was funny. BUT... since said blog has used our copyrighted photo twice now- without our permission- m21 feels it's time to stop dancing around the issue of the blog and address the elephant, or rather in this case, the troll in the room...
and why would maison21 not like another design blog, you ask? doesn't he love all things design related? well, he would like the blog in question if they understood the difference between being funny and being cruel. we're all for a blog that takes the piss out of interior decorating- any industry that uses the word "important" to describe a goddamned table, needs to have the wind let out of it's sails (you know, "it's an important napoleon II revival game table". um, no. world peace is important, an old table is at best, merely pretty- it's just furniture, folks). we actually love the idea of a blog that pokes fun at over-played trends and hideous objets. heck, look at the title of our own blog- this whole decorating thing is an elective, an option- a privilege- and as such should be approached in a light-hearted, "let's just enjoy the process" way! to quote one of our heroes, dorothy draper, "decorating is fun!" and to quote maison21, "decorating blogs should be fun too!".
but there is a difference between showing a picture of moi-self and moi-self's little girl getting hitched (more on that later), and showing the same picture of m21 labeled "hot" next to another blogger's photo labeled "not". the former is funny and something we would gladly give our blessing to, but the later is just using our photo to make fun of someone else, and maybe it's because m21 had freakin' food thrown at him in high school, but he will NEVER, EVER approve of someone making fun of a real live person just for the heck of it, and especially employing our privately owned image in the process of doing so. it's just cruel, and we want no part. not image, not text, not link- NO PART.
let's draw a distinction here: celebrities, politicians and other public figures, are just that, public figures, and as such, are pretty much open game. when you sign up to be an actor or a politician, you know that kind of thing comes with the territory, and are usually amply compensated for it. satire of public figures is also protected by the 1st amendment (as long as it's not libelous), and we believe in the first amendment 1000 billion percent; BUT... making fun of design bloggers, who toil FOR FREE, to publish their blogs in the hopes of enlightening and entertaining? well, technically, it's still covered under free speech too, but is it nice speech? no. it is not. it falls into the category of "just because you can, it doesn't mean you should". anyone is free to say it, but why would they want to? that's the kind of thing to gossip about amongst your friends in study hall if you must, but publish it anonymously on the internets forevers? no. (and anonymous = cowardliness, in our opinion). remember, behind every blog, there a real live person with real live feelings, and why would anyone want to hurt someone who has done nothing them personally, rather merely attempt to write an entertaining blog? is it just because they can? or because they feel slighted for being left off a blog roll? or some other, so silly that grown adults shouldn't be concerned with it, kind of reason? speaking for maison21, he left that kind of mean-spirited petty name calling behind in high school, and he thinks it should stay there. we LIVE for sarcasm, but we DIE a little inside when we see needless cruelty.
so here's our advice (not that anyone asked): don't like our blog? don't read it! don't waste your time leaving a negative comment here, or writing a nasty post about m21 on your blog. instead use your time to write the kind of post you do want to read or perhaps write a post about a blogger you really do like! set a positive example, not a negative one! talk about the good, not the bad! poke fun at zebra prints, but not the real live person who used it in their home, and posted it on their blog for your viewing pleasure- because we all like to look at the pretty pictures, but if people start getting ridiculed, they will simply stop posting them out of fear, and then a few mean girls will have ruined everything, for everyone, forevers...
so no throwing food in the cafeteria at the kids you don't like, alright? 'cause it's mean, and sooner or later you'll hit one of your friends that you do like, and then they won't be your bff anymore. they'll simply end up sitting outside in the quad with the freaks and geeks- like moi- and having a good ol' time- without you. in other words, just politely ignore the kids you don't like and befriend the ones you do. it's ever so much easier, and ever so much nicer...
last, getting back to mona and m21 gettin' hitched- we're all for it! opponents of same sex marriage use that argument all the time: if we allow gays to get married, then what's next? marrying your dog? and m21 says: WHY NOT?
think about it- most marriages end up sexless in the end anyway, so m21 and mona will just skip the whole honeymoon phase, and move right into platonic companionship! if you really contemplate the prospect, you'll realize a dog is the ideal spouse- if you come home late for dinner without explanation, they don't give you the cold shoulder, they are simply more excited to see you! if you forget your anniversary, they don't mind at all! heck, they don't even know what an anniversary is! and should m21 go to the big dog park in the sky before mona, she simply inherits all the treats in the house without red tape- exactly as it should be!
see why m21 would want to marry his bestest gurl? ;-) forget marriage equality for humans, m21 says bring on the puppy love!!!! *
*you'll note, during that last bit, no names were named, and no religious or political conservatives were harmed (or liberals either, for that matter). just a mild example of how satire can be used to get one's point across without being cruel. and no, we won't tell you the blog's name referenced at the top of the post. until they learn to use their sarcastic powers for *good*, not evil, and stop throwing food at the other kids in the cafeteria, we will not honor them with a link, nor will we publish comments that attempt to do so.
that's all folks, we won't be revisiting this subject again, and who knows? maybe we'll actually get around to publishing a design related post one of these days- so we don't have to change the name of our blog to "maison21- opinionated, and waaaay too serious..."