Saturday, July 19, 2008

Live Blogging Closing Keynote @ Blogher

Okay, something feels tense in the world of happy rainbows, unicorns and ass grabbers.
Seriously, people? My ass has never, ever been grabbed as much in one place as it has amongst this group of frisky wimmens. Not saying in a bad way, just a little....surprising? Each time.
There is a writer here at the Blogher keynote closing that many know by another name than Heather, and she made an unhappy reference to the person who had written a post in which she suggests that perhaps this writer a mythical creature like a hobbit. Or Santa Claus or Jesus. And she was not happy.
[edit: when she referenced the writer, she also acknowledged that she thought she was in the room and may perhaps wish to respond.]
Turns out of course, the person who called her these things is here in the audience and also not as shy as she claims.

She responds - more audio than visual here - don't judge me for staying in my chair and getting the back of her head - I am so drunk very tired.


video


And is met with a rather disapproving look (or what was that look?) from the Heather often known by another name.

Still trying to upload the hilarity of some of the keynote closing from last night. Is long.

33 comments:

Lunasea said...

Dude! I was, like, just about 3 inches to the left of your video - directly in back of Jenn. I felt bad for her. Nothing like dissing the Dooce to get some rankles up.

Kelley said...

Day-um!!! Now I just pink puffy heart Jenny even more.

Wonder what Heather known as another name would say if I was there. Cause I totally thought she was a robot.

gwendomama said...

lunasea...i met you at the last parenting track forum. at the end. i introduced myself. its okay if you don't remember. i don't either. and thank you for taking all those pics and eating with kelley because i was totally too BUSY RUNNING the mic ALOT and then the drinking. i think it may have influenced the outcome of having no pictures of wearing her on my bare arm at the club all night. but i handed her out to alot of people.

Lunasea said...

Heh - no, you didn't. I didn't go to any of the parenting forums. Never even made it down to the bottom floor. Now I see that someone is going around pretending to be me, hmmm? Well, who wouldn't?

gwendomama said...

umm...sRsly? someone IS. or you are a dirty rotten liar.


and what was YOUR take on it? i thought it was kind of an open door since heather brought it up? imho.

gwendomama said...

but if it wasn't you i am actually relieved. because you were not nearly as nice as i thought you would be.

Am I doing okay? said...

I was glad to read your response/explanation on Jennster & review the video on this post. I was at the keynote and it all happened so fast. I think the oddest of it all was the woman who brought it up at the end asking for Dooce's response. Meow! I don't think that Dooce should have taken offense to the Blogess' original post. It was my first time to meet the Blogess - so her speaking style was new to me. For me, it might take some getting used to.

It was very nice to meet you.

H said...

But Dooce is like a mythical hobbit... shouldn't she be flattered that someone is comparing her to Jesus and Santa Claws?

Lunasea said...

No, that definitely wasn't me! In fact, I saw you at the end keynote too and got up to introduce myself and then you were gone again! You were too fast for me! I'm totally not a liar. If I'd met you I would have put it all over my blog. I also would've been hella nice.

How weird, though - did someone actually say they had the pseudonym Lunasea? and the real name Colleen? Bet she didn't have a floating-eyes coffee cup.

I thought Dooce should've laughed it off. I went back and read Jenn's post and it wasn't mean at all, to my standards. And especially when Jenn explained it and apologized, Dooce should've said something to let her off the hook and let everyone be cool. I'm sure Dooce has read far worse.

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm just glad I got to grab yer ass.

I mean, I got to meet you. Finally. And you ROCKED my world.

Thanks for making my blogher experience a joyous one.

Denise said...

I would love to meet you babe.

Avitable said...

Thanks for posting the video - I've seen some people say that Jenny made a fool out of herself, but that wasn't bad in any way! I'm glad I got to see it for myself.

Cecily said...

I don't think Heather took offense, specifically, at what Jenn said. I think she just pointed it out as the sort of thing that gets said about her, you know? But then, I'm a recovering drunk and a certain someone's open drunkedness made me freakishly uncomfortable. :)

btw--nice to meet you!

Anonymous said...

Jenny wasn't drunk. It is an act she plays to keep herself safe (think panic disorders), she says so openly./ Heather was mean and vitriolic. When in a room full of people it is best to act with at least SOME sensitivity. Even if you are the most popular girl in junior high

LeLo in NoPo said...

Thank you for giving me the coolest swag of the conference: a lighter with which I can also open my beer with. Ingenius!

Dory said...

I'm really sorry if this is too much to ask, but could somebody type what Jenny said in this video? I'm almost deaf and can't hear what she said. Thanks!

Tricia said...

Yeah- Apparently I was the foolish cat (Meow) who stood up and asked for Heather's response.

I thought I saw two women hurting and wanted to give her the opportunity to respond...

Tricia said...

P.S. Been missing you Gwendomama, but today I'm wearing you and you smell all new and everything!

Lunasea said...

OK - you met Tricia. I met Tricia too (she was nice enough to sit at my table for lunch) - ask her. Was I nice? Seriously, I'm obsessed right now with proving that whatever bitch you thought was me wasn't me!

