UPDATED: And then the PR guy called me “a fucking bitch”. I can’t even make this shit up.

SEE UPDATES BELOW…

I know I just posted a few hours ago, but I’m posting again because you all know how dedicated I am to writing about PR pitches (both good and bad) and this one just can’t wait.  I got a form letter email pitch (more than one, actually) about a Kardashian sister being spotted in pantyhose.

Actual line from email:

“The Kardashian’s once again show they are right on trend, and this is on (sic) Mommy’s are all going to want to follow.”

As I do with all unsolicited form-letters about celebrities-doing-shit-no-one-cares-about, I replied with my usual, simple response:

me: And here’s a picture of Wil Wheaton collating.

I got a response from the woman who sent the original email:

Hi there,
That wasn’t very nice. We send certain pitches out to people so they have the chance of getting more hits on their page. We’ll make note of this email in moving forward and remember if we have any advertising opportunities with any of our clients not to go through you.
Best of luck to you.
Best,
Erica

That sort of email might be threatening to a blogger who makes a living by getting advertisers who go through PR companies, but I’m not, and (as far as I know) neither are most people.  For the most part, my blog is supported by people.  People who are bloggers.  This becomes relevant soon.

I wasn’t going to respond, as she did have a point, but then a VP of the company (Jose) hit “reply all”.  With me on the reply-all.

Jose:  “What a fucking bitch!”

Wow.  I sort of felt bad for the guy (as I’ve accidentally fallen victim to the reply-all trap as well) and I considered just cowing down and remaining quietly chastened by this man, but then I remembered that this isn’t the 18th century and that I’ve never taken a high road in my entire life.

My response:

Hi. This is sort of why “reply all” doesn’t usually work well for
companies. Unless, of course, you decided that “What a fucking bitch” was
a great response from a public relations company. Personally, I preferred
the “Best of luck to you” one, which was much more honest and cutting,
while still being professional.

If you’ve read my blog you would know that a great deal of my blog deals
with the importance of public relations companies doing research before
sending form letters to bloggers. Specifically, I’m very vocal about
ridiculous pitches involving celebrities using products. So much so that
I made that actual Wil Wheaton collating paper page to combat this very
sort of thing in a quick and painless way. My blog has nothing to do with
fashion, the Kardashians or pantyhose…none of which I understand, to be
honest. Plus, you’ve sent me this form letter TWICE today. I only point
this out so you can delete this *ahem* “fucking bitch” from all of the
mailing lists you have me on, rather than just one.

Also, I apologize if you were offended by my email. Honestly, I’ve been
sending that thing out to PR people for the last year and this is the
first time I didn’t have someone respond with either a laugh, or with a
simple “No problem. We’ll remove you from the list.” In fact, many PR
companies have turned this entire thing around and sent really hysterical
exchanges to me, which I’ve used to promote their great work in
understanding (and working with) the unique personalities of the very
bloggers they’re trying to reach out to. Just a thought.

Hugs,
Jenny (aka “fucking bitch”)

I don’t know what I expected, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t this:

Jose: I get it and I was out of line by saying that however you put way too much effort
into your approach. A simple “I don’t cover this, no thanks” or “Please remove”
would suffice. To go out of your way to be snarky and rude is a little
inappropriate. Again, I should’ve been less harsh – but I also feel like your email
was rude and unprofessional as well. We will do a better job to research who we are
pitching but maybe you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough
to be pitched at all instead of alienated PR firms and PR people – who are actually
the livelihood of any journalists business. Don’t be offended, you started the
cursing game so maybe we should all just laugh it off and plan not to work together
in the future.

Wow.  Jose was sticking to his guns.  Sadly for both of us, so was I.

My response:

“You should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough to be pitched at all.”
You sure know how to flatter a girl. Are you even in
public relations? Am I on Candid Camera? Because I’m kind of baffled.

Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.

And then I tweeted to @BrandlinkComm to let them know that one of their VPs just sent me an email referring to me as “a fucking bitch.”  And many, many of my 164,000 followers replied and retweeted in the most clever and hysterically awesome ways imaginable.

And it was beautiful.

PS.  The reason I post this is not to have everyone go all angry-villager on the company.  It’s to remind other bloggers that there are some amazing and wonderful PR companies out there who will do their research and will make your life wonderful.  And there are other PR companies that will try to shame you into posting their irrelevant spam and threaten you with talk of not using you in the future for when they’re doing advertising.  Those PR firms are assholes and you should probably question everything they say.

You are amazing.  You are relevant.  Your work is worth protecting and standing up for.  And you will find wonderful PR companies to work with over time.

Even if you are “a fucking bitch.”

UPDATED: I love you people. Really. Thank you for always having my back and for being so supportive during this weirdness. Jose has apologized, and I’ve been assured by the woman in charge of the company that they are aware and are handling it the best way they know how, so let’s give them some air and let them have the chance to do that. *deep breath*

Now let’s all go have a drink. Make mine a double.

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  1. C’mon, angry-villager is fun! Plus, I sell pitchforks.

    Jose needs to learn the power of a simple “Sorry”, and stop qualifying the fuck out of an apology.

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  2. I’m cocking my head to one side and trying to imagine what it must be like to work in the most important PR company in the world – so important that they get to undertake the most Sacred and Holy task of schooling wayward, irrelevant bloggers.

    They’re doing a service, you see. Thank goodness for people like them.

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  3. Hot damn I love me some rough hausin’!

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  4. I hope Erica gets a promotion and Jose is sentenced to the far reaches of the basement where he has to spend the rest of his years collating papers. Also, you might be my hero!

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  5. You totally win for your spelling of Kardashians. Putting in an unneeded apostrophe, like in the original pitch to you, is my pet peeve of the week’s.

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  6. Thank you. I really needed this. Especially after posting a pic of a vagina on my facebook page and then worrying it might offend someone. Now I don’t care.

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  7. Can we send Jose a “You are the Best Kind of Fucked Up?” Maybe it will help remove the stick up his ass.

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  8. I know you said not to, but I just got a new pitch fork and I’m kinda feeling stabby.

    Either way, what bitches

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  9. I’m just glad I’m not relevant. I hope him insulting strangers he’s never met for not doing his job for him count as his asshole deed for the year, sheesh!

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  10. Um…are they serious? “You should consider yourself lucky”? Has Jose forgotten that they emailed YOU?!?! Classy, Jose. He should run for his life, you are going to go all Twitter-shame on him. If not you, your readers will!

  11. I’m not sure how you started “the cursing game” here. Very odd. Please keep us updated on what the boss has to say.

    I have to say that *I* would be flattered to get a PR pitch from anyone, but you have standards and are clearly very awesome. You go, Jenny!

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  12. Do pantyhose still exist???

  13. I’m sorry I called you a fucking bitch, but here’s why you deserved it. No, Jose, that’s actually NOT an apology.

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  14. “Again, I should have been less harsh–but I also feel like you made me do it. You asked for it. You with your snark and cursing and proper use of apostrophes.”

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  15. Could we go angry villager on Jose? It’s been a long time since I pitchforked someone deserving!

  16. Wow. Just wow. The “Reply All” button should be taken away from some people.

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  17. Bless his heart.

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  18. What douche canoes…

    Everyone that I know, knows who you are Jenny (thanks in part to my shameless plugging); but I’ve never heard of “Brand Info Asswipe Whatevertheirnameis” and no one else that I know does either.

    So there…. That’s gotta mean something

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  19. Internets, meet Jose. Jose, meet the Internets.

    Do not make the Internets angry.

    You would not like us when we’re angry.

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  20. Not sure if Jose has actually read a real blog…and it brings to mind my new favorite bumper sticker I saw recently:

    I may be a bitch. I am just not YOUR bitch.

  21. They send out grammatically incorrect nonsense pitches, and YOU’RE the fucking bitch?

    Honestly, I don’t get their tactics at all. You being a mother is just part of your blog, which means they just have crawlbots picking up “like MOTHER Teresa, only better” and the link to “Good MOM/Bad MOM” and somehow decided this was a mommy blog. Furthermore, what do the Kardashians have to do with mothers, anyway? And how did you “start the cursing game” by sending your Wil picture?

    This guy is just pissed because he finally got caught using his office email to badmouth people, probably even his coworkers. He doesn’t understand blogging or women and thinks that we’re all aspiring to have Goodyear boobs. Then some “fucking bitch” who gave Christmas to those that had none and inspired others to do the same DARED to step out of the kitchen and question him. What a great PR guy – for douchebags.

  22. Your Wil Wheaton collating page is seriously awesome and funny. And btw his cussing was WAY worse than yours. His was a direct attack against you and yours was more in general cursing. You are my hero anyway. Screw stupid PR firms.

  23. Good Lord, there were no comments when I started my tirade. I should learn to rant faster. Sorry.

  24. Jose, VP of “PR firms and PR people – who are actually the livelihood of any journalists business” isn’t the livelihood of his PR firm today…

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  25. If I could have figured out a way to reply to your tweet via my phone I would have called that guy a “twat” right to his Twitter account.

    What a total moron.

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  26. Dude. Not cool.

    except for you. you were way awesome. *two tumbs up*

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  27. So. Freaking. Awesome. I get both mad AND scared at those spammy emails. I hate getting junk in my box… Wait.

    Tweeting this post!

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  28. I am all over this shit! Because I am an unconventional born again Christian Mommy who did not get your blog the first time I came here. Oh my gosh, they need to read more or they are missing the point!

    XOXO Fuck that PR dude, he was all swish swish, no you DI’NT! But I don’t think he KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!!!

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  29. Wow, what a horribly unprofessional person. When you make a terrible mistake like that. all you is apologize. Nothing else.

  30. I am amazed. I love that you showed Jose and @brandlinkcomm just how irrelevant you are.

    You rock.

  31. “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.”

    If he’d had any clue who you were, his heart would have stopped right there.

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  32. All I can say is I *heart* you and I want to be you when I grow up!

  33. Jose is clearly a douche box of the worst kind. I bet he lives a very sad and humorless life.

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  34. I am disappointed that you didn’t use this opportunity to say “no way jose” even once.

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  35. Best response to bad PR ever!!!!!! LOVE love love it

  36. Just a few thoughts.

    1. Dude needs a copy editor. Seriously.
    2. That’s like saying “oh, you’re mad that I got my man juice on your shirt? you should be flattered I find you attractive enough to rub up against at all!”

    Say whatttttt? Also, I look forward to reading more on your views of “journalists business”

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  37. Does Jose even know what the letters ‘PR’ stand for? Unbelievable! I guess he’s not worried about good PR for his company. But they’ll probably be happy that you considered them relevant enough for a blog post.

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  38. I think Jose is just mad because he got sand in his vagina.

    Hugs and best of luck to you in your job search, Jose!

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  39. Does Jose know who you are? I would be flattered but i don’t have 165k followers – holy shitsnacks batman

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  40. Jenny, you are the most amazing person I “know” and it makes me wish I REALLY did “know” you in real life. And even though we’ve never personally met, I love you and you make my days brighter. Love, a fellow Texan :)

  41. Of course. I can see that replying with a link to Wil Wheaton collating paper is equally as offensive and unprofessional as calling someone a fucking bitch. Congrats Jose. You win the logic award of the day. Your prize? A slew of annoyed bloggers. Yaaaaaayyyy!!!!

    I admit, I would be flattered to get a PR pitch from someone- but let’s be honest, who actually cares about the Kardashians and pantyhose? (Oh, I suppose that’s why the PR agency was even sending out the pitch…)

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  42. 43
    Mike from Adelaide

    I’d just like to say that Dogsondrugs provide an inferior brand of pitchfork. Buy from Honest Mike’s – “worlds sharpest tines – mega pitchforks”. As used by all of the Kardahsians and all other races in the Star Trek universe while wearing pantyhose. Get in quick. Our Taiwanese slave workers can only put out 200,000 per day….

  43. Indeed, “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy”… that’s badass.

    I think it’s safe to say that today is going to be a bad day at the office for Jose.

    I almost feel sorry for him.

    Almost.

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  44. Jose is a moron. And should probably consider another line of work…

  45. Toasting your awesome spirit! ROCK ON!

  46. a-ma-zing

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  47. Evidently Jose has his Kardashian pantyhose in a bunch.

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  48. Raise your hand if you think Jose was either fired or demoted today….

  49. Wow. That’s really really absurd. Here’s to hoping dear Jose gets fired.

    Also, you should be flattered? Do they know who you are? You had a bathroom built for you!

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  50. Um, I guess I’m stuck on why you would ever send an email to coworkers with the term “fucking bitch” in it…? Am I living under a rock? Maybe Jose also dabbles in dog breeding?

  51. I got this same pitch today.

    OH HOW TO CRAFT A RESPONSE.

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  52. I flipping loved this, snark on sister!

  53. lol @ them being the “livelihood of any journalists business”. I should hope a journalist would opt for somebody who knows basic grammar rules regarding possession.

  54. Wow!! Jose has amazing people skills….if making people want to stab him through an email can be considered a skill!

    Someone needs a prozac pinata…..

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  55. jenny, you’re so awesome. blogger or not, both erica’s and jose’s responses were unprofessional. they both need to grow up.

    *torch extinguished*

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  56. I think the fact that Jose fail at PR. Is enough to stop us from going all mob on the company. I mean really the guy works for in PR send out an email to a blogger where he insults her and doesn’t automatically apologize?!?! He didn’t see this coming? Also the fact that he hit reply all, who is he sending this to in first place?

  57. LOVE IT!!!! I have some people who have pissed me off….I think I need to study you more closely so I to can deal with them this way…..love it!!!!

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  58. Wow, I love how companies act like dicks and don’t think that there will be repurcussions (sp). Jose is the company. Companies should know better. Unless they are all assholes.

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  59. I’d say you beyonced the hell outta that situation. That’s a phrase now, right?

  60. I worked in PR for many years and not even once internally, did I or my coworkers EVER called anyone who turned down our pitch, as a fucking bitch. Just.move.on. Jose clearly has a stick in his ass. Dickwads like him are exactly why so many good PR firms and practitioners are misunderstood.

    Women should run PR, period.

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  61. It’s amazing that they don’t understand they are the equivalent of junk mail and telemarketers when they send those SPAM pitches. I hope he’s flattered that he made it into a Bloggess post – and he didn’t even have to collate.

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  62. How did you start the cursing game? I found Will Wheaton hilarious. It was/is a nice approach.

    Jose needs to understand that being a drama queen may get you a following on Twitter, but will get you fired in a heart beat.

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  63. Sounds like Jose doesn’t have a sense of humor. And he pretty much sucks at using Outlook. I know that we’re not supposed to go all angry villager on them, but I sent them a polite email suggesting that Jose should be retrained on email etiquette.

  64. Anyone who can read and can receive your Wil Wheaton Collating email and not end up laughing hysterically with tears running down their face is a sociopath and should not be pursuing a career that involves the written word.

  65. I’m going to stop wearing pantyhose in solidarity. Maybe panties, too. I’m definitely not going to wear any Kardashians.

  66. Cheezits. You can NOT convince me the economy is in the shitter when tools like Jose have jobs. Come ON! Speaking of fucking bitches, they never tried to solicit ME! WTF JOSE?! When your wrong, your wrong!

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  67. I got the exact same pitch today too. I blog about food. How do these people even get our email addresses, it’s so pathetic. I just clicked “delete” on the email but now I’m tempted to send them the same response you sent. In fact maybe all of us bloggers who got this pitch should send out the same response, just to tickle Jose.

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  68. There needs to be a hashtag on that Twitter backlash. I suggest #BloggessWinsAtPR.

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  69. Wow. It seems like every day the interwebs bring us a new example of PR/marketing/advertising people being rude/useless/incompetent. I promise: there are some good ones out there. And even some with a grasp of basic grammar.

  70. Sometimes you can judge the quality of a person’s character, by the type of person who judges them to be a fucking bitch.

    Congratulations, Bloggess. This seems to indicate you are doing very, very well.

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  71. Does anybody (ANYBODY?) want a PR firm that can’t spell or use proper grammar? Really?

    The random celebrity-object proximity thing is completely incomprehensible to me. Coupled with bad writing? wuh.. wuh… why?

    :sigh: I do visit your WIl Wheaton page with odd frequency. I like to think it’s the reminder that Snark Lives that heartens me, but perhaps it’s RCOP after all. Shit.

    Maybe if the Discovery Channel did Snark Week instead of Shark Week I wouldn’t have to worry any more.

  72. Dear Fucking Bitch,

    Only because I spent most of my adult life in PR, OK, the “life” part is stretching it, and the “adult” part as well, must I ask with great gusto, nay, demand, that you marshal your global forces and get photos of:

    - Ass Hat Erica
    - Douche Canoe Jose

    Then post the photos along with their contact details and any porn vids they have starred in. (Mr. Zuckerberg’s new privacy setting will make this dead easy).

    During above mentioned payback, please don’t mention the slutcanoe k sisters by name, else Jose and Erica will include in their media infections, er, impressions.

    Note: In Houston, a movie called “Erica the Slut” ran from when I was 13-16. Sadly, I never saw it, nor did I know that Erica moved laterally from porn into PR. The skills are certainly transportable.

    Final thought. If you find the Rattlesnake, could you courier it to: Erica (“the PR Slut”) and Jose at Douche Canoe PR.

    Mwah.

    (Told you I had been in PR).

    Bill in Nu Zillans

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  73. I really don’t understand why anyone would hit reply all and say “what a fucking bitch” It shows incredible unprofessionalism. I would never hire a company to do my PR work if I got an email like that or even heard they sent an email to someone that said that. But what do I know I’m just a regular consumer with a job and money. Seems like I won’t be buying pantyhose anytime soon.

    Thing like this just boggle my mind. The thing that really bothers me is he still thinks it’s ok.

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  74. Oh! When I started to read this i thought Jose was talking to YOU about Erica. I almost felt badly for him, as well. But wow. This is about the funniest shit I have read in a while. Professional my eye. Seriously. I am curiious about the resoonse you get. Amazed at the stupidity of people, and in awe of how people just do not know how to spell or punctuate sentences.

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  75. Oh Jenny, how do I love thee… let me count the ways!
    From one “Fucking Bitch” to another.

    Much Love & Zoloft –
    Jennifer

  76. A. I don’t comment often, but I have to say that what’s truly baffling here is that whoever wrote the original form has no grasp of the English language. How can they effectively relate publicly when they can’t spell or use an apostrophe?

    2. Jose is a moron. Jose is a moron who likely will not have a job for very long.

    C. Sorry, my number 2 really got me laughing. Poor, stupid Jose. I think I’ll take his response to the chair of the business department at my university so she can pin him on the “what not to do” part of the bulletin board in marketing class.

