To all the women in PR trying to make a decent name for yourselves…we are being sabotaged.
Amanda Chapel, proud PR “whore” (her words, not mine), has started a new blog that supposedly details the naked truth of the PR world. However, all I’ve seen revealed in her 2 posts so far are cheap shots intended either for getting attention (“Look at me! I’m going to predict the demise of Steve Rubel!”) or inciting catty dialogue (her word to B.L. Ochman: “Who picked out that outfit anyway?”). Wow, I never knew that exposing the PR field could be so shallow and unenlightening.
She likens the relationship between journalists and PR pros to that of a doctor and his pharmaceutical rep. She quotes from the book “The Drug Pushers”: “Drug reps pretend that they are giving doctors impartial information. Doctors pretend that they take it seriously.” I love the way that she tries to whittle down the essence of PR into a brainless analogy.
There are many ethical PR professionals out there that are fantastic at their jobs while maintaining their integrity, and they should be deeply insulted by Amanda’s feeble attempts to get attention.
The biggest disappointment is that many bloggers (save Kevin Dugan of the Bad Pitch Blog—thank God some of our men in the PR field are thinking with their minds and not the little man downstairs…need I say more) are encouraging this kind of smut with their comments. They beg for more pictures, eager for a glimpse of her self-proclaimed “perky” breasts. I especially like this comment from “Rusty”:
“We need more honest conversations from “whores” in every industry.”
Unbelievable. Pour some cold water down your pants, boys, and then get back to work!
There are only a handful of influential women bloggers in the PR field (Katie Delahaye Paine and Elizabeth Albrycht are two that come first to my mind), and for someone like Amanda Chapel to come along and exploit her sexuality to get attention from PR pros is a step backward for women in the industry. She should be embarrassed and ashamed.