You are sitting in a restaurant when you suddenly you hear your name being discussed by diners at a nearby table and the topical content isn’t exactly flattering. What do you do?
If you are Australian supermodel and TV host Megan Gale you listen in and then tweet to all your “tweeps” to, “Stand by tweeps for what happens next!”, and then you confront the miscreants with a chastisement of their alleged etiquette blunder.
“I just kind of lifted my head and made eye contact and said ‘Hi girls, you should be a little bit more careful.’ I laughed and I could tell they were shocked, poor things,” she said.
Megan, Megan, Megan. Didn’t anyone warn you about the cost of fame and being a public figure? Miss Manners has something to say on that….
“An individual who has marketed normally private aspects of his or her life for financial or psychological profit is not, in Miss Manners’ opinion, entitled to run around grousing about how rude people are being curious to know more…. Miss Manners does not presume to judge people who chose to expose themselves; she merely refuses to allow them to condemn others who point, stare or request details.”
Megan, you market your appearance for financial profit and are therefore not entitled to grouse when others critique the very product you are marketing.
“I don’t think me choosing a public job means that I should be up for criticism more than anyone or have to learn to deal with it. We’re raised, if we’ve got good parents, [to not] say nasty things about people and I’m still a person regardless of my job, so I don’t think that I should be more susceptible to being picked on than anyone else.”
Obviously your good parents neglected to tell you that while accidentally overhearing others’ private conversations about you may not be avoidable, letting it be known that you have eavesdropped on their conversation was quite rude. Taking their private discussion beyond the realm of their tiny, two person conversation and publicizing it over Twitter to thousands of total strangers was beyond rude. How do you like that critique?