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RHOA Fight: Cynthia Bailey Reveals Which Team She's On

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Talk about being caught in the middle! Cynthia Bailey was front and center in the melee at the Re...
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I’m sure by now you have heard about the fight that happened on the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion special.  If not, let me fill you in. There’s no hiding the Ms. Kenya Moore and glam-god Porsha Stewart have previous ‘beef’.  Well, it all went down on the couches.  They thankfully were separated by Cynthia Bailey. Kenya brought a scepter, “because only queens have them”, and a blow horn so that people could not talk over her to the show. That should not have been acceptable.  Kenya was pointing the scepter in Porsha’s face over and over again.  Porsha warned her if she continued that she would shove it up ass. Finally, Porsha grabbed the scepter and tossed it to the ground.  In my opinion, this should have been the warning to Mr. Andy Cohen that this cannot continue.  Shortly after the two began arguing again and Kenya was degrading Porsha. Porsha trying to stand up for herself is finally screaming at her. Well Kenya pulled a blow horn and was screaming back right in her face.  The situation escalated and eventually Porsha pulled Kenya by the hair and threw her to the ground.  I think that is the last thing that should have happened and I do not agree with physical violence.  However, what did Kenya think she was doing? She was being a bully and finally got attacked. I also fault the Bravo team for allowing the situation to get to the point.  The problem that is being brought up is this is perpetuating stereotypes of black women.  The things that influential black women work so hard for is tarnished by incidents like these.  And of course these caddy women took to twitter and made it worse.  I think that this can be a problem for Bravo.  Our book, Adventures in Public Relations talks about organizations that have social responsibility (Guth &Marsha 246).  I think this would be an amazing opportunity for Bravo to make a difference.  They could take the responsibility about educating and advocating for domestic violence against women.  Also, in the cross-cultural communication chapter it discusses the importance of advocating for certain groups (Guth & Marsh 221).  I think these women are using their cattiness to shine light onto a very serious subject.  Instead of using their power for good they are putting women, especially black women, a step back. Bravo is in the power that they could bring positive attention to this horrible issue.  Many people, including celebrities, have been public about not supporting Bravo because of the violence that was allowed.  If they don’t take action now, the housewives franchise could be in trouble.

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NBA commissioner bans Clippers owner Sterling, pushes to 'force a sale' of team

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NBA bans Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, fines him $2.5 million fine over racist remarks.
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Oh, Donald Sterling! Recently Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, made racist remarks regarding black people.  You can imagine that this caused a major storm across the globe.  To have someone so influential make degrading remarks about race is not acceptable.  The question that comes into play is whether or not his private conversations should be used against him. Shortly the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life. TMZ raises a good point and explains whether or not his comments were in private they are his views and are now public.  One could learn from the debacle that occurred when Paula Dean made racist remarks.  Unfortunately, Mr. Sterling did not get the memo. The sad thing is that there are still mindsets are still tuned to be racist and that racism still exists. This is not only a step back for the NBA but for our society.  I wish this wasn’t even a topic that I would post into a ‘PR and Pop Culture’ blog. The point has also been made that if the private conversation of the President of the United States were aired he would be in the same situation.  I believe that to be an unfair accusation. To Mr. Sterling’s defense he has quickly apologized.  His team realized this as a crisis and apologized. In our textbook Adventures in Public Relations on page 300, it states that actions speak louder than words. I think this is where Mr. Sterling is finding himself in deep water.  Although he may have apologized, he is still on camera lashing out to the paparazzi.  While I agree that the paparazzi aren’t the most pleasant group of individuals but those are people that could really damage your career. Especially, if you are in the same situation as he is.  He should be using this opportunity to show his remorse and to build those relationships with the public.  He is currently viewed as a mean spirited, rich, bigot that shows no remorse. He also should stay true to his values as mentioned in the book. He should resort back to his core values and let those be on display for the world to see and maybe gain a following for people to support him.  This worked well for Paula Dean when everything happened with her.  While some of her material may have come across as unauthentic some people bought into it.  Once again, I think this could be a learning experience for a lot of individuals. The NBA definitely set precedence when making this decision.  If I worked for Donald Sterling and his team I would make sure that we are doing outreach and having continuous communication with the NBA audience.  