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  77. Jenny, you are amazing.

  78. Huh.

    Evidently THIS is why I never went into marketing. I mean, I’m all for calling people fucking bitches, but shilling for pantyhose? That’s just nasty.

    (How do I miss when you go viral? Stupid life, getting int the way.)

  79. “Stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.” is gonna be my new catchphrase. Please make t-shirts.

    Thank you for showing how it should be done.

  80. You so totally rock. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find you. All hail the Bloggess.

  81. I think he’s messing with the wrong “crazy bitch”

  82. Your snarkiness and relevancy make my life joyful!

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  83. It’s really impressive how little a sense of humor Jose has. Gives Jose’s a bad name everywhere.

  84. I went to check out the Twitter frenzy and, Jenny… I think you broke Twitter. I can’t even log in because it’s over capacity.

    You Fucking Bitch!

  85. Wow. Just…wow. Funny how anyone in PR would have such a hard time understanding blogs, and really, social media. Sigh.

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  86. Please stand by for demonstration of relevancy? I fucking love you, you fucking bitch.

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  87. Jose is a fucking douche.

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  88. I can’t get over the fact that he’s VP of a Public Relations company and can’t use spell check. I mean, it does check grammar too. I don’t see why it’s so hard to insult someone properly. If you’re going to be an asshole, be an intellectual asshole.

  89. From the Brandlink website:
    “We come from the senior ranks of large firms, but here at Brandlink, we actually do the work, not just manage it. ”
    “At Brandlink you get senior thinking, not just senior project management.”
    Yeah, right, assclowns. Apparently you can’t manage your way out a a wet paper BAG. Senior thinking? Are you kidding me? THAT’S something to brag about? Asses.

  90. PS: I’m noticing that Jose’s past work (listed on the BrandLink website) is pretty extensive. Emphasis on “past work.” Sounds like most work for him is soon to be in the past.

    PPS: I wonder how many comments Jose can get before he just loses his mind?

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  91. I didn’t understand the “you started the cursing” part of this either at first (this is for the commenters (sp?) who also didn’t get that ). Then I clicked on Jenny’s link in this story that just says “And here’s a picture of Wil Wheaton collating.” THAT’S when it got even funnier and made sense. Still no excuse for his behavior, but at least now that statement made sense.

    Is there a fax number where we, your loyal followers can send him something—-I don’t know what, maybe recycle all those unwanted spam faxes that flood the work fax machine and waste all the fax toner? I want to do something techno-stabby to Jose.

    Best comment so far—Deidre’s about your having missed the opportunity to say “No way Jose.” Priceless!

  92. And by douche, I mean excellent blog fodder.

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  93. WHOA!!!
    Going to look through my emails – this sounds a lot like an email I got asking if I wanted high-res images of various celebs on scooters. The, “Mommy’s are all going to want to follow.” was the wording. OMG!
    Really? Cause Moms get off on lame photos??
    WTH??

    Nice to meet you bitch, I guess I am too!!
    Smooch!!!

    .

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  94. So, in this guy’s profile on their website (copied and pasted below) something stood out to me – this guy is a total douche bag. Okay, maybe it doesn’t say that in his profile, but read between the lines. I also think they need to update his website profile – last line should say: “Most recently, Mr. Martinez called The Bloggess a fucking bitch, a new and innovative PR technique that Jose will soon patent in his climb up the ladder to his ultimate goal of wiping Donald Trump’s ass.”

    Love you, Jenny – you rock!

    Jose Martinez

    VP, Media Director

    Prior to BrandLink Communications, Martinez served as West Coast Vice President at Fingerprint Communications for over two years spearheading media relations on behalf of the agency’s LA-based clients. While at Fingerprint, Martinez worked on clients such as Muscle Milk, 42 Below Vodka, the Malibu Lumber Yard, W Hollywood Hotel, Eva Longoria’s BESO restaurant, Polaroid and Dr. Rey’s Shapewear and managed events for Maxim Magazine, Details Magazine, Rockband, and Oakley, to name a few. Before joining Fingerprint Communications, Martinez oversaw PR campaigns at London-based Freud Communications for Details Magazine, Soho House and The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. He also spearheaded special projects for Elle Magazine, Helio, Moet & Chandon and worked with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Marv Films, American Idol: Idol Gives Back and Bauer Publishing titles Life & Style and In Touch.

    During his 5 year tenure at Harrison & Shriftman, Martinez oversaw media campaigns for Los Angeles- based clients. Martinez helped craft publicity, marketing and influencer campaigns for consumer brands, luxury lifestyle products, hospitality properties, as well as managing the agency’s special event division. While there, he worked with Fox, Playboy Magazine, Imagine Entertainment, Cartier, Glamour Magazine, Premiere Magazine, Motorola, EA Games, Teen People, Mr. Chow, Grey Goose vodka, Corzo Tequila, Ugg Australia, Converse, Nintendo, BlackBerry (RIM), Helio, Juicy Couture and Porsche, among others. Martinez started his PR career at independent film consultancy Clein + White.

  95. Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.

    *slow clap*

  96. I am pretty sure a bitch who doesn’t fuck would be kind of boring anyway . . .

  97. Under Transportation, they boast the Mayflower as one of their accounts. The Mayflower. Hee hee.

  98. While I love your response, I can’t help but feel that you wasted the perfect opportunity to use the phrase,” No way Jose,” in a real life setting. :-(

  99. http://brandlink.com/whyus.html

    Ha ha, this is their Why Us? page…I can’t stop with all the things to make fun off…..

  100. I’m pretty sure Jose will be getting fired very soon.

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    Lesley @Avalea

    Maybe Hose A should consult with Hose B and try again.

  102. Shit, I can’t get past the misspellings in the original email. And if bloggers all know to research our research before we hit send why don’t the marketing assholes who are getting paid the $ I need?

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  103. Crap, and that does include my spelling… make fun OF…

  104. For reasons I can’t fully explain, I, for some reason, am repeatedly stunned by how fucking idiotic some people are. You would think this wouldn’t surprise me by now. But it does. Thanks for making it a fun surprise.

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  105. see now if they had sent you info on how the kardasians had a new line of shoes designed for paper collating

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  106. A simple “My Bad” on his part really could have saved him a lot of embarrassment. But since he insisted on going the douche bag route I am popping some popcorn and pulling up a seat. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  107. LOL! I commend you for not commenting on his penis size…….

  108. I used to work in PR and have several friends that still do consumer PR, regularly reaching out to bloggers like yourself. I am embarrassed for the entire profession for Jose’s behavior. The sad part of it is that there are several people out there who act just like Jose – they somehow think because they represent a company (or individual) that they are somehow important. As if the relevance transfers. I’m glad to hear that in the past you’ve dealt with good PR people too – sadly too many bloggers only get to interact with the worst of the profession which is why PR, in general, has such a bad reputation. And um, that apostrophe mistake? Makes me cringe. And get angry.

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    RachelMacK

    These people are in PR? These emails sound like they were written by third graders, emotionally AND intellectually.

    VILLAGERS! GET THEE TO THY PITCHFORKS!

  110. Holy crap. That was insane! Way to make an ass of yourself and your ENTIRE company Jose! Nicely done.

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  111. Oh my goodness.I cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, imagine how a PR person can get by with an attitude like that. And while I agree that reply all is a tool created to trap people, the very fact that he wrote such a message speaks volumes. I am not saying he can’t have an opinion—but one thing is to say something out loud, and another thing is to write it down. You rock for how you handled it— as always!

  112. I am a huuuuugggeee fan of the ‘Sorry but…’ apology. Use it with my husband all the time. Thanks for sharing. Loved the exchange.

  113. Well, I know I’M flattered to get mass-mailed PR pitches asking me to promote things, in exchange for high-res images (me) and actual money (the PR company)! I don’t know what YOUR problem is! It’s as if you don’t judge your self-worth in the currency of mindless anonymous mass promotion! Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be moving forward.

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  115. I just want to clarify that I am not the Erica who writes poorly-phrased and badly-composed replies for a PR company.
    Also, I am not Jose, thank all the powers that be. I rather hope he accidentally strangles on a pair of Kardashian hosiery this evening.

  116. Waaait…your response originally was just the pic of Wil collating, right? How is that rude? I’m soo confused by that whole situation.

    I like responding to emails where people mistakenly include me in the reply all with comments like that with a simple “I can see this, you know.”

  117. And Wil Wheaton just tweeted your blog post!! Hahahaha. LOVE!

  118. Fuck yeah. It’s nice to see a post about these annoying PR emails. I received one today from a firm about “presidential neckties”. The email essentially said, “We notice that you’ve mentioned Obama in a post. Could you talk about this line of neckties?”

    What!?!? Fuck you and your neckties.

    I must admit, though…I received a note from a representative of another firm this week. Based upon her email, it was obvious that they had been following my site. They quoted numerous posts over the last few weeks, and used language that told me that they were readers. In a situation like that…I’m more than happy to take a few minutes and exchange a couple of emails back and forth. Otherwise, it’s the online equivalent of “cold calling”. I did that in my early twenties. Can’t stand those slimy eels.

    Until now, I have simply deleted the emails as they have come into my inbox. Perhaps I should reply in the same fashion as you do. Maybe with a picture of Morgan Freeman holding cotton candy? Automatically deems negotiations null and void.

  119. Let’s not lose sight of the original topic- the Kardashians and their hosiery. I can’t rest until I know more.

  120. Jose is an asshat. Cheers, you fucking bitch!

  121. Jose needs to put a dollar or twenty in the douche jar.

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  122. oh poor sweet moronic assholish Jose. The Fans of The Bloggess are gonna make you THEIR bitch for being such an asshat to our Jenny.

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  123. Fucking Bitches Unite!

    “Most recently, Mr. Martinez called The Bloggess a fucking bitch, a new and innovative PR technique that Jose will soon patent in his climb up the ladder to his ultimate goal of wiping Donald Trump’s ass.”

    LisaD you are awesome (you, too, Jenny)

  124. Sorry if this has been addressed BUT:
    “maybe you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough
    to be pitched at all instead of alienated PR firms and PR people – who are actually
    the livelihood of any journalists business.”
    I gotta be honest, as a journalist, PR people are NOT the livelihood of journalists.

  125. Love love love. You are fantastic.

  126. I think you should give Copernicus Jose’s address. I heard he had some new tricks up his sleeve. Something involving duct tape, razor blades, and nipple clamps.

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  127. Wil Wheaton just twittered (is that a verb?) this post. He has 1.8 million followers. Simply awesome.

  128. Your’re an inspiration.

  129. I think we should put a bird on him…

  130. Brilliant. This just made my Friday.

  131. >Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.

    That’s my favorite part. I may have pumped my fist in the air.

  132. i have not been able to visit your blog or follow your tweets lately and all i can say is:

    MY GOD, HOW I’VE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you rock, Jenny. period.

  133. Love Wil tweeting the link. Jose’s day just got flushed.

  134. Dang!! Just when I got off my meds enough to really go angry-villager on someone and get away with it! Curses!!!!!

  135. I don’t know if you watched Gilmore Girls, but please know that, in my head, I am having a Lorelai Gilmore “Did you ever know that you’re my hero…” moment. A very big one.

  136. My favorite line of Jose’s was this: “To go out of your way to be snarky and rude is a little inappropriate.”

    Doesn’t he understand that being snarky and rude is not “out of your way” at all? It was totally appropriate.

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  137. As someone who used to work for a PR company, I would have been thrilled to get as creative a response as this to a bad pitch. People have no sense of humor.

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  138. Oh Bloggess, let me count the ways I love you!! You bring a smile to my face even on those days when my smile wanted to take the day off.

  139. LOVE this: “stand by for demonstration of relevance”. You. Rock. And Jose? Well, he’s a fucking bitch.

  140. I feel it is a tiny bit less inappropriate to quote Jesus here, since you are The Goddess of Blogging*…

    “They know not what they do.”

    *That IS what “bloggess” means, right? Should be.

  141. You are amazing. I laugh out loud every time I stop by here and this is a classic example of why. You say and do all those things many of us think of too late to actually do.
    Keep up the good work!

  142. Dear Jose,
    You say “fucking bitch” like it’s a bad thing…?

  143. Wow. I curse freely, and many in my office, including my bosses do as well. But there is a limit, and we do not put that into writing, and certainly do not hit reply all showcasing our unprofessionalism.

    I’m shocked that someone in PR with a title like VP could be so wilfully ignorant and offensive. Dumbass deserves whatever slap on the wrist they give him for that. Something like that could get you fired where I work.

  144. Some people should not be allowed to work in PR. You should send Jose this poster.
    http://work.failblog.org/2011/09/28/etiquette-propaganda-for-the-workplace/replyall/

  145. Damn. You really are a fucking bitch.

    But you’re the best fucking bitch I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading!

    Wonderful reply to an idiot PR VP!

  146. Wallaby (comment 99) is on to something genius. There are so many Jose jokes we have yet to make. Also, what an asshole. Dear PR professionals: You wonder why you have a bad reputation? I’d like to introduce you to Jose.

  147. I can’t wait to hear more about this exchange! I hope Jose has to ACTUALLY apologize *smirk* and that you graciously share with all of us “Fucking Bitches”. I’d also like to point out that Fucking Bitch is capitalized. To prove a point. What’s the point you ask… well I’m not sure but it’s a good one :)

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    adelheid_p

    Go You! And what spectacular career ending move, Jose.

  149. That was the best thing I have read in a long time. Oh. Jose.

  150. So now we have a poster child for bad PR pitches. What a loser Jose is!

    BRAVO to your for not backing down!

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  151. I’m calling it now: this one is totally going viral.

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  152. New pitch: A picture of Copernicus strangling Jose with the Kardashians’ pantyhose.

  153. You are the best and you are relevant, but that PR company is not. How could they be in the business of pitching to bloggers and NOT know you?? Clearly they don’t know they market they are pitching to. What an incompetent group of idiots.

    Sorry, but I am heading to Twitter to join the other angry villagers. How could I not? Way too much fun!

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  154. My dear Jenny, per usual…pure awesome. Xoxo Christine

  155. Dear Jose, one word for you:

    Midol

  156. Here is what I am wondering: HOW ON EARTH is it possible to become VP of a marketing company when you do not have the spelling, grammar, and basic punctuation skills to write a single sentence? The number of errors in both the pitch and the email should be enough to mortify a fifth grader, let alone the VP of a marketing company.

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  157. Wow. I work in PR. Glad to know I now have a blueprint for how to climb the corporate ladder if I so choose. Thanks, Jose, for helping my career take off! I’m off now to reply all to some e-mails I got today. Maybe I can even use Urban Dictionary to really come up with some zingers.

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  158. “Too much effort in your approach”…?

    So, because you have a brain, and some level of integrity, it is viewed as too much effort? Too much for “Jose” I suppose.

    There seems a lack of understanding, not only of bloggers and blogging, but of human nature as well.

    Love this post. Keep them honest! Keep them accountable!

    Mwah!! xx

    P.S. Is it wrong that I am cutting my toenails while typing this? Men can multi-task!

  159. (On the other hand, he seems quite capable of spelling “fucking bitch” — so maybe he should be taking out the trash at the marketing company, rather than writing its official emails?)

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  160. I actually commend you on your restraint in not pointing out that neither of these “PR professionals” seems to understand the difference between a plural and a possessive noun. I probably would have responded by sending them to the Strunk and White for some much-needed grammatical instruction.

  161. “PR firms and PR people – who are actually the livelihood of any journalists business”

    Is it just me, or is that a very 20th-century view of journalism? In the modern world of free blogging, youtube and google-enabled research at everyone’s fingertips, aren’t people like this just a little pissed that they’re becoming a little obsolete?

  162. Jenny,

    You rock. I love that you wrote back and didn’t back down. I also love that you are sharing this with all of us because that is the beauty of this information age we live in. I get completely irrelevant form letter solicitations for my blog from companies that claim they love my blog but have obviously never read it’s actual content. This is perfect. I may just have to recommend that we all start sharing your link as well! : )

    I also love that you signed your letter to Jose, “Hugs” : )

    Fondly,
    MaryLea

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  163. If you could, I would recommend leaving Beyonce on his doorstep. Knock knock….

  164. I was going to make fun of his bio, but someone already did that. I think he needs to install a “douche bag” jar in his office and promptly deposit a couple grand to be donated to homeless animals or something. They may have sort of forgotten that while you have 164k in followers, you regularly converse with people that have MILLIONS of followers. Oops.

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  165. Dang! I had my pitchfork all ready… I love “Angry Villager” flash mobs!

  166. THAT is why I love you, Jenny. Gangsta!!!!

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  167. I’m pretty sure being called a “fucking bitch” by a nimrod like him qualifies as a compliment.

  168. Think Jose still has a job? I’d LOVE to know the outcome…

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  169. Love the whole exchange.
    All email software needs to add in a confirmation prompt on the Reply All button – this isn’t an isolated incident.

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  170. Thankfully I didn’t get that Kardashian email as anything to do with them makes me insane and not in a good way. I’d take Wil collating over a K-girl any day.

    That aside, regardless of the original “reply all” snafu, for Jose to keep trying to make you look like the rude one in all of this just shows his lack of professionalism. Self-important idiots like that just aren’t worth it, imho.

    Rock on with your bad “bitch” self. =)

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  171. Has anyone helped the sweet girl from the original email file a lawsuit against JOSE for using the phrase, “fucking bitch,” in an inter-office email? Does she have to put up with that? Can she reply to all with, “Oh yeah? Oh yeah? Well you’re a cock sucking subway-pissing dick leak!”

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  172. I want a T-shirt that says “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.”

  173. Ya know, I come here every day. Sometimes, three or four times a day. Why? Because I am looking for pictures of a Kardashian in pantyhose. ANY Kardashian. Even that mystery one that never gets on TV (what’s her name? Gummo? Whatever.)

    Thwarted again. Damn it! But it sounds like these Brandlink people have some. How do I get enough relevance for them to talk to me?

    (Oh, I just looked Kim up on Wikipedia. She is involved in something called the Cookie Diet Lawsuit. How is that woman living my bucket list?)

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  174. Yeah, a fucking hysterical bitch. I am having fun thinking about what fun it would be to come to your blog one day and seeing a serious post about what the Kardashians are wearing.

  175. Dear Jose,

    Knock, knock, Motherfucker! It’s the angry villagers and I don’t believe you know who you are messing with here.

    Be nice, or I’ll stab you.

    Jane

  176. I feel sorry for the folks who work with this tool. Who in their right mind sends that phrase in an email? In 2011? All I know is, I just got my very own Beyonce today, and that to me is more relevant than Jose will ever be. Love ya, Jenny!

