A Tale of Two Porn Publicity Stunts

Octomom
You probably remember Ropeadope’s post last month about Larry Flynt’s bailout PR stunt. When I heard about it, I thought it was actually pretty funny and showed Flynt is still on top of his game.

On Tuesday, Steven Hirsch of Vivid offered Nadya Suleman (aka Octomom) one million dollars to star in a Vivid movie. If you haven’t been following the Octomom story (or even if you have), here’s my take: as outrageous as her situation is, I find it tragic in the end – mostly for her children. So when Vivid offered her a million dollars to be in a porno, it felt like a cynical PR stunt to get Vivid’s name in the news. And it was very successful at that.

The next day, Pink Visual wrote a letter/press release of their own. In it, they say, “It simply isn’t in your interest, and more importantly in the best interest of your children, for you to become a porn star” and offered Ms. Suleman one year’s worth of free diapers not to accept Vivid’s offer.

Perhaps you’re saying “but they’re just trying to capitalize on the situation too!” and you’d be right. But you know who looks better in this whole mess? Pink Visual. They capitalized on Vivid’s PR stunt to make themselves look good while making a competitor look bad. As a marketing professional myself, I have to say I was impressed…

Update: Nadya has turned Vivid down (shocking!). According to Radar Magazine, Suleman said, “I think it’s kind of funny that I got offered a million dollars to make porn, those guys at Vivid video must be nuts! Who wants to see me naked? Maybe in a year when the baby fat goes away.”

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24 Responses to “A Tale of Two Porn Publicity Stunts”

  1. along Says:

    I admit I haven’t been following this whole “octomom” situation. From what I have seen though, I agree with Alison. This situation is bad for the kids and the rest of her family.
    As far as Vivid’s and Pink’s stunt goes, I actually find it strangly fitting. After all, she wanted to be the center of attention, now she’s getting all kinds of attention.

  2. Bronty Says:

    Good PR stunt. I think Vivid was bluffing. Had she accepted the offer, I’m sure they would have found a way of recinding it (but only after generating even more PR).

    A more interesting question: Who here would WANT to see Nadya in a porn flick?

    Would you watch Nadya in a hardcore porn flick?

    A) Yes, I would becuase she’s super hot.
    B) Yes, I would out of curiosity
    C) Yes, I would, as it would help her earn money for her kids.
    D) No, she’s unattractive at the moment.
    E) No, she’s totally unattractive.
    F) No, it’s immoral. She ‘mentally diturbed’, after all.

    My own vote is “B”

  3. ropeadope Says:

    Quite honestly, I had never heard of Octomom prior to this blog entry. I followed the links provided in the post and somewhat caught myself up. I’m happy to learn from Alison’s update that Nadya resisted the temptation and lure that a one million dollar offer surely must carry. I hope Nadya accepts the deal from Pink Visual. You can tell from their movie releases (Teens For Cash, Boob Exam Scam, etc.), they must really care about women. Give Nadya credit. It has to take a great amount of willpower to refuse a cool million. I’m not sure I would have the internal fortitude to reach the same decision.

  4. alison Says:

    along – I kind of wonder how the media found out about her. In the interview she did with Radar, she claims that fame is the last thing she ever wanted, etc etc.

    Bronty – To be totally honest, I think Vivid would’ve gone through with it. They’d get the million they paid back 20 times over because people like you (and me) would watch it out of curiosity. And for every 10 people who find a free copy, one person buys it. The Paris Hilton tape was Vivid’s bestselling DVD of all time…

    ropeadope – You made me laugh with the Pink Visual comment. Misogynists or no, free diapers are free diapers, I suppose…

  5. Detritus Says:

    The media found out because hospitals are required to report things like this. Having 8 kids at once has only happened one other time, ever apparently. And she really does wish to be famous. She’s filmed a reality show like interviews etc in houses, Today show spots and interviews for a few others as well. She also has potentially had plastic surgery to make herself appear more like Angelina Jolie, hence the 8 kids she just had, that adds to the 6 she already had, all through invetro. She also hasn’t worked in 8 years and the state already supports her, with her parents helping, who apparently are loosing their house, money and everything else because they can’t afford it. So if you live in Cali, you will be footing the bill for her actions. The Doctor has already lost his license. She will almost certainly lose custody over the 8, and possibly the other 6 as well. Yes it’s sad, but honestly, I can’t think of anything else to call her but crazy. Taken into contex, what Vivid did was kind of crappy, so bravo Pink Visual, but that doesn’t even begin to solve anything for this situation. Sadly fascinating really.

  6. Haiku Master Says:

    #4

    That she’s become a
    role model is a sign of
    The apocalypse.

  7. Odwalla Says:

    If I can sit through “Two Girls One Cup” without barfing then I can certainly sit through watching Suleman get nailed without difficulty.

