PSA: If you read my column, you will become a socialist.
For the Daily News, Sept. 27, 2012.
In one item, I talk about Lady Gaga’s new campaign for body acceptance and how great she is at building an inclusive and supportive community. The above was one of the lovely responses I got for writing about a woman who gained 25 pounds and yet still loves her body.
We haven’t played this game in a while.
Two of the funnier pieces of mail I received because of my piece on the U.S. Olympic team uniform. You’d think people couldn’t find something racist too say about an outfit that white, but then you would underestimate my fans, dear readers. I like the second one because I’ve never met anyone that passionate about Ralph Lauren before (to be fair, the fact she takes issue with I got from the AP story). She must own, like, 18 different pairs of topsiders.
I’ve been writing about the Kardashians because I’m subbing for the gossip columnist this week. Notice how this goes from a completely normal letter about why Kim K. was not destined for a happily ever after as Mrs. Humphries. Then … BOOM! RACISM!
Never change readers, never change.
This woman really didn’t like my latest Tattle column about Nicki Minaj
From: - - [———@—-.com]
Sent: Mon 8/8/2011 8:16 PM
To: Eichel, Molly
Cc: Subject: column on Minaj Attachments:
What is wrong with you? I mean, what in G-d’s name is wrong with you? I couldn’t get through the first paragraph of your article without encountering the degrading term “boob.” It is horrible coming from a male, but when a grown woman uses it, it is even more abhorrent. I am sure you know, as a journalist, that it is a degrading term for “breast.”
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
boob \boob\ n.
1. an ignorant or foolish person.
Syn: dumbbell, dummy, dope, booby, pinhead.
2. a female breast. [informal or vulgar]
I hope you pride yourself on being vulgar. Would you be offended if I called you a cunt? Would that be vulgar enough for you? I actually don’t believe in using such language. I also don’t believe in comparing sexual assault (Janet Jackson) on TV, regardless of what the victim said about it, to an accident on TV.
Bolds are mine.
REIGNING RAP diva Nicki Minaj channeled Janet Jackson on “Good Morning America” yesterday when she experienced a full-on nipple slip. Wearing a low-cut olive tank, a cropped cotton-candy-pink jacket and sporting a blond curly mane, Minaj was performing her new single “Moment 4 Life” when her boob simply couldn’t contain its excitement and popped out of her top.
Should I go into the whole reclamation of language thing or just tell her that I think the word ‘boob’ is kinda funny?