Posted by Amanda Chapel
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Ever see the movie Debbie Does Dallas? C'mon, it's a porn classic! Well, for those that may have missed it, the plot focuses on a team of cheerleaders attempting to earn enough money to send Debbie to Dallas to try out for the famous Cowboys cheerleading squad. Well, I was reminded of that this week. I think we've got a sequel in the making with a funny twist. What if all of a sudden the Cowboys were no longer taking new applicants?
Certainly, the comic potential is fantastic! Nothing funnier than watching people doin' it than maybe watching professional tricksters fool themselves while lost in a maze of their own making. It's even more hysterical when the audience is all the while privy to a simple way out.
Well, apparently that drama is being performed by Debbie Weil, author of the Corporate Blogging Book, along with an A-List squad of PR blog cheerleaders.
Here, let me give you a scene; it's a riot. Okay, so last week Debbie gave a big-pep blog booster presentation at Fleishman-Hillard/Paris to an audience of French PR and marketing professionals and a few journalists. And directly following that, the F-H folks released the findings of a study that concludes that journos have no respect for blogs, rarely use them, and don't think the fad has a serious future. Seriously... I am not making this up!
So basically what you've got is a tin-ear "professional" communicator and pom-pom girl pimping a solution for a non-existent problem to an otherwise occupied and disinterested audience.
STOP! STOP! Yer killin' me!!
For the record, I just love that joke. I just can't get enough of it apparently. Thank God I am in PR where it's not just Debbie; it's everywhere. All things PR blogging has been a veritable circus of little clowns getting out of mini fire trucks chasing domesticated elephants 'round and 'round their own little ring.
Well, there come a point when Debbie gets a little long in the tooth, I suppose. Sure, as a card-carrying student of the David Letterman Beat-it-to-Death School of Comedy, I will certainly take something too far. But I think this horse has been dead since mid-July. I rationalize daily by saying that Strumpette is in the end all about making fine suede.
Anyway, how does the movie end? I don't think it does. Debbie Does Dallas spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs including Debbie Does New Orleans and Debbie Does Wall Street. In 2001 "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical" was created by Susan L. Schwartz for the New York Fringe Festival. In 2002 it was made into an Off-Broadway musical comedy. I expect Debbie Does Paris will be out on DVD before you know it.
Well, I never...you invite someone along to your plush Parisien offices and what does she do? She moans about no results. Debbie is clearly showing a typically US-like lack of appreciation for the nuances of European culture and working life.
As self-appointed European cultural attache to the US, let me explain. Timing is everything. If Debbie's presentation had been before 11.00am, she shouldn't realistically have expected anyone in France to be at work. Between 11.00am and 12.30pm they'd have all been drinking thick black coffee from tiny cups on the Champs-Elysees...after that they'd have been having lunch for a couple of hours before taking a much-needed siesta. She might have caught a few of them late afternoon, but it wouldn't be long before they'd be off for aperitifs and dinner.
Anyway, they're not interested in blogging: "zat's no 'ow we do zings 'ere"