Gronk Tackles Tide Pod Challenge

January 19, 2018
Updated 20d ago

The viral and dangerous internet challenge that has teens eating laundry detergent Tide Pods has put Procter & Gamble in PR crisis mode. Blaire Nicole, Founder & CEO of Media Moguls PR, joined Cheddar to explain the best way for brands to handle such an event.

Procter & Gamble responded to the Tide Pod challenge by launching a commercial featuring New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. Nicole said P&G was swift in its response, but may have been better off featuring peers that would be more relatable to the teens taking part in the challenge. She does not believe P&G's brand will suffer because they are not at fault for the challenge.

Nicole also discussed the responses made by Facebook and Youtube. Google, which owns Youtube, said it's taking down clips that show people taking bites of the pods and giving users who post the clips a strike on their channels. Nicole said they made the proper response, especially in the wake of the Logan Paul videos.