The haters are coming out of the woodwork.
As if it wasn't annoying enough to deal with the drive-by haters that leave anonymous comments on our blog (which we still publish even though you guys have no spine), now we have Goliath coming after us.
That's right. Gawker has decided to clap at The Realests. They decided to link to us and diss us at the same time - what, you didn't think we'd notice?
Well, if we were normal people faced with this situation, we'd have a few options: A) We could be ecstatic that Gawker linked to us and brush off the insult; B) We could e-mail them and see why they dissed us; or C) We could just ignore them.
Well, The Realests aren't normal people. We have only one option.
To clap back.
First, let us note what Gawker had to say about us:
"Even worse than the fresh-faced college kids who will soon be descending on our city? The only slight less fresh-faced who’ve been here a few years and now think they’re experts."
Gee, that's funny. Co-editors Jessica Coen (25) and Jesse Oxfeld (29) run "The source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip" (their words, not ours). I'd say that is a much better example of "fresh-faced kids" claiming to be NYC experts than two guys joking about harmless observations they have made in the city.
It's hard to figure out why Gawker would go at us. We're not sure, but as far as we can tell, it's pretty hypocritical. Given the fact that Gawker recently linked to a similar post (which can be found here) but chose not to slam its author, this whole thing just stinks of hypocrisy. If you read the post, you'll see that they're pretty similar - and equally as funny.
Maybe Gawker thinks that they can just bully people around because they are the big kid on the block. Maybe they've grown complacent in their throne and have gotten lazy with people spoon-feeding them all their content (coming up with original stuff must just be too taxing for them).
The rest of the blog community has shown nothing but love to us. The folks at Deadpsin have linked to us and Need4Sheed has given us some shout outs. We've even gotten love from the Detroit Free Press. We're just new-comers, gettin' on the grind, trying to build some readership. It's a shame that Gawker would flip it on us like this. We would just expect fellow bloggers to watch out for us, not stab us in the back.
So let's go blow-for-blow.
First of all, their comedy is supposed to be biting, but instead just comes off as bitching. The site seems to be run by a brat that wishes she was an heiress and some dude that tried to bring attention on himself by writing "controversial" columns for his school paper.
Yeah, we said it.
And we aren't the only ones with beef. Take a look at what Page Six had to say:
''This (Coen) is the face of snarkiness incarnate."
''Unknown outside the dork-infested waters of the blogosphere, her name is Jessica Coen, and she's the co-editor of Gawker.com, where she regurgitates newspaper and magazine stories and slathers them in supposedly witty sarcasm.
''She smiles and showers us [Page Six reporters] with sycophantic praise [in person], but her every mention of Page Six on her Web site is snide and snarky.
''Next time you see us at a party, keep walking -- or slithering. You can't be a bootlicker and a back stabber at the same time.''
Maybe it's time to stop making enemies.
It's pretty clear: You're with us, or you're with them.
If you're reading us for the first time, sorry we had to meet under such awkward circumstances. Feel free to browse through the Best of The Realests (links on the right side of the home site) to see what we're like when we're not trying to pull knives out of our back. We highly recommend Anchondo, 24: Realest Style, No More Beers, Brah, and our Super Bowl XL Running Blog.
Co-Editor Jessica Coen - we're embarassed to have graduated from the same school as you...
Co-Editor Jesse Oxfeld
Note: if you are looking for the post Gawker ripped, please look below on main site.