Sunday, July 10, 2005

Bad Press

I first saw this story on Thursday evening:

London was the scene of carnage Thursday after a series of deadly blasts but American R&B crooner Omarion, who suffered no injury or inconvenience, wants people to pray for him.

“Omarion was in London during the tragic bombings that struck this morning,” a statement by the singer’s publicist AR PR Marketing, released hours after the bombings, said.

Making no mention of the fatalities or casualties of the blasts, the singer’s statement concluded, “He would like his fans to pray that he has a safe trip and a safe return home. He appreciates your support.”

...his publicist Shana Gilmore told Reuters from Los Angeles. Asked why anyone should pray for him, Gilmore said, “He wasn’t hurt or anything, but just the fact that he was there and all that.”

: I assumed it was the work of an overactive publicist and I may have been right according to this follow up story that details Omarion's people denouncing the story as a hoax going on to explains that "his publicist" had a degree of separation or two from the singer with her own poor sense of appropriateness:

Gilmore, whom Omarion's camp said "is not known to the artist," works for AR PR Marketing. But to, even she denied working with Omarion. She said Reuters misquoted and misidentified her.

"This kind of sucks," Gilmore told "I didn't make those quotes. This is sad and it hurts."

Presumably, though, not as much as Londoners are hurting.

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