Gossips Attack Female Journalist With Schoolyard Taunt, Sexual Threat

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You may have seen that Gawker Media's flagship site Gawker was the subject of a New York magazine cover story this week written by Contributing Editor Vanessa Grigoriadis. Ms. Grigoriadis writes: "With Gawker, there is now little need for the usual gossip players like... The New York Post's 'Page Six,' emasculated by the Murdoch hierarchy after the Jared Paul Stern scandal." Apparently, one or more of the staffers on the Page Six column interpreted that passage as a personal attack: An item in the gossip column today goes after Ms. Grigoriadis, branding her a "hirsute hack" and adding:

As for us being "emasculated," Grigoriadis ignores that fact that half the Page Six staff is female. The male half might take her someplace private and disprove her theory, but we don't like a woman with a mustache.


Honestly? We don't know what possessed the paper to print something so ridiculously immature and sexist, but we're guessing the guys on the column saw the word "emasculated" and, egos bruised, lashed out the only way they knew how — by insulting Ms. Grigoriadis' looks. Wonder what the "female half" of the Page Six staff thinks of that? Also, are they really offering to "take her somewhere private" and show her their genitalia? Is that a sexual threat? Anyway, as for the writer herself, she's taking the high road. After we contacted her for comment, she responded simply: "It's funny when men point out what's wrong with your body and you realize you haven't worried about that since junior high school."

UPDATE: Radar reports that Richard Johnson himself is behind the retaliation. Radar which is run by Grigoriadis' former mentor at New York Magazine, Maer Roshan, is obviously pissed.
Emasculated? We'll See! [Page Six]
Related: Revenge? Page Six Says It With Rape [Radar]
Everybody Sucks: Gawker And The Rage Of The Creative Underclass
Noted In Page Six [Mediabistro]


Tracie Egan Morrissey

@AnnaBanana: i totally agree with you on the commenter thing. jezebel is a "safe space" in that we're able to joke around and shit in the comments, but we can also be sincere, and not have everything we say just be sarcastic or cutting.

@Trixie from Toronto: as a writer who's been mocked by the gawker commenters (sometimes in really horrible ways, as in "i want to punch you in your blown out vagina" or "give it up, you're painfully untalented"), i absolutely think most of the hatred sent my way was jealousy of my own blog getting linked quite often in bloggorrhea, and then jealousy when i started a column. they totally would love to be afforded those opportunities. and you know what? i don't blame them. it worked out really well for me.