Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Reputation’
Naomi Campbell has been summoned to appear in court on Thursday by the prosecutors of the Charles Taylor’s trial for crimes against humanity. The prosecution at the Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague claimed that Taylor gave a “blood diamond” to the British supermodel during a 1997 trip to South Africa.
Ms Campbell had stated in April that she “never received a diamond” – and refused to talk any further about the allegation. Later she told the chat show host Oprah Winfrey she feared for her safety if she became involved in the case.” These two contradictory statements made by the super model have dragged her into the case trial.
The story states that Campbell was given the stones at night following a 1997 dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela. “A Gift for you” is all what the two gentlemen who gave her the diamond said. When she realised it was not a few dirty looking stones, but real un-cut diamonds, she handed it over to her friend, whose name she hasn’t disclosed.
Taylor’s trail began in Hague in January 2008. He is accused of supporting rebels in Sierra Leone’s in 1991-2002 civil war. The Liberian Civil War, which was one of Africa’s bloodiest, claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians and further displaced a million others into refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
The boiling feelings of the inhuman activities are prone to affect the reputation of the super model which is not new to controversy. Will Naomi Campbell be able to come out clean and will her reputation finally affect her work? The world has to wait till the court appearance on Thursday.
The Duchess of York is still in the US while the media is discussing her video making a deal to ‘sell’ access to her former husband Prince Andrew. The sum agreed on was £500,000 with £40,000 cash down for access to the Prince!
Celebrities, royalty and in this case “former” royalty are all always tabloid fodder. The irony is that a celebrity meltdown or scandal sells the most. While the reason behind the sting operation is debatable, it did make the biggest blow to Sara Ferguson’s reputation. Her credibility, loyalty and character are all at stake. Can’t imagine how one can explain away what happened, to family and friends.
Sting operations also raise the question- Is it ethical to go about planning such a thing on a person who clearly has had issues most of her life? The Duchess of York is clearly an example of such beleaguered celebrity. Who can forget Britney Spears‘ shaved head pics and her meltdown even as the world clamors behind the antics of a troubled Lindsay Lohan.
So, what are sting operations? Sting operations are purposely planned and executed to let the world know something they OUGHT to know. The Duchess of York clearly has tough days ahead and is already being called the ‘shamed’ duchess.
Reputation Management and PR in this case can be tricky…For now Fergie’s apologies and horror at what had transpired and reports of her “serious lapse of judgement” are all over the papers and this is damage limitation in ORM terms.
In the Duchess’s favour is the fact that she has not done anything illegal and has apologized for her conduct.
It remains to be seen how this story unfolds further and how this will affect her friendship with Prince Andrew even as reports come in about a couple of celebrities who have come out with statements in her favour.
Lindsay Lohan is yet again in news. The 23-year-old actress has filed a lawsuit against E-Trade for $100 million over a Super Bowl ad featuring a “milkaholic” baby named Lindsay. The controversial TV ad features a baby boy apologizing to his girlfriend for not calling her because he was busy trading stocks on E-Trade. Lohan alleged E-trade for breaching of civil rights and use of her name, ‘Lindsay’ and characterization without payment or permission.
This is nothing new for the glam doll who has the habit of being in news for all the wrong reasons; starting from spending a day in jail, her relationship with Samantha Ronson, being shooed away by enraged people in the Paris Fashion Week, Lindsay has it all in her to invite controversy.
If we look back, Tracy Palmer, the Director of Consumer Advertising Sprint, made no fuss when her name was used for the girls character in the sprint ad. So doubts are afloat if this whole controversy by Lindsay is a publicity stunt. The allegations levied by her lawyer also seems inappropriate to stand up in the court.
“Many celebrities are known by one name, and E-Trade is using that knowledge to profit,” Lohan’s lawyer, Stephanie Ovadia, said in a statement to the New York Post . “They’re using her name as a parody of her life. Why didn’t they use the name Susan? This is a subliminal message. Everybody’s talking about it and saying it’s Lindsay Lohan.”
The whole drama has done a world of good for E-trade, with thousands of people searching for the controversial commercial online. Wonder why LiLo seems so offended, or is it a mere frustration of hers. She is in real need of a quality PR and some strategic celebrity reputation management to be in place to regain her lost image as a celebrity rather than as a troubled star.
We, at Reputation Management For.com, feel that Lindsay has to retain the confidence of the public and should work towards getting back her stardom. Who will want to sponsor a celebrity who may turn round and sue them later, had she not mentioned anything for the best part the ad would have gone unnoticed, now even we are writing about it now!
The British catwalker is again in the news for all the wrong reasons. The extent of her temper has invited suggestion to instate sirens and lights to alert those vulnerable souls she hires. They say ‘When you are with Naomi better don’t say “No”, or else you get a bloody nose. This time it was her 27-year-old-driver, who was boxed and slapped from the back seat of the car in Manhattan. Naomi immediately fled the scene. The driver called 911 and the NYPD was looking for her to be questioned.
Naomi Campbell’s reputation is on the rocks. Just Google Naomi and you will find majority of the websites are related to her bad temper than modeling. She had been in and out of trouble numerous time before, the charges she faced ranges from beating an assistant, hurling mobile at her maid and throwing abuses at British Airways staff.
What is it that makes this sultry siren go wild? Is it because she had a trouble childhood and struggled in life, so all that frustration has to be taken off by beating up people? Money is not a factor and she doesn’t seem much bothered about her reputation. Serious loss in waiting and she need to realize that negative comments influences everybody and travels faster than her imagination. Her recent show to raise funds for Haiti earthquake is over shadowed by bad stories.
Is Naomi Campbell adept to change herself? Half way through this blog I came across the news that Ms. Campbell’s driver has apologized and he is blaming himself for the confusion. How did this happened? Naomi later issued a statement
I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past.
We at Reputation Management For.com feel that this was a great PR move by Naomi because she was able to turn this around while the news was still buzzing. But more than that celebrity management is one thing she may need, to realize success and failure in its true form and reputation management to defend her super stardom status.
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Van Morrison is furiously telling the world that his page was hacked and the claims, that he is a father at 64, is completely false. In this day and age a celebrity wanting to hold dear his/her privacy will find things quite difficult.
The Van Morrison website on Tuesday claimed he had become a dad to George Ivan Morrison III at the age of 64. Producer Gigi was named the mother and that the baby boy was the spitting image of his famous father.
“Totally false, its a hoax” say the new reports from Van, who lives with his wife who is the mother of his two children, today. To have hackers break into your website twice in two months and put out false news about you with the right amount of shock value is just what it takes to get even the most reclusive people come out and defend their reputation.
This story asks these questions – “Can you be a famous recluse these days?” Can a celebrity for reasons known only to them pull a Greta Garbo on the public these days? Can someone simply hack into your site and make shocking claims and force you back into the limelight? Granted Van Morrison was not a recluse, but the prospects of getting a JD Salinger out of his house and into the open is going to be the mother of all scoops, right?
Celebrities are lucky people, but unfortunately very vulnerable to attacks from hackers to paparazzi and from malicious web sites to extortion attempts from people looking to make quick money. People in their employment or trust can any day threaten to reveal their secrets to a tabloid. It’s always the proverbial sword over the head situation.
Celebrity reputation management is serious and round-the-clock work. Online reputation management for celebrities is double the trouble. Unlike the new breed of celebritieswho thrive on shock value and planned wardrobe malfunction just to be in the spotlight, celebrities who have cult status can find the world is a voyeuristic place these days.
A reclusive celebrity may just be a thing of the past, stuff of legends even!