Monday, January 23, 2006

Academy Concern Over Globes Bad Publicity

A publicity storm is brewing over the antics of one TV presenter at last week's Golden Globe Awards. Outrageous fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi was commissioned by the E! entertainment channel to conduct 'red carpet interviews' outside the venue for the prestigious awards. Mizrahi shocked viewers by groping and asking intimate questions of female stars, including Scarlett Johansson, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria. Comments made by the presenter - who is gay - to actress Charlize Theron about her character in the film 'Monster' have been criticised by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who have submitted a formal complaint about the item. These antics were just what the TV channel had expected from Mizrahi. E! Networks President and CEO Ted Harbert told Associated Press: "I've hired Isaac because I felt the red carpet work on television, not just on E!, had become predictable, staid and frankly boring. What I wanted is someone who would bring surprise." Where it now gets interesting is that Mizrahi has also been lined up to present the carpet interviews for E! at the Oscars in March. While some people believe there is no such thing as bad publicity, others at the Academy are less certain. "I have no idea what plans E! has on Oscar night. If they're suggesting they would do something similar on our red carpet, we would have some good discussions with them," said Academy spokesman John Pavlik. "I can predict we would be extraordinarily angry if that happened on our carpet. I cannot predict what we would do afterwards." Of course, the pre-publicity about the possible bad publicity does the Oscars no harm at all!