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Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Lochte’

Prince Harry Re-Branding Tour Hits Afghanistan; Taliban Not Amused

The Taliban is not generally known for winning the hearts and minds of the West with its brilliant PR outreach, but Afghanistan’s top terrorist group does seem to be surprisingly up-to-date on current events—its official spokesman has a theory about Prince Harry’s recent re-deployment, and we think he may be onto something!

Britain’s best-known ginger has had something of a full plate recently, so he took a break from partying naked and “rolling on shrooms” to revisit rural Afghanistan, where so many members of the global elite choose to spend their leisure time! He’ll be piloting Apache attack helicopters during his month-long deployment, which is pretty cool (though not quite as cool as chillin’ in Vegas with resident genius Ryan Lochte and a bunch of women in various stages of undress).

Of course, the media-savvy Taliban has dismissed this move as “a propaganda stunt” designed to allow the prince to “atone for the shame” of those nude photos. Way to get ahead of the story! While we hate to agree with any statement made by a group of mass murderers, the helpless look on Harry’s face as he leaves the real world is very telling.

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Is Prince Harry’s Strip Poker Scandal Really So Bad?

OK, so the web has been abuzz with news of Britain’s wild child, the fiery ginger Prince Harry, and his recent all-nude Vegas review. We agree that it looks pretty bad (and yes, we just linked to TMZ. Now we feel like taking a long, hot shower).

But is this incident really a big PR problem for the royal family? The British public seems to turn to them for entertainment in tough times, and the royals occasionally make concerted efforts to showcase their sillier side. So certain, uh, slip-ups might actually make them more relatable, especially in the land that invented tabloids and reality TV. Despite their history, the Brits do sometimes manage to keep it classy: their mags have refrained from publishing the nude photos themselves at the request of the royal family’s PR team. Color us surprised.

But this is really just another day in the life of the crown. Our trivia-minded friends at Mental Floss remind us that the royals have seen far worse: Read more

Reader Poll: Who Won the Olympics of Endorsements?

Uh......OKWe’re calling it: Corn Flakes spots are only the start for Gabby Douglas, Aly Reisman and the rest of the “Fierce Five.”

Now that the torch has been extinguished, the medals have been awarded and fans have received serenades from John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and—for some reason—George Michael, one big question remains: Which athletes really cleaned up at the 2012 Games? Beyond the obvious winners (Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte and all-time champ Michael Phelps), who will come out on top of the Olympics endorsements game?

First place is a lock: This week’s all-out media blitz by the gymnastics team will include appearances on The Tonight Show, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report…you get the idea. The always-prescient New York Post predicts “hundreds” of endorsement offers for Douglas alone.

But how fares the rest of the US squad? Read more

Ryan Lochte and Reality TV: A Perfect Match?

Sorry, no chocolate insideTake a moment this morning to imagine that you’re Ryan Lochte: You’ve just won two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. You’ve appeared on the covers of Vogue, Time, and Men’s Journal. Most importantly, you’ve managed to defeat your arch nemesis and teammate Michael Phelps to reign atop the ranks of chlorine-tinged supermen for one brief, shining moment.

Now that you’ve made your mark on the world of sport, earned your 15 minutes as an international “brand” and made your requisite appearance in the British tabloids, the time has come for you to answer the question that vexes a nation:

The Bachelor” or “Dancing with the Stars?”

How about both? The world of reality TV is calling, and this morning good sir Lochte told Matt Lauer that he is “looking towards” it. After scoring endorsement deals with Gillette, Speedo, Gatorade and Ralph Lauren, the 6’2″ fish has let the world know that he’s ready to leave the water — or at least to trade the Olympic pool for the Pacific Ocean.

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