October 31, 2012 |
When a flier similar to the bus ad pictured above recently landed in our inbox, a red flag went off: The featured image is famous to many Guns N' Roses fans as the Robert Williams painting printed on the original cover of "Appetite for Destruction. " The image, of a robot appearing to have just committed an act of sexual violence against a woman, prompted Geffen Records to recall the album in 1987 and replace it with a less rape-oriented cover. The image has been resurrected, it turns out, by the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas in service of the ad campaign promoting its Guns N' Roses residency, and at least one of the Clark County commissioners is none too happy about it. The Las Vegas Sun spoke to Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who oversaw a recent event temporarily renaming Paradise Road as Paradise City Road. “I hadn't seen the advertising before the media event,” she told the Sun. “It's clearly inappropriate.
February 14, 2014 |
It's turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor's death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using an image of Malcolm X in conjunction with her new song that invokes the N-word. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she said on Instagram in reference to her coupling of the song's title, "Lookin Ass N - ," with a 1964 Ebony magazine photo showing the black activist leader looking out a window while clutching an M-1 rifle.
February 15, 2013 |
No image I know in the history of Western painting is more brutal than the crucifixion scene in the Isenheim Altarpiece. Its violence would make Quentin Tarantino blush. When German Renaissance artist Matthias Grünewald first set brush to limewood panel to paint the mammoth altarpiece around 1512, however, his intention was not to gross out viewers. Shock them, perhaps, but not disgust them. In fact the artist had something entirely different in mind - something generous and committed.
January 14, 2012 |
Toyota Motor Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. were among the biggest gainers in brand image last year after a rough 2010 that saw each of them enmeshed in controversy, according to rankings by online market research firm, YouGov. Toyota's image had been pummeled in 2010 from more than 13 million product recalls in the U.S. related to sudden acceleration, said YouGov, a British firm that tracks brand perception daily. A Los Angeles Times series helped draw attention to Toyota's problems, which led to congressional hearings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1993
Sorry to learn that out-of-staters' perception of California has turned sour. But not to worry. Come New Year's Day, our image will again be coming up roses. RON SALMONS Pacific Palisades
September 15, 1985 |
Dachau, best known as the site of a Nazi concentration camp, plans to give camp visitors a free color guidebook to improve the image of the Bavarian town. The book will feature such sights as the Renaissance castle of the Bavarian royal Wittelsbacher family, the 19th-Century painters colony and the birthplace of poet Ludwig Thoma.
February 2, 1993 |
The night before the game, the powers that be were panicky. They were afraid it might rain on their Super Bowl. Hah! Why didn't they come to me? Never mind the weather bureau, isobars, occluded fronts and all that malarkey. I don't have to know meteorology. I know L.A. I could have told them that old trollop would never let the rest of the world see her in hair curlers, no makeup, a ratty robe tied in the middle, shuffling around smoking and drinking reheated coffee. No way! When L.A.
October 25, 2009 |
Image has always been at the forefront for the McCourts , going through public relations directors Derrick Hall , John Olguin and Gary Miraneau , hiring media manipulation specialist Sitrick & Co., before turning to Tipper Gore's former press secretary and later Dr. Charles Stein berg . All that money spent, and a la John & Kate, we now await the next titillating TMZ revelation to top Frank's "Dear Jamie" letter....
July 6, 2006
Re "Injured in Iraq, a Soldier Reclaims His Independence," Column One, July 4 I opened The Times this glorious Fourth of July morning, absorbed the photo of Spc. Bryan Anderson in the arms of his buddy and burst into tears. Of all the images of war, never have I seen a more effective image of loss, joy and loving camaraderie. My thanks to Anderson, the men who saved him, his gifted therapists and supportive parents. Collectively they put this nation's 230th birthday into clear and courageous perspective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1986
Trying to soften the image of pit bulls is like trying to soften the image of a shark. Through decades of inbreeding and line breeding, the modern day pit bull is what breeders wanted--a killer and a fighter--nothing more! Your article mentioned that the number of pit bulls biting people was about the same as that of German shepherds. It's a known fact that pit bulls as a rule love people--it's other animals they hate! And as a rule other animals sense something unusual about them too!