Tracy Moore, Were You Raised by Jackals?

Dear Nashville Scene,


Yes, it does hurt my feelings a little bit when you make fun of bloggers.  I’ll admit, my experience with alt.weeklies has been limited to the Reader and the Village Voice, so I was kind of under the impression that free weeklies were a cool, off-beat stick-it-to-the-man, truth-telling alternative to whatever corporate nonsense was going on in town, especially at the local daily paper.


And I kind of do want to be a cool, off-beat, stick-it-to-the-man, truth-telling alternative to whatever and so I do want you to like me.  It’s true.


But god damn, today you have a blog post about sticking it to a chick who works at McDonalds!


Have you never, ever heard “Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable?”  Just how “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” do you think it is to make it your mission to make a chick who works at McDonalds miserable?  Let me reiterate, SHE WORKS AT MCDONALDS.  What the fuck is wrong with you?


Do you have any idea how much it sucks to work at fast food?  How hard it is and thankless and how little the pay usually is?  And do you have any idea how unlike your dreams your life has had to go for you to be a grown-ass person who works at McDonalds?


And yet, you not only called her manager; you called corporate, too?


What the fuck is wrong with you? 


Seriously.


Are you so unaware of how good you have it, to have a job most folks would kill to have at a paper that gets read by everyone, and how shitty her life must be?  And yet, you’re going to pile it on her?


Are you evil?


Is that it?


What’s next?  Are you going to go into the NICU and laugh at how ugly the babies with the wires and tubes coming out of them are?


Shame on you.


Christ, I’d rather you go back to making fun of bloggers.


Aunt B.

31 thoughts on “Tracy Moore, Were You Raised by Jackals?

  1. P.S. I’ve recently learned that all Pith posts must be approved by the editor, Liz Garrigan, first. Chew on that for a minute.

  2. Let me try that again and this time I’ll read it before I hit "post." God I’m such an idgit.Edits made in caps. :)"This is why we love you TOO, B. THAT AND BECAUSE YOU’RE AN ABSOLUTE DYNAMO, FUNNY, INTERESTING, KIND-HEARTED, AMAZING PERSON. (Sorry if it seemed I was yelling.)

  3. Oh, she already went back to making fun of bloggers. In her comment about how Brittney has no sense of irony. Does she actually not realize that she jeopardized that woman’s job? Or does she not care?

  4. I bet Tracey is going to make sure that McDonald’s peon doesn’t get into Buddytown or Coolsburg or Smugville or any of the other exclusive social networking sites.The minimum wage drone was sent cowering back to face her deepest, darkest high-school insecurities…oh, wait…that’s supposed to be bloggers. Supposedly.Let me pile also on by saying her other recent post at Pith about the woman who died from drinking too much water was equally lame, yet not nearly as ugly and unnecessary.

  5. Quote pulled from this week’s Scene. No bylines, obvs:"Hey blogosphere, here’s your next big thing, the band who’ll moisten your Cheeto-cheese coated blogging fingers with sweat and cause the hair at the base of your ironic mullet to stand on end. Come and get ’em!"Some one needs to clue the Pith in the Winders in to the fact that once you post to a blog, any blog–even an ultra cool free weekly blog–that makes you a Cheeto eater, too.

  6. nm, I think her snippy defensiveness towards the end was due to her feeling bad about it. At least, I hope so, because if she really said, "But I kept my judgements to myself." and then ""Defenseless people" with "fragile jobs" should consider not spouting off." otherwise, I’m going to be laughing about that for the rest of the week.Who has an ironic mullet? Sarcastro, have you been growing your hair out?

  7. Why the hell would this woman do something like this? Did she think it was cool? Did she think she had obtained an appropriately hip amount of snark? I read it and had to reread it again wondering WTF? Was she kidding? Did she think this was funny? And if Liz approved it, did she realize she was setting up such an elitist snotty tone? Everyone is of value so what the hell was she thinking degrading this woman, or if it was just some fictional editorial thing by approving this to make fun of people who have low paying jobs.It wasn’t funny or even well written.And, as I rant on, you know people feeling good about having power over other people always makes me take pause.Christ.

  8. "…ironic mullet…"I think that one was for me. Although it’s far from ironic.Aunt B – kudos. You said it far better than I would have. Sometimes my namby-pamby style just isn’t strong enough. Rage on.

  9. Yabbut….She’s showing her "look how cute I write" face without any real sense to that sentence. Satire falls flat on its *** when you assign a cool tendency to a body part.Hair cannot think, therefore cannot be ironic, therefore the "joke" was dumb.I wonder…is it only Nashville Bloggers who have Cheetos coated fingers, or is she/it prepared to insult on a broader scale?

