Last week, when Bed Rest, The Series was unexpectedly cancelled, there was an unaired episode in the can. With respect to the series’ cult following (which is another way of saying SMALL following), we present to you Bed Rest, Episode 5 1/2: The Unaired Episode.
When it comes to crisis communication, I have a bit of education and experience from my public relations past. When a company’s in trouble — how do you handle communication?
What’s the message and how best can you get it out?
For instance, the BP oil spill.
Before this week, I’ve never had to worry much about crisis communications for myself.
But now, it appears, I have my own oil spill.
So to speak.
So, in the interest of my organization and indeed, my “public,” I will issue my first press release right now.
Monday, January 30
For more information, contact: Let me get some “people.”
Don’t contact me with your complaints.
Toulouse Issues Apology For Big Mouth
Atlanta, GA — This afternoon, Toulouse and Tonic, unincorporated, issued an apology to all the people who were offended by her previous post, The Top Ten Things Not To Say To A Person On Bed Rest.
According to company sources, Toulouse did not intend to imply (nay, overtly say) that it was wrong for well-intentioned people to say things to her like, “What a great opportunity to catch up on your TV,” and/or make obviously true comments like, “You must really miss your bed at home.”
Toulouse and Tonic, unincorporated, is an organization founded upon the belief that while one should be nice to people, freedom of creative expression is equally important.
In addition, being too nice is not funny.
The organization hopes that any offensive communication will be taken in the spirit in which it is intended. Which is to say, as a personal release, ranting or creative expression issued in the hopes the readers will be entertained, laugh or relate. As opposed to a person taking the narcissistic route of thinking it’s all about them.
To take written missives personally, or as instructional in nature is done at the discretion of the individual and is not condoned by management.
“I’d like to say to all the people who’ve emailed, texted, called or otherwise contacted me to say they felt bad about saying one of the things on my Top Ten Things Not To Say To People On Hospital Bed Rest” list, and/or to all the people who have not said anything to me but are harboring grudges, that I know you are a nice person with only the best of intentions,” said Toulouse. “Furthermore, just because I prefer communications that highlight the dramatic, difficult aspects of my predicament doesn’t mean that I am at all mad at you, disappointed in you, or hurt by your attempts to lighten the mood.”
She continued, “And further, if you are currently reading my apology as ‘Get over yourself,’ ‘Stop being so narcissistic,’ ‘Get a sense of humor,’ or as anything other than a sincere apology, I urge you to listen to your own inner voice for the answer.”