Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quickie: Please Shed a Tear for Inconvenienced Rich Lady

Want to get really, really angry? Just read this insane piece, one which Gawker initially mistook for a parody, by Alexandra Penney at the Tina Brown thing. It's about how she's less filthy rich thanks to the Madoff scam and now she has to, maybe, sell one of her mansions to make ends meet. I know you guys and I am certain you will totally want to claw her eyes out. An example:

I’d need to lay off Yolanda. I could cancel the newspaper subscriptions and read everything online.


Oh! It's another Dark Age!

19 comments:

Matty Boy said...

Thank a merciful God that she's lost her appetite! It's bad enough she will be poor and have to use the subway and do without pedicures, but to be poor and fat? There are no words for that level of hell.

Oh, that awful Madoff, who besides being a crook is also a self-aggrandizer! Do people get worse than that?

zoe said...

Wow, someone just inched out Sarah in the narcissism game this news cyle. Pity she will have to ride the subway with her pearls and Hermes bag.......

Terry said...

Poor Yolanda. She's fired before Miz Thang considers taking some of those Hermes items to the resale shop.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Poor, poor mumsie, losing all that hard earned money and having her souffle collapse to boot.
And to think she may have to rough it in her son's cottage on the beach at Santa Monica.
Perhaps she has a Pay Pal account we can all chip in on. At least enough to pay Yolanda...

Kelster93 said...

Miss Tina's latest foray into "journalism" recently ran a swell feature on a young woman and her sugar daddy...

...and to prove she's a Serious Editor Lady, Ms. Brown included a hard-hitting rebuttal, "The Sugar Daddy Replies."
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-12-12/the-sugar-daddy-replies/

Sadly, this isn't satire either.

Anonymous said...

That Tina lady needs to LAY OFF Arianna's turf. Does she think we can't tell it's inferior product?

dguzman said...

Oh, Alexandra, I'm sure the Hemlock Society would gladly re-form to give you a few pointers.

szechuanpalace said...

And I think we have a winner in the "who will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes" sweepstakes.

Madduane said...

This woman is not the enemy, she's a victim. She may live an isolated, priveleged existence, but she's done nothing evil. I can't hate her for not understanding that there are people who've suffered more than she has.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Well said, Madduane, I agree, but her cluelessness is totally fair grounds for mockery.

Anonymous said...

The problem is for all her feminism and even being editor-in-chief of Self she never educated herself about investing. A consistent 10% return or greater IS NOT SUSTAINABLE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. NO ONE IS THAT GOOD. DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY.

I am sorry to get all shouty but I hope our beloved PSP is taking care of herself and is taking measures so that she has a healthy and secure old age.

Brooklyn red said...

I'm reminded of the old song .."She is more to be pitied than censured..." but the combination of cluelessness and self absorption is so grating. Hell, the lady has a lot more options than workers who lost everything at Enron

Anonymous said...

She was the editor of SELF Magazine? Did I get that right?

john said...

I think she has every right to cry to her friends, family, and peers. That's what they're for. Publishing it so those who are more dire straits can read it is a bit like saying, "Please throw rocks at my loathesome self."

Proceed!

Kevin in Maryland said...

We don't have a lot anymore, maybe not ever again. But we are happy. I think this person isn't happy no matter what. I've had a lot, I've lost a lot, and I've had a little which was fiercely won, but I've always had my self and my family and friends (none of which were got nor are maintained easily).

My sympathies to Alexnadra Penney. I truly do wish she would do me the honor of visiting my household in Maryland and talking about issues of income, sustenance, and living well. I think we could have a good conversation.

Kevin

Anonymous said...

This is presumably the same Alexandra Penney who authored "How to Make Love to a Man," published in 1982? I remember my fellow worker-gals sniggering over this tome at the time. I could make a rude suggestion about how Ms. Penney could make some extra pocket change, but evidently that market segment has sunk, too...

Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear, dear, dear. She'll have to lay off Yolanda, and can't buy Hermes purses anymore.

Don't Hermes purses go for about $2K? Isn't that maybe more than what Yolanda makes in a month?

and yeah, she is a victim and having one's life savings disappear shouldnt happen to anyone - yet if I were mourning my changed life, I hardly think I would mention the Hermes purses and Loboutin shoes.

Stephanie said...

"Yesterday, I took my first subway ride in 30 years. Dennis came with me to show me how to get a MetroCard. The world looks very different from a crowded Lexington Avenue No. 6 train."
Welcome to the rest of the world.

This woman disgusts me.

I wish it were satire.

I am not Star Jones said...

I read the Penney post twice (I'm sure the choice to go to the Beast as opposed to HuffPo is because the Beast would give her some pocket change -- a clear opportunity to monetize her tale of woe) and what keeps coming to my mind is how Madoff got his clients by offering his services rather selectively.

Getting into a Madoff fund was like getting into the VIP room at
some hot club--you had to know the right someone.

And knowing that Alexandra Penney had to have the VIP of financial service when she might have read a few Suze Orman books and educated herself to avoid being taken by huckster because 'everyone else cool was doing it' --- my empathy for her (and all the others) is more like at level 1 than 10.

It is unfortunate what happened to her but she's gotta share the blame for needing so bad to be VIP.