  177. Wow, Jose is an asshole! My jaw dropped when I read the following “you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant”. Geez aren’t you glad that your considered to be “someone” because your on their list.

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    bratting1000

    Did anyone else notice that Brandlink’s twitter page truncates its profile? Not to mention the missing apostrophe — looks like that’s a recurring error. My 11th-grade English teacher would have something to say about that.

    BrandLink
    @BrandlinkComm LA, NY, MIA, CHI, DC
    BrandLink Communications. Builds brands with ROI strategies Leverages its relationships with media, influencers and talent to ensure a clients messag
    http://brandlinkcommunications.com

    I agree with the earlier comment that relates Jose’s “You should be flattered” attitude to harassment/assault. Way to fail, dude.

  179. On what planet are the Kardashians relevant?

    Or their pantyhose?

    And lol at getting traffic for posting about it :)

    Oh, am I not being very nice? Maybe I should just call you a fucking bitch and be done with it.

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  180. We love you Jenny. You are right, and dirty Jose is WRONG. And possibly crazy. And probably lonely and bald. Maybe.

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  181. I know you didn’t want us to go all angry villager on him but gee, Jenny, don’t hate me for loving you. Please forgive me, Bloggess, but I was just feeling so stabby……..
    Copy of email I just sent to his company with subject line of “No way Jose.”

    Big mistake, Jose. Bloggess may as well read “Goddess” to so very many of us, her loyal followers. You should count yourself lucky to be found worthy of her even mentioning your name and company on her blog. I guess you’re counting on the old adage that even bad publicity is still free publicity. So sad. Good luck in your NEXT job.

    P.S. There is a really cool feature on your computer called spell check that actually checks your grammar as well. Maybe it is time for you to learn to use it—like maybe when you find yourself updating your résumé.

  182. BTW, I see Wil Wheaton has jumped into this fray on Twitter. I don’t envy the mailservers at BrandLink — that guy is more than a collator, he’s a damn Twitter force of nature.

    Get Felicia Day to retweet him and Jose will envy the dead.

  183. The one day I’m not on the fucking Twitter something fun happens. I always miss the good stuff.

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  184. BrandLink Communications. Builds brands with ROI strategies Leverages its relationships with media, influencers and talent to ensure a clients messag

    Do they not proof the crap they put out there about themselves?

    Shouldn’t there be a card for when you’ve replied all in error?

  185. You are truly the most relevant badass I know. Rock on Bloggess!

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  186. REAL P.R. people know how to spell and use proper grammar. Assholes do not. I have to say, though, that I wish Erica had ended her message with the all-encompassing curt closure, “Good day to you. (I said GOOD DAY!)” Jose is a douche of the highest order.

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  187. Who could find Wil Wheaton collating papers offensive? This guy needs to catch a sense of humour. Maybe he can find one in the classifieds while he’s looking for a new job.

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  188. Seems like they are spamming a lot of bloggers. If you were really keen to get one back on them, report them to their isp for unwarranted spamming. They will have some explaining to do!

  189. Love that you post these. What a jerk-off that guy is. I bet he thinks he’s still right. HA! just read Deidre’s comment (#33), brilliant.

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  190. I know we all *said* we wouldn’t get pitchforky– but honestly- that dude is a fucking cuntzilla and really doesn’t deserve to have ANY clients, at all.

    Perhaps he needs a lesson in what REAL PR is, via The Bloggess

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  191. Clearly he’s in the wrong (omg.. I send snarky remarks to our helpdesk in regards to emails but I NEVER use reply all.. however sometimes I worry that the helpdesk is going to send my response containing not only my helpful advise but my amusing curmudgeonly snark with THEIR response)
    but yeah, I digress..

    He must think awful highly of himself to assume that you got a copy of a picture of Wil Wheaton collating paper and constructed an email JUST FOR THEM. It’s a form letter, dude. It just happens to be a fucking hilarious form letter.

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  192. OMG brilliant!! THanks for sharing this story!! stumbled upon it thru a retweet from a friend!! keep up the good work!!
    I have retweeted and shared on facebook!

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  193. Maybe we should send Jose a giant chicken because he is a bit of a cockhead ? Love from Australia sweety

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  194. I’m watching the demonstration of relevance over on Twitter. The whole thing is just hilarious. Job well done. Maybe you should make this a weekly occurrence; pick some jackass on the internet (we’ve sure got enough of ‘em), tell us why, and turn us loose. We’ve already purchased our pitchforks, after all.

    Cheers.

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  195. Blame it on Mental Illness Week. Jose celebrated by skipping his meds and being his true (f@#$n a**hole) self. He must have Tourette Syndrome amongst other illnesses so let’s just send him a National Mental Illness Week card and forget this ever happened. Except no one will forget… we’ll just pretend to forget… or maybe we will because we’re fricken crazy!

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  196. classic asshattery. i for one can’t wait to see the t-shirt that comes out of this one. *scans comments*

  197. 201
    Kim Lageman

    Perfect example of what my father always told me….”Joke ‘em if they can’t take a fuck.”

    Jose, you are a Douche Bag, which could be overlooked by many. But you also have no sense of humor for which we cannot forgive.

  198. It’s a good thing you’re not relevant. Otherwise they might start to get annoyed by all those irrelevant tweets! :D

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  199. Even though i’m one of the “good ones”, i somehow feel obligated to apologize on behalf of that putz…oy!

  200. Y’know, it occurs to me that karma usually takes longer to come back and bite someone in the ass. But not Jose! He might as well have bit himself and just got it over with.

  201. I would think that anyone would be fucking tickled pink to get a photo of Wil Wheaton collating papers.

  202. I don’t tweet, but I hope that one of your loyal Twitter followers also tweeted this on all of Brandlink’s clients’ Twitter pages. Chances are, this asshole VP has similar unfiltered rants about his current clients. He’s a klassy guy.

  203. Oh lordy, “please stand by…” is one of the best things I’ve ever read on here, and that’s really saying something. Especially when you can actually turn ON the anti-PR firehose.

  204. Wonder if the “Kardashian’s” would like to know about Jose’s professionalism?

  205. I’m glad they’re assholes cause this was awesome to read. Thanks Jenny – you never fail to entertain!

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    SharonCville

    THIS is why you are awesome! Love it!

  207. Beyonce, ATTACK!

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  208. When you put your responses in the grey boxes, I (and presumably others) can’t read it on the iPhone bc it cuts off the right side of the box. :( we just moved and don’t have Internet yet so I can’t even look up this post on a computer! When, oh when! am I going to get to read this post?!?! It looks like its really funny. Love you bloggess! Happy Mental Illness week!

  209. Jose needs a shot of EVIL Wil Wheaton collating paper.

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  210. Have you ever heard of a band called Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women? They had a song called “Bitch With a Bad Attitude.” It’s awesome. Until I found you, I thought they were the funniest women on earth. Anyway, in that song they say that bitch stands for “Being In Total Control of Herself.” They also proposed that the next time somebody calls you a bitch you should say “Thank you very much.” I’m just sayin’…….

  211. Also, I couldn’t HELP but send out a twitter. Or three.

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  212. I just really tickled that he called you a “journalist”. Now THERE’S a newspaper I’d buy.

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  213. Beyonce in panythose (our metal Beyonce), now THAT”s a picture I want to see, Jose.

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  214. “You should be flattered”

    Sounds like a failed pick-up artist.

  215. This has become the highlight of my week! Thanks for sharing! I never knew PR was the perfect fit for my anti-social personality, now I know what types of jobs to start chasing.

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    Elizabeth Peverell

    Once again, you prove that not being a neuro-normal is a lovely, creative state of being.

    E.

  217. This….is why I read. You say all the things I wish I had the guts to say.

    Can I be you when I grow up?

  218. I hope that Jose learned that when you feel forced into making an apology that you don’t believe in (and he clearly didn’t given the amount of justification and backpedaling that went into it), you should keep it short and sweet lest your pants actually catch on fire.

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    EpicuriouslyKate

    “you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough to be pitched at all instead of alienated PR firms and PR people” is especially hilarious to me seeing as how all I have to do is go to one trade show, sign up under “media” and suddenly I’m on at least 50 email lists (many from “PR companies”) about stuff we don’t cover…hmmmmmmm….

  220. 224
    RachelMacK

    Heh, and now Wil RT’d you.

    If I may coin a phrase? “Tweet, tweet, motherfucker.”

  221. Two things:
    1) “My blog has nothing to do with fashion, the Kardashians or pantyhose…none of which I understand, to be honest.” -I love this more than any boyfriend I’ve ever had. (And a few relatives.)

    2) If anything, I feel sorry for Jose. He’s like that socially-awkward co-worker who’s trying to save face after the lame photoshopped image of his boss holding a penis fell into the wrong hands.

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  222. Seriously? I am beyond flabbergasted. What is beyond flabbergasted? Befuddled? I don’t know…

    That douchecanoe is seriously one of the most arrogant bastards ever.

  223. Jose should learn not to diss the Bloggess, nor her fans. Poor English and grammar? Pro writer? NOT

  224. i fucking love how their twitter has 986 followers and you have 165,210 followers and growing (i swear it was 164K-something when i started this comment)! dumbass. maybe he needs to take the week off even though his problem is clearly stupidity and not mental illness…. i’d love to cut him (i thought of ending the sentence there, lol, but no, i won’t) a break and say he’ll learn from this but he doesn’t seem to want to learn. if he did, he’d’ve looked at your blog a little more closely before defending his stupid self.

  225. Wow.

    Just wow.

    I’ve seen some pretty shameful “reply-all” PR incidents before but that one just takes the cake.

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  226. For one nanosecond, I considered becoming a Twit solely for the purpose of re-twittering this whole shebang. However, I’m lazy and it’s just not worth the effort (though I’ll let my FB-Twit friends re-twit it). Amaaaazing act of douchbaggery. To be fair, anyone w/ an ego this big is capable of immeasurable harm to the human race. Maybe, by taking the wind out of his sails now, you’ve prevented Jose’s eventual, inevitable transformation into a modern day Hitler-Stalin-Paris Hilton-type person. Pretty much, YOU’VE SAVED THE WORLD by exposing his DB-ery. Well done, you.

  227. Dear Jenny,

    It’s in situations like these I just feel the incredible need to scream WOLVERINES! make sure everyone hears about a big ginormous fail.

    I also find it incredibly scary that “ginormous” was actually on my spell checker.

    Retelling Like I’m Wil Wheaton Collating Paper

    Love at ya!!
    -Tony

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  228. The Bloggess: Not just hilarity and irreverence with occasional heartfelt honesty, but actual usable lessons I can apply to my often-all-too-serious real life job.

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  229. Very enjoyable read, and good job on the viral tweet! I’d just like to point out that there were two apostrophe errors in this post. EG: It should be VPs not VP’s. I’m not trying to be a grammar nazi but I’ve noticed this over a few of your posts so far!

  230. You know what amazes me? That there are PR people out there who HAVEN”T heard of you or Wil Wheaton collating and still send you pointless pitches. I would think by now that your legend – which is legion – should have spread far and wide. But that’s just my opinion. Stupid, stupid Jose.

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  231. That is fantastic, and is a fine example of why one has to be oh so careful when replying to emails.
    :)

    Bravo!

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  232. Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy. – definitely my favorite part. Kudos for standing up for bloggers and bad PR pitches everywhere.

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  233. Ok, so no pitchforks ( said dejectedly). Can’t we have his email so we can all email him a jpeg of Beyonce at the front door? Sort of a polite non-threat? Knock knock motherfucker, indeed.

  234. It appears as though written communication isn’t his strong suit.

    “We well do a better job of who we are pitching.” Don’t you mean pitching TO? Otherwise, who ARE you pitching? Are you saying that you’re throwing someone? And also, is he saying that you should be clamoring to be pitched?

    “instead of alienated PR firms” So, you’re alienatED PR firms. (Don’t you mean alienatING?)

    And there’s an apostrophe missing in the word journalist’s. Poor, sad, left-out apostrophe.

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  235. Among all of his other failings, apparently Jose is unclear on the meaning of relevant…

    Villagers with pitchforks – sounds like a grand idea actually.

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  236. So great putting @brandlinkcomm in the search box and then just watching the “New Tweets” number climb!!

  237. I. Love. You.

    (and I mean that in a “you make me look at the world like it’s a joke…and laugh, and laugh, and laugh, not cry” kinda way)

  238. (redacted. wrong company.)

    Contact Information!!!!

  239. Oh, Jenny, you are quite simply awesome. :-)

  240. In my head, I imagine that “Erica” is probably a ditzy, young, gorgeous, single lady. Jose is a frustrated single guy, much older than Erica. In an attempt to woo her with his manliness, he is expressing his deepest emotions about how he wants to protect her from the big bad world, guard her, stick up for her when the big mean bloggess sends her a picture of Wil Wheaton collating. He does so by replying in his manliest voice, “that lady’s a fucking bitch”.
    Then he goes into the men’s room for a few minutes. IfYaKnowWhatIMean…

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  241. I was SO offended just reading the subject of the pitch (which I received too) “Our Favorite Mommy! Kourtney Kardashian” – SERIOUSLY??? – Thank you for for not being bullied and tackling them. That guy?? what an A$$!

  242. Jenny,

    I think we should feel sorry for Erika and Jose. Her pantyhose were slipping down around her ankles, making her legs look like an elephant’s, and his are too tight. The crotch barely comes up to his knees, and it’s SO annoying. Forgive them, they know not who they insulted.

    Hugs!

  243. #238 I think that may be the wrong Brand Link. Here is the info, and if you go to “who we are” you’ll see Jose “I have a stick up my ass” Martinez.
    http://brandlinkcommunications.com/

  244. This same thing happened to me as well. The guy in the situation didn’t apologize either.

    Too much pride, not enough penis. It happens.

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    Apache Vazquez

    And these are the posts that make life all worthwhile. LMFAO

  246. oh.my.gawd. did they actually take down the “our people” page and email links to employees?!?!?!?!? i seriously love that either they took it down so he’d stop getting angry pitchforks or they were too defunct to have a properly working page to begin with. what a fucking douche. pitch on!

  247. Just another example of why I love you……

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  248. I pay way more attention to you than any of the Kardashians–just ask Pinterest. But do any of them wear pantyhose?

    Also? Does PR not involve *proofreading* anymore?

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  249. Like the Kardashians even wear pantyhose…or underwear, for that matter.

    It’s not a good day to be Jose. Maybe you can offer to help him update his resume?

  250. The real question is – did you utilize the “reply all” in response to Jose to let everyone else he works with hear your thoughts?

  251. 255
    Jessica @peekababy

    I got this ridiculous pitch today too. I’ve been hankering to send it back full of red pen marks, but then I’d have to print it out and would hate to waste the stamp.
    Nicely played!

  252. I predict that tomorrow will find the following on monster.com:

    “PR firm looking for VP. MUST NOT BE DOUCHE-CANOEY.”

    ~EdT.

  253. 258
    keri lussier

    Sounds like Jose would be a perfect candidate for President! Lol

  254. I *LOVE* when people do this:

    “Don’t be offended, you started the cursing game” which REALLY says, “But but but, you started it, it’s not MY fault. I don’t know how to take blame for MY own actions….**Crying like a BABY because he’s in A LOT of trouble and got called on his bullshit!**”

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  255. I can’t wait to see how the company handles this. Pre-web 2.0 it would’ve fizzled. This, however, could be epic.

  256. I’d rather pay money to read your blog entry on this fantastic PR debacle than read a FREE article on why Kardashian’s wear fucking panty hose. (psssst… it’s to hide the leprosy scars)

    p.s. I love you. And I’m sure Jose beats off to your photo, too.

  257. Jose: Polite and professional: Yer doin’ it wrong.

    Jenny: Never, ever change.

  258. Who the hell wants to know anything about Kourtney Kardashian? Yeah, I know there’s all those shows about this family, but I don’t get it. I think if you advertised her and her damn pantyhose I’d stop reading this blog.

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  259. This is the best thing I’ve read today, and I’ve read a LOT of stuff today.

    What part of “I don’t need your punk-ass PR firm to make a living” did they not understand? Perhaps the thousands of retweets would help solidify your stance. I wonder if Jose still has a job?

  260. I can’t believe the Kardashians wear pantyhose/

  261. Eek. I’m guessing Jose is sans employment. I was about to ask a really stupid question, but then I remembered that I’m on pain meds for this condition – don’t worry, it’s not contagious – and I decided it was too stupid to type, but by then I couldn’t even remember what it was in the first place, so I was like, Guess it doesn’t matter anyway. What. Am. I. Saying? *(fucking bitch)*

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  262. Don’t forget about @brandlinkjose – he’s now trying to defend himself!

  263. For some reason the letters are not coming up properly on my screen. However I still get the Essence of his doucheness (is that a word? Doucheiness? Hmmmmm….).
    I’m feeling stubby on your behalf. Yell out if you need a spare pitchfork.

  264. You’re my hero of the day. As is Wil Wheaton. I honestly don’t know why I don’t make time to read your blog every single day. I’ll add Google Reader to my phone and read your stuff in the john if I have to.

  265. I feel irrationally angry but I’m trying to keep in mind that Jose is probably 19. And extremely stupid and unusually ugly and hopefully cring all the way home in his mom’s passenger seat.

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  266. what hose (typo and it stays because he’s an absolute douche hose and needs to get hosed) is thinking: “this won’t come back to bite me. i’m a PR firm and my clients won’t care about a blogger.”

    what is really happening: tens of thousands of followers and readers are looking at their client list http://www.brandlink.com/ourwork.html and sending their clients notes about their PR dude.

    tee.hee.motherfucker.

  267. As a PR person, I have to say that I’m embarrassed for the profession when I hear these things! I’m so glad that you recognize we’re not all like that… in fact, many of us are bloggers or former journalists, producers, etc. and greatly respect our media contacts and value the relationships we have with all of you!

    Thanks for sharing.

  268. I think we should take up a collection to send Beyonce to this PR firm’s front door. With a stack of papers to be colated.

    “KNOCK KNOCK, MOTHERFSCKER.”

    ~EdT.

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  269. I love you, you know.

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  270. So they don’t teach Marketing 101 any longer? My kids are screwed.

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  271. Hear that, Jenny? It’s the sound of 164,000 followers cheering you on.

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  272. If I @knew how to #motherfucking tweet I would.

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  273. I do marketing work in my “real” life and blog as well. All I can say is what a stupid asshat. Would it be okay if I link some of these PR folks to your Wil page as well? It would be awesome.

    Thank you!

    PS. I promise to not pitch you stupid shit or call you a fucking bitch!

    ; )

  274. you’re like the dirty harry of the interwebs.
    fyi, i’m totally stealing ‘Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.’

