Martha: "Look at Nelson Mandela ..."
Last night, according to CVTv -- I was out drinking -- "Martha, Martha Martha" Stewart compared herself, rather quixotically, to Nelson Mandela:
"Being interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC Friday night, domestic diva Martha Stewart, who's been sentenced to five months in prison, compared herself to South African hero Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid beliefs.
'There are many, many good people who have gone to prison,' Stewart said. 'Look at Nelson Mandela.'"
But the best lines are reserved for the ABC web site, which says, almost tongue in cheek, the soft chuckles escaping:
"When asked how she would handle prison food, fellow inmates and strip searches, she said, 'I could do it � I'm a really good camper. I can sleep on the ground ... If it is looming ahead of me, I'm going to have to face it, and take it and do it and get it over with. And there's many other people that have gone to prison. Look at Nelson Mandela.'"
Glad to know that Martha can sleep on the ground and endure the meat surprise, but, of course, now we know that she won't have to: her bed will do just fine. The Mandela reference, however, escapes us entirely. Entirely!
How does 27 years of boinb locked down on Robben's island, in the punishing "C-Section," in the struggle for racial equality relate, even remotely --remotely -- compare to five months of home confinement and a $30,000 fine for her role in a stock deal gone awry?
"During the trial, for example, the press scrutinized her wardrobe and suggested that she appeared arrogant and haughty to the jury. Even her choice of handbags was noted, particularly a Hermes Birkin handbag, said to cost at least $6,000.
"Stewart said the focus on her handbag was unfair. 'Do you know that that is my only handbag. Do you know that? Do you know how many handbags I own? And that I bought that handbag I think it was 12 or 14 years ago. I bought that for myself when I felt successful enough to buy a beautiful handbag. And it did not cost $6,000 12 or 14 years ago.'"
Why is it that right about now I feel as if I was just scolded by one of those Fifth Avenue Ladies Who Lunch because I almost stepped on her pet lapdog, as she was in between "shopping adventures"?