Snark: Ronée Returns
Speaking of Friends of Lulu, Ronée is now “Retail Communications and Customer Service Manager” for “TightLip Entertainment , a company that is dedicated to bringing the world of comic-book entertainment beyond the present day normal” (whatever that means). As a result, she’s no longer Comic News Editor for PopCultureShock. (I hope they’ll be able to get someone capable to replace her.)
Here she is bitching about how her PR announcement didn’t get run (link no longer available). Gee, could it be because you’re just not as newsworthy or famous as you think you are? Or that you reap what you sow, and people you’ve badmouthed and insulted are unwilling to promote you? Or just that this doesn’t qualify as news?
She manages to wring a whole column out of complaining about how the “cool crowd clique” is ignoring her. Guess what? Comics, like just about every other industry, does make things easier or harder based on who you know and the reputation you’ve made for yourself. That’s not news, either.
If you take Ronée’s column seriously, then you have to realize that if she’s right about being ostracized because she refuses to “suck ass” (her phrase — I think she means “kiss ass”) and “play the game”, then she should be fired… because her job is to get press for this company, and she has just stated that she won’t be able to do the job because of who she is.
Personally, I was going to run the PR just to make fun of it, because the CEO of this new venture is Rick Olney. Longtime online observers will recall the name as someone who had a number of public meltdowns on Comicon.com, back in the day, as well as possibly engaging in tax fraud by claiming to run a non-profit that didn’t have any of the proper forms. I can’t think of two people that better deserve each other.
So, lesson of the day: People have long memories and do, if not at the level of holding grudges, respond to you based on what you’ve done in the past. I look forward to TightLip, based on these two, providing me hours of entertainment… but not in the way they hope.
(By the by, Ronée’s MySpace site plays Madonna singing “I’m not sorry” over and over from “Express Yourself”. This, when mentioned to a friend, elicited the response “Am I wrong to think less favorably of people who have MySpace sites?”)