  275. Jose is a complete idiot – with atrocious grammar.
    Well done, Bloggess.

  276. But you’re our kind of effin’ bitch, and that’s the best kind.
    PS–I was already laughing hysterically after reading your post, but I fell out of my chair when I read Diedre’s comment (#35)!!!

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  277. Wow! He has some nerve. I thought he would be on his knees apologizing after you saw what he called you but no he was still derogatory. What a jerk!

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  278. This was my bedtime story. Great way to end the day. Awesome.

  279. So you’re saying I should put away my pitchfork and torch?

  280. Now we need to make you SO RELEVANT THAT THEY BEG.

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  281. I give Jose points for using the word snarky. That is all.

  282. It’s not really an apology when Jose feels the need to qualify the hell out of it. He was WRONG, but he’s trying to punt this back on you because you made him look like an asshole in front of all his colleagues. Maybe dumbass Jose should be in a different line of work if this is how he deals with people with a legitimate question. I’m thinking his hostility needs a more appropriate outlet.

  283. 288
    DragonTears

    Doesn’t he know crazy fucking bitches get the week off for MIAW?? How rude to impose on your downtime.

    I ducking live you Jenny :D

  284. I just got calls from 4 clients praising my defense of their brand. Ill be fine. But thanks for making me so important. Xoxo

  285. Fucking beautiful you fucking bitch.

    Jose, enjoy your time as biggest tool.

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  286. the devil made me do it. Here is a copy of submission on their contact page.

    folks,

    Your VP Jose cannot get away with calling The Bloggess at f**king bitch without stirring up a wee bit of controversy. So let me explain this to y’all in words easy for even PR people can unnerstand

    Women who blog do so because they have something to say. Treating women who blog with disrespect is nothing more than a mirror held up to your own inadequacies, dick size notwithstanding.

    Someone from your august organization might want to have a little sit down with Jose about use of the reply all button as well as his apparent disdain for anyone whose agenda does not dovetail with his. And if you are loathe to have this conversation, you may wish to call his mother. I’m sure she will be happy to explain it to him.

    Respectfully submitted,
    The Wifely Person

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  287. Jose – “Don’t be offended, you started the cursing game…” I would have pointed out that before you even responded with anything more than a pic of Wil Weaton he was the one who called you a “fucking bitch.” Both curse words if I remember correctly. And since I use them all the time, I do remember. He might want to learn what “first” means since he opened the door on cursing. To bad he won’t walk into said door.

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  288. Do they even KNOW who you are!? You’re the freaking BLOGGESS for goodness sake! You are the GODDESS OF BLOGGING. I’ll remember not to work with this PR company in the future.

  289. That was fucking sweet. I was scared for a minute there, and then realized I wasn’t Jose and you weren’t going to exfoliate me with broken glass. WHEW.

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  290. As a PR person that DOES THE HOMEWORK… I’m offended at the initial pitch. Just did 50+ hours for a client making sure we pitched the RIGHT bloggers with the right tone. AND the reaction of Jose – - wondering if the PRSA Ethics committee would say on his handling?

    Loving the response via twitter from @BrandlinkComm: https://twitter.com/#!/BrandlinkComm/status/122128542527012864

  291. You are a god send. I had someone do this to me this week, in a similar fashion threatening blah blah because I stood up for myself and I just walked away thinking he was a twat. I really REALLY wanted to say more, but it was too hard for my head. I now know what to do if it EVER happens again. I bow deeply from Australia x

  292. You had me at hello. And then again at knock-knock. And now this? Don’t ever leave the internets or my heart will break in a thousand pulpy pieces.

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  293. NO WAY, Jose!

  294. As a newspaper’s managing editor let me just say pr people are not the fucking livelihood of journalists’ work. They are fucking pains in the ass that send out “our client’s too fucking cheap to buy an ad so run this shot no one cares about for free” and them they call 40 times because the first 39 hangups and hell no’s were too vague. Fucking douche bags. Vp of sucking something other than a pencil tip is all that jackass is.

  295. 300
    imgovtdrone

    I know a Jose and you sir are no Jose! Wait, that didn’t come out right. Yeah, Jose = dickhat

  296. But…can I still go all angry-villager on them? I kind of want to. My friends and I think you’re awesome. So much so, one time I sent you a still-drunk-the-next-morning-after-girls-night (where we got to talking about blogs, and eventually how I love you so) e-mail and you responded and it was kind of the best morning of my life. Minus hating life at work.

    end of story: you’re awesome? Yes. And Then Some.

  297. that’s pure poetry. Love it. I think that we need a group hug…..

  298. WOW. This is unbelievable. You can’t make this shit up. WHY did these people happen to you all the time? Do you have some kind of asshole magnet on you? Or as my good friend Elly told me about this term, you may just be a born Wrangler of Assholes… I LOVE the 1st comment. Indeed, an apology is not an apology when you try to “qualify” it. Now I am absolutely convinced: there is no need for me to learn more about Kim what’s her name. In all honesty, I still have no idea who she is and why we should care. Remember that picture that was shared around facebook about how a book died when you watch Jersey Shore? Well, to me this Kim whatshername and people that are associated with her kill human souls.

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  299. We do PR and marketing, and we send form letter emails. Not obnoxiously, we do.

    If I ever got something that creative back from someone I would be laughing my ass of and probably trying to figure out how I could hire you in some way. For sure I would be hitting the subscribe button on your blog…like I will be oding right after I Finish this…lol.

    Bravo. Kudos. And all those other kinds of pats of on the back for a “fucking bitch” like you.

    Awesome.

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  300. Who is the real fucking bitch here…I think her name is Jose.

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  301. Posted at their twitter at about 10pm EST:
    “Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess”

  302. Man, it’s sure is heartwarming to see the Twitter mentions go up. They seem to have someone on their FB page hitting the delete button a whole lot of times. I wonder if they’re going to get any overtime out of this.

    Know what I like best about this, though? I’d never heard of this blog (er, sorry) until Wil Wheaton made mention of the sitch on Twitter. Thanks, Jose! You really do know how to bring people together.

  303. Jose is dumber than a teenager kept in a basement for seventeen years — and I hope the same coddling, never-say-no, oh-so-privileged parents that raised him in such a way that they told him he was special, they always complimented him, and had him convinced that he was the Chosen One exception to everything, the parents that enabled him to become a human being that cannot possibly conceive that other human beings have worthwhile thoughts, feelings, and desires, I hope those parents die in a car accident, and I hope it is very painful, and I hope, for once, that Jose cries over something, and feels overwhelmingly horrible.

    – that is the sentiment I feel when I read this post of yours. :D

  304. Damn, what a tool! Maybe he’ll pull his head out in time to see all the tweets. And use “reply all” more judiciously.

  305. Aww, dyou see that? Jose just commented about how he got four whole phone calls praising what a good boy he’s been.

    I’m sure once his bosses are done mopping up after him, they’ll be very proud.

  306. Jose…When your wrong, your wrong.

    Just sayin’….

    Shit nuggets I wish I twittered like the rest of you hipster types!

  307. I was laughing so hard at this post [mainly because you write like I think]. As a Pro Blogger, it’s always amazing to me the lengths people will go to to tick us off. You would think the phrase ‘pro blogger’ in our bios on social media sites would be taken as a warning as much as anything else.

    The best and most hilarious aspect of this is that the VP of the company is getting a practical lesson in the use of Social Media as a marketing tool. And really that should make the CEO of the company pay you. I mean, look at the wonderful advertising services you are rendering to them. Perhaps it’s time to throw together a bill and use that handy ‘reply-all’ button once again.

    But that would be unprofessional too, right?

    Always reading and laughing,

    Allison

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  308. Knock,Knock Jose….Wil Wheaton is retweeting. The Bloggess is a rocking, fucking bitch. Thanks, Jenny…keep ‘em coming!

  309. Their Twitter person just responded….

    Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess

  310. …?
    How do people like that even get a job and then manage to keep it?

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  311. This was a really helpful post. I know it was meant to also be humorous, as you always are, but it gave me some info I was looking for! Thanks!

    Jenna
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  312. “@BrandlinkComm BrandLink
    Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess”

    Bwahahahahaha. Guess someone blinked.

  313. There’s something about that Twitter “apology” from them that doesn’t sit right with me. Where are the random apostrophes? More importantly, what do the Kardashians think of this?

    (Does anyone else get the red squiggle for “Kardashians”, a suggestion of “Balderdash” from their spell check, and find that hilariously appropriate for the situation?)

  314. Sarcasm is a lost form of artistic expression. If you can’t laugh at yourself? Don’t laugh at all as you are most assuredly boring and a liberal.

  315. That’s why I don;t even waste my time responding to those ridiculous pitches. They are lucky you deemed them relevant enough to even hit send on the Will Wheaton collating page. Jose’s a fucking asshole!

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    Madison Shelton

    As someone who just finished working in the PR field (not for that company, thank goodness), I apologize on behalf of my people. We aren’t all so awful.

  317. I hate “reply to all” but in this case it was awesome. What a dork! Good for you! He didn’t know who he was messing with!

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  318. Jose sounds like the fucking bitch. Tell him you are going to pretend he is an angry bird named Jose and slam him against every tree and building you can find. Then collate him. I am glad you contacted his company on twitter. Beside…who cares about a Kardashian in pantyhose. I could live without ever seeing a Kardashian.

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  319. I bet the Kardashians are going to be so disappointed in Jose.

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  320. and I thought my read between the lines that you are an idiot email from a PR company today was bad! :) At least they didn’t accidentially hit reply all to tell me how awful I was.

    I think your PR page is hilarious! :)

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  321. Its been a Bad Day for poor Jose. He got up this morning and thought he was smart. And then he found out, its not exactly smart to call Jenny a fucking bitch. Cause she can make that into a title of pride and turn your little unknown PR firm into a vortex of bad PR.

    Good on you Jenny! I do love it when people get called on pretending to know what is going on. He clearly never did research you, even after you responded to him and called him out on the research thing.

  322. Well, really…you should be ashamed of yourself. They were obviously offering you a legitimate opportunity, which they determined would be in your best interest after carefully reading your blog. They are clearly the most heartfelt and sincere of all PR firms, and rather than thank them for choosing *you* (and I am sure, only you), you dared to reply with wit.

    Horrifying. Simply Horrifying.

  323. Dear Jose,
    Get over yourself. And then? Eat a dick.

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  324. Well, they did get you to inform us that Kard-what-the-hell-ever-is-her-name wore some pantyhose. ROFL

    I am more likely to run out and buy some paper to collate though.

  325. This was absolutely the perfect end to my night! Thank you, a billion times over.

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  326. THANK YOU for making my day. BTW, i work in PR. Jose is a disgrace to the profession. What a mega-douche.

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    Baconismygod

    Just an observation…
    You have 164,696 followers on Twitter. Jose & Co. have 992.
    Oh Jose, Jenny has 164,696 reasons why she is more relevant than you’ll ever be.

  328. And Neil Gaiman just retweeted this whole thing, too. He has 1.6 million Twitter followers. Relevant much?

  329. 334
    Candybottomgirl

    Oh poor poor stupid Jose. Pretty sure he now knows how fucking relevant you are now. Hope the door didn’t hit his big clown ass too hard on the way out. Good girl Jenny!

  330. As a former PR professional… his response was beyond ridiculous. Honestly, I’m wondering what kind of company he works for if he’s a VP. There must be 3 people in the company – Him, the CEO, and the Assistant. I’ve never, EVER witnessed any reputable PR people using their work email to exchange profane-laden email messages.

    Your responses were perfect :)

  331. ) sings a heartfelt, thought slightly off-key ( “you are the wind beneath my wiinnngggs”

  332. 337
    RookieMom Heather

    Love it. Shame on him for not apologizing.

  333. I too am viewed as a fucking bitch by many, I AM SURE. I turn down lame requests for link exchanges with all sorts of places, I turn down affiliate program invitations because I know better and know that it’s pretty much free advertising for them, as is this press release shit. It brings more hits to your blog to post that crap? Really??? No way Jose.

    heeeee.

    No way Jose.
    hehehehehe.
    sorry. I’m 20 minutes into my Klonopin. I find a lot of things funny right now.

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  334. You rock. End of story.

    Okay, and I’m still dumbfounded that he didn’t double check the Reply All… but then again, it doesn’t sound like he’s having a good day at all. ;)

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  335. You may be a “fucking bitch,” but you are, hands down, (still) the coolest fucking bitch I know! Jose is a douche…

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  336. It was probably painful for them to see you tweet that to 164k followers. It will be much worse when they realize it was retweeted by Neil Gaiman to 1,400,000 followers! Yikes. That’s a bad day for a PR firm.

  337. Wow. That’s one of the most ridiculous thing ever.

    But I really commented to relay a dream my fiance had.

    The other day he was dreaming that he was driving home from work. Then Beyonce the metal chicken was on the roof of his car. Then his car started flying.

    I thought you’d find that hilarious.

  338. I love that Neil Gaiman retweeted you… And I absolutely LOVE your Wil Wheaton collating paper photo. And these idiots you’ve blogged about need to take a refresher course in PR.

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  339. Oh, Jose… Jose… Jose…

    “Reply to all” can be a very bad thing. A very bad thing, indeed.

    Not manning up and apologizing? Way worse.

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    Lowered Expectations

    Researching the bloggers might be wise….. Don’t they know you have found a missing rattle snakes and you already have everything needed to ship a box or diseased Cobras? What kind of fool would mess with that?

  341. This whole thing was hysterical, but I can’t get past the sad spelling of the PR company. “Kardashian’s” and “Mommy’s” ….those are plurals! Not possessives. On instead of one? Yikes. Call me nit-picky but…it’s a fuckin’ PR company! Learn some manners than go learn how to spell. hmph.

  342. *foot in mouth* then

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  343. 348
    Mary Clark

    I officially LOVE your brain SO damn much! Thank you a million times for writing what needed to be written and saying what needed to be yelled, um said. You rock.

  344. Jenny, you are a Hero
    /hug to you for by showing bloggers everywhere that it’s ok to have standards by actively standing up for yours.

  345. 350
    Curtis Owings

    And Neil Gaiman just re-tweeted the post to his 1.6 MILLION followers… I don’t even know anything about PR, blog professions, or Jose, but I would say he’s failed as a PR VP.

  346. We should all feel sorry for poor LITTLE Jose. He’s clearly over compensating for areas he doesn’t feel “relevant” in.

  347. 352
    skinny malinky

    Don’t leave @brandlinkjose out of the Twitter fun!

  348. I love you because your response was awesome and spot on, but I love you even more because you used it to bolster us with words like amazing and relevant. That shit can make the difference to a blogger like me, between staying true to yourself or accepting the bullshit out of fear that the Man won’t come knocking on your door with fistfuls of dollars, Klout points and relevancy.

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  349. Well, if Ashton Kutcher and Anderson Cooper want in on this, we might actually turn this into some sort of Twitter black hole. Eep.

    I just saw Neil Gaiman’s RT (mentioned above already) and did a double-take. Damn!

  350. Considering how much WORSE your reply could have been to the original email (I think the Wil Wheaton page is quite harmless), I don’t see where the “Fucking bitch” comes in. The women in his life must be damn near sainthood if what you do qualifies for THAT type of name-calling.

    I don’t usually indulge in schadenfreude, but I do kind of hope his poor manners and stupidity at LEAST result in a formal warning. Heh.

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  351. OMFG – - nuff said! Don’t even twitter, don’t care what is on their legs!

  352. He went with the “you started it” argument? I’m impressed that he got the PR job in the first place, but I’m hoping they take the “reply all” button away from him, clearly he can’t even figure out that his argument was incorrect as well as juvenile. His retort makes me feel all stabby.

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  353. 1. I work in PR and pitch bloggers. Please continue to call out turkeys like these as loudly as possible. They’re about as valuable to our industry as one-legged contestants in an ass-kicking contest.
    2. Bloggers ARE the media. They’re more trusted and transparent than traditional outlets, and smart people (your readers) get it. Write on, sista friend.
    3. WHO DOES THAT??? HOE-SAY … Can you see … that you should lose your job? What so proudly we hailed … oh, wait. That’s not how that goes.

  354. 359
    VegasShopper

    I think you should send Jose a cookie tray or something. What great fodder for a very funny post. He takes self importance to new levels.

  355. And THIS is why I (and so many others) love you dearly!

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  356. Oh my god, I can’t believe what a total asshole The Bloggess is. Thanks for hosting this blog, Jose. We really needed a place where we could talk shit about Jenny Lawson without her being able to see it.

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  357. So, I was wondering if you changed the names but then I went and googled and there was Jose Martinez, 3rd one down on the Who We Are page of Brandlink Communications, VP, Media Director which I guess is a different title from the woman below him who is VP, Director of Media. Hmmmmmm. . . . . this company looks posh too, but then, the interwebs often make things look shinier than they actually are.

  358. What I want to know is how some douche-y, unprofessional and unskilled dude can have a job that probably pays quite well and has also apparently done stuff for all those great places (as listed in his profile). Who the hell does the hiring for firms like this? Does his daddy own the company or something? I’d bet there’s a helluva lot of unemployed people out there who’d do a damn sight better than this Jose guy.

    You fail, Jose… You so awesomely fail…

  359. Wow. Jose is a huge cheese-dick. And you? You are awesome. xoxo

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  360. i always sort of take it as a compliment when some stupid butt monkey calls me a nasty name. it’s probably because he feels inadequate and powerless when confronted with awesomely powerful women.

  361. And this is why PR people have to fight to be seen as legitimate. I hope you will still entertain my pitches about pantyhose in the future.

  362. First-time reader here, and this is exactly the right way of approach I’d expect from a blogger. I hope he has learned his lesson. Well done, Jenny! :)

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  363. 368
    Michele Bishop

    Just saw this-
    From their twitter-(brand whatever)
    Haha- you win Jenny- awesome!

    “Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @TheBloggess “

  364. All I can say is WOW! I love you Jenny. I was a victim of the “reply all” when I said “damn, she is like a dog with a bone”… resulting in meetings of me, my boss… the “dog” her boss and the boss’ boss… I won the battle, but it took a long time to win back my position with the big boss… but it was SO worth it! PR companies suck and I am sick of the cardashians… or whatever their names are!

  365. Did Jose really have the balls to comment on this post? (comment 286) What office does he work at? I think we need to pay that fucking bitch a visit.

  366. The Kardashians wear pantyhose? Oh yeah, just saw this tweet by Jose to Wil Wheton:
    “I was defending you! If you knew the whole story”.
    Umm. The whole story? You mean the one posted here. That’s pretty much whole story for you.
    Douchebag.
    Pantyhose.

