On this week’s episode:
Two holding company CEOs, Publicis Groupe’s Maurice Levy and WPP’s Martin Sorrell, traded barbs over the ongoing controversy surrounding former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez. Levy previously described allegations that Martinez routinely made sexist and racist jokes at work as an isolated incident – "one man’s mistake." Sorrell responded that "Maurice has a habit of ignoring the facts." PRWeek senior report Diana Bradley explains how the back-and-forth unfolded from there.
Several high-profile companies have been publicly critical of laws recently passed or under consideration in the South that roll back protections for the LGBT community. This week North Carolina passed HB 2, a bill that would block anti-discrimination measures for LGBT residents. Brands did not hold back: Apple, Bank of America, the NBA, and PayPal, among others, condemned the bill’s passage. PRWeek public affairs reporter Alison Kanski looks at how and why these companies chose to enter the public debate.
Plus, changes to Instagram’s feed, Batman vs. Superman reviews, and more.