NBR ran a competition to celebrate their 40th birthday, in conjunction with Veuve Clicquot. Here in the blogosphere we have had issues before with Veuve Clicquot and their less than transparent competitions. We had suspicions that NBR and Veuve Clicquot would conspire to rob the rightful of their prize.
It is ironic that NBR and Veuve Clicquot utilised social media, including blogs, Facebook and Twitter to encourage entrants to solicit support and publicity for NBR and Veuve Cliquot yet they ignore the results of the ensuing online voting.
Yes you heard it here first NBR have chosen their winner and it isn’t Busted Blonde who won by a margin as large as her arse. We are unaware of who the winner is but I doubt it is Liar Joe either considering votes didn’t seem to matter and the simple fact fact he couldn’t spell the sponsors name.
We think this is akin to compiling the NBR Rich List and then placing Terry Serepisos as number one because BMW, the sponsor, sold him three cars last year and miraculously got paid, or perhaps picking a loser beneficiary from South Auckland as the Richest Person in New Zealand because they have the most love with 22 children…..hold on that would make Bob Jones number one.
Quite simply NBR and Veuve Clicquot can no longer be trusted as either a source for news or as a decent luxury brand when they blatantly make up rules as they go along and when an outcome doesn’t suit their PR firms pitch for the competition just completely rubbish the input of the thousands of people who in good faith voted for Busted Blonde, including we must add many members of the media who were looking forward to consuming free piss on someone’s ticket.
There's a whole lot more, and we reckon that questions will be being asked at both companies as to how they could have stuffed this up so badly; really serious questions, with possible career-limiting potential. The NBR's 40th birthday bash has been ruined, and Veuve Clicquot suffers guilt by association.
There's only one way for this to end happily. The NBR needs to get Busted Blonde in quick-smart, weigh her, and give her double the promised amount of Veuve. That might work. But as of tonight, the ball is fairly and squarely in the NBR's court. It's their stuff-up to put right, and as Alan Martin from LV Martin always used to say "It's the putting right that counts"!!
UPDATED: We wonder how the wallahs at Veuve Clicquot and Barry Colman, the owber of NBR are feeling this morning. The blogosphere is giving them an absolute towelling:
WhaleOil notes that it's Social Media destruction on a grand scale
Cactus Kate quaffs a few bubbles, but Veuve is off the menu, as is the NBR when her sub runs out
Clint Heine reckons that NBR can't be trusted
Will de Cleene will be drinking other brands of bubbles
And Roarprawn, of course, is at the heart of it all, as that is where this the insult has been delivered. Hell clearly has no fury like a woman blogger scorned! Social media have risen up and bitten these cowboys in the bottom line, and that is just as it should be.