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  367. Gotta say, this “Mommy” couldn’t give a rat’s ass about anything the Kardashians or any of their vacuous ilk are doing, but man, I sure don’t mind looking at Wil Wheaton collating paper (-:

  368. bwahahahahahaa
    ::falls off chair laughing::

    Good for you!
    Just today, I posed the question on my FB page if I am being unreasonable for asking something in return for posting shit on my blog for *brands* or companies…more and more they are asking me to do that – for nothing in return. I only got two responses…I’m not terribly relevant it appears…but at least they both agreed with me! :) This post solidifies that fact that yep…I was right!
    xxoo

  369. I got this same stupid pitch. Of course, I just commiserated with fellow bloggers about it on Twitter since we are so not the type to care about anything to do with the Kardashians.

    I just don’t have your style.

  370. I guess Brandlink is going to find out whether there’s really no such thing as bad publicity

  371. I actually, literally LOLed at Deirdre’s “no way Jose” comment. She’s right, Jenny, you slipped up on that one. Because I’m SURE he’s never heard it before, which would make it super fun.

  372. Oh my. I hope he’s learned a very big lesson from this one. He sure didn’t realize who he was dealing with.

    And on a more serious note, can I say big “Thank You” for taking such an important stand with PR companies and doing it in the most hilarious way so that we can all laugh and laugh and then laugh some more. Only you can get away with all that you say… and for those of us that only wish we could say it, we thank you.

  373. Not sure if you saw this, about an hour ago….

    BrandlinkComm BrandLink
    Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess
    1 hour ago

  374. 379
    Chad Underkoffler

    If you ever knife (it’s a VERB! I iz an Englitch majpr!) Victor to death, gimme a call.

  375. Refraining from using my pitchfork (but definitely holding my torch for non-stabby emphasis)… and laughing heartily.
    Love it :) Hope you hit reply all when you responded, lol.

  376. Now that Wil Wheaton and Neil Gaiman jumped on board, that’s how many MILLIONS of people reading this? GREAT STUFF! And Jose is trying to defend himself from his twitter…and then he’s thanking GOD for being blessed, and saying TGIF even thou it’s still Thursday in his timezone. I think he is getting dumber by the minute.

  377. I haven’t been called a bitch yet, but I’ve had a PR who told me I HAD to cover what he sent me and he kept getting increasingly annoying about it. Maybe if I hadn’t blocked him, I could have eventually made bitch status. I don’t understand these PR people. Is it that easy to get a job in PR that you can resort to playground antics? Maybe that’s how they got the job, “I’m going to hold my breath until you give me the job.” I know some professional PR people and it doesn’t seem like they had it that easy. They’re all well educated, well spoken people. Most of my friends work in real life capacities, not with blogger or Internet relations, but why would anyone even hire a lower caliber of person to promote their company?

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  378. Sounds like someone needs to grow a sense of humor. And professionalism. Just being nice wouldn’t hurt either.

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  379. I’m so confused at what they were pitching. Are people supposed to be have frothing haunches for pantyhose now because a Kardashian wore some? Is that the thing? Why am I doing here?! what?

  380. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that PR is probably not his true calling in life.

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  381. Please, please, PLEASE, put this on a T-shirt:

    “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.”

  382. Why we love you, Jenny.

    I’ve had the kindest people get back to me and say, “thanks for letting us know.”

    And I”ve had crazies say, “your loss.”

    They have NO IDEA, do they?

    That is sad.

    How easy would it be for them to click on and see number of comments you get, number of followers on twitter: SO EASY.

    A caveman could do it.

    xo

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  383. Thanks to Jose – and The Bloggess – for giving me a great example to use in my PR Writing Class. I would disown any PR pro who pitched like that.

  384. honesty, mayb you shouldnt ave started it by wasteing our tim

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  385. If I were you, I think I’d be more psyched at being “a fucking bitch” than worried about being relevant to someone like that PR doofus. Seriously amazing…

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  386. I think Jose needs a mental health day, but he doesn’t get a pinata or a card…

  387. I’m not encouraging anyone to write to Jose or, better yet, his superior…oh, wait. I am. You should email them. Because he’s a total professional and calling someone a “fucking bitch” isn’t shitty and misogynistic at all.

    http://brandlinkcommunications.com/who-we-are/

  388. They have 1000 followers on Twitter, so obviously, they’re “big”. Sigh.

    Jose should be fired.

    And? You really should consider yourself lucky ;)

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  389. Jenny only you could get me to tweet obscenities – but how could I change that title?

    I walked away to have dinner and came back to find you had gone viral again. Not surprising that Wil has the sense of humor to see why your response is funny and to share it.

    Also not surprising that someone at @Brandlinkcomm thinks it was *technology* that bit Jose in the ass and not a) poor business practices, b) the inability to apologize properly, c) the tendency toward biting the hand that *really* feeds you, or d) the lack of decent writing skills. Yeaaaah.. That wasn’t technology that bit them in the ass, it was hubris. (Pausing while Jose and Erica go look that term up.)

    I don’t doubt that Jose will retain his job – he will. It’s not like his employers don’t know about his arrogance or will be surprised by his swearing (as if this were the first time.) They will blame the technology and “uppity bloggers” who don’t want to earn money for their PR firm while being treated as if that were an honor.

    The good news though is that someone *with* a clue, working in PR in L.A. will be smart enough to point this out to the Kardashians. No matter what I do or don’t think of them or pantyhose? They’ve never struck me as stupid enough to stay with the moron who mishandled this SEO & PR nightmare. Good on you, savvy PR firm that steals away the Kardashians and pantyhose! Now just *don’t* make the same mistake of underestimating the exposure of the blogger you are trying to get to promote your client’s brand.

  390. This is Awesome. Love it.

  391. 396
    Robin Ashe

    This is beautiful:

    “but then I remembered that this isn’t the 18th century and that I’ve never taken a high road in my entire life.”

    I think that’s my new motto for my life.

  392. 397
    Paula schuck

    You are my idol and hero. Blogging for a chance at a coupon bullshit for people who don’t even get your name right is exactly why I went to university.

  393. Thank you for no taking the high road. This guy needed to learn his lesson, sure hoping that Jose loses his job over this. I don’t care what business you’re in, what the customer did, how much they may have provoked you. “Fucking bitch” is NEVER an appropriate answer. Ever. Well done!

  394. Love the power of the Internet….

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    @wilw I was defending you! If you knew the whole story!

    wilw Wil Wheaton
    “@BrandLinkJose: @wilw I was defending you! If you knew the whole story!” Keep going, Jose. You’re TOTALLY not making it worse for yourself.

    wilw Wil Wheaton
    I have concluded that the only thing more hilariously awesome than #PRFail is #PRFailDamageControlFail.

    scalzi John Scalzi
    by wilw
    We know this: @BrandLinkComm brought this doucheageddeon upon themselves.

  395. Jose is currently suggesting, on his own Twitter account @BrandLinkJose, that he was defending Wil Wheaton.

    Because, I guess, the Wil Wheaton collating meme is disrespectful to Wil Wheaton.

    That’s his damage control strategy.

    HE GETS PAID TO DO THAT.

  396. So wait, I’m confused, is his email attitude the hospitality portion of Jose’s Twitter bio or the Marketing/PR part? Or, no wait, it’s the ROI, right? Because what a return!!

    Also? “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.” is just brilliant!

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  397. Way to freaking go. This was awesomesauce!

  398. “But we told you we own you, WTH??” signed, PR flacks

  399. omg, you made me laugh – what an achievement with the week i’ve been having!
    I, too, thought at the very beginning that Jose’d been referring to *Erica* and accidentally included everyone…. hahahehe!
    Thank you for your response – thank you for sharing. Like button isn’t strong enough…

  400. I have a sneaking suspicion that Jose is not going to sleep very well tonight.

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  401. It’s amazing how often this happens and I think your “fucking” awesome for posting it.

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  402. Surely @brandlinkjose’s Twitter account can’t be real. Can it? CAN IT? Oh my goodness. If he’s the VP I’m going to apply for Empress of Brandlink- I’m definitely qualified. For one thing, I have a firm grasp of the conventions of written language.

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  403. This entire thing is just awesome. Rock on.

  404. Now Wil is really in it because Jose is claiming he was defending Wil. It is WAY past my bed time but I just can’t turn away. It’s better than a soap opera.

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  405. seriously.. the “please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy” is killing me. so funny!

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  406. Oh my. Butterflies. Beautifully done!

  407. Dude. You are awesome. Tip of the hat to you for keeping a cool head. And this Jose is way out of line if he thinks PR people are a journalist’s livelihood. I’m a “real” journalist, and I assure you, I throw most PR emails I get in the trash. I don’t need the news manufactured for me, thanks. And his PR company really need to learn how to write emails before sending. “on (sic) Mommy’s?” Really? Does a first grader own that company?

  408. New t-shirt: You just pulled a Jose

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  409. Please tell me that in your head you were all like ‘big mistake, HUGE’?

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  410. I like the picture of Wil Wheaton collating. Sounds to me like Jose is one of those people who just CANNOT apologize or acknowledge that he did something wrong. I live with one of those, the only way to deal with them is to tell them to fuck off.

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  411. Jenny, you are my hero!

  412. I was really hoping to meet a guy with a really big pitchfork at the angry villager’s social and after party. Can we please still have it? I’m in need of new friends; the last ones were run out of town on a rail.

  413. Wow! By the time I get through all the comments ahead of me I almost forget what the original post was about ;)

    Of all the comments I read (I only got about half way down) I really connected with:
    Desertbell
    Internets, meet Jose. Jose, meet the Internets.
    Do not make the Internets angry.
    You would not like us when we’re angry.

    So true, and so succinct!

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  414. Reply 256 or 389…. Really?

  415. Note to self “Never trust a guy named Jose who claims to be a PR person! Instead, schedule to meet over coffee and bring a pitchfork……and a mob of angry Bloggess followers!”

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  416. “…maybe you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough
    to be pitched at all instead of alienated PR firms and PR people – who are actually
    the livelihood of any journalists business.”

    Beyond the bad attitude and horrible treatment meted out to The Bloggess here, I see a couple of errors, both in the next to last word. First of all, there should be an apostrophe between the t and the s. Also, the entire word should be in quotes. Because no true journalist actually depends on PR folks for their livelihood, no matter how much PR folks may want to tell themselves that. They depend on PR folks for finding something to fill in the extra nooks and crannies left in the day’s news hole after they’ve put in as much actual news, found through their own hard work and cultivated sources. Also, even if said reporter is working to fill in the gaps and going to PR folks for help, they don’t get to call themselves an actual journalist if they’re actually responding to pitches that involve what sort of leg coverings reality TV starlets are wearing.

  417. Wow… comment #411… do I even bother? LOL

    A couple of things… from now on it’s simple… use the line my old rowing partner and favorite party girl used back in the day… “Do you know who I am?” And just leave it at that. Because clearly they don’t.

    Secondly, I am considering myself super lucky now that I have a piddly shit little teeny tiny insignificant blog so that I don’t ever have to deal with asinine crap like that. The grammatical errors in the initial contact alone are like nails on a blackboard… and name-dropping “Kardashian” makes me want to vomit.

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  418. Maybe Jose was having a bad day and needs a hug. You should send him a Copernicus card and a reference for his job search.

  419. I saw @BrandLinkJose tweeted to Wil Wheaton. @TheAngelForever & I wondered if this was a real account, so I checked it out. As I looked back in his tweet-stream, I saw he retweeted this RuPaul Tweet:

    “Loving Yourself 101: When U bad mouth someone, UR actually bad mouthing yourself, since we are all one – we look separate but we are not”http://twitter.com/#!/RuPaul/status/98132929821151232

    Perhaps he should have taken the advice he retweeted a couple of months ago instead of doing some very public name calling!

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  420. The comments are almost as good as the post. Relevant indeed.

  421. Wow. Keep on fighting the good fight.

    And keep on telling us about it.

    We’ll be ready to go angry villager if and when the time comes.

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  422. “Don’t be offended, you started the cursing game so maybe we should all just laugh it off…”

    I mean, I’m laughing, but I don’t think it’s for the reason they were hoping for. Damn the man! Save the Empire!

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  423. I think my very favorite part of this is that Jose failed to send even a single email (and he had plenty of chances) that was entirely free of grammar mistakes.

  424. really Jose? You posted AGAIN? (#286 & #389) And you didn’t have anyone check your spelling or grammar before hitting “send”? And you boasted having as many as FOUR of your 1000 clients back you? And it’s OK for you to send irrelevant e-mail pitches, wasting the time of countless people but receiving one humorous response wasted YOUR time? Your mother must be so proud. Since you can’t apologize worth beans, you need to just shut-up. Seriously. You have been humiliated and outclassed.

  425. My retorts toward douchebags never go this well.

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  426. This is just fantastic. Instead of offering a simple apology Jose keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole. I love seeing stupid people like Jose fail epically. As an added bonus now there are thousands of bloggers who will completely dismiss anything Brand Link emails them. Thanks for making my night.

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  427. I love you. And Beyoncé the rooster.

  428. You. Go. Girl.

  429. Oh My GAW! This post makes me so happy. Jenny, you are awesome. And Jose, welllllll, maybe public relations is not the right place for you.

    And him calling you snarky is a whole helluva lotta pot-kettle-black.

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  430. Jenny,

    PLEASE keep us informed of any more “dialogue” you might have from Jose. I am SO hoping this blog post goes viral and then Jose will have to PR his way out of huge shit storm that he created. Keep the pressure up in this guy and we will soon see who is *relevant* and who is not.

  431. Twitter is over capacity. Did you break the Internets again Jenny?

  432. 437
    skinny malinky

    I wouldn’t assume that the posts by “jose” are by the actual Jose. There are these things on the internet called trolls…

  433. The only thing that’s coming to mind is – “BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.” Jenny, as a PR pro myself, I have no fathomable idea why someone would behave this way. Insane. You were SO right to respond the way you did.

  434. Yep – I think she broke the Twitter.

  435. We appear to have destroyed Twitter. Pretty big accomplishment for an irrelevant blogger and her nonexistent followers because she refuses to blog about drivel.

    Also, I’m really hoping that “Jose” here is a joke. Because making illiterate asshat comments and then LINKING YOUR EMPLOYER’S WEBSITE TO SAID COMMENTS is beyond stupid. If they didn’t get the infamous email, they can now receive physical evidence of your rude-assed incoherent attitude.

  436. 441
    DragonSmyles

    I’ve attempted to ponder an explanation that Jose may offer up to his employer when questioned on his written reaction:
    1) diarrhea of the digits …. an uncontrollable urge to type shit;
    2) someone peed in his breakfast cereal;
    3) his frontal lobe was damaged after his head stuck a urinal, when he was rise from a kneeled position;
    4) he is a misogynist who’s mother made him wear dresses in the house; and finally
    5) he is a self-loathing, POS, without any means by which to relieve his frustration other than a garage sale vacuum cleaner and a jar of dollar store petroleum jelly!

    Your spunkiness rocks!

  437. WOW, Jose is a special person, huh? I hope he looses his job. I now that if I emailed out from my work email anything including the F-word I’d loose mine!

    Good job Jenny! Good job, I love you! You are my hero!

  438. Wow! The twitter is broken, WTG Jenny! I <3 you!

  439. “Journalist”?? Who calls themselves “journalists” anymore anyway? Way to keep up, Jose!

  440. @Patti,

    If that’s even Jose and if he really got 4 people supporting him, then I think the score is 4 for him and… let’s see… Um, Twitter is down (did we bring it down knocking the PR firm?)… but from memory Jenny has about 160,000 followers and Wil Wheaton has over 1.8 million.

    Even if we assume that all of Jenny’s followers are included in Wil’s, that’s 4 for Jose and nearly 2 million for Jenny. Is that score close enough for you Jose?

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  441. Did you just use this to break twitter? I’m not even sure I can wrap my head around that many levels of awesome.

  442. Wow, some people cannot get it and cannot even be taught to get it even if you explain it to them several times. How many followers does Jose have on his blog?

  443. I. Love. You. Bunches.

    No “angry-villager”? Bummer. (funny phrase, BTW!)

    And THANK YOU for the heads-up on PR peeps. I’m clueless about PR corps. Of course, none have contacted me. (No, Jose, that’s not a fucking invitation.)

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  444. I completely agree with David (#80). We need a “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy” shirt!

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  445. 450
    DragonSmyles

    Good grief! I spotted more typos and grammatical errors in my post than were present in Jose’s email…. Damn iPad and autocorrect! Smart technology is sometimes not smart… Or I wasn’t paying attention….. Or it’s Jose’s fault for pissing me off!

  446. (getting the “Fail Whale” over at @BrandlinkComm – I think you crashed Twitter. Dude, you has da powers!)

  447. Wow, I had no idea how lucky I was to be “relevant” enough to receive their Kardashian fashion updates several times a day too! I feel so special now.
    Yeah, not really.
    If they had an unsubscribe link on their crappy spam they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble. I totally plan to send an email demanding they unsubscribe me. I might sign it “fucking bitch.”

    Also, who broke the twitters?

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  448. Apparently nobody ever told Jose not to e-mail anything he wouldn’t want his mother to read. I say that to my boys all. the. time. Maybe I’ll have my kids read this post in the name of digital citizenship. Thanks Jenny.

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  449. And this is why we need more big bloggers like you to speak up about this!

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  450. I hope our good friend Jose learns how the internet works…

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  451. Never has the Beyonce ‘Knock Knock, Mother Fucker’ card be more appropriate than for poor Jose. His little world is about to come crashing down.

    Also, my chickens tell me that they will be happy to lend me the pitchfork I regularly use to clean their coop. I’d still be using it on poop, after all.

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  452. Wow! Jose had FOUR whole clients call him!!! FOUR!!!!
    Forget your 165k+++ followers (many of whom retweeted) and Wil’s gazillion followers (who also retweeted), Jose had FOUR clients call! What’s a million or so unimpressed consumers to his FOUR clients?!?

    GOD!

    P.S. I teach Business Etiquette in my Business Communications class. May I use this as an example of really fucking stupid behaviour by a “professional”?

  453. I’m not sure what’s more offensive, “fucking bitch” or thinking “Mommy’s” would “follow” the Kardashians.

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  454. @TechyDad (#437) She’s also been RT’d by Neil Gaiman who has many thousands of followers as well.

  455. You guys, give Jose a break. He’s probably PMS-ing.

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  456. My wife and I agree about something. Twitter dies under the strain of the BrandLinkComm issue and Jenny’s site chugs along with no discernible issues. I think Twitter needs to contact Jenny’s web hosting company for some stability advice. ;-)

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  457. On behalf of the PR industry, I apologize. Kind of sick of apologizing for all the douchebags and wish they would just stop. But until then, sorry.

