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July 5, 2013

NASH: The cost of free speech



Where I work we got an email that came down from the corporate office that said pull some product that we had just received. The corn chips with her likeness had not even made it to the sales floor before we were told we could not sell them. Personally I believe this was going a little too far. I think we should have offered the chips, not made a big deal about promoting them and let the public decide whether they were a good product or not.

Other celebrities have fallen and been able to recover from things like this, although I do not recall anyone ever falling this far and this fast.  Time will tell whether her loyal fans will stick behind her and support her. If people continue to buy the merchandise that she is selling, eventually retailers will give her another chance, too. Right or wrong corporations have a knack for forgiving people for bad behavior, if they know that there is money to be made.

— Matthew Nash can be reached at

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