Several Sandrarose.com readers took issue with my write up on the death of actor Paul Walker, 40, who was incinerated along with a friend in a single car crash in California on Saturday. Officials are investigating to determine if Roger Rodas, 38, was drag racing when his $450K Porsche Carrera GT hit a pole and a tree and burst into flames.
But this email from former Sandrarose.com reader Tiffany Coleman was especially vile and vindictive. She writes:
Tell me, how much of your blog money do you donate to anyone or anything? I am sure you make a nice set of change too but not because you are such a stellar writer (because you really are not) but because of your Rose Garden...I am sure that THEY know were it not for their commentary I and countless others surely would have stopped coming to your site long ago.
Tiffany is blissfully ignorant of my generosity to my readers. I have given away countless high end bags, shoes and accessories. I have paid rent and car notes for my readers. Not to mention the thousands of dollars worth of gift cards I paid for out of my own pocket, and the Christmas shopping sprees for kids.
But this is not about my benevolence and generosity. Let us take a moment to remember the victims in Sunday's deadly NY commuter train accident. Those innocent victims were not drag racing in a half million dollar sports car. They were just trying to get home to their families. Rest in peace.
Tiffany Coleman writes:
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:32:16
From: Tiffany Coleman [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: I have never written you a letter before but...
The story you wrote about Paul Walker and your comments thereafter were totally uncalled for. First, I need to know where you get your "facts" from. I have yet to see a report that says they were going over 100 mph but somehow you found it? I doubt it; you probably made it up because not one major news outlet reported that. Secondly, you wrote "not many people outside of Hollywood were sympathetic when they learned how Walker died"....you say this based on what? Most of the comments I have read from a variety of news sites and blogs show people expressing remorse and sadness over this loss. But somehow you pick the one ignorant person off of the Yahoo comment boards (Really?) and use him as a representative for how people outside of Hollywood feel about this? Come on, Sandra....I know you like to be controversial as I read your blog almost daily but you mean to tell me comments like those were prevalent? All I know is that for every 20 comments I read about this tragedy (cause that is what it is) I may have seen one or two that were negative. And I have read a variety of sites and way too many comments. Why do you choose to be nasty and negative? Do you think that makes for good writing?
Oh, and the best part was your comment:
You collect a couple thousand dollars for charity, then you jump into your $500,000 sports car and drive at excessive speeds for your personal enjoyment? Why am I not impressed?
Tell me, how much of your blog money do you donate to anyone or anything? I am sure you make a nice set of change too but not because you are such a stellar writer (because you really are not) but because of your Rose Garden...I am sure that THEY know were it not for their commentary I and countless others surely would have stopped coming to your site long ago. Maybe you should have to be accountable to them since they are really the ones getting you paid. Let's see you report any charitable contributions YOU have EVER donated (hair weaves & makeovers don't count) and see if they are "impressed". I hardly think any of them will be.
And lastly, I ask......What about journalistic integrity? Wait, you are correct, you are NOT a real journalist, just an everyday hate spreading blogger so you don't have to care about that code. I didn't know this guy from Adam, but this article was the last straw for me. I mean you write some stuff that pisses me off especially when you bash the gay community that you are supposed to be a part of (oh and I'm not gay either), but this was too much. Trust and believe I know you could care less, and that your checks will still come in without my little clicks, but it still felt good to write you and say how I felt. It's also a damn shame that your members can't even really express how they feel about your words for fear of being banned. You are not infallible and could stand to be corrected--often. The fact that you ban the outspoken ones just makes you a Bully Blogger with a delete button.
I'll holla at you, Sandra. Maybe one day you will learn to love yourself a bit more and stop writing such hateful and cruel spins to your stories. Until then, I wish you peace.
A former fan of your blog
Sandra Rose Responds: Good riddance!