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Lindsay Lohan's hitting clubs & hotels again, despite pledges she made to Oprah Winfrey  

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Lindsay Lohan, who stars in the much-ballyhooed docu-series “Lindsay” on OWN, hasn’t been sticking to promises she made to Oprah Winfrey, Confidenti@l has learned.
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Oh Lindsay! As we all know here recently the Lady O has been encouraging the troubled star to stay sober.  For once in my life, I actually felt for Lindsay and what she was going through.  As a commoner, first and last time I will ever say that, it is not easy to understand what the stars go through on a daily basis. Who knows how many times Lindsay has wanted to be sober but had little to no support from anyone.  Lindsay has become a punch line to everyone’s jokes and it’s just not fair.  Now don’t mistake this for some crazed fan saying “Leave Lindsay alone!!”  Not, not my cup of tea.  But I will say that when someone is fighting an addiction they need support.  Lindsay has had some major PR fails in the past years but I am hoping this year will start to look a little better for her.  Lindsay appeared on Oprah’s network where Oprah blatantly told her to “Cut the bullshit”.  I watched the interview for its entirety and can honestly say at the end of it I was so motivated and supportive of Lindsay Lohan.  Recent reporters are saying that she is in fact sticking to the promises she made to Oprah.  Although, she is putting herself into situations that are not promising there have been zero reports that she has broke sobriety; and that is something to celebrate.  I believe through this troubled time Oprah will be the one who will push Lindsay back to reality and be her biggest supporter.  However, the media and the paparazzi are trying to through Lindsay under the bus.  This is hurting her image and a huge threat to her.  It is so much easier to believe the lies that are being spewed because they were true in the past.  I also believe that people are getting tired of talking about Lindsay Lohan being a train wreck.  As much as I want to support her, I have to fault her on her image campaign.  She needs to be completely rebranding herself at this time.  In the textbook, Adventures in Public Relations, it talks about crisis.  I am deeming her image as a huge crisis.  The literature states that she needs to be prepared, make friends and maintain them, and actions speak louder than words.  At this time I think that Lindsay needs to be prepared for the media to attack her.  That is what they have been doing all along.  Even Lady O mentioned that there are vultures ready to eat her bones and that should not scare her but motivate her to succeed.  She also needs to make friends like Oprah and keep them on her side.  I think everyone wants to see her succeed but her past isn’t promising.  Finally, actions speak louder than words.  She needs to stay out of the environments that have put her in this situation as we speak; regardless, if she is engaging in old behaviors.  She is placing herself in situations where it only takes one second of weakness to kill what she has worked so hard for.  I really am rooting for Lindsay.  I want her to be the comeback kid of our generation! What do you think? Can Lindsay Lohan remain sober or will temptation be too much?  

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NBC News: Jared Leto played “transvestite” in “Dallas Buyers Club” | Awfbase News