  458. I also very politely posted a comment on their Facebook page, and my comments got deleted. Wow. What a company.

  459. As I was reading this I felt like this might have been the Jose I used to work with on a launch event back when I did PR. Sounded like the kinda guy I recalled getting annoyed with when he wouldn’t do the work and then blame poor results on others. After a bit of digging turns out I know EXACTLY who he is! Have to say it feels SO good that he FINALLY got what he deserved! Wouldn’t be surprised if his name mysteriously disappears from the companies website next week. ;)

  460. Damn. I typed a comment of which I was pretty proud, clicked to see what the “haven’t forgotten” thing was about, expecting a pop-up box, and got taken to my own website and my comment went poof.

    Sigh.

    If #389 is really Jose, he needs to put the bottle down and ask a friend – someone female, and not in PR – to explain to him why he is so completely wrong and needs to simply SHUT. UP.

    If #389 is someone pretending to be Jose, WELL DONE.

  461. Poor Jose. He probably meant that ‘Klone’ Kardashian was a fucking bitch for trying to bring back pantyhose. He probably had a raging yeast infection and can’t bear to go through that again. But once you called him out on it, he couldn’t turn on his own client, so he had to pretend he meant you. Or maybe he meant Erica. She is, after all, the one who said “that’s not nice” about you sending a picture of Wil collating papers. So he WAS defending Wil.
    Jose, as my dad was known for saying, “boy you really stepped on your dick this time!”

    I love you, Jenny! BEYONCE FOREVER!

  462. 467
    Dinell (Mommy D)

    This is to funny. I LOVE the “you should be flattered” thing. They make it seem that they actually look at the blogs to see if they think they are deserving of the PR attention….I haven’t been blogging for a while. My site is still up so that my readers could grab all the recipes on it, but I removed all contact info. I STILL get these PR pitches although it clearly states on my FRONT PAGE that I am no longer blogging. Not only do they still send these pitches, but they got a hold of a private email address and send them there to! Now, I might like to pretend that I was so GREAT that they still think I’m deserving of their attention, but in reality, they are just sending the same email to anyone who ever post anything anywhere LOL.

  463. Uh oh…….seems that Jose is not allowed to speak….the big boss had to get involved.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/BrandLink-Communications/148743778492300

    and Jenny…I think you broke twitter :)

  464. Obviously Jose didn’t quite realize who he was calling “a fucking bitch!” Bahahaha. I bet he won’t make that mistake again.

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  465. You had exactly 444 comments on this post just now. I thought that was pretty cool.

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  466. Unbelievable. I’m floored that his response was so rude and brush-offy when he got caught doing something really, really unprofessional and should merely have apologized and kept his mouth shut.

    But since he didn’t, and therefore laid the groundwork for disrespect, I will say this: Dude needs to learn to spell. He works in PR, which, you know, uses words and all.

    Also, I’m dying to be a fly on the wall when they figure out who you are.

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  467. Curious why Carol Bell is apologizing (on Facebook she says she sent an email) and not Jose?

  468. Also, who wants to take bets that little Jose doesn’t have a job very soon? :)

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  469. Somebody said exactly what I was thinking: Jose is forever going to be famous because he will become a verb. “Wow, you totally pulled a Jose!”

    Also, I have had a defunct blog for months and months and months and I *still* get occasional form letters like the one you received. Kinda blows the “relevant enough to be pitched at” argument right out of the water :)

    Jenny, you are the shit!

  470. I’m just impressed you resisted the urge to correct all their ridiculous grammar issues in your responses to them. I think there would have come a point I would have just sent them a redlined copy of their email(s) with proofreading marks. Dipshit moron weirdos.

  471. You are hilarious! Okay, I don’t want to sound like I don’t know what is going on but who the heck is Wil Wheaton and why is he collating?!? I just started reading your blog so I might be a little behind.

  472. *noun. he will become a noun . . . Oy :)

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  473. Those last 5 sentences. I mean I was loving this post from the beginning, but the last part? It makes me want to marry you.

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  474. You are my favorite fucking bitch. Way to school ‘em, Jenny.

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  475. 480
    adoreprince

    Damn girl, I think you broke Twitter. “Twitter may be over capacity or experiencing a momentary hiccup.” Hiccup on this Jose.

  476. “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy” and then, you broke twitter. You deserve a crown and I think Jose needs some Jose Cuervo tonight!

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  477. Hilarious! Love that you still got the last word and your twitter army took up the fight. You rock!

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  478. Oopsie Jose!!! LMAO!

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  479. Congratulations Jenny for starting a Twitter war, which is a much better kind of war than any other. Also, I am claiming the title of “fucking bitch” for the weekend, because I’m prepping for surgery on Mon. by drinking only clear liquids – three days of that. Please tell Jose. As a former English teacher, I would be happy to engage him in email grammar lessons. That is all.

  480. Two words: fucking epic!

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  481. Good luck to Jose …he will not be working in Blogger Relations anytime soon. back to the mail room for him.

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  482. Maybe this was all a clever ploy.

    From their Social Media & Viral Marketing services:
    “We have also been instrumental in creating unique viral videos, as well as mobile device applications which we distribute through a network of tastemakers, ensuring that the content reaches as wide an audience as possible, thus elevating the profile of a client’s brand and products.”

    What’s more viral among bloggers and their followers than being a douche canoe to The Bloggess! William Fucking Shatner couldn’t handle it!

  483. Let’s recap:
    You were the recipient of:
    – Two (count ‘em, two) copies of the same ill-targeted pitch (containing grammatical errors).
    – One somewhat snarky reply.
    – One egregious “reply all” response.
    – One additional (and also poorly written) serving of snark.

    This incident, and the ensuing fallout, will make a darned fine “what-not-to-do” PR/communications case study. Fantastic.

  484. Well, there is one person above the VP and that’s the President. I would ask to directly to talk to him. That is wrong and VERY unprofessional.

  485. Wow. Fuck ‘em up the meatsleeve.

    I hope this snafu gets Mr VP in some serious horse shit, cause, wow, way to put yourself out there as a “PR” company. NOT.

  486. This PR person thinks your response to Jose and his teeny, tiny pseudo PR firm was brilliant. And the Tweeting? Best part. Good for you.

    Sadly, the PR industry has lost a lot of its polish over the last few years. Mostly due to covering insignificants and irrelevants such as the Kardashians and their pantyhose.

  487. I think being a fucking bitch in these situations is so important to showing the blogging world that we all shouldn’t be cookie cutter blogs to please douchebag PR firms that don’t value us or take the time to research what we do.

    Thank you for being a fucking bitch!

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  488. Could y’all just take a hot second and read some of Jose’s latest tweets? You really CAN’T make this stuff up:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BrandLinkJose

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    BIG day tomorrow @work. Sweet dreams! Xx
    2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply ? Proxlet
    **If he only knew. Carol from Facebook has clearly not contacted him…*

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    Today was a good day. Blessed to be alive healthy and loved. I love you my friends! We know what’s important. #commonbond.
    2 minutes ago

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    Thank goodness daddys a lawyer. These armani boots I bought online for the trip are cute!
    7 minutes ago
    **You’re gonna have LOTS of free time to take these trips…”

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    Tired but looking at the website for ibiza. Can’t wait for this trip. Nothin like sand and sun!
    1 hour ago
    **Just stay in Ibiza…**

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    We raised so much for breast cancer awareness today! We need to unite and take care of eachother. #breastcancerawareness
    1 hour ago

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    Fun night out with friends over coffee and dinner. Tgif!
    2 hours ago
    **Does he realize it’s Thursday?**

    BrandLinkJose Jose Marino Martinez
    @wilw I was defending you! If you knew the whole story!
    **Right, because Wil didn’t pose for that picture on his own…**

  489. You are fucking awesome…just saying…

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  490. no way jose, we don’t deal with that hanky-panky and tomfoolery.

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  491. I would start questioning the relevance of his presence at the company where he so easily burns bridges…
    I’d probably bring the size of his penis into question as well. :-D

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  492. I fucking love email wars with morons. Why?

    1) I always win.
    2) They’re still morons.
    3) Everybody laughs. (well, except for the morons.)

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  493. too funny; and reminds me of 9-12-2011; the 5th annual “Cock Gobbler Day” where we celebrate the anniversary of the day; five years ago; that one of our principles called a customers employee; wait for it…”a Cock Gobbler” – classic!

  494. I think Jose must work for one of the banks I am dealing with – that is about what I am getting from them – thanks for the chuckle, the laugh out loud that my family looked at me like I had lost my mind and most of all – for sticking to your guns – you make me proud to be in good company “another fucking bitch”

  495. Awesome. And Wil Wheaton even responded. Did I mention awesome?

  496. I just adore you. “Your” the best fucking bitch I know! ;)

  497. This was like a “How to Fail at PR’ demonstration. With so many things wrong with it I chose to focus on the abuse of apostrophes and sent them The Oatmeal’s excellent guide http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

  498. 504
    David Galiel

    Bucking Fish. And the one he rode in on.

  499. To keep twitter from continuing to explode, can I suggest that henceforth we use

    FUCKERBITCH

    instead of

    FUCKING BITCH

    Thank you.

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  500. Thank goodness you are a fucking bitch, because it makes this blog so funny!

    I can’t believe you didn’t point out to Jose how crappy their work is. If they’re going to cover D-List celebrities and the stupid panty hose they wear, they should at least provide an error-free press release. My g_d, the friggin thing was short but had grammatical errors on top of the typo. They should be embarrassed.

    Really!

    Jose’s conduct was not professional at all. He should take his poor writing skills and just find another profession. Like teaching emailing techniques.

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  501. This makes me laugh – well said and the right reaction!
    I wish you the best luck to have with a PR-Agency next time ;)

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  502. PR Guys are like Politicians, Self Serving Arrogant assholes who really DGAF about what the general public need or want.

    The best kind of PR is normally that done by the individual like the two London Indians I saw years ago before the internet, digital cameras or mobile phones. They were standing by their PLUMBERS van, in turbans, with the logo on it: “YOU’VE CALLED OUT THE COWBOYS, NOW TRY THE INDIANS”

    Best PR ever and not an asshole in site

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  503. Please make a t-shirt out of this. Anything. A hoodie, a turtleneck, a half shirt.

    I need something to wear with my pantyhose.

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  504. Just stumbled upon your blog through a Twitter RT and am laughing my ass off at this post along with the collating post. How is it I have not heard of you? How is this possible. Too funny! A new reader.

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  505. “Stand by for demonstration of relavency”

    Bloggess followers tweet & retweet & facebook
    (slow clap)
    Retweeted by Will Wheaton, King of all Geeks
    (clapping builds)
    Retweeted by Neil Gaiman, King of All of the Things
    (cue standing O)
    Retweeted by John Scalzi, Lord of the Nerds
    (syncronized foot stomping)
    Instant viral sensation? Priceless
    Because it’s not just who you are, it’s who you know. Isn’t networking, like, PR or something?

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  506. I kinda shot this to a contact of mine over at PR Weekly. Shit? If you can see the fan for the other shit that’s already accumulated on the fan, I would like to let you know you are cleared to hit the fan.

  507. you ARE awesome!!

  508. 514
    Becca_Masters

    Just. WOW.
    My iPhone used 11% battery life to scroll through the comments!
    What an asshat.
    I must say most of the PR pitches I’ve gotten are good and I’ve even used a few. But I’d never use that firm. So unprofessional.
    I’m now heading to twitter to read the shitstorm there!

  509. Jenny,
    The previous commenters have said everything else so well. Thank you for the P.S. in your post. As one of the many, many tiny bloggers who receives annoying, offtopic, and often borderline rude PR emails weekly (along with the follow-up, vaguely threatening “why haven’t you replied?” emails) I appreciate you taking the tiime to call out bad PR practices. Hopefully, some of the firms will listen and care.

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  510. So. I was on comment 487 some 4 minutes ago. and it’s now — at least 2 minutes ago on comment 514. poor jose.

  511. Go Jenny! “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” … and we only get better with age! Ha! Hope to still be reading you when you’re my age! You’ll probably still be blogging, but do you think Jose will still be in PR?

  512. Oh, goodness. I’m so sorry, and I hate to disappoint everyone, but that’s not Wil Wheaton. That’s my cousin, Neal Wheaton. He works for us at our family business, although really, we keep him at the office, only to keep him out of trouble elsewhere. He sometimes gets in trouble.

    And he’s not collating, he’s ‘counting.’ Counting the number of sides to that stack of papers. He likes to do that. Besides, he’s not allowed to collate. Not any more.

    I don’t know how he got himself into this mess, and caused all this trouble.

    Oh, Neal.

  513. You have made my morning. I get emails every day from inept PRs trying to get me to advertise/promote my competitors etc. I think if I ever have to have a lobotomy my next career move will be into PR …

  514. What an arrogant knob.

  515. 521
    ccinmotion

    I got to partake in my first twitter war thanks to you!!

  516. Dang it! I was so mezmerized by the unending flow of comments that I totally forgot to watch Project Runway! I blame Jose.

    p.s. Add my name to the list of people who want to order a t-shirt :)

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  517. You, as well as we who love you, are a tsunami. Jose, and his PR ilk, have no chance. And he knows it. He is not sleeping well tonight.

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  518. The ONLY Jose that would be this bitchy is ..Jose Martinez..yep ..

  519. If you’re gonna be a whore, at least you should be the “fucking” kind.

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  520. Aww… My fake Jose post got deleted :(. I miss it already (389)

  521. I think I figured out the twisted labyrinth of causality behind this. See, they saw the picture of Wil and assumed that you would totally be into pictures of Cardassians in pantyhose….

    What do you mean, not those kind of Cardassians? What other kind are there?

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  522. Let us help by replying to @BrandLinkJose ‘s tweets, correcting his punctuation.

  523. You just keep firing right through their greedy hearts Jenny. There are many of us [elbow to elbow] out here doing our very best to give the Wii advert wankers, the right proper shellacking their flabby asses need. Oh hi acid-tongued angel… press on toward our infinite spank!

  524. As always, I love you.

    And I want a t-shirt. My kids point out every metal animal because of you and knock, knock (w/o the MOFO) is our joke when shopping in HomeGoods. But I really need a Jose shirt.

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  525. Lawd above, what a hot mess. I’m *almost* tempted to join the twitter just to see what all the fuss is about. Anyway, you’re relavent to ME, Jenny. Fight the good fight!

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  526. I was going to go to sleep hours ago, until I read this post and the flood of comments. If this PR Company has an HR department worth anything at all then Jose should, and most likely will lose his job. And justifiably so! His conduct is so unprofessional, even without hitting the “Reply to all” button, in any workplace.

    Jenny, you put an enormous smile on my face, and fill me with belly laughs every single time I visit your site. Keep up the great work!!!

    The best line from that entire exchange was unquestionable, IMHO, “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.” And then you broke Twitter. HAHA!!!

    Stevo
    Ft. Worth, TX

  527. To be fair, you did start the cursing game, if they read the text of the WW post. But you didn’t start the name calling.

  528. My God, I love you people.

    Just FYI…After the shit-storm started I got a (sort-of) apology from Jose. Not posting it here because I think it will just add to the massacre, but he’s free to leave it in the comments. His boss, however, apologized and is looking into the situation. I’m not sure if she’ll be able to give us any details due to confidentiality issues, but it’s nice that someone is actually taking it seriously.

    Now if we could find a way to make change happen this quickly for everyone who doesn’t have a great platform and a dark, but fabulous army waiting to right wrongs…

    PS. In the interest of fairness, I have no idea if the person posting here as Jose really is Jose or if it’s someone pretending to be him. I’d take it with a grain of salt.

    PPS. Thank you. Honestly. I am so lucky to have you.

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  529. Thank you. WOW. I cannot believe this!

    Not only did you demonstrate your relevancy, you let this be a lesson for soooooo many other PR companies and their bcc generic messages. I am sure, quite so, that THIS incident right here will become a teachable lesson on so many fronts…

    I <3 you for this post.

    You have made my night… THANK YOU

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  530. Wow this will be in PR text books. LOL Right under the relevance of bloggers chapter in the cautionary tale section. I almost feel bad for the guy. An apology will not undo it.
    It might have been better if he said, oh damn, my bad. I pressed reply all on accident but to go on defending your actions is baffeling.
    As a form of damage control they should just set everything ablaze and start all over

    You should make a t-shirt: “Yes, I am THAT fucking bitch”

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  531. I’m sorry I called you a fucking bitch. Perhaps in the future, if you could refrain from displeasing me, I wouldn’t be forced to do it again.

    Classic. Comedy GOLD!

  532. 538
    Mrith from Sydney

    Wow.

    i just got hooked onto youre blog. you are absolutely amazing and funny.

    this post made my day. its HILARIOUS that you went straight to twitter with it!

    keep up the hilarity

  533. I just gotta say.. who can be offended by a picture of Wil Wheaton collating?! Honestly, who can look at that little smug collating smirk and not giggle just the tiniest bit?

    Someone whose soul has been devoured by harpies, that’s who.

  534. I got the same pitch and was scratching my head wondering what woman would be caught wearing ridiculous letter tights.

  535. So this is what you get up to while I’m at work. And then I don’t know about it until I get home and it’s all over. You really need to DM me on Twitter if you are going to start a virtual lynching. You know. So I can join in.

  536. LOVE IT. I’m so glad I have something to watch while I should be sleeping :D

  537. 543
    Musing Bookworm

    OMG! You are AMAZBALLS! My brain is exploding from all of the awesome coming off this page.

    A company that can not 1. show common curtesy and 2. Takes themselves too seriously are not worth your time and energy. I work in finance and the majority of my time is spent in customer contact. If I received your reply email I would have laugh myself sick then called all the girls around to laugh some more. We would declare you hilarious and would foster a client relationship built on mutual humour. Not call you names and DEFINATELY not send the responses you received. My boss would kick my butt!

    Good on you for finding the humour in life and sharing the giggles.

  538. I’m curious what Brandlink’s clients’ response will be. Their names are getting tangled up in all this negative SEO. I was going to go to bed hours ago, but this is too entertaining.

  539. So I spent most of today (technically yesterday but I don’t count it until I sleep) being weepy for no goddamned reason except that I suspect the nurse put something in my flu shot– either that or all the dead flu viruses they stuck in me were pregnant and now I’m having pregnant-flu-hormone reactions — and basically I just wanted to be curled up in bed and trying to think as little as possible when a friend directed me to your blog. I’m still crying now but it’s from laughing so I’m calling this a win. Thanks!

  540. So, let me make sure I’ve got this straight, Jenny…

    This brainless buffoon is giving a lesson on relevance to YOU? I mean, to the original, one-and-only, genuine article bloggess… as in *The* Bloggess? The matron extraordinaire of online snark?

