Archive for the ‘Reputation Headlines’ Category

Father Knows Best

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Rachel Canning, Lincoln Park teenager whose suit against her parents went viral this past year, has filed a temporary restraining order on her boyfriend Lucas Kitzmiller.

Canning has accused Kitzmiller of choking her with his hands during a dispute late Saturday evening that took place on the streets of Mine Hill. Immediately after, she fled to her car and drove to the Denville Police station to file a domestic violence complaint. According to the Daily Record, Kitzmiller has since filed a cross-complaint and has received a temporary restraining order against Canning as well.restraining order documents. illustration design

Canning and Kitzmiller’s relationship was one of the reasons for the disagreement between Canning and her parents this October, prior to moving out. They encouraged her to end the relationship, claiming that Kitzmiller was a bad influence that encouraged her lifestyle of missing curfew, drinking and showing her parents no respect, according to the Daily News. In addition to arguing over her relationship with Kitzmiller, Canning claimed that her parents failed to support her “both financially and emotionally,” and sued her parents for child support and both private school and college tuition. As the case gained international attention, Canning dropped the suit and has since moved back in with her parents, who agreed to not criticize her relationship with Kitzmiller as they dated on and off for the year.

In light of recent events, maybe parents do know best. Their initial instincts of Kitzmiller are seemingly correct, that is if Canning’s claim of violence is true. Regardless of whether or not the court finds enough evidence to support a permanent restraining order, it seems that it would be best if Canning takes the advice of her parents and keeps her distance from Kitzmiller.

However, the best advice to take from this entire situation was that given by Judge James DeMarzo who suggested that both parties keep quiet about the case, especially on social media. As seen with last year’s court case, news like this can easily go viral and if Canning hopes to go off to Western New England University in the fall clear of a reputation, she should keep things quiet and try to move on from her past.

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Man v. Food v. World

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Adam Richman, former host of Man v. Food, went on a vulgar rant on Instagram, going as far as to encourage a woman to commit suicide.

Richman has lost 70 pounds since his years hosting Man v. Food. He showed off his weight loss in an Instagram that included #thinspiration in the caption. One user noticed this hashtag, which is often used to promote a variety of eating disorders, and decided to enlighten Richman by commenting, “#Thinspiration is actually seen as a harmful phrase.” Richman responded harshly, inciting a response from many other users. His comments quickly spiraled out of control and became more and more aggressive, posting “…grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you.” Friend of the user who initially responded to Richman, Amber Sarah, has documented the entire feud in her blog.

In response, the Travel Channel told The Washington Post that they have decided to postpone the July 2nd premiere of his new show “Man Finds Food.” Richman initially tweeted an apology, which has since been deleted. He later issued a statement to ABC News apologizing for his “inexcusable remarks” and added “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked hard to achieve a healthy weight…I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”

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The Travel Channel’s response to this incident, although drastic and likely costly, is a necessary one. If they had chosen to support Richman, despite his indiscretions, they would have sent the wrong message to all of the fans that he has upset. And while Richman has taken the right first step in apologizing, he must prove his sincerity to his fans in order to maintain his viewership and to be seen as a reputable and profitable influencer in the food industry.

The full conversation can be seen in this article by Buzzfeed. (Warning: graphic language!)

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Choking your reputation: How Charles Saatchi’s Neck Is On the Line

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Famous art collector, Charles Saatchi, was photographed outside a London last year choking his, now former, wife. Artist renditions of Charles Saatchi with his hand around the neck of Nigella Lawson can now be purchased on Saatchi’s website,

Pictures of the shocking event can be purchased for amounts ranging from the hundreds to the tens of thousands. Artists may upload their work to Saatchi Art and sell it to receive 70 percent of the original selling price, while the gallery receives the other 30 percent.Art gallery with different pictures

The Saatchi Art website clearly forbids uploading images that are “violent or threatening, or promotes violence.” Yet when asked why the pieces were not removed, chief curator Rebecca Wilson responded that “Saatchi Art does not believe in censorship unless the material is pornographic or incites racial hatred”, according to the Daily Mail. Saatchi seemed to be unaffected by these paintings and commented, “Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?”