NBC News: Jared Leto played “transvestite” in “Dallas Buyers Club” | Awfbase News | PR and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
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There is no question that Jared Leto is a beautiful person.  Then why is the transgender community in an uproar about him portraying Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club? From several news outlets it seems as if the transgender community is upset the directors and producers casted a straight man to play a transgender woman.  The stereotype that follows the transgender community is that they are real men that dress up in drag. Many are saying that by allowing a straight man to play this role is only perpetuating the stereotype that transgender individuals are drag queens.  ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Leverne Cox, has been bombarded with questions regarding the role. She has yet to make a statement.  Some may wonder why they could not have casted a transgender woman since there are many in the film industry.  Despite all of that, NBC News congratulates Jared Leto on his win but referred to his character as a ‘transvestite’.  Now not only is the transgender community upset about the casting issue but now that major news outlets are sending out the wrong information.  This example proves their point to be even more valid.  Quickly NBC corrected their tweet and apologized.  In my opinion that was the best option.  In the “Communication Research Reports” article it discusses the 14 image restoration strategies set forth by Benoit (194).  Like mentioned above, NBC quickly realized the backlash and fixed the problem.  Therefore, they followed the corrective action plan, good intentions, and mortification.  I personally saw this as brilliant.  When looking at their tweets they meant absolutely no harm.  They were simply trying to live-tweet the Oscar’s and misspoke.  It happens to everyone, everyday.  However, if they would have let that tweet sit there and not respond to their publics it could have been a crisis.  Jared Leto has yet to make a comment regarding the backlash and I would be surprised if he even acknowledged it.  In his acceptance speech he didn’t even thank the transgender community; which as you can imagine caused more problems.  This may serve to be problematic for Mr. Leto.  I think he should take to twitter and acknowledge the transgender community and bridge that gap.  There is no doubt that he is a supporter, he just needs to acknowledge them.  However, he probably doesn’t see this being a threat to his career.  Although, the transgender community is not that large this can hurt him in the long run.  It would be easier to bridge the gap now then try and build one later.  What do you think did NBC do the right thing? And should Jared Leto reach out to the transgender community? Let me know what you think. 

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Grammys 2014: A night of musical collaborations - CBS News

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Yum, everyone loves a good scandal.  Oh, did it happen at the 56th Grammy Awards this year.  The Grammy's have always been a respected place for musicians and entertainers from all genres to come together for one night and celebrate music.  To say that this was big night would be barely justified.  I have watched the Grammy's ever since I can remember.  As a little gay boy, I would admire the fashion and of course the music that would be shared.  The Grammy's never fail to bring artist together to make a magical performance and they hit the jack pot this year.  The opening number was magnificent.  Beyonce paired up with her billionaire hubby, Jay-Z to do a show stopping performance of their new single "Drunk in Love".  That performance alone would have been enough scandal for one night but the Grammy producers did not stop there.  About mid-way through three hour long award show Queen Latifah introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to the stage to sing their smash hit "Same Love".  This song is something new for the entertainment world.  I can't recall a song that is so open and free and inspiring in hip-hop music.  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have really started a trend in this genre now.  Hold the phone the scandal doesn't stop here.  Queen Latifah reappears and presides over 33 couples.  They were same-sex couples and also straight couples.  They stood in the aisle and all got married.  Whoever knew that Queen Latifah was an ordained minister in the state of California?! You go girl.  Although, I believe this is a beautiful thing it raises the question among many viewers as to where the Grammy's will draw the line?  Also, could their outrage be enough to cause a threat to the Grammy's?  I think not.  I think that they will get over before next year but these are questions that they are dealing with right now.  I've been following the story pretty close and haven't found a response from the Grammy's.  I would go ahead and say that they will not make a comment.  I don't think that they even see the viewers that disagreed as a threat. But as we progress as a society I believe these issues will be more profound.  Organizations/companies will have to evaluate the threat of their actions and beliefs.  This has already happened in so many organizations but I believe that it will continue to happen and cause more controversy than ever before.  If anything comes of the Grammy's I will keep you informed.  

