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Posts Tagged ‘GLAAD’

Delta Airlines: Now Boarding ‘H8GAYS’

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Welcome to Crisis Communications 101, class. I’m your professor, Dr. SPW.

In today’s forum, we will explore the constant downward spiral known as the airline industry. You see, since the horrific tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, all airlines were confronted with insurmountable obstacles to keep flying. There was national fear, distrust and avoidance of flight. Some flied for bankruptcy protection. Others went belly up completely. This brings us to Delta Airlines, which used to embody the endearing acronym “Don’t Even Leave The Airport.”

And now, that vitriol has come back, reared its ugly and may scratch its damn eyes out. Why? The real-not-photoshopped-amazing-to-hard-to-believe-that-was-coincidental-boarding-pass above is a good hint.

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Storytelling for Media ProfessionalsStarting April 22, this in-person workshop will teach you the specific ways to incorporate storytelling into your personal and professional life. Students will examine the role of storytelling in business and put their newfound skills into practice with a series of improvisation, writing, and presentation exercises designed to help them uncover personal stories. Register now! 

Daily Mail Takes Down Story That Prompted Alec Baldwin’s Latest Twitter Rant

Alec Baldwin on “Late Night with David Letterman”

The Daily Mail has removed the story it posted stating that Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral on Thursday. After further investigation, it turns out that the reporter, George Stark, who’s in Los Angeles, didn’t take the time difference between the East and West Coast into account. The tweets actually went up after the funeral.

The Daily Mail has apologized “for any distress caused,” but the Kraken was already released and Baldwin had some apologizing of his own to do.

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Jason Alexander’s Epic Apology

Seinfeld star and Jenny Craig success story Jason Alexander stepped in it big time when he called cricket “a gay sport” during an appearance on The Late Late Show last week. Judging by the quotes here, he didn’t just stop with one dumb comment, but decided to go all-in with some others. Ass.

Anyways, after a firestorm erupted, Alexander issued an apology on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website. But not just any apology. An epic letter that goes on for hundreds of words that not only goes back to the incident at hand, but talks about the nature of comedy, where the jokes came from, the media attention that bullying is getting, and the deeper reason why his comments were offensive.

He writes:

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Millions Wear Purple in Honor of Spirit Day

In honor of the teenagers who recently committed suicide after they were bullied for being gay, October 20 has been declared Spirit Day.

Purple is the unifying color for the day; millions are expected to both wear the color and create purple versions of their Twitter and Facebook pages in support.  Among those millions are the E! News and E! News Now anchors, including Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, who will be wearing purple for this evening’s broadcast, according to a press release.

According to Laura McGinnis, a spokesperson for The Trevor Project, an organization focused on preventing suicide among LGBT youth, gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual young people.

In addition, McGinnis told USA Today, “it’s unclear whether there has been an increase in suicides by gay and lesbian young people but the issue has gotten more attention. More suicides are being recognized by family, teachers and friends as being the result of bullying or harassment because of sexual orientation.”

The story says 1.4 million have pledged their participation on Facebook. Information about how to take part in the day’s commemoration is available on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website.