A woman apologized Friday for a “bad decision” in helping her 6-year-old daughter win tickets to a Hannah Montana concert with an essay that falsely claimed the girl’s father died in Iraq.
Priscilla Ceballos said she hadn’t intended to mislead the contest sponsor but got caught up in helping her daughter “realize her dream of seeing Hannah Montana.”
“Instead I brought so much negative attention to my family,” Ceballos said, reading a statement on NBC’s “Today” show. “Please accept my heartfelt apology and please do not punish my child for my mistake.”
Ceballos apologized specifically to the military and military families for falsely claiming the girl’s father died in a roadside bombing in Iraq.
“I just wanted to help my daughter write a compelling story,” she said. “There is no more compelling story than the struggle and sacrifices of our military and their families.”
Officials with Chicago-based chain Club Libby Lu surprised the girl with the tickets and a makeover Dec. 28 at a store in a suburban Dallas mall. Club Libby Lu sells clothes, accessories and games for young girls.
The essay won her the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, N.Y., and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert Jan. 9. The opening line in the essay was: “My daddy died this year in Iraq.”
Ceballos admitted later in the day to store officials that the essay and the military information she provided about her daughter’s father were untrue.
Club Libby Lu withdrew the prize the next day and awarded it to another unnamed contestant.
“I meant no disrespect,” Ceballos said on the “Today” show. “I just made a bad decision which I sincerely regret.”
Ideally a snapshot of the art world would reflect a proportionate spread of diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age and more. Artists of diverse background would be shown regularly in any exhibition and not just during particular months ... This is currently not the case, and there are consequences for audience and art practitioners alike. Whoever is included in our visual history is added to our collective memory. To be included can translate into material support, additional opportunities and artistic success. To be excluded or neglected is to be forgotten.
— Hannah Frieser, from the essay The Identification of Self, to be featured in Nueva Luz, Vol 18:2 in June 2014
|2016||Ferit Kuyas: Travel, introduction for monograph, Dewi Lewis Publishing, United Kingdom|
|2015||Adam Magyar: Kontinuum, essay for exhibition catalogue, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY|
|Chinese Photography Magazine (15:1), essay on Shen Wei|
|2014||Nueva Luz, Vol 18:2, The Identification of Self, featuring Gabriel Garcia Roman, Marina Font and Ayana V. Jackson, commentary for art journal by En Foco.|
|Contact Sheet 177, Light Work Annual, essay on Alexandra Demenkova|
|Exposure Magazine (47:1), Collaborations in Context, essay for peer reviewed journal|
|Fresh A-i-R: 2013 Newspace Artists in Residence, essay for book|
|2013||Daylight Magazine, Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, essay for October edition|
|17. Nachwuchsförderpreis für Fotografie, essays on Michael Etzenberger and Delphine Schacher for exhibition catalogue (in German), Zurich, Switzerland|
|Contact Sheet 170, Adam Magyar: Kontinuum, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|2012||Contact Sheet 169, Shen Wei: I Miss You Already, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Shayok Mukhopadhyay: Québec, essay for exhibition catalogue, No Foundation, Toronto, Canada|
|Contact Sheet 166, Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 165, Amy Elkins & Jen Davis: looking & looking, essay on Jen Davis for exhibition catalogue. This essay was also featured on FlakPhoto and translated into Russian for FMagazine.|
|2011||Michael Tummings: Hidden, essay for exhibition catalogue, FotoFest 2012 ••read text »|
|Contact Sheet 164, Scott McCarney, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|2010||Working the Line. Photographs by David Taylor, Radius Books, essay for monograph|
|SPOT Magazine, essay for juried member exhibition at Houston Center of Photography|
|CPG 2010, Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts , commentary written with conference co-chair Miriam Romais from En Foco ••read text »|
|Contact Sheet 157, Light Work Annual, essay on Yolanda del Amo's series Archipelago|
|Contact Sheet 155, Rachel Herman: The Imp of Love, essay for exhibition catalogue ••read text »|
|2009||Contact Sheet 151, Admas Habteslasie: Limbo, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|2008||Contact Sheet 147, Light Work Annual, essay on Suzanne Opton's Soldier series|
|Click Chicks+, The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 146, Blake Fitch: Expectations of Adolescence, curator's commentary for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 145, Don Gregorio Antón: Ollin Mecatl. The Measure of Movements, essay for exhibition catalogue ••read text »|
|2007||Contact Sheet 144, Angelika Rinnhofer: Sammelsurium, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Susan kae Grant: Thirty-Year Retrospective, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX, essay for exhibition catalogue ••read text »|
|Nueva Luz, Vol 12:1, Larry McNeil, Sama Alshaibi, Dulce Pinzón, commentary •• read text »|
|Contact Sheet 141, Ben Gest, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|International Student Photographic Show, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, juror's essay|
|2006||Contact Sheet 139, Rik Pinkcombe: Perception and Deception, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 138, Beatrix Reinhardt: Members Only, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|2005||Contact Sheet 135, Pipo Nguyen-duy: East of Eden, introduction for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 133, Kanako Sasaki: View from Here, essay for exhibition catalogue|
|Contact Sheet 132, The Light Work Annual, essay on Scott Townsend|