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Wayne Knight Still Happy to Be Known as ‘Newman’

Pity the one-hit wonders: the Mark Hammils, Jaleel Whites, Peter Framptons, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners of the world who achieve a moment in the spotlight and then disappear, leaving us with a single song, film or sitcom character to remember them by.

According to Dan Amira of Daily Intel, Mr. Wayne Knight, who made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention this week on behalf of The Creative Coalition, is quite happy to be known, now and forever, as Seinfeld‘s Newman, despite the fact that his wife is “tired” of strangers stopping him on the street and asking him to say “Hello…Jerry.”

Based on the seventh season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (which we take to be 100% true to life), we feel like Knight now views his best-known character with more fondness than does Jason Alexander, who has voiced a certain displeasure with his inability to transcend George Costanza.

So, publicists: Should actors, musicians and other creatives who are known for a single role or song embrace their claims to fame or spend the rest of their lives aiming to move beyond their one big moment in the sun?

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Congressmen Don’t Seem to Understand Women

Just when you thought we had run the Todd Akinlegitimate rape” controversy into the ground, here come some more choice quotes for the grist mill. In the words of Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in!”

Who’s the latest victim of his own poor PR “strategy?” Local press recently asked Pennsylvania senate candidate Tom Smith to weigh in on the Akin controversy–and he just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. We can imagine his advisers cringing as he implied that a daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy is “similar” to pregnancy by rape “from a father’s position.”

Who advises these guys on conducting interviews? Do they not realize that more than half of Americans happen to be female, and that a large majority of them are not particularly receptive to such statements? And do their advisers not warn them against dangling such idiotic quotes before a hungry press?  If they really want to win election, they might want to hire publicists or trainers who actually understand these “issues”—how about some real-life women? Any volunteers?

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