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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Starved for attention

  • When you are highly involved with “creative” projects it’s very hard to know where to draw the line when it comes to bad vs. good publicity.
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  • When you are highly involved with “creative” projects it’s very hard to know where to draw the line when it comes to bad vs. good publicity.
    I personally have been involved in a publicity stunt that went wrong. It’s not a fun time. However, I can live with myself as I didn’t set out for it to be negative. It just accidentally got out of control.
    We’ve all heard the saying, “no publicity is bad publicity.” Maybe this statement is true. Maybe it’s not. I just do not support making a conscious decision to be offensive to gain fame.
    Take for example Christina Fallin’s recent actions during this past weekend at the Norman Music Festival. After gaining support and criticism alike because of her choice to post a photo of herself wearing Native American regalia on her band’s website back in March of 2014, she made the choice once again to “don the headdress.” Only this time there were protestors at the live event with signage in hand. They didn’t respond well to her shawl which had the word “sheep” written on the back or her attempt to perform a war dance.
    She, like all performers, has every right to wear or say what she wants, but we all know they can go too far.
    Before you send me an email explaining how she is being misunderstood, don’t bother. I don’t buy that and I won’t.
    The point is not that she wore the clothing danced. It’s that she did so knowing that it would cause the reaction that she is getting and grasped the opportunity for the publicity.
    “Artists” know when they are deliberately making a mess. Unfortunately they feel the need to look away from obvious exploitation. It’s like a 2-year-old that needs attention. No one else in this world matters to them. They just have to have the praise.
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    James Bridges is the advertising director for The Shawnee News-Star.
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