By lauradud84 / / We recently got called out by Joe Leahy of HLK and AdSaint – sorry – Ad Club STL over this tweet:
He responded to our little tweet with an article attempting to shame us on the only other advertising-related site in St. Louis: “Been too long? Come on, Egotist, if you haven’t been facilitating anonymous slap-fights over the hard work of others, what the heck have you been doing with your time? Perhaps you should pay attention to what’s happening in the creative community. You know, like local folks doing national caliber work and getting recognized by Cannes, CA, Archive, Clios, One Show, The National ADDYs and more.” Aside from the irony of responding to our tweet thru an Ad Club blog, because apparently he doesn’t have a twitter account (which makes us wonder how/why he saw this tweet and felt the need to respond in the first place), Joey clearly is missing a few points here: – First, we referenced the city-funded STL 250 Cakes incident specifically because it was a fuck-up in every which way that left our city pock-marked with shitty art, some of which still lasts to this day. It wasn’t even related to the local Ad industry in any way. – We haven’t facilitated or encouraged any slap-fights on agencies or their work and have not spoken against any agency ever. We’ve called out bad work, sure, but we don’t rally against companies or bully them with unfounded remarks. As you have quite ably shown us, we’re used to being the recipient of such behavior. – He then proceeds to go on a hurrah-pep rant about how great everyone is and all the awards they’re winning and how everyone is hiring. Which – and here’s the funny part – we actually contacted HLK earlier in the week to congratulate them on their growth, to see if they wanted to post jobs on our site, host a Kegs With Legs and write an article to help spread the word on how well they are doing. After initial enthusiasm from their team, we received a quite different email today declining all of the above. “I don’t mean to spoil the fun. Go ahead, roll up your sleeves and rip away. Then, maybe get on your keyboard and share some of the inspiring stuff happening around us. It’s been too long.” Nice one, Joey. Aside from spending a large chunk of our free time promoting creative work, promoting and organizing free events for the ad community in St. Louis and constantly seeking out and sharing the best that this city has to offer, we’re literally “sharing inspiring stuff” every. fucking. week. And unlike the Ad Club who’s membership base that he mentioned is growing, we don’t collect money from any of you to do this. Ad Club charges a membership fee to throw shitty parties where you have to buy drinks and feel like you have to go because everyone else feels compelled to go. Then they decide to roll up their sleeves to facilitate a slap-fight against us with an agency partner executing some faulty logic. If you ask us, this is the very reason we get tired of the community in the first place. But on the same hand, it also shows us that there’s still more work to be done.
Seen any really awful work lately? Been too long since we've ripped into anything. We need another STL 250 Cakes-esque story.— The St Louis Egotist (@stlegotist) October 18, 2016