I’m not really interested in the aspect of blogging where you go around writing snotty comments about your competitors. We’re all in this together and FEMINISM RAH RAH. But last night I read an unnecessarily nasty post on Jezebel tearing “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara a new one for the eighth deadliest sin, being a rich person who likes to buy expensive crap. The post is titled, “Is Sofia Vergara The Worst Human Being Alive?” and goes downhill from there.
Vergara is the world’s worst person, apparently, for joking in Harper’s Bazaar about how she may not be able to pay for her son Manolo’s college education because she loves to buy $9,000 Birkin bags. And also for mentioning how her business manager is Jewish:
“I tell Manolo, ‘If I don’t have enough money for your college this month, you have to sell the Birkins.’ My business manager is very traditional, Jewish guy. Every time I buy one of those, he calls me and says, ‘Sofia, it’s Craig. Did you buy this, or is it a fraud?’ I’m like, ‘Craig, listen … what would you prefer? Me popping champagne bottles and doing drugs and wasting money or buying bags? These are valuable. These, Manolo can sell!’”
Joking aside, she actually has a point. Real estate, cars, luxury goods — these can all be resold for money. Cocaine and fake tits and weeklong jaunts in Mustique cannot.
But seriously, THIS is what makes blogger Jenna Sauers at Jezebel question whether Vergara is the worst person alive? Because she’s a wealthy actress with a ton of endorsement deals (Kmart, etc.) and enjoys spending that money on purses only the 1 percent can afford? “Vulgar” and “out-of-touch,” which Sauers also called the actress, may be more like it, but Vergara strikes me as someone who is just relishing in the wealth that she earned. Those labels seem more appropriate to me to use on an heiress like Paris Hilton, who grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth and doesn’t have a real job to speak of.
What does that criticism mean for the rest of us who may not be spending money in ways that Sauers approves of? I am not by any means rich, but I am privileged enough to have a middle-class salary that affords me the luxury of occasionally spending money on something dumb, like a spa pedicure, my Kate Spade purse, or a gorgeous dress from the J.Crew sample sale. Buying nice stuff doesn’t mean I’m a terrible consumerist who derives all her joy in life from rolling around in cold, hard cash. It just means I like to treat myself (and occasionally brag about it, because spa pedicures are awesome). And frankly, it’s nobody’s damn business how I choose to spend that money or how Sofia Vergara spends hers. Rather it’s nice of her to pay her son’s college tuition because that’s not something parents are required to do. Of course parents should help pay for their kids’ education if they can and people who are privileged should donate their money, time and resources to those less fortunate, but it’s really their own choice. Furthermore, all we know is that Vergara loves her Birkins; we don’t know anything about how much money or resources she donates to charity.
Oh, but Jezebel post gets weirder. Sauers mentions that Sofia Vergara wants to play “a psychopath” — the implication being she’d be just right for that role — and then finishes with a line about how 47.8 million Americans are currently on food stamps, which of course Vergara is personally responsible for. Yes, the “Modern Family” truly is the WORST PERSON ALIVE.
I have no idea what kind of bug crawled up Jenna Sauers’ butt, but we get your point. You really, really hate Sofia Vergara. Maybe you’re the one who is “out of touch” here.
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