Hails & Fails – December 9th 2022

Christmas is in the air and while the weather outside maybe frightful, the PR fire has been so delightful this week.

Sainsbury’s launched a Christmas dinner for under a fiver, Naama tattoo studio in London showed us how to cancel Kanye West and homeless charity Crisis gave us a huge reminder of those less fortunate. It was not a great week for M&S however, after they were branded a ‘disgrace’ by some festive shoppers.


Sainsbury’s gives us Christmas dinner for less than £4

Sainsbury’s has created Christmas dinner to help families struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.

The two-course roast with 11 items costs less than £4 per person.

The meal features turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding and stuffing as well as sprouts.

It is enough to serve a family of six with some left over for Boxing Day.

And the headlines have been stacking up this week.

Sainsbury’s gives us Christmas dinner for less than £4

Tattooist cancels Kanye

If your previous devotion to rapper Kanye West has worn off but your matching tattoo hasn’t, a London studio has the answer.

Naama Studio is removing body art inspired by the rapper — and it won’t even charge you for it.

“We’ll remove your Kanye tattoos for free,” a Naama spokesman declared on Instagram after Kanye was condemned over a string of alleged antisemitic statements made in public recently.

The story has been covered right across the globe and has won huge engagement across social media.

Tattooist cancels Kanye

Crisis introduces Alex to prick our conscience

A huge sculpture called ‘Alex’ has been commissioned by homelessness charity Crisis to remind us of the plight of the homeless this Christmas.

The statue is currently in Birmingham but has also appeared at King’s Cross in London this week – a visible testament to the hundreds of thousands of homeless sleeping on the streets, sofa surfing and living in temporary accommodation as the cost of living crisis bites.

The sculpture’s incredibly realistic features are brought to life via computer technology and use the profiles of 17 homeless people currently being supported by Crisis.

Brilliant, head-turning and tons of coverage too!

Crisis introduces Alex to prick our conscience


It’s a Christmas gin-tastrophe for M&S

High street giant Marks and Spencer has come under fire for the lack of gin in its 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar.

Festive shoppers who have the advent calendar were promised they would find goodies like free gin snow globes and light-up biscuit tins inside.

But while the calendar does contain lots of goodies and plenty of shoppers say they’ve managed to bag brilliant goodies, others have been less impressed to find items like satsumas and vouchers for money off selected items.

Some can’t even access the advent calendar despite having scanned their Sparks cards in stores for recent purchases.

And just to prove that no-one gets between festive Brits and their gin at Christmas, the coverage of the ‘outrage’ has been flowing this week.

It’s a Christmas gin-tastrophe for M&S

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