  8. extremejay Says:

    Yeah id watch her……too bad they didnt get to her while she was preggo though (how many times do i have to say we need new preggo stuff on here) But hell yeah id watch it. Look she a complete fucking retard and all her kids should be taken from her(and im NOT a fan of CPS by the way. there have been people that have had their kids taken for dumbass reasons but SHE gets to keep hers) But id definetly watch her get fucked like crazy. Besides it punishment. it s the one time i would mind nick manning DROPPING fucking loads all over you OCTOMOM!

  9. extremejay Says:

    wouldnt mind mick manning

  10. extremejay Says:

    damn i cant type

  11. Rael Says:

    That quote of hers is probably one of the sanest things I’ve heard her say.

  12. tom brokaw Says:

    gross.

  13. xposh Says:

    She looks like a woman you’d see in a Gentlemens Video or Filmco title. Have no interest in seeing her fuck.

  14. davros Says:

    I found the whole Octomom situation to be a bit sad, and when I heard on a radio morning show that she was being offered money to star in a port film, I actually began to laugh my ass off. I figured that it was the worst “celebrity porn” film idea since John Wayne Bobbit made one. As a peruser of all different kinds of porn which I get from this wonderful site, I’ve watched all different types of films, but I still wouldn’t waste the download or money to watch her fuck. But I’m sure someone would.

  15. zarafan Says:

    The whole situation is pathetic and awful and one can only feel great pity for the 14 kids born to such a selfish and crazy mother.

    The operative word in confirming her utter narcissism in all this is the concluding clause of her rejection statement: “Maybe in a year…”

    Awful, awful: I hope at least that her kids get the free diapers?

    zarafan

  16. Derek Says:

    “…Maybe in a year when the baby fat goes away.”

    Am I the only one who caught this? (Or maybe there haven’t been many comments since this update).

    And my answer would be:

    B) Yes, I would out of curiosity

  17. along Says:

    Alison- Of course she CLAIMS she never wanted fame. If she ever, EVER, turned down a chance to be in the media spotlight, I might believe her.
    Brony- I wouldn’t WANT to see her in a porno. In fact I wish I’d never seen her face, kinda reminds me of Mushmouth from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. However, to my shame, I must admit, B)I would watch out of curiosity. I wouldn’t buy the movie though.
    If I did see it, I’m pretty sure I’d file it away under “Shit I wish I didn’t know” somewhere near how hot dogs are made.

  18. deepsix Says:

    @along I’m not a chick…but I don’t see how one would want 8 more kids plus 6 she already had for (just) fame.

    That she turned down care for her children (reportedly worth roughly $100,000) so she can try and get into reality TV is terrible. About the vivid thing…well yeah I’m just glad that didn’t happen.

  19. HotScooter2 Says:

    She has had her 15 minutes of fame as Andy Warhol used to say everyone should have. on to something else as i do not find her of much interest. i doubt if i would watch any porn she might do ,out of curiosity.but i did say i doubt as i may change my mind if she were to do it. she seems pretty much nothing out of the ordinary,with the exception of breeding.she deserves credit in that department,i believe she is the first woman to successfully conceive 8 children at once,and i don’t think there have been that many women that unsuccessfully delivered 8 kids at once

  20. Papayaman1 Says:

    I tend to agree with zarafan and detritus on this. Its already like watching a trainwreck even without Vivid’s attempt to make a cheap buck out of the situation. Some people seem determined to wreak havoc in their own lives and the lives of those closest to them. Octomom appears to be such a person. Dwelling on this situation is more truly obscene than any of the clips we might download from this site.

  21. along Says:

    deepsix- I’m not saying she got pregnant with 8 childern just for fame. (although I’m not ruling it out either) In fact, I’m not claiming to understand why anyone would want 14 kids.
    What I’m saying is, A) Intentionally, having that many kids, at one time, is irresponsible to say the least, and B)Saying you don’t want to be famous, while making yourself a public figure is ludacris.

  22. doppyman Says:

    She didn’t have the means to support the children she had and then had more children; I don’t care if its one child or eight, it’s irresponsible. From what I’ve seen of her, she is self-centered and immature and possibly mentally ill. Good luck to all of those kids. I’m glad the doctor lost his license. Obviously I don’t know anything really about her; maybe she is a loving nurturing parent. But from here, she seems like an irresponsible crazy little girl. All reality TV “stars” deserve to have 15 or 20 totally insane stalkers obsessed with them – there, you’re famous now.

  23. doppyman Says:

    Oh yeah. Vivid would be a good choice because she could have a really bland six minute vanilla sex scene and wouldn’t have to do anal. She would have to dye her hair blonde and get implants first, though.

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