    You are the archetype, the seminal one, the often-mimicked-but-never-matched master of what you do. Not to mention the RULER SUPREME OVER LEGIONS OF ONLINE MINIONS.

    Anyway, my point is this: Did I miss something? Because the schooling on relevance should be going in the other direction here.

    At the intersection of ignorance and arrogance, we find Jose, perhaps the worst PR guy in the history of ever.

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  541. If you are a “fucking bitch” for that, I would hate to see how many women he demeans on a regular basis. I would also love to see who he categorizes with the c-word, the misogynist’s best friend. Yeesh.

  542. 549
    lauracarrie

    Despite the epic gongshow Jose spurred on, I’m almost more distressed by his tweet that it’s “ironic” that today is the day he suffers from a sudden awareness or what technology does. How is this ironic? Was he a very close, personal and relevant friend of Steve Jobs? Is this the anniversary of his purchasing a computer? Was today the very first time he posted his own tweet? His grammatical errors, lack of worthwhile content, wildly inflated sense of self-worth and general lack of class are tremendously disappointing: however, for some reason it is that one incorrect usage of the word “ironic” that’s bothering me the most. (Granted, I wasn’t the one accidentally forwarded such a delightful email. If I had been the recipient I would definitely have more relevant and important things on my mind, like the Kardashians’ pantyhose situation or whatever spectacular situation they decided you were worthy of being pitched).
    Doesn’t Jose know it’s not polite to be so obviously idiotic when you’re tying to enjoy a nice, relaxing Mental Health Week? So disrespectful.

  543. BOOOYAAAAHHHHH

  544. Is “Wil Wheaton” a cuss word now? Otherwise how did you start with the cursing?

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  545. You know what this all boils down to right?

    YOU’RE the woman with the hot off the press will Wheaton collating photo! Sending it to him was like shoving it in his face that you can get more hard hitting and PR appealling photos than he can. He’s taken one look at the photo, burst into tears that he is in fact a crap PR person and then defaulted to evil words as a way of deflecting his pain. Poor him, he can’t help being so crap.

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  546. 553
    ccinmotion

    A PR company in Edinburgh, Scotland just tweeted your story!

    “The importance of relevance in PR pitching…and a lesson on the perils of ‘Reply All’!”

    I LOVE IT!!

  547. Jenny,
    Too bad Erica, Jose and their most excellent PR firm (what is that name again?) couldn’t help you get more hits on your page. I don’t think you need her luck. Sadly, though, more people have visited the BrandLink website and twitter account today than I’m certain, EVER before.

    Thank you for helping me with my #FF. I was struggling. It won’t include @brandlinkJose @brandlinkcomm any Kardashian with or without pantyhose (it’s not their fault, but no). I will proudly suggest #FF to @TheBloggess @wilw @neilhimself.

    The Bloggess, her followers & readers, Wil Wheaton, Neil Gaiman, ‘reply all’ = A big #, a REALLY big #
    Jose the VP, Erica, BrandLink, The Kardashians, pantyhose, ‘reply all’ = 0

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  548. Ok, 1) Wow, I swear the shit that happens when I sleep, just amazing. 2)I really kinda wish I knew how twitter worked so I could see the shit storm. I can’t find any of it when I clicked on the link for the PR’s twitter page. I see like, 1 post seemingly related. Bah. At least I can swim through the comments here to enjoy some of it.

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  549. From Erica’s original response: “We send certain pitches out to people so they have the chance of getting more hits on their page.”

    In this, they were successful. Beyond their wildest expectations.

    ~EdT.

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  550. 557
    Megan - also a fucking bitch

    Hi there, long time lurker first time post-er.  I love this post because it shows how people in either a positions of authority (Pres, VP etc.) or in the celebrity world think they are so much better than the rest of us little people.  It’s like Mr. VP thought you should LOVE his form letter because he was giving you access to the ever so secret world of the Kardashian’s.  What he fails to remember is that his company generated that form letter to pimp out their clients to the rest of the known world. 
    It’s really kind of sad that millionaires need pimps these days but I guess that is part of the price of fame. Oh wait, there are people who don’t give a shit and don’t WANT the masses to know they took a crap today?  Astonishing. 
    What a bastard. 
    See I could have said – fucking bastard- but I would hate for people to think I am in PR. 

  551. I aspire to have balls as big as yours. Ka pai to mahi!

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  552. Epic… some PR people are awesome but the majority of them are just incredibly annoying

  553. I love that they are now sucking eggs on their twitter feed with the comment ‘all hail @thebloggess’… Boooo yeaaaah!

  554. Two thoughts in addition to what everyone else has said.

    1. PR is NOT the lifeblood of journalism. As a journalist, I take offence to that. We are capable of coming up with our own ideas and making our own contacts.

    2. PR agencies don’t decide where their clients advertise. That’s usually controlled by the media agency.

  555. I think you should send him a link to this post.Maybe it will make him feel “special”…say,like…..a Kardashian ;)

  556. “Doucheageddeon” = my new most favorite word ever.

    ~EdT.

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  557. LEGEND!

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  558. Really?! Really?! This dude needs to be visited by a group of psychotic sock monkeys with sharp instruments sewn to their little cloth hands. What a total d-bag! Please, oh please tell me Jose got fired and is now living in the same box he used to clean out his cubicle.

    Your response is exactly why you deserve the title of THE BLOGGESS!

  559. «Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.» Priceless! I’ve stumbled upon this entry via Twitter and of course RT’d it myself. I’ll share it on Google Plus to my 2000+ followers when I find the time later today. Oh, and I’m sitting in Germany BTW, so this PR debacle is officially an international one. :D

  560. Oh. My. Word.

    I wonder if Jose still has a job.

    Usually when you play with Tarbaby nobody wins, but if I’m not mistaken you just took him D.O.W.N.

    There should be a prize for that.

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  561. Rule #1 in PR (and life in general): Don’t be a dick. Rule #2: If you ARE going to be a dick, don’t do it in front of the whole world.

    P.S. I love Wil Wheaton right now.

    P.P.S. That rule #1 above is even in the Bible, though I believe it’s phrased a little differently.

  562. Awesome.
    This is a PR firm that did no research, they should have owned that from the start.
    Several of us mommy bloggers in NYC share invites and it is amazing who gets what and how unrelated pitches are to blogs.
    We, with you at the lead, are changing this!
    Yay!
    Mitch

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  563. 570
    Rumble Kitty

    If Jose had done any research, he would have known that you were the woman who took on Captain Kirk in the battle for “hearts and minds” and won! Some petty product pusher in LA is no match!

  564. What truly baffles me about this is that ANYONE could get annoyed about a pic of Wil Wheaton!? That’s like getting pissy because someone sent you a cupcake carried by kittens.

  565. 572
    E M Foster

    Wow. It’s Friday and there were two Bloggess posts waiting. :-D Do you think Jose ever expected that responding like he did might lead to his last day at work? I can’t imagine in this economy that he’s going to find another job anytime soon, especially if he applies with a PR firm who can Google his name and find this. They’d have to be beyond morons to hire him. Well, unless he applies for a janitor job. Dude has no brains! I do hope they make him grovel and apologize profusely before canning his sorry butt! Then again, they sound like a place that is enjoying all the negative PR from this. Stupid jerk will probably get a promotion out of this. That’s just sad.

  566. “but then I remembered that this isn’t the 18th century and that I’ve never taken a high road in my entire life.”

    My new motto

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  567. Miss Jenny, true Bloggess of the Interwebs. We love you!

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  568. What can I say? Your blog is now in my favourites, and I’d never heard of you before today.

    Word of mouth: Best PR there is.

  569. “Don’t be offended, you started the cursing game so maybe we should all just laugh it off and plan not to work together in the future. ”

    Apparently Jose thinks “collating” is a cuss word.

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  570. Wow! That was amazing. Thanks for doing this for all of us less than relevant bloggers out there.

  571. Dear Bloggess – I want to be you when I grow up. Actually, I don’t plan on growing up, but, I still want to be you. xo Anne

  572. There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? Pitchforks and torches for all the villagers!

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  573. One of the best things I’ve read all week, hahaha.

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  574. Love it! Well not I’m going to have to go track down the hilarious tweets about this :)

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  575. Wow, that was one of the most epic things I’ve ever seen.

    You win the internet!

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  576. summary: you emailed some people and the result wasn’t terrible interesting

  577. Holy hell! Sometimes I wonder how some companies stay in business when they have people like Jose work for them.

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  578. Gotta love that PR. Powerful stuff.
    Can we please have pistols at dawn?… He can have the dollar-store water gun.
    As my kids used to say: “Woozer.”

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  579. I got the same pitch and responded:

    Thank you, but I do not blog about fashion or Kourtney Kardashian.

    I am SO tired of being sent info to throw up on my blog. And I’m tired of publicists not knowing what I write about before sending me stuff to throw up on my blog like I have no editorial considerations.

    Anyway, I never heard back from Erica or Lauren but I’m quite sure I was called a “bitch” somewhere, either verbally or elsewhere.

    Good for you!

  580. @ Jose (comment 289)…. Did you really wake up yesterday hoping to become the the Mel Gibbson of PR? Newsflash…no one will care or remember you in a day or two. However, we will all still be reading The Bloggess…. Time to crawl back under your rock.

  581. I was having such a lousy day, and then I read this. Oh, thank you. You just made my day!

  582. I absolutely love they way you handled this fool. You are one kick ass chick.

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  583. This is why I need a life re-do. I went to bed laughing while I followed the email war w/comments and woke up wanting to know how it was progressing. Did you know that Neil Gaimon retweeted the link?…yea…in my book that was the ‘Game.Over.’ for dear, misguided Jose.

    Way to Rock a Thursday night (and now Friday morning) Jenny!!! Love you!

  584. You can send and email, as I did, to these lovely people by going here:
    http://brandlinkcommunications.com/contact/

    My message said:
    Please do the following:
    1. Teach Jose some manners.
    2. Fire him.

    Have fun, but be nice, or whatever…

  585. Becky, you say, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?” and it sounds right. Heck, it’s been, what, a hundred and fifty years or so since Oscar Wilde said, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” and you’d think it was as true now as it was then.

    Except for one little thing: this may or may not be true, but I understand a happy customer tells an average of six people about their experience while an unhappy customer tells an average of thirteen (which may be the origin of triskaidekaphobia).

    But this is a PR firm. In other words they thrive on attention, good or bad. So, yeah, for them any publicity is good publicity, even if the publicity they’re getting makes their employees look like semi-literate jerks.

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  586. *fist bump* Thanks for being relevant.

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  587. Please Jenny, can you tell us if he mentioned that his daddys (sic) a lawyer?

  588. Sounds like we both get the most irrelevant pitches ever. The other day a PR person named “Dj hardy” emailed to asked me if I covered condoms on my…wait for it…beauty blog. Really Mr. HARDY? You just answered your own question. I’m so tired of the people who don’t read the About Me page first…or even my contact page that says what I cover. (Ps. his name and relationship to condoms was not lost on me.)

    Thanks for making this public so that PR firms understand that most of us don’t give a shit about which celebrity was caught eating a pizza, but we do give a shit about being pitched appropriately.

    –Shannon

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  589. An very similar thing happened to me in March. This post was also cross-posted on Ragan.com were I am a contributor and guess what? I got a lot of criticism from other PR people who thought I was much to hard on these spammers! PR people need to learn how to stand up to bad PR! That is the only way to save the profession in the long run. Thanks for the great post and the laughs.. Claire

    http://www.publicrelationsprincess.com/2011/03/pr-spam-case-study-the-truth-be-told-you-should-be-outraged.html

  590. And RTd once again, to 5,000 journalists and other geeks. Rock on.

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  591. Hey Jenny,

    Now I am totally confused if I should still send you the pitch to promote the reality show I’M producing called: “Skinny Rich Women Yelling At Each Other.” ;)

    Jenny, you’re still the best kind of fucked up, but you’re no one’s “bitch.” Hugs.

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  592. Seriously, as a new blogger, reading this gave me chills. Thank you! Jose OBVIOUSLY didn’t do his research and completely missed the bar when it comes to “relevancy.” He doesn’t understand the social media world we operate in and, well, just got SERVED.

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  593. You know until now I’ve resisted twitter. This exchange might just tip me over the edge just so I can join the fun. Best laugh of my day so far :-)

  594. LOL

    What an arrogant piece of work (him not you). Not only was his original response “unprofessional”, his qualified pseudo-apology was equally unprofessional.

    I’m guessing he’s an old-school codger who lacks an understanding of the internet, blogs, and social media.

    Kudos to you.

  595. Also, can we trust a PR company that can’t actually WRITE? I don’t think so.

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  596. I see a UNITE T-shirt coming……

    Fucking bitch’s UNITE!

    Or at a minimum a bag. ;)

    Now, Fucking bitch’s UNTIE would be good to go with my mug “When your wrong your wrong”.

  597. Well said, and, to point out the obvious, Jose, and his company, need to learn how to use an apostrophe.

  598. I cleanse from Twitter every October just to remind myself that I still have some sort of will-power to resist social media left in me, but for this, it’s worth caving… Who needs will power anyway!

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  599. Wow. I bet Jose will be “fucking packing” his desk for his “fucking walk” out of the “fucking door.”

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  600. Ahh, we know what you REALLY mean when you sign off using “Hugs”…

  601. I think I love you. Laugh out loud excellence.

    Wish I’d seen this before I hosted an event on this very subject last Wednesday – an excellent example of terrible PR. Makes you value the good ones :)

  602. I was feeling a bit stabby myself, but instead decided to use this post for EDUCATIONAL purposes and encouraged my professor pal to include it in today’s college JOU/PR lecture as a case study on how NOT to approach a popular blogger. Heh heh.

  603. 611
    Andrea Smart

    Thank you for blogging and tweeting about this – it’s a story that had to be told and will make a great urban legend among PR professionals about the importance of respect and professionalism.

    Andrea Smart @ThePRLab

  604. If by “Fucking Bitch” they mean “Totally Brilliant”, then yes you are!!

  605. OMG, that is a different world. I run a charity in Africa and never read things like this but I was hooked. What a dumb-ass, didn’t the dude know you have hundreds of thousands of followers? –wow Anyhow, this is not super relevant to my work but it was fun to read, glad you shared, :).

  606. oh the stupidity of some people! I’m sure by now, well over 2 million people have seen or retweeted. if he’d just taken the time to get to know you… typical fail on a “I’m better than you” PR company’s part.

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  607. John Scalzi pointed me this way. And I’m glad he did. I’m totally subscribing.

    Also, WIN for understanding social media before pretending you know how to make money off of people using social media.

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  608. I guess there is all kinds of PR, good PR and bad PR…What a Frickin’ Butthole!

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  609. Oh come on…. just a FEW angry-villager tweets? P-p-p-p–lease?

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  610. Didn’t have time to read the other 600+ comments, so please forgive me if it’s been mentioned, Jose’s “apology” reminded me a bit of Judith Grigg’s “you’re lucky I even gave you credit rather than stealing your work outright” response to an author’s objection to having her article used without permission.

    It really seems like there are so very many PR people bombarding bloggers with junk mail that they should expect some people to get fed up and be a smart ass about it. Nobody likes getting spammed.

  611. First off- no fair. I am the F-ing Bitch. Ask my ex husband. He surely can tell you.

    second. how does he have a job??

  612. That might possibly be the worst PR firm I have ever, ever seen. I don’t think I have EVER seen such terrible spin control.

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  613. wow. i thought i respected you when you made beyonce an overnight celebrity. this… THIS is truly amazing.

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  614. you are hereby cursed by all the starving children in the world

  615. 1) obviously these folks haven’t read your blog. ever.
    2) i don’t think you are any kind of bitch. your blog has been a great help to me. i was recently diagnosed with depression but due to finances, was unable to get the help i needed. during this time of limbo, there were days when the only time i smiled or laughed was when i read about your shenanagins. my husband would always say, “are you reading that blog again? it’s good to hear you laugh.” so if being a “fucking bitch” means that you helped me when i was lost in the fog, then god bless you: i dub thee HRH Fucking Bitch. i’d give you a tiara but i don’t have one to spare. thank you for your gift; it means more than i could ever say.

    p.s. i recently was able to recieve help in managing my depression. i’m not out of the woods yet but at least i’m on the path.

  616. Knock-knock, motherfucker, indeed.

  617. You know, the email is bad enough. Then he had to add incorrect grammar? Too much. ESPECIALLY for a company that makes a living writing and talking.

    Oh, and the “You started it” thing was awesome.

  618. Jose and I have something in common. Both getting fired today. Jose for being an idiot and me for staying up all night watching a Twitter war instead of getting work done. #soworthit

  619. Coming back again this morning just to read these comments. I wish there was a like/share button by some of these! Your readers are an absolute hoot! Is it sad that I just want to sit here all day and follow every single one of them for bringing me so much laughter to this situation?

    Who cares if Jose’s daddy is a lawyer? He was the one who “replied all” using expletives about a blogger that has like 164k Twitter Followers and told HER that she should be happy to be pitched to. I think he has earned the “PR Idiot of the Year” award.

    I bet you have rocked his world all the way to the unemployment office!

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  620. @brandlinkjose has just tweeted again
    “Happy Friday all. Can’t wait for tonight’s event!! Woohoo”
    He has learnt punctuation over-night. Although I really wonder what event he’ll be attending. I also wonder why BrandLink haven’t told him to shut his mouth.

  621. That was awesome. I’ve only just started getting hit on by PR firms. I will keep your response in mind for the more persistent and irrelevant pitches.

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  622. I am so glad I found this blog. That’s all.

  623. Such a beautiful response to such rude characters. This calls for a “You are the WORST kind of fucked up” card :)

  624. 632
    Cheryl in WI

    Seriously, who hired the guy who would react like that, and then share it as an e-mail? Is that proper company protocol? If so, they have way bigger problems than Jose.

  625. “We will do a better job to research who we are
    pitching but maybe you should be flattered that you are even viewed relevant enough
    to be pitched at all instead of alienated PR firms and PR people – who are actually
    the livelihood of any journalists business.”

    TYPOS galore! Ugh. Permission to clown punch him, please.

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  626. Man, that “reply all” can be a bitch.

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  627. Dear Bloggess,

    I love you. You are the friend I need in my life. Thanks for giving me a laugh. Happy Friday!

    Blog on.

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  628. wow that pisses me off. talk about unprofessional. where does Jose come from? the barrio? i just found his company website and sent a disgruntled email. i may have cussed. but he started it.

    I adore you Jenny!

  629. 637
    midnightblooms

    I love this. I love that you never give up and defeat asshatery just by being you. You are a superhero. (Just remember, no capes.)

