Sunday, October 4, 2009

Telling It Like It Is.

I haven’t posted in a while mostly because I’ve been commenting current events in 140 characters, or less, here: http://twitter.com/MartineMontreal . As a publicist and a as pop-cultural fiend, the last few weeks have been quite educational. So here, a “Cliff Notes” of sorts, of my thoughts of recent events:

• Kanyé West at the MTV Video Awards: Real Kanyé fans will still love him because they know that part of the man’s genius is his crazy side. He loves attention and will get it by any means necessary, including those that confirm he’s part dare-devil, part douche bag;





• Joe Wilson at the President’s address: Joe Wilson is an idiot still in denial that the President, his President is a Black man. Maureen Dowd of the NYT wrote it best: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/opinion/13dowd.html



• Serena Williams at the U.S. Open: Serena messed up. The foot-fault call was clearly erroneous, but Serena must know by now that she doesn’t have the luxury of other players. The media is, and always has been, harsher on Venus and her. To an average player, that wouldn’t be such a big deal but Serena is not your average tennis player: she’s an Industry. One that is based on image over performance. One that will be tarnished by violent and crass outbursts. Shape up, Serena. McEnroe did and it served him well. And for those who will quip at my earlier statement that the media has always been harsher on the Williams sisters, a return in history: When Venus first started on the tour, she got a warning from the ATP after opponents complained that the beads in her hair made too much noise. At the time, commentators such as Mary Carillo agreed with the warning. Today female tennis players grunt like cavemen on the court and although it has made for cute news stories, the phenomenon has never been accompanied by racial undertones.






• Roman Polanski: Yes, the arrest in Switzerland prior to a Film festival where he was to be honoured was a tad overkill. But the man did rape a 13-year old. It’s as simple as that & I don’t care what Whoopi Goldberg says and I don’t care how great “Chinatown” was. I’m disappointed in all the Heavyweights who’ve defended Polanski (Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Demme, Costa Gavras, Jeanne Moreau, Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton, Giuseppe Tornatore, Wim Wenders et al) and I also wonder when did Woody Allen become a reference when it comes to appropriate conduct with young women?




• David Letterman: This was for me the greatest example of smart and efficient PR which can be resumed into this simple mantra: “No one messes with David Letterman, besides NBC”. The following days will be interested to follow. I think feminists will use this story as a podium for some sort of claim and various assistants will come out of the woodwork with ridiculous stories. Letterman has a track record: his wife is a former staffer. Furthermore, it’s wrong to always see women as victims in these situations. One of the assistants in this story of consensual sex had her graduate school paid by Letterman so if anything, it was a shrewd and calculated move on her part. Let’s not kid ourselves; women have used sex, the promise of sex or the illusion of sex in calculated moves, to get ahead since forever. There. I said it.






I’m excited at new interviews of “The Confessional” that will begin this week. For now, here’s a favourite from a while ago: Chef and restaurant owner, Stelio Perombelon: http://groupemilagro.blogspot.com/2008/05/confessional-stelio-perombelon.html

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post - definetly worth the wait.
Ciao:)

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