Monday, July 31, 2006

Bad culinary metaphor watch

Dahlia Lithwick in Slate on the Jessica Cutler case (she had sex with a guy and blabbed on her blog; he's suing her):
In the short term, Steinbuch's suit has only added buttercream frosting to the cake of humiliation Cutler baked him. It's hard to fathom how his privacy interests are being protected by a pleading that recycles every salacious detail from her blog. But he is clearly angry and embarrassed and in search of some justice, and he has thus sued her for the tort of "public disclosure of private facts."
"Buttercream" is a wonderful touch, but I would have dragged my cursor over "cake of humiliation," thought for a second, and hit delete. The image of this man eating her cake is de trop.


Blogger zp said...

de trop? well, maybe a little around the edges.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I completely agree; the first metaphor was clever but she went too far. I'm surprised she didn't try to do something with "tort" as well...

As far as the case goes, though, what does the guy hope to gain? We have a guy in Pittsburgh trying to sue the woman who created the "Don't date him girl" website because 2 women exposed him on there for being a rat, but it's a similar thing, the lawsuit will just bring him all kinds of negative publicity.

8:46 PM  

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