Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we discuss PR kerfluffles from the world of MMA and beyond. This week we look at Demetrious Johnson vs Dana White, Cris Cyborg vs. Angela Mangana 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 OXBOW’s new record THIN BLACK DUKE) and I, Kid Nate with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.
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You’re WME-IMG. Yesterday, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson accused your company, the UFC, of bullying him by threatening to close down the entire flyweight division….if he doesn’t fight bantamweight TJ Dillashaw. Johnson’s reply? “Close the motherfucking division, then.” If Johnson ever had your curiousity, does he now have your attention? Or, with low buyrates and ratings, would you miss the flyweight division like you’d miss a rock in your shoe?
You’re Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor and Son-In-Law. You’ve lost your low-profile in wake of allegations and investigations into your role with Russia. According to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon snitched on you. “(B)ragging to journalists a month and a half ago that he didn’t have to worry about Kushner and he was going to sideline Kushner because of Russia, that he had information on the Russian investigation, and that he was going to sideline Jared Kushner…Two days after I heard this, two days, front page New York Times story about the links between Kushner and Russia…A coincidence? Absolutely not. Steve Bannon has been leaking, I believe, based on everything that I’ve heard, has been leaking these stories.” How do you prevent Bannon’s loose lips, from sinking your ship?
You’re a Jacksonville strip club. Last Friday, diarrhea exploded from strippers on stage, live and in public, if you will…with high heels preventing their exit. Other patrons followed poop, and flooded the bathroom, which lacked the stalls to meet capacity, or the exit. The culprit? A free buffet, which you have now suspended until further notice. How can you woo back a dude, who wants a lap dance and food?
What can Kathy Griffin learn from MMA in wake of decapitating her career by posing with a bloodied, severed head of US President Donald Trump?
TEACHABLE MOMENT: You’re HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher. On the show, your guest Sen. Ben Sasse asked, “Would you like to come work in the field with us?” You replied, “Work in the fields?” asked Maher. “Senator, I am a house nigger.” Shortly thereafter, a rainbow coalition including Chance the Rapper, Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson, and US President Donald J. Trump have asked HBO to cancel your show. What can we learn from your failure, as a white man who grew up during Jim Crow, that some words are best left unsaid?
KID NATE’S HEEL TURN
EUGENE’S LOST BATTALION
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