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March 4th, 2008


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karnythia
11:54 pm
So, this woman writes a memoir about her life as a poor half white half NDN foster kid running drugs for the Bloods in South Central. High drama right? Right. Except, she's a pretendian that grew up in a two parent household and went to private school who made up the story and kept her lies going for 3 years. She got a $100,000 advance with a story that was so full of holes it boggles the mind. The level of mind boggling stupidity just gets higher when you read this ridiculous interview where she actually refers to her friend OG Homie, living with Big Mom and other fun bits of random stereotypes used to bolster her claims of being "real". I find myself angry beyond all reason to know that even if she (as she claims) was somehow affiliated with an organization devoted to ending gang violence she chose to steal the experiences of others and to co-opt their trauma in order to make a buck. It's even worse when you see this picture of her looking "hood" with her daughter and her dog. Not only is she a thief, she's played off a host of racial stereotypes to make herself successful and she'll more than likely wind up with another book deal out of this mess. What does it take to reach this level of entitlement?


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From:fightingwords
Date:March 5th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, for real. The pit bull? Gimme a break.
From:delux_vivens
Date:March 5th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
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What I want to know is how disassociated from reality did all these reviewers, editors, and other people who praised this hot mess have to be to think it was legit?

oh wait. oh HELL NO.

Maybe it’s an ego thing — I don’t know.

MAYBE? I can solve that deep mystery of the ages for her behind immediately.

Edited at 2008-03-05 06:23 am (UTC)
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From:unscrambled
Date:March 5th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
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The thing that blew me away about this story was that HER SISTER CALLED THE PUBLISHER to tell them the truth. This lady didn't think her family would show up at some point? The publisher didn't check up on anything?

Pretty white of them.
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From:maerhys
Date:March 5th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Pretty white of them.

From beginning to end. *lol*
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From:yolen
Date:March 5th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I vote for punching her in the cooter.
From:chreebomb
Date:March 5th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Twice.
From:delux_vivens
Date:March 5th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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i also think that this quote from the piece at jezebel is apt:

We -- the New York publishing industry, the media, my blog -- wanted to believe Margaret Jones because she was a white girl who had lived with black people. Like a spy! And so she came back and reported to us what life there was really like.. (http://doree.tumblr.com/post/27946916)

and people wonder why we have snr locked down like fort knox. there's a reason so many of us loathe voyeurs.
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From:blaquerose
Date:March 5th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Ms. Seltzer added that she wrote the book “sitting at the Starbucks” in South-Central, where “I would talk to kids who were Black Panthers and kids who were gang members and kids who were not.”

Really? Seriously? After all the crap you spouted in the book I'm supposed to believe they let gang-members in Magic Johnson's Starbucks? SERIOUSLY?!
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From:capsicumanuum
Date:March 5th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
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When they're with a nice pale-skin lady it's alright though. True story: when I was younger and stupider I used to work as a research assistant for PhD candidates. One of the things we were paid to do was to go find street kids and entice them into answering survey questions by offering to take them to lunch at one of the gentrified cafes. I could easily see Ms Prentendian doing the same thing, if I thought she actually had the kind of work ethic to do any research at all.
From:chreebomb
Date:March 5th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
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No. She. Didn't.

My lord.
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From:sabonasi
Date:March 6th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
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Think there's any chance the publisher can get her on some kind of breach of contract? I mean, selling a fabricated story off as a real life account...that's got to violate something in the agreement, right?
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From:rkt
Date:March 6th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
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i love the arguments that her sister's a hater and should have kept her mouth shut.
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From:mendemama
Date:March 5th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)

I had to make some calls on this yesterday. . . .

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and uh, people in her classes in fucking Eugene, Oregon didn't believe her. Much less, any real fact-checking being done. this chick is two degrees of separation away from me in at least three different ways.

Y'all need an extended field trip to Oregon to understand that type of cultural appropriation and entiilement that is every day here.

I just a bought a house here, so I'll be here til the kid finishes school or I go to jail for choking entitled white woman.

Why isn't anyone shopping me for a book deal? I've BEEN a Negro for many years now.

true story. Got pictures. Black parents and everything, I mean THANG.
From:delux_vivens
Date:March 6th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)

i'm not suffering alone.

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The freaking cover:


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