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Monday, March 07, 2011

Is there truly such a thing as bad publicity?

According to those who willingly get in front of a camera and spew their latest controversial opinion, they would say, "No, absolutely if you'll excuse me, I have to bite off the head of a live animal on stage." 

Are such types of people victims of the "fame monster"? Or can they have the potential to at least spin the negative publicity into something positive and rise above it? I've often wondered if people either don't realize that what they're doing is a detriment to themselves, or they truly just love the attention in all of its forms.

What do you think? Is there no such thing as bad publicity? Or should celebrities abide by the concept that with "absolute power comes absolute responsibility"? If the bad press isn't something that's completely their doing, can they have the power to turn it around and transform it into something good?

Love & Magic,


JFedele said...

Yes, yes there is.

The biggest, most obvious example, is Charlie Sheen. Not only has he gotten canned from the top-rated show on TV, his publicity has tainted him with his peers and future employers.

He is not a big enough star to weather this; he will have to publicly apologize and atone for his erratic behavior before anyone will hire him again.

"Bad" publicity can help propel an unknown entity into prominence--there is a sneaker company that has parlayed the fact that its shoes are banned by the NBA (they make you jump too high, run too fast!)--as long as the "bad" part isn't TOO socially unacceptable.

Adrianne Brennan said...

AHAHAH. I won't lie; he's who I was thinking of when I made this post. But since there are others capitalizing on his infamous actions and speech in their own way, it sorta makes me wonder what the appeal is in for getting those 15 minutes that people will do absolutely anything for it, at the expense of others and even themselves.

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