So someone sends me an email with a link to some supposedly heralded “Cuban-American’ writer’s blog post where she is basically ripping the Miami herald to shreds because the paper refuses to give her any press about her upcoming book. Yawn. Ho hum. Who cares. The last thing I want to read is some “artiste” whining about the unfairness of life and bitching and moaning about this person or that person and how that person hates him or her and all that. I havent read anything like that since we passed notes in junior high school.
But the “writer’ made a few comments that kinda stuck with me. First, she calls herself a liberal “Cuban-American” which is fine and dandy. Then she takes a jab at us intolerent, and dare I say, intransigent Miami “Cubanos.” Par for the course, I suppose. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard that Id be blogging from a penthouse on South Beach.
But she also wrote that she is a Cuban-American, AND I QUOTE:
who thinks Castro is a tyrant just like W,
Now, I think that’s quite possibly the stupidest thing Ive ever read and I decided to respond simply to that one particular statement as follows:
who thinks Castro is a tyrant just like W,
Maybe it’s just inane comments like that one that relegate your work –
however great you say it is – to the bottom of the heap.
I mean, if youre going to make such a scurrilous statement, the least you
can do is quantify it with actual data for us Miami Mafia plebian
how is it, excactly, that Bush is as much of a tyrant as castro?
we’re all waiting.
Comment moderation is on at her blog, so I figured she wouldnt even publish it. In all honesty, I was just hoping to get the message across to her privately.
But that was not to be folks. Not to be at all.
Turns out this writer not only published my comment, but did so in her blog post. Not only that, perhaps after having read the complete inanity of that ridiculous comment, removed the statement, AND THEN EDITED MY COMMENT TO REFLECT SAID CHANGE! And to add insult to injury, she took my picture which ran in the Herald and she stated – I swear I am not making this up! – the following:
I actually get hate mail from people like Val Prieto of babalublog because I am not obsessed with Cuba and Castro like she is. Here’s a nice sample of what she says to me:
Maybe it’s just inane comments like that one (comparing Bush to Castro) that relegate your work – however great you say it is – to the bottom of the heap.
I mean, if youre going to make such a scurrilous statement, the least you can do is quantify it with actual data for us Miami Mafia plebian CUban-Americans.
how is it, excactly, that Bush is as muchof a tyrant as castro?
we’re all waiting.
Sigh. Val? May I suggest a hobby? I mean, other than posting drawings of Che Guevara with a bullet in his head on your blog? Cooking? Mall-walking? Something. Anything. You need interests, sweetie. The world is actually bigger than Cuba and South Florida. Hard to believe, I know, but not everyone…cares about the stuff you lost in 1959. Or 1968. Or whenever. Yes, it’s sad. But most people in the world just…don’t care.
Oh! Oops. I just googled Val Prieto for a photo. She’s a…he! A he who looks like he might be named Bubba. Sorry, Val. Just assumed. Here’s a photo of Val, in case he shows up with an Uzi at my reading, to mow me down for disliking both Castro AND Bush.
Val? One more thing. I didn’t mean anything by the “sweetie,” uh, now that I know you’re a guy and all.
One more thing. The Miami Herald? They ran a profile of Val Prieto ON THE FRONT PAGE.
But can’t find a soul in the newsroom to cover a NY Times bestselling author named one of the 25 most influential Hisapnics in America by Time magazine, and interviewed by Anderson Cooper TWICE this past week on immigration.
Yeah, they’re all ABOUT free press at the Miami Herald.
Free press for Val Prieto.
In the profile of Val, it is stated that he’s a popular Cuban American blogger because his site gets about 1000 hits a day. I get between six and ten times that many a day RIGHT HERE. They also brag that he gets hits from other countries. In the past day I’ve had hits from dozens of nations.
I…I…I..I just dont know what to say. Well, that’s not really true. I did know what to say. here was my response in her comments:
Ordinarily I wouldnt even respond to a person so self involved that they dedicate a whole post to complaining about a local newspaper not mentioning their work. Smacks of arrogance among other things.
I see you took lots of time to defame me in your response, yet you avoided answering my question. Not only that, you edited your original post to read differently.(not to worry, however, I have a screencap!) if youre going to make a statement equating Bush and castro both as tyrants, have at least a modicum of ethics and fortitude to back it up.
As for your getting more traffic. I dont really care. See, it’s not about numbers for me. It’s not about me for me. It’s about getting a message across to counter all the ill-informed and myopic ones such as yours. It’s also about TRANSPARENCY. My Sitemeter, unlike yours, is open for all to see. I notice, as well, that at the time of this post, you have a whole 162K visits. Ive just a tad more than that.
Perhaps the herald ran a piece on me on their front page because Im not all about me, me, me as this post of yours so clearly and definitely illustrates. Call what I do fighting for a cause, call it an obsession, call it whatever you wish. At the least Im not out there pretending to be something Im not and am working to help someone other than myself.
So i suggest you think about quitting your whining. Te queda feo eso. The ugliest characteristic a woman can posses is rancor, and this post and your attack on me personally, not to mention all the others, reeks of it.
Good luck at Books and Books, and I truly hope no one asks you any serious questions about politics or ideologies or what not. Lest your true ignorance shine.
Ill leave you with a Cubanism as a suggestion:
No te tires que no das pie.
BTW, Ive taken the liberty of copying this comment of mine and screencapping it, just in case you choose to edit it, or dare I say, not have the wherewithall to post it.
And of course, just like the previous “response” to my comment, we have the following smoke and mirrors statement:
Did you get that, everyone? A woman shouldn’t be rancorous. It makes her ugly.
And we all know the most important thing a woman should be is…pretty.
Not, like, smart. Or independent. Or writing about smart, independent women.
Pretty. That’s all you need to know about Val Prieto, my friends.
I swear, I cannot stop laughing. Any sane human being that reads her post – whether the final version or the EDITED one – will see just how incredibly self-centered and shallow the writer is. Proof’s in the pudding right there ON HER OWN BLOG.
Here’s a message for La Queen Sucia:
You can be a smart, witty, intelligent, didactic, vivacious, brilliant, independent woman without being vain, rancorous, self-centered, unethical, deceptive and egotistical. The former make you beautiful, the latter make you, well, you.
Update: I was going to leave this post alone, but, this is just classic:
I’ve got your back. Autograph my wife’s copy of your first book for me and buy me a maple-pecan scone at Flying Star con cafe y leche and I’ll happily hop Southwest to Miami and ensure Val maintains a safe distance from your reading. It’d be an honor.
Que peste a guapoooo! Im a shiverin’ in my chancletas!
Caballeros, miren que hay gente comemierdas en este mundo.