Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NYTimes profiles most transparent fameball in history

You owe it to yourself to welcome Devorah Rose into your life. If you don't know who she is, well...that upsets her greatly. No outfit to date has put together quite the chronology that Gawker has, about this particularly persistent fameball, but to the uninitiated non-Gawker-reading public, The New York Times has kindly profiled her in the June 8 Sound & Fury Fashion & Style section.

Her trajectory that led her to this nearly 2,000-word profile is torn straight out of the "shotgun blast" approach to fame and success: do everything (writer, actress, model, editor, novelist, reality TV star, casting call hound), be everywhere (Upper East Side, openings at the MoMA, Hamptons in summertime), and sooner or later people will notice you. Despite her multiple forays into every form of camera-chasing possible, alas, she's mostly known as the Editor of Social Life magazine, a glossy Hamptons mag that, similar to Loch Ness, I've only heard about...never actually seen. (And I live out here. Very weird.) Aside from that, she enjoyed a brief splash of small-screen notoriety as the girl who ran out on her spindly legs and tossed her drink at another girl at one of her stupid, self-congratulating pool parties on the one-and-done show High Society.

The profile attempts at objectivity and even a little snark. It calls her out for lying about her 100% involvement in all her cover shoots (apparently Beth Ostrovsky Stern supplied Devorah with this month's cover photo for her silly magazine Social Life)

But all the snark in the world can not rescue the Times from the simple fact that the publication of record, The Gray Lady itself, actually went and profiled the worst person alive this phony, fame-starved asswipe.

Nothing about her is impressive, or entrepreneurial, or even interesting. She's the girl we all knew in high school who did two things: 1. found out where the popular kids hung out. 2. her hair. Now she rubs elbows with the beautiful people and pretends that all the hatred and bad karma that continuously befalls her is merely testament to her importance. It's the grossest case of incestuous legitimacy since Julia Allison. From having enough money to attend fiction writing classes in the extremely-difficult-to-get-into Columbia University MFA program, to meeting her publisher at a museum and blowing him promising him to edit his magazine if he launches one, she's nothing short of every other attractive woman who manages to convince guys to give them what they want. If she were reading this blog post (and she's not) she would stop right here to glory in the fact that I called her "attractive." She's Anna Nicole Smith without the stripper pole. Nothing more.

One of the more poignantly obnoxious moments in the NYT piece? When the reporter asks about her family background, she pulls a celebrity diva act and waves the question off with a hand, stating "I think we can move on." Why the reporter didn't get up and say "I think I'll move on too, to someone who's actually done something and wants to share their story" is beyond me.

So thanks, New York Times. Appreciate the legitimacy you just gave a girl who admittedly was "more interested in Social Life's parties than its content," launched by a guy who started the magazine because he also liked going to parties.

Read the profile yourself. Then wonder if the world didn't really end on May 21, 2011 after all.


  1. You're clearly an idiot and clearly unhappy with your own life. Devorah and a lot of other people are out there doing things with their lives. Oh, and besides the libel, you are flat out lying to readers when you claim Devorah is "admittedly...'more interested in Social Life's parties..." - the biased NYT writer said that, it was not a quote from Devorah. Get a clue, you miserable hack.

  2. The author of this Hamptonyte blog hit the nail on the head in his labeling of this woman as the “most transparent fameball in history”. New York Times’award winning reporter, Laura Holson’s meticulous dissection of Devorah Rose in her piece entitled ‘A Celebrity of her own Making’ arguably was almost too respectful and kind to Ms. Rose. Likewise, the Jewish Journal was similarly almost too decent in asking “Devorah Rose: Future reality star or upstart Jewish socialite?”

    Ms. Rose true to form, despite overzealous solicitation of this type of fame, behaved with complete and total disrespect in tearing apart an award winning journalist who is widely read in the paper of record in this land. Even NY Magazine threw up their proverbial hands with a story entitled How do you solve a problem like Devorah Rose. In that piece, Devorah referred to the Ms. Holson as follows: "The journalist is a lying bag of shit who promised me a million things up and down. All lies. What a pathetic, unhappy life she must live."

    Aside from a narcissistic personality disorder,Ms. Rose suffers from an entitlement complex, an entitlement that many feel in this PR oriented society where if you grease the right people you feel justified in requiring that only favorable labels be attached to your name and stories written only by compliant journalists who will do all that they can to enhance your brand, even when you ‘Cry Wolf’. To do otherwise renders you a scoundrel. But furthermore, what does it say about our societal values when so many of our citizens admire those who are famous for no apparent reason or accomplishment and similarly aspire to the acquisition of fame by any means necessary, including standing on the shoulders of the works of others and claiming credit for it all.

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