In a blog post published today on The PR Blog, the chief strategist of the national PR firm The Publicity Agency gave his assessment on the hit actor/entertainer Drake Bell, best known from the Nickelodeon TV series “Drake & Josh,” has taken to his reputation after his arrest earlier this week in Glendale, Calif. on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).
Glendale police say the 29-year-old actor and musician was pulled over Christmas week by police at 2:20 A.M. after they saw him stopped at a red light and then beginning to swerve and speed. Bell reportedly then failed a field sobriety test and the arresting officer noticed a smell of alcohol from the car.
So far the typically outspoken Drake Bell has not made any public comment.
“Given Drake Bell’s tendencies to say what he’s thinking, however politically incorrect, it’s all the more ironic, and disappointing from a PR perspective, that Drake Bell has remained silent on his own DUI arrest,” Glenn Selig writes on The PR Blog. “His reputation has taken a big hit. And actors often lose jobs and gigs after something like this happens. So how he handles things is VERY important.”
Though Drake Bell declared personal bankruptcy in 2014, he has remained employed in Hollywood as the voice of Peter Parker on the “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series from 2012 to 2015 and voiced Spider-Man on “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”
“Drake Bell does have an opportunity to turn this around for himself,” says Selig. “He made a huge mistake. But now he has an opportunity to own up to it. He can turn this DUI into something positive. He should immediately apologize and then do what he can to prevent other young men and youths from making the same mistake he made.”
Selig adds: “It’s time for him to show the world that he has grown up. And he can impress upon young people that drinking and driving can kill… and that when you make a big mistake you take responsibility for it.”
To read the entire blog on the DUI arrest of Drake Bell, please visit http://thepublicityagency.com/2015/12/24/actor-drake-bells-reputation-takes-a-hit-following-dui-arrest/.
SOURCE: The Publicity Agency
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