech PR firm. Before she leapt to the dark side, Lindsay worked at the New York Daily News, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CourtTV, Glamour and Redbook. In her spare time, she writes short stories.

As a communications vet who’s worn both the “journalism” and “PR” hats, she provides us with a very unique take on the delicate dance that we call “media relations.” Enjoy!

I have a confession: until very recently I was a working journalist–and I was very cruel to PR people.

Who could blame me? Tasked with writing and producing “life & style” content for the New York Daily News’s bustling website, I could not be bothered with endless email pitches that had nothing to do with my beat. I got snippy when people called to ask me if I had received their e-mail, yet every time I cleared my inbox it managed to fill up again within the hour.

By mid-morning every day, I already had a slate of content to work on–most of it stories that bounced off the day’s news. Yet PR people still called me (always when I was on deadline) to ask whether I might have time for a desk-side client interview or a three-hour lunch event.

Didn’t they know that, as a digital reporter, I never left my desk? Soon, I didn’t just ignore emails from PR people — I deleted them en masse without reading them. Eventually, I got so frustrated with the ill-timed telephone calls that I just stopped picking up my phone altogether.

Sound familiar?

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Taco Bell Tweets for MCA?

Today we got the very sad news that the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, died after a years-long battle with cancer. The news has taken over Twitter and is prompting all sorts of media coverage and tributes.

One of those tributes came from @TacoBell, which tweeted:

Our eagle-eared colleague Alex Weprin recalled a Taco Bell reference in a Beastie Boys song. Upon further investigation, he discovered that the line comes from “Long Burn the Fire” and goes a little something like this:

Now that we’re here, back and raising hell
I’m running wild like rats in the Taco Bell

Sounds like someone saw what was trending and went a little tweet happy without first double-checking. Or Taco Bell is totally got over that jab. Either way, #RIPMCA. You will be missed.