Amalah said...

I miss everything. Every instance of DRAMZZZ!!1! the conference had to offer had to be explained to me 12 hours later by someone else.

It was great to see you again, and thank you so very much for both the baby gift and the crazy weird moment of STOP READING MAH BRAIN GWENDOMAMA re: baby names. That was seriously whoa.

Biggie @ Lunch in a Box said...

Gwendomama!!!!! So cool meeting you this weekend and hanging out at Ruby Skye (thanks for the excellent lighter/beer opener swag, BTW). I was telling my husband just yesterday about this thing with Heather and Jenny -- I actually thought it was hilarious. I would hope that Heather would let it roll off her back -- once you get that big you're a public figure open to humorous ribbing, etc. I wasn't close enough to either of them to catch facial expressions, though, so maybe I missed negative nuance. I did think Jenny was so hilarious that I looked up her blog on Sunday and added it to my reader; it's one of the only non-food blogs I've got there at the moment.

Kristen King said...

Well that was a fun surprise -- that's me sitting right in front of you -- green sweater, red hair. I had no clue you were videoing. :)

Kristen

Anonymous said...

I just discovered this site. And thank god I did. I HATE Dooce, Stephanie Klein, and the whole lot of those navel-gazing, self-absorbed bitches. Now I need to read all the entries here to catch up!

Her Bad Mother said...

I wish *I'd* grabbed your ass.

heather said...

Gwendomama! I ran into you in an elevator! I wish we'd actually gotten to speak a little more because I kind of think you're the bomb.

Moon Rattled said...

I need a transcript because that audio was impossible to understand. It sounded like shrill twang to me.

Kelley said...

Girl, I am finding links all over the internetz to your blog about this...

Awesome.

And HEY! Where is my lighter bottle opener thingy dammit!

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that everyone thinks Dooce should "laugh off" everything that gets said about her publicly. Even while acknowledging that she gets "far worse" said about her. That can't be easy to take with a smile all the time.

If someone who "plays drunk" can't handle her own words being brought up in public than perhaps she shouldn't say them in a public form- or act drunk. Who "acts" drunk and expects to be taken seriously? That's ridiculous.

And I'd love to see the transcript or video of Dooce being "vitriolic". I've met her in person a few times and she's never been anything but kind.

Shawn said...

Awesome! I google the controversy and get your blog! Damn, I wish I had gone. I should have bought tickets when you asked me. I waited and it was too late.

I would totally have grabbed your ass. Come over and I still will! =)

GraceD said...

Holy fucking crap. So, this is what's gittin folks all riled up? I certainly hope Dooce and Blogess got some crack in the Tenderloin together directly afterwards.

And, um, I missed you and your partay because I was still in Bal-lay. Holy fucking crap to that.

(Are my brownies still in your freezer? Can I still redeem them?)

(Also, aren't you glad you started blogging again?)

xoxox

Anonymous said...

You know...I really like your blog...I do. I think you are funny and very very smart.

I am curious though. Why are so many of your posters so virulently angry at Dooce? Truthfully it is due to her that I and many others have started to really enjoy mommy blogs.

As someone on the outside...(I have also talked to many others) it really looks like sour grapes. It appears to me that it rankles some, that dooces readership is soaring...yet many others are not.

I think you have a fair readership...and I am sure it will grow as more folks learn about you. You always seem so fair, that I would hope you would encourage your friends not to be so judgemental.

Truthfully, I would be offended being called a hobbit, no matter what the situation. It really isnt in the same class as Jesus, or even Oprah, is it now?

Laurie

gwendomama said...

Laurie;
Thank you for your comments.
I can appreciate your perspective of sour grapes, although not sure I can accuse my commenters of that.
I really don't see any virulent anger in the comments - I do infer annoyance from some. Maybe this is because when I was present and witnessed this blogher exchange, the frustration for some was palpable.
To many women there I believe it was seen as an unfair advantage on heather's (dooce's) part to try to embarrass and humiliate another blogger. Heather has since claimed that she did not mean to embarrass jenny by referring to her in a roomful of people as someone who doesn't believe she's real.
There was a lot of blind defense for heather after this incident - even by people who were not there.
That is annoying, when you hear women say things like "Can you believe she stood up and addressed dooce like that? With a microphone! Humph!" and you wonder....so fame brings with it bumbling insults and lack of graciousness or humility?
She is popular because of her readers, because of her stats. Shouldn't she show a bit more kindness to the world of writers, readers, and peers?
I can't really ask my commenters or readers to be less judgmental - as I have discovered firsthand, there is nothing off limits in the published forum. I have been judged for writing things which are TOO SAD, or saying the WRONG WORDS. it looks to me like dooce is being judged for having a public moment that wasn't very nice. It was witnessed.
If that was her retaliation to being called a hobbit, it seemed a bit over-reactionary considering what she has offered in direct insult form in the past. personally, i would not be offended by being called a hobbit. call me jesus and that's another story.

Anonymous said...

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