  10. I don’t think the fact that the woman is a cashier working at McDonald’s means that it’s ok for her to disparage Brittney’s personal habits. If she owned the McDonald’s, would that make it ok? How about if she was homeless? A comment is a comment. What about if she had told Brittney, as she handed her the food, "You really shouldn’t eat this – you’re much too fat already". Would that be ok? And it sounds like you think anyone who works at McDonald’s is a pathetic, crushed loser who is too stupid to work anyplace else. That’s not very nice.

  11. Okay, so everything is about Tracy, and she shouldn’t have to see the help. Based on the description, I doubt the worker even saw Tracy’s cigarettes. Our little princess just assumed everything that is said is about her. And really, is it so "ironic" that a McDonald’s staff member made a comment about someone smoking? It’s not as though everyone who works there is necessarily unhealthy. Perhaps she simply needed, I don’t know, money to live, which doesn’t imply that she worships McDonald’s mission or practices. I’ve complained about customer service before, when I haven’t received goods or services that I paid for, or their quality was not as promised. That didn’t happen in this case, and the seeming glee in getting someone in trouble for an incidental comment disturbs me. Also, no reason to pick on Brittney for cat posts – based on what I’ve seen, if any of the PITWers had blogging as their full-time job, we’d all drown in the insipidity.

  12. *I don’t think the fact that the woman is a cashier working at McDonald’s means that it’s ok for her to disparage Brittney’s personal habits. If she owned the McDonald’s, would that make it ok? How about if she was homeless? A comment is a comment. What about if she had told Brittney, as she handed her the food, "You really shouldn’t eat this – you’re much too fat already". Would that be ok?And it sounds like you think anyone who works at McDonald’s is a pathetic, crushed loser who is too stupid to work anyplace else. That’s not very nice.*I think you are confused. It was not me who ordered at McDonald’s.

  13. *And really, is it so "ironic" that a McDonald’s staff member made a comment about someone smoking? It’s not as though everyone who works there is necessarily unhealthy. Perhaps she simply needed, I don’t know, money to live, which doesn’t imply that she worships McDonald’s mission or practices.*Bingo.

  14. Rockycat, if you want to reread everything here and repost your comment, I’ll be happy to delete the one you’ve made. Just let me know.

  15. I was just appalled that she was buying a "Happy Meal". WTF? I kept wondering if there was a child with her in the car, but it was for her. I didn’t even know an adult could buy one of those things.Mostly it seemed like an over reaction to smoker’s guilt on Tracey’s part.

  16. And it sounds like you think anyone who works at McDonald’s is a pathetic, crushed loser who is too stupid to work anyplace else. That’s not very nice.

    Well, it’s a matter of record how little McDonald’s counter employees are paid, and that their hours are limited so that they’re not eligible for any employer-provided benefits. They also have no contracts to provide job security, and no union to back them up. So yes, most people think that counter employees at fast food chains are highly vulnerable, and can be fired without sufficient cause. That’s not calling them losers. I haven’t seen anyone here calling them losers. I have seen people criticizing someone who tries to get someone fired and then publicly gloats about it. In fact, I think that "pathetic loser" pretty much describes someone who would do that.

  17. Brittney, I am very sorry! It was Tracy who went through the McDonald’s drive-thru, not you.Aunt B., thanks you very much for clearing that up for me.

  18. Brittney, I am very sorry! It was Tracy who went through the McDonald’s drive-thru, not you.Aunt B., thanks you very much for clearing that up for me.

  19. RockyCat, having trouble with Squarespace does not make you an idiot. It just means you’ve finally been initiated into the elite group of commenters here who can’t get Squarespace to work right.

  20. Aunt B., you are a very special person. I am a newbie to all of this, and I appreciate that you would take the time to help me out. Thanks again.

  21. I would have been annoyed in Tracy’s position too. Unsolicted health advice from strangers generally irritates me. Mostly any unsolicited advice irritates me unless they’re letting me know I left the dog’s cage on the roof of the car.But it was really unncessarily cruel to call her manager and corporate headquarters.

  22. I’ll just reiterate what I said over at Coble’s place. Of all this, I find the headline contest to be the most digusting. It’s bad enough that she went on a rampage against the McD employee, but to pull others in on it by coming up with "witty" headlines is just so tacky.

  23. P.S. I’ve recently learned that all Pith posts must be approved by the editor, Liz Garrigan, first. Chew on that for a minute.That is not true.

  24. And if Tracey has so little excitement in her life that she has to call out someone for a comment that may not have been directed at her, then perhaps she needs to focus on herself. Make your own fun – but don’t make fun of others for entertainment.

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