an event staged to get public attention or for marketing purposes
A publicity stunt is a planned event designed to attract media attention to the promoters, the perpetrators, or their cause.
The sources insist no one was trying to remove the children from their home as a publicity stunt.
A publicity stunt for Paramount became the basis of landmark U.S. law.
Indian papers quickly ran with the news of her disappearance, although at least one director warned it could be a publicity stunt.
Throughout the Herman Cain campaign, many people have wondered if it was all just a publicity stunt that got out of control.
It was a publicity stunt: Grayson polled himself as a candidate in the Republican primary and found himself in the lead.
Mahesh Bhatt, an Indian director, warned that the disappearance could amount to a publicity stunt.
As one columnist later asked, “Was it a publicity stunt or sincerely bad behavior?”
Democracy may deserve better than a publicity stunt disguised as a voting drive, but then again, MN-2 deserves better, too.