aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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Be careful what you blog

A woman who used to write for Gawker reveals that “….I deemed [someone] an “utterly ridiculous twit.” I called Jessica Simpson a “young skanklet,” and I shamelessly crowned an obnoxious publicist the “Most Abhorrent New Yorker” of that week. I even suggested that one middle-aged tabloid editor, known for her over-the-top coverage of celebrity body “flaws,” should look into buying an underwire bra.”

But she starts out the article about her past life as a blogger by complaining, “I’ve been called a bitch, a hack, a wannabe, a fake and a freak, but never once to my face. In fact, I doubt that even half the people insulting me ever uttered their words out loud - the jabs were all served up online, where acting like an outraged lunatic is de rigueur. Ask anyone who writes anything online, and they’ll have a story to tell about the sheer meanness of the virtual world. Here’s mine.”

How is being called a fake or a freak worse than calling someone a ridiculous twit? She did have worse things happen to her, like having someone post her home address and cell phone number. But I still think this is partly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. There are real people behind the words we throw around, and we all need to remember that.

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