Obviously, these images have begun to stir up some controversy. “Domestic violence is not a trivial matter. It is extremely insensitive to all victims of domestic violence for someone who has accepted a police caution for assaulting a partner to earn commission on images of the offence. We are shocked that anyone would want to make a profit from images of abuse,” said Polly Neate of Women’s Aid. So the question stands, is restricting the sale of such paintings considered “censorship” and a hinder to freedom of expression? Or are such works offensive, especially to victims of domestic violence and abuse? Should these works be removed?

Either way, the publicity that Saatchi has received, after seemingly choking his ex-wife, appears to be making light of a serious matter. No woman should ever be choked by her husband, and earning a profit from such an act of violence is distasteful and insensitive.  If Saatchi wishes to maintain his reputation as a renowned art collector, he should be careful in his next steps; he must try to avoid both excessive censorship and creating a reputation for himself as a misogynist, to keep an effective and profitable gallery.

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Senate Investigates Dr. Oz’s “Miracle” Claims

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Dr. Oz is not only a heart surgeon, an author and a television personality, but also made the list of the most influential people in the world. Therefore, his recent dealings with the US Senate have sparked headlines. Everyone is beginning to wonder is Dr. Oz just a serial endorser? What responsibility does he have to his audience as a public figure?

Oz has been a longtime supporter of various weight loss products, such as Pure Green Coffee and Garcinia Cambogia. Some companies will use Oz’s words in their commercials.

The Senate recently held a panel to evaluate false advertising on weight loss supplements and many panel members proved to be unhappy with Oz’s promises and assertions regarding products with little scientific evidence to support their benefits. Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, noted that Oz’s language gives consumers “false hope” and pondered his intentions in such assertions.

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As mentioned in an article by, Oz responded that he does in fact utilize “flowery language” to discuss certain products, but that he also supports the products enough that he gives them to his own family. He also added that he feels as if his job is to “to be a cheerleader for the audience” and that he looks “everywhere, including in alternative healing traditions, for any evidence that might be supportive to them.”

Despite his admitting to the use of some suggestive rhetoric, Oz also asserts that he is not responsible for how other companies redistribute his words. So the question is, is Oz solely to blame for using “flowery language” in the first place or do companies take his assertions and spin them for their own benefit? Is Oz taking advantage of his audience in his position of influence or does he genuinely believe these products will work?

Going forward, he promises to tone down the language and make an edited list of products that he believes have benefits. “To not have the conversation about supplements at all however would be a disservice to the viewer,” he says and adds that he hopes to find a way to stop future weight loss scams. Oz better make sure to support products that will actually produce results before the public begins to realize that his claims are not backed by any significant evidence and his reputation as a trusted influencer is no more.

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Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (But only certain girls?)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

African-American Tiffany & Co employee, Michael McClure, is suing the company this week in accusation of their “systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination.”

According to the Star-Ledger, McClure, the plaintiff, is a group director for Tiffany. He is responsible for more than one store and has been with the company since 1993. However, he is the only African-American holding a management position out of 200 employees. Although sales have increased in his stores this year, McClure was not given an annual bonus, received a negative performance evaluation, and was in danger of termination.

After starting an investigation, McClure received an anonymous letter that read, “In reference to you, he [Anthony Ledru] expressed a surprise that ‘a black man is representing the Tiffany brand.’ ” This letter was sent to McClure from someone within his office after Ledru, the company’s newly appointed senior vice president for North America, visited his stores.

Similarly, stores like Barneys and Macy’s have been accused of racial profiling earlier this year. Both Barneys and Macy’s falsely accused African American shoppers of shoplifting. In an article by the Huffington Post, a former Barneys employee mentions that “store security keeps a close eye on black shoppers who don’t look famous.” The company has since apologized and claims that it will “review its internal procedures to make sure such incidents don’t happen again.”

As of now, Tiffany has only commented that ““the lawsuit allegations are completely without merit,” and that “we welcome and value diversity in all forms.” ???????????

Unfortunately, racism and racial profiling seem to be a pattern in high-end retailers, trying to secure the most profitable customers and deter those who they wrongly assume will not buy anything. Is the current case against Tiffany & Co actually racism or a mere misunderstanding? It is hard to say at this point. However, like many other retailers, Tiffany & Co must be careful with their next move if they want to maintain a large, loyal, and profitable client base and a positive reputation in the jewelry industry.

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