Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we solve PR kerfluffles from the world of MMA and beyond. This week we look at Floyd Mayweather’s announcement that he’s coming out of retirement to face Conor McGregor and much much more!
Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing a GoFundMe to pay for the new Oxbow album) and myself with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.
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You’re Conor McGregor. On his European press tour last Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out of retirement just to fight you. “We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this s**t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.” Is it time for bidness now to be taken care of, live and in public, if you will or would it be shameful for you to get funky like a monkey one month after your baby mama bears the fruit of your loins?
You’re Snoop Dogg. Little Marco Rubio took you to task on TMZ for your shooting a clown-faced Donald Trump lookalike with a toy gun that shot the word “bang” in your “Lavender” video: “Snoop shouldn’t have done that. You know, we’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something that you should be very careful about… I’m not sure what Snoop was thinking.” Snoopsplain to us as we crawl through your hood. Maniac. Lunatic. Or Snoop Eastwood?.
You’re House Speaker Paul Ryan. Brietbart, a site once run by assistant to the President and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, has your job in their crosshairs by releasing audio of your pre-election disavowal of Trump. The article concludes, “(T)here are now rumblings among House Republicans that they may want a replacement not just of Obamacare but a replacement of Paul Ryan as Speaker. A new Speaker, some argue, would make life much easier for President Trump as he moves forward with his agenda.” How can you make your life much easier?
You’re the Food Network. An anti-Asian segment from Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond from your network is being used to question your lack of diverse programming…five years after it aired. How do you handle negative PR from your past that’s affecting your present?
You’re VMagic. You’ve branded your product, the “Feminine Lips Stick” as a product which keeps the vulva “balanced, moisturized and purified.” But the Huffington Post reports that your “Vagina lipstick” is unnecessary and harmful to women. How can you salvage this product from punani purgatory?
TEACHABLE MOMENT. You’re Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar. You were frustrated by “obstacles that interfere with (a woman’s) ability to legally access safe healthcare, and subject them to fake science and medically unnecessary procedures”. So you took action in the Texas House by proposing HB 4260, a “satirical bill” that would impose penalties for “masturbatory emissions” occurring outside of a woman’s vagina or a hospital. What can we learn from your headline grabbing PR provocations?
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