While PR pros are normally loath to turn down free press for their clients, it seems as if the PR team for teen idol Britney Spears has yet to learn that lesson.
While PR pros are normally loath to turn down free press for their
clients, it seems as if the PR team for teen idol Britney Spears has yet
to learn that lesson.
When drag queen Robert Stephens bested about 30 - mostly female -
hopefuls in a Spears look-alike contest, his reward was tickets and
backstage access to a Spears concert in Los Angeles. Since
Stephens/Spears longed for a ’Britney meets Britney’ photo-op, he dolled
himself up like his favorite star, right down to the pigtails and
tummy-revealing Oxford shirt that has driven teenage boys wild.
His getup, however, was so convincing that an E! Entertainment
Television camera crew wired him for a backstage interview, thinking he
was the real Britney. When a PR flack from Spears’ record label saw the
Faux Britney about to do the sit-down, she ’flipped out.’ The perturbed
publicist attempted to revoke Stephens’ backstage pass and demanded that
he leave the Universal Amphitheater via a back exit after the show. ’She
didn’t want anyone getting attention other than Britney,’ Stephens said.
’I know there was some confusion as to his access,’ added Denise Crew,
spokeswoman for Sprint PCS, a sponsor of the promotion. Stephens has now
disavowed his former inspiration, pledging never to buy another record
or watch another music video featuring the 17-year-old vocally
challenged flash-in-the-pan: ’I’m not giving her any more press.’