The New York Post put a somewhat controversial Thought Catalog writer on the cover of Saturday's paper. By mid-afternoon, the Post tracked the girl down again to get her reaction to being put on the cover of the New York Post.
"Maybe I’ll get a publicist, I don’t know," rich 20-year-old college student Rachael Sacks told the Post on Saturday afternoon, after Post reporters tracked her down for the second time in 24 hours, and after she graced the paper's cover.
She's arguably doing OK without one. She has a byline on Thought Catalog and an essay that went viral, and she became the subject of plenty of blog posts and newspaper columns thanks to her unapologetic diatribe about being a spoiled brat.
"I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me," daddy's little girl wrote Thursday for the always awful Thought Catalog. "I am sorry I don’t have to go to a state school to save my parents money."
Sacks described the hardships she faces as a well-off college student who doesn't know what it means to work for money, like the time two girls looked at her differently because she's rich. (They could tell.) Hey essay was picked up by a lot of newspapers and blogs, with Gawker's Hamilton Nolan noticing Sacks is "pretty racist" on Twitter.
In other words, she was perfect for the Post. Reporter Kathryn Cusma tracked down daddy's little girl for the Saturday cover story and got Sacks' exclusive reaction to her essay's reaction. Maybe I didn’t frame it in the right way," Sacks told the Post, "because people are missing the point: Which is no one should have to pretend they are what they aren’t." She does briefly entertain that thought during her short scribe, but any point she makes is quickly drowned out by everything else she says. "I’m a spoiled brat, like, that’s what I am," she said to Cusma. This also happened:
Then with the world’s smallest violin playing in the background, Sacks added: “People have been very mean to me. But people have been mean to me my whole life, so what. They think I’m a spoiled brat, and I am.”
So that was it, right? The Post had a new villain and a cover story, and this fame hungry 20-year-old had her exposure. The only thing missing was a bow to tie everything neatly together. But no, things didn't end there, because the Post -- in a move we'll begrudgingly deem brilliant -- sent yet-another reporter to Sacks' doorstep, this time to get her reaction to her Post cover story. It was then when Sachs let her guard down and shared her most honest moment yet:
“I don’t even have a publicist yet,” exclaimed Sacks, whose doctor dad back home in Maryland is footing all her bills as she pursues a writing degree at the New School.
“Maybe I’ll get a publicist, I don’t know,” she mused holding up The Post and smiling as she flipped the bird to haters. “People are suggesting that to me.”
On how she looks in her cover photo: "Like, if you’re going to get photographed for something, they like have someone like fix your hair and maybe fix your makeup. Not me," she told the Post Saturday. "This is ugly normal people right now."
They're a match made in heaven.
[Inset via the New York Post]
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