Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Controversy

I don’t look like a controversial blogger.

I have pretty flowers adorning my mast head.

I have nice quotes trying to inspire my visitors.

I have pretty book covers on my side bar.

I talk about mother/daughter book group and libraries and recipes and my favorite things.

Even though I love politics, I will NEVER talk about my political opinion here. Not the venue, not the forum.

This is a place about nice, happy, thoughts. (Unless you are a Texas football fan, then I will take you down!)

But, my blogging career didn’t start out so hot.

My 1st post, which I thought was a tongue-in-cheek, mocking, even funny, portrayal of Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, GOOP, crashed and burned into a name calling, she said-she said, fiesta! I was stunned and embarrassed and totally unprepared for the debate I created.

My next post on the group blog was about something very safe – laundry.

So, when I critiqued The Help, even though I was negative, I was rather vague on my reasons why I didn’t like it, because I don’t like confrontation. I had issues with it, but didn’t want to get into a debate about the book. Nor did I want to fault the author. I’m sure she is a lovely woman.

As a result of my mini-rant, the last thing I expected was to get an email from a New York Times reporter asking me if I would be “willing to talk” to her about my dissenting review.

Yes, The New York “Freakin” Times!

Holy Book Bloggers Batman!

What the heck am I going to say to a NYT reporter? Without sounding like a bumbling, idiot, SAHM, who hasn’t worked outside the home in 9 years (until recently), and has a brain that has shriveled up to the size of a pea?

But, I agreed.

And she called.

And we talked. About 15-20 min.

I’m not sure what I said. I was a nervous wreck. I tried to be NICE about why I didn’t like it – that I felt white folks, like myself, would have a hard time portraying what it would be like to be a black maid in the pre-civil rights 1960s; that I am glad the author gave a “voice” to these women – but what do African-American women think of this portrayal? Is it accurate? I wanted to plead, “Please don’t make me sound like a raving lunatic! I’m a really nice person! I don’t need my pretty, low on the totem pole, only gets 20 hits a day, blog to be destroyed by one quote!”

Anyway…I’m sure I said something “controversial” and whenever this piece is published (and, no, I don’t know when it goes to print) I think I will seek safety in the witness protection program!

11 comments:

  1. DUDE are you serious???? I cannot believe that!! How did they find you? Did they say??? Holy cow. Tell us when it posts.

    p.s. I think I would have loved your fake GOOP post!

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  2. That's so awesome. I'm sure you did great!

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  3. Oh my! I can only imagine what must have gone through your head when you received that email. I think it's so interesting how obscure blog posts can open up such interesting doors!

    Now I'm off to read your GOOP post, as I have a feeling I'll find it quite entertaining :)

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  4. No way? Nice work! Can't wait to see the article!

    Also, anyone that mocks GOOP is ok in my book!

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  5. That is so amazing. I'm sure you did great. I can't wait to read the article when it prints. Let us know.

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  6. Awesome! I hope they don't take anything out of context. Of course, that'd be something to worry about if, say, Star Magazine called. You should be good with the Times;)

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  7. How totally awesome! I can't imagine how nervous you must have been. WOW!

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  8. As I was picking this book up at the library, the librarian mentioned a co-worker had been interviewed by the ny times. I googled it today, and the article has been published:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/books/03help.html

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  9. I read your comments and I think they were great.

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  10. I totally agree with your comments and actually couldn't wait to finish the book as well.

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