December 28, 2005
Sur La Table Cans Blogger Over Rachael Ray Post

Fellow Chicagoan Donny B over at Everything in Moderation has been let go from his job for posting about her recent book signing at the store where he worked. Jessa Crispin at the amazing Bookslut identifies the store as Sur La Table. His sin? Apparently claiming that Rachael Ray is not God.

His post is not very critical of Ray. It presents her as a pretty nice person who's turned into a phenomenon. Probably the meanest thing he says about her is that she has a bubble butt. Which she does.

Why Sur La Table would take exception is befuddling unless Ray took exception and there's no reason she should take exception to this post.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at December 28, 2005 10:10 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

Jeez eh, now you've done it. You mentioned Her again.

What er ya? Crazy?

But then I'm glad you mentioned it, now I can keep my guard up. I wouldn't want to be canned from my glue factory job.


Posted by Dr. Biggles on December 28, 2005 at 1:40 PM

Hmm, I'll have to go check out those posts. A gift from my aunt this holiday was a year's subscription to the new RR magazine... I shall try to enjoy it in the spirit which the giftgiver intended.

Posted by Monica on December 28, 2005 at 4:03 PM


Posted by Lu on December 28, 2005 at 8:23 PM

I have a friend who was canned over his blog--it seems to be happening fairly frequently.

Which is why I only write things on blogs that I don't care if anyone reads. Meaning--I write what I mean and mean what I write, but, I am pretty well cognizant that there may be real world consequences to what I write and so, I keep that in mind.

As for the Rachael Ray magazine--I read the first issue and determined that I was not the target audience for the publication.

I also determined that she needs new food stylists and photographers because the food looks really unappealing.

Posted by Barbara on December 28, 2005 at 11:06 PM

Yeah, YAWN unless it's your butt on the street for a well written article whose trailing comments gets you fired. Sure if you're some well educated foof and can dodge and get another job at Microsoft, so be it. But for some of us it's damn hard to get a good job, decent paying or not.
I sent off a few paragraphs of a kind letter to Sur La Table about Donny's plight and offered they may have had some assbit who mislaid their noggin. Left my phone number too just in case they needed some verbal floggin'.


Posted by Dr. Biggles on December 28, 2005 at 11:22 PM

Dr. B - completely agree, whether it's a yawning issue depends on the person being fired! However, in his post the author says the stint was a "holiday job" so hopefully he wasn't seeing it as a long term career move anyway. Personally, living in this socialist state, I would LOVE to get fired as the economic impact would be small and I could spend up to 18 months looking for work on generous unemployment! (Maybe I should start mentioning my place of employment more often...*wink*)

Quote from Barbara:

As for the Rachael Ray magazine--I read the first issue and determined that I was not the target audience for the publication.

Well, that was very tactfully put, Barbara! It made me smile anyway!

Posted by Meg in Paris on December 29, 2005 at 4:56 AM

I have a blog post about the RR magazine that I am sitting on until the new year when it will be posted--but not on Tigers & Strawberries. I am still tactful in my comments about the RR magazine, because unlike the folks who hate her, I think her essential message and purpose, which is to get folks who don't cook to try and cook, but at the same time, I don't like her way of presenting her message.

Posted by Barbara on December 29, 2005 at 7:56 AM

Haven't gotten my first issue yet... Barbara, I'll be looking forward to the post. My coworker - the RR Biggest Fan - might get the magazines shortly after they arrive at my house. Sigh, Meg, I'm jealous. Wish I could get fired with little economic impact resulting!

Posted by Monica on December 29, 2005 at 10:00 AM

Monica, the only down side is that as a result of the great deal, it's very difficult to GET fired!

Posted by Meg in Paris on December 29, 2005 at 10:25 AM

I don't know if that indeed was the original post. I've heard a few versions. Many companies prohibit employees from writing about them (I am sure if you work for EF Hutton, or Schwab, or IBM) they rather frown on people revealing 'behind-the-scenes' information.

I hear that Apple is suing one of the blogging companies to divulge the names of a few employees with blogs who have revealed design secrets.

I even know of restaurants that make new employees sign waivers that they won't make any of the dishes they make there at any other restaurant.

Meg, perhaps if we sneak away to a few more Salon de Degustations, we can get you fired after all...then we'd have more time to sample la bonne cuisine de France.
And we can blog litigation-free!

Posted by David on December 30, 2005 at 1:14 AM

I think its appropriate to be circumspect in your writings that deal with your employer.

I won't write about a certain segment of the food industry because the leading company in that segment is the account that has sustained my employer for over 50 years.

I understand that I can't possibly be objective about them, and that my writings could help or hurt my career so to be fair to myself and our readers, I am neither critical nor supportive of the companies in that segment of the industry.

Posted by barrett on December 30, 2005 at 4:43 PM

Rachael Rays people contacted SLT about his post, they didnt like a comment he made, and they had a really valid point. The comment really was problematic. No retailer would ever let an employee who did what he JOKINGLY claimed he did or have in his posession what he JOKINGLY claimed to have, remain in their employ. Its just too bad he cant talk about it, it could clear up his name and theirs. Rachael Rays people should get a grip though and learn to recognize humor when they read it.

Posted by Anon. on January 8, 2006 at 1:17 PM

The author made a comment (not in the article but in the comments section) that he had her CREDIT CARD information and was going to go onto Ebay with it. While I'm sure it was only a joke, it was done in poor taste and it's no surprise that he was fired because of it.

Posted by Anonymous on January 31, 2006 at 4:22 PM
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