If you’re a public figure, it is the norm to be subjected to a certain amount of scrutiny. Most of us can outwardly cringe and forget mortifying moments of our lives, but if you’re a celebrity, you won’t be granted such a luxury; every potentially regrettable moment will be remembered by many for years to come and will permanently exist in cyberspace.
Designer Marc Jacobs is the latest to have his past put under the microscope thanks to a less than flattering article published in the New York Post. To be frank, it doesn’t paint the innovative designer in a good light. The article, titled: ‘What’s wrong with Marc Jacobs? Mystery of Business Struggles, Bizarre Behaviour,’ is undoubtedly negative; detailing a synopsis of Jacobs’ attempts to combat his demons (namely his struggles with drug addiction), his failed business ventures (it claims he was fired from Louis Vuitton, amongst other things), and details of his sexual history.
Jacobs was understandably angered by the piece and took to Instagram to publish a scathing open letter, denouncing the article. And he didn’t hold back:
An open letter to MAUREEN CALLAHAN Girl, I think I understand your pain. You’re a sick woman. It must be such a sad, unfulfilling and lonely existence to get paid for “writing” (I use the term loosely) an article put together from out of context information “written” by other journalists over a period of time, for different periodicals, in different countries. I can’t even imagine your suffering having made a life and name working for what has to be the worlds worst, trashiest, and most irresponsible of “newspapers” (LOL)! I can imagine the powerful and fulfilling feeling you must feel with each piece you “write” that helps yourself and your readers feel better about their lives by putting down others who are so fortunate as to have been blessed with a genuine passion for creation. Those creative individuals who like everyone else has feelings, a sexual appetite, “issues”, character defects, and professional ups and downs. If you were a real writer and not the parasite feeding off of the successes and failures of others I wouldn’t bother writing my thoughts here. I do feel sorry for you. Please know you are in my prayers. I hope you will someday find something, somewhere that gives you pleasure…and not at another’s expense. Should that moment happen for you, please don’t thank me. I only wish the best for everyone. Even you. Sincerely and disrespectfully, Marc (Jacobs). #lethimwhoiswithoutsincastthefirststone #youwannacomeforme?
Can you really blame Jacobs for his response? There is no doubt that whatever his past, the now iconic designer has turned his life around and deserves to be commended for his success and contribution to the fashion industry. Yes, he is in the public eye, but he is fully entitled to his private life and to be treated with respect as anyone is. That said, his rebuttal isn’t as eloquently put as model Gigi Hadid’s open letter, for example, and he in turn doesn’t exactly comment respectfully about the writer of the article. So there are obvious holes in both sides of the argument.
Heated squabbles over social media don’t account for much these days (they happen almost every week in the land of celebrity), but we can see why Jacobs got so upset. It would be difficult for anyone, public figure or not, to read such an invasive piece about their supposed downfalls in life and not react the same way.
The New York Post has yet to respond to Jacobs.