Would young Martha have been a blogger? Image source
A big chunk of the blogosphere is incensed about an interview given by Martha Stewart. In it she appears to diss lifestyle bloggers and delivers an ode to Ralph Lauren which all but implies that he farts rainbows. (Can non-unicorns even do that? I wonder.)
I’ve dabbled casually in sharing recipes here, and I take no offense at Martha’s barb about “untested recipes.” The fact that she is driven, ambitious, critical, and fiercely competitive just isn’t “newsworthy.” That has long seemed obvious to me and may be part of her success.
Lost in all of this brouhaha is the fact that she was vital to the elevation of artisans, foodies, and craftspersons before Etsy and such. Two decades ago I watched her show at my parents’ house in rural Texas and was fascinated with the stories on artisanal foods and handmade furniture that she presented to the world.
Frankly, most (not all) big-name lifestyle bloggers pale for me in comparison to Martha. That’s because there’s been a certain commitment to Quality (capital Q) in Martha’s work. I think she was getting at that in the interview but fumbled mightily with her snarky Vogue reference and ode to noted rainbow-farting designer Ralph Lauren.
And, um, yeah, there ARE a lot of crappy blogs out there. I get what she’s saying, even if she fumbled it and came off, um, haughty.
Yet it’s really easy to bring out the long knives on smart, super successful women and find fault and want to bring them down a peg or two. Some of us gals are just sort of quirky and acerbic by nature, making us prime targets for groups who disagree with us. And going after Martha over one interview? I’m not sure what that gains for anyone, or what it proves.
We all know what karma is, right?
Grace is called for here. Tread carefully.