Beyoncé’s publicist called out for asking website to remove ‘unflattering’ pics

BuzzFeed got hundreds of thousands of page views for sharing an email from Beyoncé’s publicist, but this reporting creates rifts between PR and the media, the author says.

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“Thanks for taking my call. As discussed, there are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change. I am certain you will be able to find some better photos.”

She then listed the “worst” pictures; BuzzFeed re-posted those pics.

The story about Beyoncé’s publicist was picked up by a number of other websites worldwide that echoed the headline: The photos Beyoncé’s publicist doesn’t want you to see.

Requests aren’t news—no matter how popular they are

The press will publish what it wants. If the words came out of your mouth or took place near a camera, you can expect it to appear in print or online.

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