Oh glorious day! BlogHer is here again, and bloggers have spent the entire day either hand wringing about what to pack, or scrambling to be the OMG FIRST! to arrive at the venue. The obnoxious hashtag parties have already begun, as has the booth begging (“come by our booth! lots of nice crap you’ll never use and probably won’t even take home!”) and instagram is filling up with sitting-on-a-plane selfies.
So let the mommy Rumspringa begin! Post your Live Action Hamnews in the comments, and of course just discuss BlogHer in general. We’ll be here alternating between alcohol and popcorn, so don’t let us down!
HEY CAN WE STOP AT POPCORN HOUSE ON THE WAY
Michelle Phan, allegedly Asian, is apparently being sued by Ultra Records for using music in her beauty vlogs without permission. Ultra wants Phan to disclose how much money the videos have made, and apparently wants all the profits.
But in a truly classy internet counter-offensive, Phan’s lawyers are telling TMZ she totally had permission to use the songs. Her “legal team” also says Phan will be filing “a lawsuit of her own” which should keep generating publicity for her for at least a year.
In other news, I had no idea this chick was now such a big deal that TMZ is covering her. I guess that Dr. Pepper commercial really shot her to the A List.
Cecily Kellogg, the J. Wellington Wimpy of the blog conference circuit, apparently managed a plane ticket into SFO for the BlogHer conference in San Jose. Rather than doing some googling (it’s not like she’s a tech writer, folks) or setting aside money for a cab or Uber, she did her usual passy assy facebook hair twirling.
And, as usual, some poor soul stepped up to the enabler plate, telling Cecily “I can come get you if you want”. To which the queen of gratitude replied:
Did she seriously just grift a free ride from SFO to San Jose…and then ask the person to stop by a burger stand on the way? Can she honestly not make it 24 hours in California without shoving some Double Doubles into her swamp mouth?
And no mention of buying the poor woman dinner or offering to replace her vehicle struts in exchange for her trouble. Behold, internets – this is what a successful, 45 year old blogger’s life looks like! Bumming rides from the airport and begging for fast food. Such aspirational! BlogHer ’14′s open post is going to be a trainwreck, I can already tell.
Ashlee Wells Jackson, has a legal team, has spent the last few weeks screeching about how social media should stop censoring images of mothers. But it seems a new dust up over her “Stop Censoring Motherhood” project has made it clear what she really meant was ‘only I am allowed to censor images of mothers’.
A young woman recently lost her baby at a few days old. In an effort to help herself heal and to show support for the “4th Trimester Bodies” project, she posted the standard black and white picture of a woman in black underwear shot used in the project.
Please go follow and support @the4thtribodies , and share share share.
This post isn’t for me, it’s for all the mothers in the world and the right to honor and appreciate all women’s bodies.
Unfortunately, Ashlee didn’t appreciate the show of support enough to let the image be. She promptly told the young woman to remove the post because it violated her trademarked hashtag and basically telling her if she wanted to participate in the project, she’d need to book a photo shoot through Ashlee.
I greatly appreciate your support and would love to share your story but this image violates my copyright and trademark and is taken VERY seriously. If you’d like to participate in @the4thtribodies PLEASE go to my website and find how to do so properly.
When other mommies and support groups called Ashlee out on this, she began claiming she reached out privately first, and said that instead of removing the photo the woman “sent hundreds of people to attack me”. She then began banning people and deleting comments disagreeing with her actions.
So…which is it? Is this a project to support real images of mothers and eradicate the shame of postpartum bodies? Or is it a trademarked, copyrighted business venture designed to increase Ashlee’s photography clientele and bring her some personal glory?
CecilyK, polarizing vortex of fail, has apparently been successfully elbowed out by Babble’s new editorial guidelines.
2 days after announcing that she basically just lost a big chunk of her income, Cecily posted that she would be attending Blogher again, even though she is “not speaking” and “not sponsored by anyone”, and that because of losing her gig with Babble she’ll be “attending as a hobbyist, not a professional blogger”. Which totally sounds like a necessary expense when you lose a job and are trying to move.
Anyway, I guess this means we will no longer be treated to a Babble filled with wonderful posts telling us to shut up. What a shame. I can’t wait to see what mediocre content farm she makes her way to next.