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CBS Warns Grammy Performers: No Boobs, Butts or Crotches!

To PR News‘s “7 Media Relations Tips for Joe Flacco” list we’d like to add: Don’t drop the F-bomb on live TV! The uptight ninnies at the FCC got a little upset about Flacco’s apparent resemblance to a drunken sailor after the Parents Television Council insisted that they investigate CBS for failing to bleep the offending word.

CBS is also airing the 55th Grammy Awards this Sunday, and we’re guessing that the Flacco incident may have inspired the network’s standards and practices department to issue this ridiculous email warning to the performers’ managers and publicists.

The full message has to be seen to be believed (emphasis ours):

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.

No “actual brand name products”? No “organized causes”? No audience members with “partially seen obscenity” on their clothing? No “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure?” (Psst…we think we can see Rihanna’s “bare fleshy under curves” in the pic above. Someone call the FCC!)

It’s almost like the folks at CBS just ignored the last fifty years of pop music! Oh, and if they’re so concerned with maintaining standards, why the hell do they keep inviting Chris Brown?

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Had Enough Chris Brown? There’s An App for That

Confession: We’ve never listened to any of Chris Brown’s music, and we don’t really get what the big deal is about him. But we do know that he has a very strange PR strategy.

After receiving a whole lot of bad press over the past two or three years, Brown seems determined to do everything in his power to convince Americans that he is a very strange man. In the long tradition of celebrities embarrassing themselves in the name of publicity, he clearly believes that any attention is good attention, and his strategy is working: Americans may have a love/hate relationship with him, but they read about his exploits every week in the tabloid press.

His latest stunts are even more bizarre than usual—mere days after a sidewalk fight with Drake‘s entourage, he was spotted with a big new neck tattoo that very closely resembles photos of a bruised Rihanna after he beat her way back in 2009. It’s all a little baffling, and many readers who love their celebrity gossip are sick of hearing about the latest exploits of “Chris Breezy.”

Are you one of those readers? As promised, there’s an app for that.

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Is MTV Still Relevant?

Throughout its more than three-decade history, MTV has gone from showcasing the latest and greatest meetings of pop music and short film to being a platform in which the stars of reality TV find new ways to behave badly–again and again.

The question has been asked repeatedly over the past few years, but after a somewhat lackluster Video Music Awards and the cancellation of the network’s most valuable property, “Jersey Shore“, we have to repeat it: is MTV still relevant? And where does the brand go from here?

With all the talk of Snooki and “Teen Mom”, it’s easy to forget that last year’s VMAs, starring Alicia Keys and a pregnant Beyonce, earned the highest ratings in MTV history. Still, an awards show that only involves six actual awards is very different from the VMAs we knew as kids. And the fact that the biggest moment of last night’s ceremony was a hug exchanged between Rihanna and Chris Brown reveals something about its relevance.

In a telling interview with Forbes, MTV’s executive vice president of music and talent Amy Doyle emphasizes the network’s continued focus on, well, music.

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People Willing to Believe Every Negative Thing Said About Chris Brown

Not satisfied to win a Grammy, perform on the blockbuster awards show, and have millions of fans and a best-selling album, Chris Brown took to Twitter this week to respond to critics with lots of F bombs.

Some music fans, still disgusted by his assault on Rihanna before the 2009 Grammys,  took issue with Brown’s inclusion and eventual win during this year’s ceremony. According to Mashable, a trending phrase during the broadcast was “wife beater.”

Brown lashed out with a series of tweets. However, only one was captured before they were deleted: “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F–K OFF.”

Today, Us Weekly claims that Brown approached a woman in a Grammy gift suite prior to the show and used the line, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you!” We know the tabloid mag isn’t always the most reliable news source, but the story is getting picked up because Brown’s reputation makes it seem totally feasible. And, Us Weekly goes on to report that his rep responded to inquiries about the truth of this with, “I’d be surprised if Chris said something that stupid.” No one else would be surprised. Not in the least.