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'Sugar daddies' helping college women with tuition

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More than 400 college women in our area are signing up to get a sugar daddy. A man gives them an average of $3000 a month, and these women use it to pay for college. But what do they do for
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Did you know 86 young women on our campus have a profile on seekingarrangements.com WOW! Some people are saying that this is a version of a “dressed up prostitution”.  However, I strongly disagree.  I’ll give you a little background and then express my opinion.  A man or woman signs up for a site and actively seeks for relationships on the basis of financial support.  Does that make them a prostitute?   Webster dictionary defines prostitution as the act of having sex in exchange for money. So technically, they are not prostitutes by definition.  I think the way that we define prostitution will be the way that we interpret certain acts.  These girls do not necessarily have sex for money but many could argue that the “arrangement” part is the implication to that. Safety concerns come up and ask how is this safe? What if something bad happened during a meeting?  The girls that are in this arrangement of course believe that it is not that big of a deal.  I agree. I think that two people join a relationship for mutual benefits. Just because some benefits may be love that does not mean that those are the benefits everyone should follow.  Every relationship has its own definition.  If the relationship is on basis of money I personally do not think that is right due to my morals.  But my morals do not mean they trump someone else’s morals.  I believe that these women should expect judgment but should not be viewed as prostitution.  In our textbook Adventures in Public Relations on page 244, the book talks about societal codes.  Those are “codes which generally reflect the values of nations and cultures may not be as specific as organizational and professional codes.” (Guth & Marsh 244).  These codes are set in a book that can be easily identified but more of social norms.  As a society we have all developed certain types of codes that are followed despite holding no punishment.  So, I would agree and say that these women are breaking the social norms or social codes of our society. I think that these women should stay out of the media.  The media is going to be “trolls”.  I personally do not think that any opinions will be changed if they keep reporting on it.  I hope that if people want to change their minds they will do their own beneficial research.  

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Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé

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In the same week that Lupita Nyong'o was declared the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine, Time named Beyoncé one of the world's "100 Most Influential People."
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Imagine that, Beyoncé named as one of 100 most influential people in the world. To me, that was no shock. For some, it came as a huge surprise. Beyoncé has done it all. She has built an empire and foundation for colored women everywhere. Beyoncé has paid her dues and it is showing.  She also has made it very apparent that she is a feminist. In her hit 'Run the World' she discusses this point. However, her talent is not being questioned. Critics are saying that Beyoncé is being extremely hypocritical. She may speak one thing and do the opposite. In her latest self-titled album, Beyoncé, pushes the envelope and allows the world to view her as a sexual deviant.  She explains, “Women are expected to aspire to marriage but we don’t teach boys the same thing.” This statement holds validity.  In our society women are expected to bow down to the man and Beyoncé is not standing for it.  In her club smash hit ‘Partition’ Beyoncé is very sexual and dancing for her husband and eluding to the fact that she is having sex in the back of a limousine. The public hasn’t really enjoyed this side of Beyoncé.  Well, some of them at least. This controversy has been going on for quite some time now.  And now that Beyoncé has landed the cover of Time Magazine people are in an uproar again. On the cover Beyoncé looks fabulous. She is wearing a two piece suit that could be viewed as underwear. Critics are saying that this image is only perpetuating the stereotype that women have to over sexualize themselves to land covers like Time Magazine. Some are faulting Beyoncé for allowing herself to be viewed in this light because of the influence that she has on women.  In Beyoncé’s own words, “I’m a grown woman.” Beyoncé is not a 20 year old running around using her body to sell albums or get attention. Despite that fact, I think that she could be doing more than she already is. In our Adventures in Public Relations textbook, it talks about consumer relations.  Thanks to the internet everyone is Beyoncé’s consumer even if they aren’t purchasing something from her.  Queen Bey I am going to fault you in your communication style, sorry. When Beyoncé is thrown into the light she doesn’t have to answer. She knows that and is using it to her advantage.  On page 170 in the consumer relations chapter it discusses being responsive to your consumer and public.  She is letting all of the speculating continue. Speculation leads to false stories and can become a bigger mess than the original problem.  As the book mentions, Beyoncé needs to be reactive and responsive to critics. It would simply take one time and she would be able to push this behind her. On page 168, the book also warns to never say “no comment”. While she hasn’t stated that verbatim I believe by her not responding at all, not even to the Bey Hive, it looks the same.  Beyoncé is really lacking transparency.  If I worked on her team I would plead that she makes a statement and make it an educational one. She could simply explain her reasoning and leave it at that.  I am interested to see if this criticism will continue or if she will put an end to it. What do you think? Is silence the best tactic for Beyoncé?

