I hear it premiered on Showtime in the U.S. last night which means I didn’t get to see it. But a savvy marketing person affiliated with the show sent me a flattering e-mail and asked me to write about it, so I am.
To my knowledge, I’ve written just one post specifically about "The L Word", and while I love the show (as far as I can remember) the entry itself was just a tad ironic and snide. I do make regular references to Jennifer Beals, however, and that seems to be what got the marketing company’s attention.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: I’m not being compensated in any way for this entry, though I was offered some fairly pricey L Word merchandise if I subscribed to Showtime with a special code they provided. And if I lived in the U.S., I *might *have taken them up on the offer. (But I doubt it.)
Of course this little bit of "payola" is not quite on the same scale as the recent Microsoft/AMD/Acer laptop PR fiasco, but it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get. If you haven’t heard about it, Microsoft sent brand new ACER Ferrari laptops equipped with the new Windoze Vista operating system to about 80 popular (and mostly tech-oriented) bloggers over the Christmas holidays with (initially at least) no strings attached. Later, after the blogosphere exploded with accusations of bribery, Microsoft tried to renege on the deal…making themselves and the recipients of high-end techno-bling look kind of foolish.
Evidently my status as a "reputable influencer" isn’t good enough to warrant a free laptop, but by golly it’s good enough to be asked to write about a subscription-only network show that I can’t even watch! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Gates!