Politics vs. Voiceover

by | Apr 22, 2010 | People, Politics | 1 comment

Even that title doesn’t do it justice.  But what would?

The passions of politics are SO polarized these days that no one can say or do ANYTHING.

Here’s the story.  I take no sides.

”A voice-over actor — best known for telling viewers they can save 15 percent or more on car insurance — says he lost his gig doing Geico commercials after leaving a voicemail with a group that organizes Tea Party events to ask how many of its employees are “mentally retarded.”

Los Angeles actor D.C. Douglas in a press release said he was dropped from the upcoming Geico “Shocking News” campaign after leaving a message with the press shop at FreedomWorks, a Washington-based organization led by former Republican leader Dick Armey that has been at the forefront of the Tea Party movement.” (Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/21/geico-voice-over-actor-fired-after-calling-tea-party-group-mentally-retarded/#ixzz0loTVRVmb)

See  more links here:

http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=155395
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/21/geico-fires-dc-douglas-vo_n_546038.html
http://www.prweb.com/releases/freedomworks/geico/prweb3906104.htm

Even though, he took it down, see DC Douglas’s original blog here:
http://goo.gl/TrOb

My only take:

I subscribe to the notion that there is no such thing as bad PR.  If you want to get noticed, you can do so with positive OR negative press.

The notoriety here goes to Geico, FreedomWorks, DC Douglas, and VoiceOver talent in general.  All are getting unbelievable press over this thing.

CourVO

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  1. Peter K. O'Connell

    Morning Dave,

    I understand you “no bad PR” position but in this case, I disagree.

    I think it is bad PR for DC because his actions and words ended up embarrassing his client.

    Other clients notice that and while there may be clients now who find him and support him, I think there are more who for the short term will pull D.C. off their short list. Sadly, he’ll never know.

    His brand is probably tainted for a while but as I told him in my blog, I don’t think it’s an insurmountable battle. http://blog.audioconnell.com/2010/04/21/only-to-a-certain-degree/

    Best always,
    – Peter

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