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'Kimye' take over Vogue

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The fabulous, trend-setting, Anna Wintour selects Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to grace the cover of April's edition of Vogue Magazine.  To some, this could be a huge problem for Anna and potentially her brand.  For others, like me, I think this was a genius idea.  Currently, the duo couple is dominating the pop world.  I mean of course, behind the American Royal family, the Carter's.  Although many people are divided when it comes to favor ability about the dynamic-duo, they are the most intriguing and interesting couple at this time.  Not to mention, this issues is a BRIDAL issue and they are set to be getting married.  Their wedding will be one of the most watched weddings of all time.  Whether or not you agree is not the issue I would like to discuss.  The issue at hand is did Anna Wintour’s decision have a strong enough impact to hurt her career or the dynamic duo.  First, how does this specific issue affect the ‘Kimye’ brand?  Personally, I do not believe that it will have a strong enough impact on the two for it to make a hiccup in their lives.  They appear to be a happy family with their new addition, Norie.  Also looking at the Kanye’s past he does not issue apologies very easily.  His favorite way of getting rid of things is using his wallet; which I cannot fault him there.  Kim Kardashian has dealt with a lot worse situations.  Yes, we all know what I am referring to her.  I don’t think that she will make a statement regarding the issue; that being said, I can see Kanye and Kris both addressing the issue if asked.  So, I do not think that the two have nothing to worry about.  I think it was genius of Kanye to go through Vogue as a “third-party endorsement”.  According to our textbook, Adventures in Public Relations, this is when credibility that results in positive statements about your organization.  It is apparent that Kanye has been trying to break into the fashion world and he may have just done it with this endorsement.  Anna Wintour is one of the most influential individuals in the fashion industry.  If you have the opportunity to be even mentioned in her issues, you are somebody.  I believe that this may have solidified Kanye as a force to be reckoned with in the issue.  Anna Wintour has responded to the haters.  She is standing firm with her decision and she is not taking any backlash for it.  In an interview she stated, "As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancee on Vogue's cover. He did nothing of the sort,".  This alone lets the world know that she made the final decision and she is sticking by it.  She has used some of Benoit’s strategies to defer some of the questions.  She has minimized the situation many times.  She has mentioned that people are making a big deal about this and it’s simply not true. I’ll leave it all up to.  What do you think?  Wrong decision for Vogue or step in the right direction?  Share your thoughts!  

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Newspaper's Stunningly Racist Headline

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One newspaper published a stunningly awful headline for "12 Years A Slave" on Monday.

The Daily Breeze, a newspaper in Southern California, ran the following front page the morning after the movie won the Oscar for Best Picture:



