Abercrombie & Fitch issued a press release offering The Situation (of MTV's The Jersey Shore fame) "substantial payment" to stop wearing Abercrombie's clothes. The company's main concern is brand dilution. The press release explains the company is worried that The Situation's "association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image" and that this association "is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans." Whether this was a clever public relations strategy to generate publicity about the brand during the important back-to-school season or whether it is a legitimate branding issue that had something to do with the dip in Abercrombie's stock following the press release remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that people are talking about it. Common wisdom is there may be no such thing as bad publicity; however, it cannot be ignored that Abercrombie's stock fell sharply the day following the press release.