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Marc Jacobs Wants to Save Miley Cyrus from Herself

Or at least that’s what we (and the Financial Times, registration req’d) gathered from his latest ad campaign.

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She’s 50% more emo now, see? She even wears her sunglasses at night so she can hide her red eyes. Jazzy!

FT thinks this move amounts to “strategy at the highest level” and that it might be a win for both parties since “fashion loves a high/low moment” and Miley’s itching for a little redemption among the well-heeled crowd. It worked out well for Posh Spice, but how many image makeovers can one former teenybopper have?

We doubt Marc has Miley’s best interests in mind. In fact, we have photographic evidence that he values self-promotion above all other things…

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Our 26 Biggest Stories of 2013, Part One

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High fiving sunbeams and eating dolphins, bro

They came. They saw. They made you click. They were our biggest stories of the year.

These posts were alternately embarrassing, inspiring, thought-provoking and barely comprehensible—but they attracted the most attention from our readers for reasons that we don’t always understand.

In fact, there were so many great ones in 2013 that we decided to double the original total of 13 to 26. What’s that, you ask? Of course we’re not splitting the list in half in order to get more posts up during the holiday season. What a ridiculous question!

On to the list, which we dedicate to our faithful readers. Let’s hope the news of stunts, mistakes and misdeeds gets a little brighter in 2014 (yeah, right).

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Top 7 ‘PR Case Study’ Names We Never Want to Hear in 2014

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You may have missed it (lucky you), but lots of PR-ready news stories went down this year. Some were ridiculous, some were inspiring, some were cringe-worthy “teaching moments” and some were held up as “let’s figure out how this person got so successful so we can quantify it” case studies. We posted on every one of them at some point, and for that we offer our profoundest apologies—but they were trending at the time, and this is how the blog game works.

Here’s the point: after performing some in-depth research, we decided that 2013 gave us more than enough news and analysis regarding these seven people, and we’d prefer to hear absolutely nothing about them in 2014. In fact, we think we can distill the “lessons” learned from each case into a single sentence.

Click through for what we hope will be one last glimpse at those who have (almost) nothing to teach the rest of us.

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Miley Cyrus Can Haz Laser Cats Crying Diamonds

No, we didn’t watch the “everybody phone it in“ American Music Awards last night. Who do you think we are?

Luckily, we are aware that the show was shockingly scandal-free and we do have some super obvious takeaways!

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly: interesting, but this was a “tribute” to JFK like Gawker‘s “15 Women JFK F*cked” was a tribute. Predictably, appropriately tasteless.

Taylor Swift: still not country. Who votes on these things—and did they hear the same songs we did?

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Kohl’s Goes ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ with J.Lo SoMo Campaign

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Who’s Jennifer Lopez, again? Oh right: she starred in a pretty good movie with George Clooney, got sunscreened by Ben Affleck and performed for some dictator. Anyway…

Kohl’s is betting a lot of money that people remember her with an ambitious campaign airing this Sunday that combines traditional ads with social engagement as so many do these days.

The interesting thing about this one is its “you choose the story” premise: J.Lo is headed to the American Music Awards and she needs your help getting to the stage because traffic is bad and she’d never take a Citibike (New York joke, whoop). If you want her to run across the tops of all the cars Batman-style then you tweet #JLoRoofRun, and if you want her to jump on the back of some random dude’s moped you tweet #JLoHitch.

Still with us?

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Sufjan Stevens Lectures Miley Cyrus on Grammar

sufjan-stevensWe never promised to stop posting on Miley, and this story is a must for everyone who writes and/or reads all day via our sister blog Galleycat.

Singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens followed Sinead O’Connor in writing an “open” letter to the pop star, but he was more interested in discussing the questionable grammar in her hit “Get It Right” than her recent shenanigans:

Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up.

He then detours into a discussion of the present perfect continuous tense (which would be “I have been lying in this bed all night long”) before ending with what reads like a coming-out note:

Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan

While we applaud Sufjan’s attempt to steer Miley through the complex maze that is the English language, we have to ask: what was up with the electronics on that last album, dude?

*Photo via this guy

AriZona Iced Tea Refuses to Thank Miley Cyrus for Free Product Placement

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This week Funny or Die jumped on the dumb Sinead O’Connor/Miley Cyrus spat by posting a mildly clever “open letter” from AriZona Iced Tea‘s “marketing guy” which thanked the young Ms. Cyrus for using a can as a prop in her Terry Richardson “make me look like a porn star” photo shoot. The letter includes such salient points as:

I don’t encourage my daughters to walk around naked posing with cans of iced tea, but that’s only because they’re not famous…

Thank you for taking a picture with the label out so people can see that 99 cents for a tall can of iced tea is a great value (even for you).

…along with some naughty words that we won’t repeat here.

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Miley Cyrus Responds to Sinead O’Connor’s Open ‘Tough Love’ Letter

8C9261589-tdy-131003-sinead-miley.blocks_desktop_teaseMiley Cyrus, current queen of pop music controversy, has found herself on the receiving end of some serious tough love advice from a woman who formerly wore the same crown: Sinead O’Connor. Cyrus recently cited the Irish songstress’s 1990′s “Nothing Compares 2 U” as inspiration for her “Wrecking Ball” video, and also said that her hairstyle was a nod to O’Connor.

In response, O’Connor wrote a brutally honest — but clearly heartfelt and well-meaning – open letter to Cyrus, saying, “I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.”

What she tells her “in the spirit of motherliness and love”, consists of no-holds-barred phrases like the following (Be forewarned of graphic language):

“The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.”

“Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous.”

“Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you…Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”

The whole letter can be seen after the jump (and we recommend reading the entirety — it’s pretty fantastic).

As rebellious youths tend to respond to mother/daughter tough love talks, Cyrus chose to ignore the well-meaning message, and instead fired back with snark and resentment, tweeting the following taunting messages in O’Connor’s direction: Read more

Teddy Bear Org Shamelessly Criticizes Miley for Free Publicity

Ever heard of The Teddy Bear Fund? Neither had we—until we read news that the organization, a nonprofit apparently created “for kids and by kids” and dedicated to handing out teddy bears to abused children, contacted TMZ to issue a statement about Miley Cyrus’ recent defamation of the beloved stuffed animal.

Miley made a poor choice to use a universally loved children’s teddy bear in an offensive way. There is always good art and bad art — unfortunately … this was bad art. Hopefully she might consider reversing this situation by giving lots of teddy bears to children in need of comfort.

This is a pitch disguised as some sort of protest. As much as we approve of giving teddy bears out at shelters, we find it more than a little icky.

Yes, we know we promised not to mention this stupid story again, but this was a pretty good example of how not to make the most of a pop culture “controversy”. Unlike Apple, we’re not perfect—and no, we will not link to TMZ.

CVS Paying the PR Price for Long Receipts

PR experts know the power of social media. Social media, in fact, has guaranteed the continued need for PR professionals. Celebrities, athletes and brands seem incapable of setting down their iPhones and not spouting off to the rest of the world their feelings about Miley Cyrus twerking, turmoil in the Middle East or why haters shouldn’t hate so much.

Yet, as PR experts we love it when the public takes to social media. So we celebrated the recent and hilarious twitter feed, “CVS Receipt,” that both celebrated and vilified the incredibly long receipts being dispensed at CVS stores. The Facebook page, “One Million Strong Against Ridiculously Long CVS Receipts,” does as well. This public reaction stems from those quick observations—like the flash of a camera—we make when something odd occurs in the course of our busy lives. “Huh?” we think. “What’s up with that?” Read more

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