Earlier this week I received an unsolicited, and frankly sleazy, press release from a third-party PR firm representing JamStik. I have tried to discourage people from sending me press releases, but I still get a few. This one in particular came with a lot of hetero-normative nonsense and undertones of, "Hey big boy, you should come hang out with me at some event." It put me in the awkward position of either playing along, like I'm an idiot, or being an asshole. I went with the second option. I won't include the entire email, or the subsequent follow-ups, because that is some shaky legal ground, but basically I said "Fuck you, you're bad at your job." and CC'd the whole thing to JamStik to let them know about the sort of representation they were getting.
A guy from JamStik immediatly got back to me, and we smoothed things over. I have no problem with them, and they understood this. Later on I get an email from someone else at the PR firm, who has decided to go rogue and personally threaten me.
"Calling out a public relations professional with a “fuck you” laden email is unprofessional and uncalled for regardless of the issues you may be personally dealing with. I am requesting that you send an apology email to Leslie, with me on copy no later than 4pm today.
If you choose not to send an apology email I will escalate this issue, and while you don’t know me, I can assure you that the easy way out of this unprofessional situation is to simply drop Leslie a note and apologize for your email misstep. I’m a very forgiving person and this misstep can be easily overlooked, *however* I am known for having a short fuse and using very unconventional methods to deal with unprofessional issues."- Doug Kennedy, Engage PR
I make no pretense about professionalism, but to call me unprofessional and make threats in the same email?
Regardless, I still think JamStik looks like a lot of fun, and it should be available this Summer for $300. Here is a new promo video!