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A California newspaper, The Daily Breeze that circulates to roughly 70,000 people got it ALL wrong this past week.  Despite the fact that print media is dying, this company shot itself in the foot with this outrageous headline.  The headline reads, " 'Slave' becomes master".  This headline and article was in response to the film 12 Years A Slave sweeping the Oscar. The film is fantastic and sheds light on a very dark past.  However this newspaper wanted attention.  Whoever wrote this headline was showing their ignorance and insensitive character.  The real question that comes into play is, was it an innocent accident or was it malicious and for attention?  That is a question that may never be answered; however I will give you my two cents.  I truly believe in the notion that all PR, whether good or bad, is a positive thing.  I live in Illinois; I had to literally 'google' what the Daily Breeze was.  Therefore, their headline alone got me to their site.  Also, this title has caused controversy.  Believe it or not, some people thought it was hilarious and bought several copies.  While others took to social media, especially twitter, to sound off.  It’s interesting to see how fast our culture reacts to issues.  In minutes, people from across the globe were on social media sites bashing this company.  Social media has influenced our culture to the point where we have become a customer to everyone.  Like mentioned above, I live in Illinois.  So naturally, I do not subscribe to this paper.  However, I have a right to express my opinion on any platform that I may choose. I believe that is where this company dropped the ball.  To date, there has been no apology or corrective action.  The editor tweeted, “When I saw the headline, my jaw dropped.”  Although, I commend him for this tweet there was no apology.  In class we have discussed issues such as these.  In a case study done by Waymer and Vanslette, From Hannah Montana to Naked on a Wrecking Ball: Miley Cyrus’ Issues Management, and Celebrity Debranding/Rebranding Efforts, it states that typically when celebrities find themselves in trouble they apologize. While the Daily Breeze is not a celebrity or even remotely close to Miley Cyrus, I believe a lot could be learned from this study.  The Daily Breeze, moreover the person who printed the headline, knew that this headline would cause an uproar and gain attention.  Therefore, going through with it for attention.  Some might even say they were pulling a ‘Miley’. I don’t this strategy will work for them.  The reason being is they are not being innovative.  There is nothing new about their product or services. Whereas Miley Cyrus is changing her entire image.  There are other print media outlets for consumers to use.  Furthermore, the ever-shifting change to online news content will eventually kill this business.  Unless an apology is issues fast I believe this could kill their business. So what do you think?  Did the Daily Breeze make the right PR stunt or did they shoot themselves in the foot? 

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Sade Hayes's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:08 AM

Not quite PR bliss, more like a PR nightmare! The Daily Breeze has some explaining to do. With such a controversial headline, surely this publication knew it would draw attention, good or bad. How many of us have actually heard of The Daily Breeze? *crickets* Exactly! Publishing the paper with this headline helped to generate hefty buzz for the paper. Question, is there a such thing as "good" or "bad" press? Thoughts please....

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Justin Bieber Announces Retirement in a Tweet

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Justin Bieber announced his retirement in a tweet.

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This was just one of the first steps to teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber, unexpected.  Justin has always had a younger fan base, ever since he was discovered on YouTube.  Justin has continuously criticized for his 'younger' style of music.  As Justin ages he needs to reach out to a more mature audience.  Therefore, he took to twitter and announced that he would be retiring to let his music 'mature'.  Is that the real reason?  I think not.  I believe this is a desperate plea for Justin's 'beliebers' to go away.  He doesn't want that fan base anymore.  He has made multiple attempts at R&B and rap music.  I believe that this is definitely one of the first steps to his image restoration.  I'd also like to point out that he is not retiring his music but simply taking a hiatus.  Why would I multi-million dollar singer stop selling music to hungry fans?  Because he doesn't want them to be his fans.  It's that simple.  He wants someone young and new to come by and take over so that he can move on with his career.  I think through all of the troubles that he is facing currently his PR team is using multiple image restoration strategies, specifically the 14 set out by Benoit.  Justin's team is using defeasibility, bolstering, minimization, differentiation, transcendence, and even attack the accuser.  In the coming days, I would expect mortification to be used as well.  I believe that Justin Bieber's management/PR team will ask him to make a public apology.  I am interested in seeing what media outlet he will choose.  I think it easy to judge what is going on in his life because we are outsiders.  When it comes to celebrities it is a different world, really.  So, it's only common for us to group them together.  But I believe that there are distinct differences among Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and even Lindsay Lohan.  I hate to do this but I definitely think this is a gender issue.  There are so many celebrities that get DUI's that are punks etc.  Why is Justin Bieber getting the bad rap? Because he came out as this sweet, humble pop singer and society doesn't want to see past that image.  I believe that this entire fiasco is getting blown out of proportion but I also believe it is keeping him relevant at this time.  Justin Bieber has a few new tracks out but nothing to start any buzz around his name.  That does not mean that I believe that all of these acts were intentional, not at all.  But I do believe that his team are using the stunts to their advantage, as any good publicists would.   

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