  630. Today might be a day for Jose to stay in and watch Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl.

  631. I’d say if nothing else, 616 comments makes you very relevant. This “PR Company” must have 4 employees other wise your response would have been lost in a sea of “remove me” emails.

  632. ” To go out of your way to be snarky and rude is a little inappropriate.” jose interprets it as such because that’s what he is. it’s one of those things that says more abt the person interpreting it than the person it is being said abt.

  633. I’ve been reading the comments on their facebook wall and am disappointed with Carol’s attitude. She’s just going to forgive him because he “is a very well respected publicist and beloved by so many in the media”.

    PR really is a joke, anywhere else would fire someone who did what Jose did. I wish I had a Chase account just so I could close it.

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  634. The internet is an amazing place! Look at all the information you can find by just using Google:

    Brandlink Communications
    Jose Martinez
    VP, Media Director
    Jose@BrandLinkCom. com
    212.338.007

    Y’all have fun now!

  635. Now I guess I need to go get involved in twitter. Been avoiding it, but you’d make me do it. You made me buy a big metal chicken for my 14th anniversary too.

  636. OK – I recieved this same pitch yesterday and I RANTED about it to a friend for about an hour – because REALLY? As if there is some connection between education and the ‘A-B-C’s’ on Kourtney Kardashian’s tights?? (because that was the pitch!) I thought about responding or doing a video about it… but then there is YOU – YOU actually did it. I love you. Really. I just ranted to a friend about how absurd it was. Well done. xoxo

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  637. You are awesome! I love the angry villagers idea. But, seriously, not everyone has the guts and ability to say what needs to be said. I’m glad you did!

  638. *stands up and applauds* Wow. Just, wow. With the unemployment rate as high as it is, I’d think the PR company in question could do a helluva lot better than a narrow-minded, unapologetic, PR NIGHTMARE named Jose. What an asshat. And Jenny? You are fucking amazing. Good for you for sticking to your guns and showing that douchebag who rules the internet!

  639. This is the stuff movies are made of…amazing.

  640. Latest tweet from @brandlinkjose
    People are so bored and silly – it appears my twitter was hacked! Like one of my amazing bosses says “keep calm and carry on!”
    What? He is making no sense. ALthough he is still managing to correctly punctuate his tweet. I wonder if he thinks his amazing boss (desperate attempt at sucking up?) coined that phrase. I also wonder if he is setting the stage for his defence “My email was hacked.”

  641. Wow! You and your commenters are handling this so beautifully–the whole PR and rudeness aspect, etc. I am also troubled by the basic lack of command of Standard American English, grammar, and usage in the messages from a PR company. I would not want them to work for me…

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  642. That was awesome. Truly.

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  643. This story was just discussed on Chicago morning talk radio WLS. Relevant? I think so.

  644. Wow thats a PR fail if I’ve ever seen one. They should have maybe checked your Klout score, or at least your follower count on Twitter, before they treated you like a nobody. Ah the power of blogging!

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  645. My itty bitty comment is going to be all lost in your myriad comments (I’m so impressed; Holy Caw!), but because my tweep in Hong Kong said, “Jayme, you’re gonna love this,” I had to respond and say, “Indeed.”

    And, as I was reading and wondering why the firm was being protected, lo, it no longer was. I’m so embarrassed when my “peers” do shit like this. No way are they researching blogger one, and since when is blogger outreach tied to advertising? Baffled? Me, as well.

    This type of work is just plain old spam PR and that guy believes journalists rely on that. #Fail

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  646. I read your blog all the time (Beyonce brought me in) but never comment. This situation called for feedback. Just wanted to share my comment to the company thru their website. Thanks so much for making another Texas girl’s days a bit brighter. A lot brighter. :)

    Brandlink:
    What the hell? Mistake after mistake after mistake. What the hell were you thinking? You don’t need to kiss ass to smooth this over, you need to seriously reflect and assess where you are emotionally and where you are career-wise. You may be in the wrong business for even thinking some of those things *let alone* putting them in writing and actually *sending*. ‘Flattered you’re even relevant’. Jesus.

  647. I’m not a blogger, but I AM a journalist. And I take great offense to this, in particular:

    “… PR firms and PR people – who are actually the livelihood of any journalists business.”

    No, Jose. PR folks (while there are a *few* great ones out there) are actually the bane of our existence — especially the ones who think they’re indispensable, who spell common plurals with apostrophes and who omit the apostrophes from possessives (as in “any journalist’s business”).

    Even if I wanted to use the drivel from press releases submitted by people like Jose, I have to do way too much editing and cleaning up the copy. And if I sound bitter it’s because Jose gets to sit in a cushy office and draw probably double my salary, yet he’s in the communications business and has a sixth-grade-level writing ability.

    People like Jose make me sick and deserve all the pitchforks they have coming.

  648. (dripping with sarcasm —-> ) Gee, I wonder if it was the same person who “hacked” Anthony Weiner’s account?

    Oh, wait. That’s right. No one did.

    Way to go @BrandlinkJose – that one’s been done before.

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  649. Good for you! What is with people these days? They have NO service skills, no real people skills. This guy works for a PR Firm? I think not! That would be impossible.

    I sooo enjoyed this post! Now on to Twitter to check out all your followers responses!

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  650. Latest tweets from @brandlinkjose
    To address the situation with @theblogess, who I have appologized to. I am sorry to have made bad judgement and offended her
    Or her followers. There is a little more to the story but I do regret it and am sorry. That’s all I can say or do now. Thank you

    Jenny, I love that you really, truly have a twitter account @TheBlogess!

  651. Wow…if Jose thinks your a Fucking Bitch he must not get out much…

    Fab Post…

    Cheers
    Dee

  652. Oh my…. not the best way to deal with people.

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  653. Looks like two new tweets from @BrandLinkJose this morning:

    “To address the situation with @theblogess, who I have appologized to. I am sorry to have made bad judgement and offended her”

    “Or her followers. There is a little more to the story but I do regret it and am sorry. That’s all I can say or do now. Thank you”

    I think someone got called into the boss’ office first thing this morning and got an earful. (In my best kids’ voice): Ooooooohhh, he’s in TROU-bleeeeee!

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  654. I hope he put “waxing eloquent” on his list of skills for his resume. I’m a little disappointed that “fucking bitch” was all he could come up with :(

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  655. I got the same pitch and hit delete. I love her comment about getting more hits. What a load of crock maybe if they promoted bloggers I would have posted but there is no quid pro quo with pitches like that.

    Good for you.

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  656. Jenny-

    My husband & father-in-law are in PR. One’s a PR director for the NEA and one is a business development manager for a union.

    The PR world is redic. They are ass kisser & assholes all in one sometimes…. (CAN I PLAY DEVILS ADVOCATE?)

    While they should have researched more… Can you look at the perspective that you may have been number 10 that sent them a rude/unsatisfying email and you happened to be the one that got the anger. It’s kinda like telemarketing… Who can be positive after hangup number 10…

    Jose might have had a bad day…

    ON ANOTHER NOTE….

    He kinda won…

    You put up what he was hoping to get you to acknowledge… His company, the Kardashian, and pantyhose.

    (My husband’s response – OMG, SHE IS MY HERO!!! That was amazing.) He obviously doesn’t defend his field. LOL

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  657. the thing is, your profession is being snarky and making fun of people who do dumb things in public. So I think your response was the height of professionality. Is that a word?

  658. Dear Jose, is your office located in the back of an empty warehouse that just consists of you and Erica spamming innocent people while sitting on milk crates?

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  659. You’re the bomb diggity.

  660. Sitting here in an office of Fucking Bitches and we Applaud you! Thanks for the courage to continue being Fucking Bitches all day long :)

  661. Jose just tweeted again and *surprise* has typos! It’s @TheBloggess moron!
    “To address the situation with @theblogess, who I have appologized to. I am sorry to have made bad judgement and offended her”

  662. I just had to post a comment when I saw that currently had 666 comments.

    Won’t want you stuck there so Jose could say that not only are you a “fucking bitch”, but you are OBVIOUSLY also the Devil’s handmaiden.

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  663. *snerk* I missed this all yesterday, but checked this morning and saw this tweet from them: “Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess”

  664. What’s kind of hilarious and sort of shocking is his snarky sign off yesterday. After his shameful and ignorant statements were blasted to over 3 million twitter users, he could still seem to care less. And how did you cuss first? Did I miss that memo? And him trying to plead to Wil Wheaton? I’ve come to one conclusion ….PAINT CHIPS …he must have ate a lot of them as a child.

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  665. That’s what we do in PR: We harass people and then blame them for our reprehensible behavior. Duh.

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  666. Wow, this sure is a cluster F of a community with literally no one thinking about the consequences of what you’ve posted here (I’m guessing you haven’t either). The fact is that you have over 160k followers on twitter and this firm seems pretty small and unknown.

    Now, you started the snark, harmless and funny as it may be, and you received what was supposed to be an internal response about said snark. Do you have any idea what kind of office community they have? I’m sure almost everyone who deals with clients have said these kind of things (probably worse) to coworkers before about them. There’s really no harm in it (reply all button excluded of course) and in fact it can help and office community band together in humorlessly deriding the people that give them work.

    Yes you should have let it go and understand this is what teams of employees do (I guess it’s hard to break out of the egocentric universe of you that is blogging for a career). But no, you’ve rallied your entire community against them (unintentional or not) and now good people may have their jobs threatened because I can easily see this PR firm being blacklisted in the community.

    Maybe think about the consequences of your actions next time.

  667. What the hell is a “Kardashian”?

  668. So maybe Jose is good at PR because the whole exchange just led me to you…my new favorite blog! Nice work Jose, demand a raise!

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  669. “there’s more to the story”
    Great thing about this whole blog post…. we see the entire story already. There is NOT more to the story.

    “my Twitter was hacked”
    Really? Your e-mail, too? I have only one good scenario for why some sixth grader is sitting at your computer hitting Reply All, and it is straight from a Tarantino storyline. Which works here, because what happened is a Twitter massacre. (a Twittercre, but that doesn’t really work)

  670. My client sent this blog post to me this morning. I about spit my coffee out on the screen. WTH? I’ve been doing publicity for 20 years and guess what … “reply all” is very dangerous so don’t be talking smack about anyone — especially bloggers. I had to remind my jounior staffers of this once. Geez. Reminds me of a good PR story I heard once. You’ll love this. So, at a huge PR firm in Cincinnati (that will remain nameless) two married publicists were having an affair. Before email there was just voicemail. (Remember?) So … after a night of hot and heavy petting, the lovers exchanged some illicit voicemails… something like, “Last night was awesome [kissing; heavy breathing sound effects here]. Unfortunately, the lover hit the command button, “Send to entire company.” Needless to say, after that, two divorces took place. I think the lovers are still together, though. Have a great day everyone and I’m going to thank my very cool client for sending this to me today. Hopefully he knows I’m professional enough NOT to send scatological language to my target media contacts. Oh! And publicists out there … get with the times. STOP sending photos at all. Get a freakin’ online press kit so you can link to resources.

  671. One of the best compliments I ever received was being called a bitch by someone. I love being a bitch and plan to continue until it no longer suits me. I know he is getting BLOWN up on twitter! Hahaha

  672. My client sent this blog post to me this morning. I about spit my coffee out on the screen. WTH? I’ve been doing publicity for 20 years and guess what … “reply all” is very dangerous so don’t be talking smack about anyone — especially bloggers. I had to remind my junior staffers of this once. Geez. Reminds me of a good PR story I heard once. You’ll love this. So, at a huge PR firm in Cincinnati (that will remain nameless) two married publicists were having an affair. Before email there was just voicemail. (Remember?) So … after a night of hot and heavy petting, the lovers exchanged some illicit voicemails… something like, “Last night was awesome [kissing; heavy breathing sound effects here]. Unfortunately, the lover hit the command button, “Send to entire company.” Needless to say, after that, two divorces took place. I think the lovers are still together, though. Have a great day everyone and I’m going to thank my very cool client for sending this to me today. Hopefully he knows I’m professional enough NOT to send scatological language to my target media contacts. Oh! And publicists out there … get with the times. STOP sending photos at all. Get a freakin’ online press kit so you can link to resources.

  673. An apology does NOT come with a “but” or a “however”… this guy is a jerk. Thank god for people like the Bloggess who call him on his crap!

  674. I feel like I should bow down before you, my hero. You ROCK. Wow. You handle things with much more flair than I do. (although, when I recount my PR stories, I sound just like you. LOL)

  675. sweet sweet baby jesus on a ritz cracker…that was brilliant! I love people who just unilaterally DECIDE they’re going to be in PR (or a singer, or a teacher, or dragon slayer) without ever having any background, education, life calling, skill, or frankly, any goddamn idea what it is they’re doing all day long. Not everyone is cut out to do whatever they THINK they should be doing. Jose, por ejemplo, might reconsider his PR gig and go into accounting or something where he won’t have to deal with humans on a daily basis. Also, there’s probably a lack of fucking bitches in accounting.

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  676. I adore you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  677. Finally a woman who stands up to PR bullies who thinks they can push their bullpoo all over us because were are irrelevant pawns in their quest to make their paycheck bigger.

    Way to go Bloggess!!!!

  678. “Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy.” I think I love you. ;-)

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  679. Sending this post to my bro, who just started working in a social media company. He’s smart, but I dunno about the st of them.
    It sucks they called you a bitch, yet it doesn’t. Who else could rock it like you do? Thanks for a step up in the validity in bloggers and the importance of research in PR. You’re the wind beneath my blogging wings today.

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  680. This makes me want to join twitter JUST to follow you!

  681. Jenny, Thank you so much for addressing an issue that so many of us little fish
    are facing but don’t feel we are big enough to discuss in public! Some of the canned
    pitches I get are totally wrong for my site, I try to be polite if it’s clear the PR rep has
    tried to know at least a little about me (my name) but have been treated to some really
    crummy responses in return, being accused of not caring about my readers for declining
    to work for free or being told that I should be grateful they even asked me seriously pisses
    me off! Thank you,thank you thank you for tackling this one head on!

    Btw, can we have pictures of the otters?

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  682. I loved your responses to him! Sounds like he deserves to be pulled down a peg or two. I applaud you!

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  683. Oh my, how have I missed you?!?! New to the blog world, just started mine but my alienation in the country and the funk my new hubby has endured could have been avoided by your funny nuggets! Happy ton have found you! Give em he’ll you fucking bitch!!!! Haha

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  684. Whom. Apologized. “To address the situation with @theblogess, who I have appologized to.”

    Wait. Wil Wheaton collates?

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  685. This guy can’t get fired or demoted. His “firm” is probably a one man operation, working from some coffee shop with his friends and pretending they have majah majah clients. You know, like Kim Kardashian’s panthyhose. Majah.

    Seriously, this pitch, and the entire “agency’s” website is a huge joke. This is not a PR firm, it’s a group of clowns running a spamming operation from their basement.

    This coming from someone who has worked in *actual* legitimate PR and social media agencies. So don’t let this get you down about the PR biz – like The Bloggess says herself, there are many good PR agencies and freelancers out there. With legitimate clients and good use of the English language. Unfortunately there’s also an infinite number of people out there who think they can suddenly turn into a “VP” (ha!) with a simple email blast.

    Ridiculous. And hilarious.

  686. Oh, boy. People in the PR industry are already calling massive fuckups at work “pulling a Jose.”

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  687. 695
    ccinmotion

    According to the Brandlink website, Jose had his twitter account hacked. One would think Rep. Wiener taught the PR companies what not to do.

    Too bad he didn’t send you a picture of his wiener.

    WIENER, WIENER chicken dinner?

  688. I cannot fucking believe I missed this. Fucking time zones. I will never sleep again!

    I think the most hilarious part is that dear Jose actually thinks he’s defending Wil Wheaton. Dude, it would have saved you so much trouble to just read the blog. Maybe you would have grown a sense of humor as well.

  689. It is kinda funny because I have been getting the feeling that the pr people I have been dealing with lately just have no love for the blogging community and just deal with us because they have to. This is a classic display of disrespect and I hope even as a VP he suffered from some form of disciplinary action (even if it was taking away his free lunchtime).

    The funny thing is that your methods worked (as I looked at their twitter account and this is what I immediately found)
    48BrandlinkComm BrandLink
    “Ironic that today would be the day that technology would bite me in the butt, lesson learned. All hail @thebloggess”

    I bow to the bloggess for holding your grounds and hope that many of us will rise above the take what you can frame of find and dig our heals in.

  690. Wow! Dang it. I got the same pitch and i ALMOST had responded that i thought they were ugly hose (the leggings not the person *cough*) but I decided to delete the email instead. Now I am just in awe that I was one of the “very selected few” that received that pitch.
    Lord thank you for your post lol.

  691. I can tell you that getting ridiculous PR pitches is a problem as a magazine editor as well, which is infuriating because it is a waste of time and resources, and the PR reps clearly aren’t doing the leg work for their jobs when their pitches are so off base. Earlier this year a PR company representing an airline and major travel destination planned to fly a group of travel writers to said destination but failed to contact writers as the date of travel approached. After pressing the company for answers, I finally go a reply that the company was going to have to cancel the trip. There were no apologies, no efforts to reschedule, nothing, despite the fact that I had cleared my schedule to make the trip possible. If I were the company’s client, I would have been very angry—but the irony is that the same PR company was one that previously hassled me while trying to cover a local hotel. The PR company, based in Florida, didn’t see the magazine as a fit or important enough to warrant gratis statue. The hotel manager, who had spent years in the business and knew the hotel’s region and media well, saw the magazine as exactly what the hotel should be featured in to attract more customers. In the end, I did the story with a gratis stay and our magazine is now in every room of the hotel per the manager’s request. The PR company I haven’t heard anything from lately.

    I don’t know what happens in the PR industry as to make so many of its workers sleazy marketers. Much of it seems to originate from the fact that, as a whole, we are driven by commercialism. Someone out there really does care that Kardashians are wearing pantyhose—that’s a problem in and of itself. Judging from the general lack of grammatical and self-awareness demonstrated by BrandLink Communications, the company and its employees are part of this contrived, commercial world in which so much is flippantly disregarded, including responsibility, accountability, respect, and attention to detail. I regret to say that I do not think any lessons will be learned from this situation within BrandLink; however, conversations generated in other PR firms and in PR classrooms hopefully will impact the industry—even if just a little bit—so that public relations and marketing become less synonymous with sleazy palm greasing and spin doctoring and more aligned with the principles of quality customer service, which those in the industry who are to be beloved and admired already practice.

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  692. Some people get the VP title because they are wise and competent.

    Some people just get the title.

    I’m sure that one day, Jose will thank you for teaching him the far reaching relevance of a blogger.

    I’m thanking you today for making me smile.

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