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When celebrities apologize for bad behavior or hateful language, sometimes it seems like they’re more sorry for getting caught. Not so Jonah Hill. Last weekend, Hill was caught video using a gay slur
directed at a paparazzo, and on Tuesday the actor went on “The Tonight Show” to face the music head-on.
The goal of any good crisis-communications plan is to find the balance between being authentic and taking responsibility if appropriate, and not being seen as the perpetrator of the crisis.
Whether they are social media trolls looking to start trouble or people with a legitimate gripe about your products and/or services, PR managers need (in most cases) to address detractors in a dignified way, one way or another.
By deflecting blame, calling out Magic Johnson and making a spectacle of himself by weeping at times, Sterling did nothing to help rebuild his reputation.