I came across this article today entitled “The 5 most bizarre media interviews in recent memory” in which Brad Phillips outlines his top 5 picks for awkward and bizarre media interviews. As an LA publicist, I am constantly scrutinizing interviews and stories, seeing how someone or a company responds and if I agree with them. And discussing PR and interview blunders is always the beginnings of a heated and interesting conversation.
This article inspired me to post some of my favorite uncomfortable, what-were-they-thinking, and/or outrageous moments:
1. Kanye West on The Today Show
First off, any time the name Kanye West is mentioned in the media, you know it has to do with something controversial and probably his big mouth is at fault. However, watching his most recent segment on the TODAY Show, I thought Matt Lauer was completely off base and I personally felt bad for Kanye. He was clearly remorseful and was trying to turn a new leaf, and yet, Lauer kept pushing and prodding the poor man.
2. Lebron James and The Decision
The actual interview wasn’t too uncomfortable to me, but the aftermath was. For the entire city of Cleveland to be humiliated after supporting Lebron for multiple years was just sad. And they did NOT take it well. Can we talk about the open letter from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert?
3. Whitney Houston on Primetime
One quote: “First of all, let’s get one thing straight…crack is wack.” ‘Nuff said.
4. Sarah Palin on CBS Evening News
From her “extensive” repetoire of daily reading to Alaska’s proximity to Russia constituting her foreign policy experience, the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin was tough for anyone to watch, no matter what side of the party lines you are on.