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Chris Brown’s Rep Denies Tales of Recent Homophobic Temper Tantrum

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At the BET Awards just three weeks ago, it seemed as if Chris Brown had truly found redemption: He won five trophies, thrilled the audience with a tracks-medley from his latest release, F.A.M.E. — his first No.1 album — and thanked fans for sticking with him down the “long road” since his arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.

It appears, though, the guy’s still got some temper issues.

According to RadarOnline.com — and its sibling publication, Star magazine — a ticked-off Brown berated fellow players in a recent pickup basketball game by shouting anti-gay slurs “when things didn’t go his way during the game.”

“His demeanor was over-the-top,” an alleged eyewitness said.

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Are Clients Getting More Demanding With Media Outlets?

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A couple of weeks ago, we said that making outsized requests to reporters about the stories they’re working on is a bad idea after a film company’s grumble about the tone of a Moviefone story turned into an AOL dustup. After reading a few recent stories, it looks like big demands are becoming more common.

During his mea culpa for pitching a fit at the GMA studios, Chris Brown said that it’s normal for he and his team to submit talking points to a potential interviewer. If the interviewer doesn’t agree with the talking points, Brown will take a pass. (In that case, GMA said it received no talking points.)

This week, demands from both Sarah Palin and Britney Spears have turned into stories. Do we smell a trend?

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Chris Brown Admits That Transparency Isn’t One of His Talking Points

On Tuesday, Chris Brown lost it. Today, he’s apologizing on BET’s 106th and Park.

We asked if PR could help him out (we saw a couple of simple “No” responses pop up on Twitter), and Mike Paul, president of MGP & Associates PR, offers an answer on his blog, The Reputation Doctor (along with the assertion that “he could really help this kid”).

In addition to intensive media training prior to the F.A.M.E. release, Paul writes, “Chris Brown needs to own the issue of hitting Rihanna. He needs to speak about it often and in every interview to prove he has learned from his mistakes and will never hit a woman again.”

*Update after the jump.

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Chris Brown Has A Meltdown. Can PR Come to His Rescue?

Chris Brown made a cringe-worthy appearance today on Good Morning America that, according to TMZ, ended with Brown breaking a window, ripping off his shirt, and confronting a segment producer.

Brown had been there to promote his new album “F.A.M.E.,” which GMA‘s Robin Roberts points out in the interview (available via TVNewser) is doing well. He left before taping another performance that was meant to appear on the ABC website, essentially cutting off his nose to spite his face if, as he stresses over and over, he’s there to promote his album.

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Quinn Gillespie Digital Guru Parties with Salahi

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America’s Most Wanted and the White House’s most-booted: newly minted Quinn Gillespie & Associates’ director of digital Chris Brown got his picture taken last night with famous gate crasher Michaele Salahi. Meanwhile, Washington Post Reliable Source columnist Amy Argetsingerone was was ironically, busy getting bounced.

RELATED: Quinn Gillespie & Associates Hires America’s Most Wanted Editor To Lead Digital Strategy

Toyota Hires Even More PR

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Toyota strengthened its PR bench within the Beltway last week, adding agencies Glover Park Group and Quinn Gillespie & Associates to a roster that already included Powell Tate and Golin Harris.

Now, Southern California Toyota dealers have hired Sitrick and Co., a crisis firm known mostly for their work with high profile clients like Michael Jackson, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Paris Hilton. The agency also handled PR for rapper Chris Brown after his altercation with then girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy’s last year. Agency namesake Michael Sitrick reportedly bills at $700 an hour.

The dealers hiring an agency does make sense, as media reports on the Toyota recall often quote dealers, who are more likely to give a straightforward take on the matter, as opposed to Toyota corporate executives, who have been fully briefed on talking points and are more likely to give the company line.

“The true and accurate story has not gotten out there. We want to make sure that, when the media reports on the issue, they get the correct facts and get the dealers’ point of view,” Sitrick told Automotive News.

Sitrick and Co. was acquired by consulting firm Resources Connection Inc. in October 2009.

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