Academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested last month after police stopped the car her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was driving to give him a sobriety test. Witherspoon wouldn’t stay in the car when asked to do so by the officer and was given a disorderly conduct charge. Continue reading
Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director known for his violent – and popular – movies, launched into nothing short of a melt-down last week, when questioned by Channel Four News presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, over whether there is any link between movie violence and real life violence. Tarantino flew off the handle, bounding, wide-eyed and clammy from one PR blunder to the next. Continue reading
So Jon Stewart, many in the media thank you for daring to say to Hugh Grant what a lot of the UK media has wanted to say for sometime – that he is “a big pain in the ass”! But Hugh Grant has been waging his own war against the media – so he’s had some delicate handling by the hacks.
We all know the story, but now it has happened we can stand back and look at the PR lessons. First, the story: on December 5th, two happy go lucky DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian at the hitherto unknown Sydney-based radio station 2Day FM, had their scoop of a lifetime – they managed to dupe an unsuspecting nurse in a hospital to put them through the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was undergoing treatment for severe morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy. She is the future Queen Consort of England – unless there’s a Republican coup – and her progeny will be the future King or Queen of England depending on sex. Continue reading
Remember the summer of 2010 and Michelle Obama’s holiday jaunt to Spain with her two daughters and a select group of friends which unleashed a storm of criticism, with accusations of jet-set living at taxpayer expense even as millions of Americans struggled to make ends meet in a lagging economy.
“Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette…than an average mother of two,” drummed Andrea Tantaros in The New York Daily News, gifting headlines like ‘Let them eat Tapas’.
Well, Michelle Obama has had a good presidential election in 2012. And the French, home of that same Marie Antoinette, absolutely adore her. Continue reading
In the 65 years since he married Queen Elizabeth II, consort Prince Philip has built a reputation for his caustic wit and politically incorrect gaffes.
And he has hit on one of each in the space of a week:
At the end of last week, he endeared himself to every spouse by berating an award-winning silversmith over the time-consuming problem of the jewellery clasp. You know – Queen comes in wearing full evening ball gown, as you do… “Those infernal clasps are absolutely impossible. You fiddle with them for hours, then they suddenly come undone and they fall on the floor but you have no idea why”…. Continue reading