|Why are "CLIPPERS CELEBRATE" and "BLACK HISTORY MONTH"|
in slightly - but disturbingly - different fonts?
That's how Donald Sterling got his start, and he maintains the bulletproof ego of a sleazeball lawyer who knows It Pays to Advertise, no matter how badly.
When he first bought the Clippers, he put up hundreds of billboards featuring a giant portrait -- not of his best player, but of himself.
|A rare Donald T. Sterling ad without Donald T. Sterling's picture|
He constantly runs poorly Photoshopped ads in the Los Angeles Times of himself accepting awards from civil rights organizations and other charities. Via Kevin Drum, here's Sterling's latest of countless self-congratulatory LA Times ad:
Whereas print advertisements currently placed by The Donald T. Sterling Corporation in the Los Angeles Times and other publications are really ugly,
Whereas The Donald T. Sterling Corporation spends hundreds of thousands of dollars publishing the full-page ads, and
Whereas millions of people are exposed to the ads every day.
We the undersigned request that The Donald T. Sterling Corporation immediately hire an actual graphic designer to create all future ad layouts. Any future ads placed by The Donald T. Sterling Corporation should, minimally, not look like a disaster, and, ideally, look pretty nice, spread beauty through the world and perhaps even reflect well on The Corporation.
Let me make clear that allegations that I have served for the last 25 years as Mr. Donald T. Sterling's personal graphic artist are completely baseless. Our visual styles are really not all that similar, if you look closely enough.
Here's one of Sterling's few ads where modesty compelled him to keep his logo small:
Sterling's mistress's lawyer isn't exactly Charles Evans Hughes, either:
|A divorcing couple battles in court over their pet gibbon|
On a somewhat different topic, while I have no opinion on this question, the consensus of commenters at TMZ, who presumably have been following this story most closely, appears to be: