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Posts Tagged ‘TLC’

Mormon Fail: Utah Judge Decriminalizes Polygamy

polygamy2010Religions often get a bad rep because of dimwits who claim the dogma but don’t live according to the principles. At all. The Mormon Church, for example, has long suffered in the public perception department due to some unfortunate practices.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a mired and misunderstood institution. From holy underwear to those cute kids riding bikes in my neighborhood clad in the latest in black-and-white wear from Walmart, Mormons often receive the “outsider” treatment via the same overly broad brush.

And then, there’s polygamy.

The practice of polygamy has been disavowed and shunned since something called the 1890 Manifesto, but some orthodox Mormons still do it and many more non-Mormons seem to think they all do it. But a recent move by a Utah judge might just set back the church more than a century…

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Watch Christopher Walken Read as Honey Boo Boo’s Mom

Someone at Screen Junkies prepared a brilliant PR stunt for Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, and Sam Rockwell when they came by to promote their new movie Seven Psychopaths, opening this Friday.

Watch as the three celebrated thespians read scenes from the controversial TLC hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child! Chuckle at their confusion and their horribly misplaced British accents! Marvel at their use of the word “fart!”

Make sure to watch to the end, when host Hal Rudnick attempts to re-create Mama Boo Boo’s famous “sketti” recipe. (Hint: it involves butter, ketchup and a little bit of love.)

A Brief Comment on ‘Honey Boo Boo’

We don’t like to think of ourselves as moralists. We understand that people often act in their own self-interests and that publicity—and the money it sometimes brings—can inspire otherwise rational individuals to behave in…questionable ways. We also understand very well that, in business, the success of one’s client is paramount (as long as no ethical lines are crossed).

But on hearing that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has become a runaway hit for TLC (an acronym which thankfully no longer stands for “The Learning Channel”), and reading a Los Angeles Times post in which “Jersey Shore” creator SallyAnn Salsano expresses regret that she did not produce the show herself, we had to voice our disbelief. Surely we can all do better than this:

PR pros: Have you worked with clients whose antics you find distasteful? What are your thoughts on the “Toddlers and Tiaras” phenomenon? Do you share our belief that someone somewhere should be very ashamed?

Kayak Should Find a New CMO

Joining Lowe’s in a decision to end its advertising during the TLC program All-American Muslim is Kayak, the online travel site. However, Kayak’s CMO wants to correct you if you think it pulled its advertising because of anything bigoted. Instead, the CMO has posted a nonsensical apology (another one!) on the company’s website that eloquently sums up why the company made this business decision.

“Mostly, I just thought the show sucked,” writes Robert Birge. He also vaguely refers to some dark, hidden secrets that TLC kept from the company when they purchased the advertising, alludes to some angry employee emails that he’s received and wishes he could share, and says something about not being listed on the Florida Family Association website (the group that started this mess) that makes no sense.

Oh, and also he says, “We get what America is about.” Obviously!

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Brands Taking Ad Slots Vacated by Lowe’s on ‘All-American Muslim’

Lowe’s has pushed a few (hundred) buttons with its decision to pull advertising from the TLC program All-American Muslim after a conservative group, The Florida Family Association, called the show “propaganda” that poses a threat to the U.S. We’ve never seen the show, but we included this clip above. We would characterize it as “really sweet” and “touching” rather than “threatening.”

California Sen. Ted Lieu urged the home retailer to apologize or face his calls for a boycott. Lowe’s issued a statement on its Facebook page apologizing for making “some people very unhappy” and reaffirming its commitment to diversity.

Once this Florida group made its position known, Lowe’s had to come to grips with the fact that someone was going to be unhappy with their decision to run or not run its advertising on this program.

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