PR employee chastised for 'vulgar and puerile' tweet to journalist

PR employee chastised for 'vulgar and puerile' tweet to journalist

Summary: Experiencing humiliation is bad enough. But public humiliation played out through Twitter is worse - especially when it centres around a tweet made by an employee of a PR company about a journalist.

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Experiencing humiliation is bad enough. But public humiliation played out through Twitter must be much, much worse -- especially when the humiliation centres around a tweet made by an employee of a PR company about a journalist.

Mufadal Jiwaji works, or he did until today, as a graduate trainee at Public Relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He has been working there since January 2012 so hopefully he might have some idea by now of who H+K Strategies works with as partners and clients.

He tweeted about Grace Dent, TV Critic at the Guardian and restaurant reviewer for the London Evening Standard who appeared on the TV program Have I Got News For You yesterday. Here is the exchange of Tweets:

Mufadal Jiwaji@Mufadal @gracedent reminds me of a girlfriend I once had. By girlfriend I mean that time I accidentally made love to an ugly abhorrent racehorse #hignfy

... Grace Dent@gracedent @Mufadal Hi there Mufadel. How much do you like your job at Hill and Knowlton?

Mufadal Jiwaji@Mufadal Unreservedly withdraw my vulgar and puerile comment regarding @gracedent, especially in light of the bbc doc on internet trolls last week.

Grace Dent@gracedent @Mufadal I'm wondering, as a public relations person for a firm I work with, what your thinking was in sending me this message?

Mufadal Jiwaji@Mufadal @gracedent it was naive and ill-warranted. I won't delete it, as I ought to bare the full brunt of my idiocy.

Grace Dent@gracedent @Mufadal You'll bear the brunt of your idiocy at 10am tomorrow morning when you're unemployed. Good luck.

H+K is keeping very quiet about the staff faux pas, understandably so. Twitter opinions tend to be divided fairly equally about the exchange. There are comments in agreement with Dent's action, saying that she stood up to Internet trolls. Others are lauding Jiwaji's swift apology and his acceptance of his humiliation.

Twitter accounts for both Dent and Jiwaji are quiet today as the Twitter furore about them begins to abate. But one of them seems contrite.

Seeing as I probably won't be getting much sleep tonight, it's probably wise to turn to Milton: 'sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek'

A painful PR and Twitter lesson swiftly learned...

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  • I'd never heard of her before so this probably actually helped her. Maybe

    theyre working together to promote her on the sly. He is a PR guy so I wouldnt be surprised. Also I checked to see if aside from being rude he was correct or not. I bing'd her and she's actually a very pretty woman. I cant see why he'd make such a comment unless they have conspired to get her some internet publicity. Have her numbers being sliding lately or something. Eileen maybe you should dig into this a bit deeper.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Wow, what an idiot

    LOL...
    ScorpioBlack
    • True

      But I have to give him props for admitting his idiocy and taking his lumps.
      NonFanboy
      • now THIS is amusing

        I agree with the top rated post and I'm almost voted to oblivion... likely by someone who lacks the stones to say why.
        NonFanboy