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UPDATE: ‘Girl Asked to Leave KFC’ Story Looking Like a Hoax

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This sweet girl really was attacked by dogs, but her mother may be a big chicken.

There are some sick, twisted, and depraved people in the world. This follow-up story proves it in more ways than one.

Last week, the world went ballistic upon hearing the news of a three-year-old girl, who was brutally attacked by three pitbulls, being “asked to leave a Jackson, Miss. KFC because the scars on her face ‘scared customers.’”

The story was a perfunctory Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $135,000 in donations…including a $30,000 check from KFC. The brand didn’t have to do that, but it was great PR, right?

Probably not: the story was an elaborate hoax – or, in New York Daily News parlance, “a finger-lickin’ fraud.”  Read more

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KFC Asked 3-Year-Old Girl to Leave Because Her Face ‘Scared Customers’

killed your dadI suppose after hearing this story, we will have an answer to the new marketing question #HowDoYouKFC? Answer: Sure as hell not like this.

This unfortunate story hails from Jackson, Miss. inside a KFC location. As the story goes, many people who work hourly shifts at fast-food joints are rumored to be unhappy fops and take it out on customers.

One such simpleton gnome blamed her miserable existence on a girl with a few cuts on her face. The KFC employee asked said girl to leave the store because “[her] scars made the customers nervous.”

Two things: The girl was three. The scars were caused by a pitbull attack. Your move, KFC.

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‘TheAudience’ Flips the Script on Celebrity PR

Jeremy Piven Ari Goldman EntourageThe public feels a unique combination of respect, envy and resentment toward celebrities. This is nothing new.

But thanks to the wonders of social media, we’re closer to the stars we love and hate than ever before. Now a new company wants to revolutionize the celebrity PR game via social media–and it’s making publicists and agents all over Hollywood very nervous.

What is TheAudience? It’s an alternately “stealthy” and “mysterious” startup backed and promoted by two of the biggest names in the West Coast media world: Napster/Facebook co-founder Sean Parker (who you may know as Justin Timberlake) and Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel (who you may know as Jeremy Piven).

But its driving force is Oliver Luckett, a former programmer, Disney PR man and full-color personality whose hobbies, according to The New York Times, include driving around LA in an Aston Martin and traveling to Iceland (our new favorite country) “to to compete against Bjork in a gingerbread house-building contest”. We like the guy already! His key selling point? He’s figured out a way around the traditional Hollywood PR system.

What does TheAudience do, exactly? The company effectively manages the social media presence of celebrities who don’t have the time (or interest) to do it themselves. But this is no automated status update machine: Team members feed fans a steady stream of content via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, keeping them occupied with exclusive comments, pictures and videos.

The key difference between old-school PR services and this newfangled arrangement is that the content truly does come from the celebrities themselves:

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Update: Pitbull Responds to Pranksters and Will Appear at Walmart in Alaska

As we reported on July 7, the Walmart promotion that promised Pitbull would pay a visit to whatever store got the most Facebook “likes” by July 15 had been hijacked by the folks at Something Awful and The Boston Phoenix, leading to the most “likes” going to the store in the remote town of Kodiak, AK. Not quite the Miami setting the artist had been hoping for.

Once everyone was done laughing, they began to speculate as to whether the retailer and the musician would actually follow through, given the circumstances. Looks like “Mr. Worldwide” is going to live up to his name. Take a look at his classy response to the prank:

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Pitbull Going to Alaska Because of a Facebook Stunt Gone Awry

Many things have made us LOL today. Among them, this. This. Oh man, this. And this. But this may be the funniest.

Walmart had a promotion with Pitbull in which he would pay a special visit to whatever store managed to get the most Facebook “likes” by July 15. An alt-weekly, The Boston Phoenix hijacked the promo, suggesting that a bunch of people send him to the store in Kodiak, AK. So guess where Pitbull is most likely going? Kodiak, AK. Bap!

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Trey Songz Wants To Use His Kodak in the Jacuzzi

From left to right: Pitbull, Trey Songz, and Drake. Photo: Tonya Garcia

Last night, R&B artist Trey Songz and rappers Drake and Pitbull took the stage at New York City’s Best Buy Theater as part of the official launch of Kodak‘s “So Kodak” campaign.

“Make some noise for Kodak,” said Trey Songz at one point during his performance. He then went on to suggest that he would like to use a Kodak camera under water in a jacuzzi with a lucky young lady. Ooh la la.

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