that is "Norbit." Kim Masters, writing for Slate.com
, thinks it's probably irrelevant. Maybe so, but Murphy's not helping himself.
Murphy hasn't run much of an Oscar campaign. He doesn't want to do a lot with the press (hoping to avoid any queries about the tranny hooker). He's such a pain that he's even balking at singing his nominated song at the Oscar ceremony. But in our brief, unscientific survey, no academy voter said that the Norbit
ads would have an effect. The Times
found only one unidentified consultant who hedged on the question. (An on-the-record voter said the campaign was "irrelevant.") So, it's hard to make a case that the billboards are doing any harm.