In yesterday’s New York Social Diary, its editor David Patrick Columbia wrote about the splash Peggy Siegal made last week in the WSJ, condemning Mayor de Blasio and wife Chirlane for what Peggy called their “disdain for the accomplished.” (As previously reported in ORB, Siegal was blasting them for not attending the $25,000-a-ticket Met Gala, saying they have made themselves “socially irrelevant.”)
Columbia pointed out that few New York City mayors spent time on the social network, the exceptions being Philip Hone, Jimmy Walker, and Michael Bloomberg. Then he plucked Peggy’s feathers:
“It comes to mind that when Peggy Siegal referred to Mr. and Mrs. de Blasio not ‘mingling with the classes’, she obviously meant the wealthier ones whose company she cultivates solely and aggressively…As far as classes go, Peggy is famous for her pronounced lack of interest in anybody who is not to her ‘class’ liking. The ‘classes’ she aggressively likes to mingle with are the rich and the celebrated. Her behavior toward other ‘classes’ is less alluring, to put it kindly, or respectfully. In fact, she’s often careless in her remarks about and behavior toward those she clearly has no interest in or use for.”
Well said, Mr. Columbia. It is inspiriting to see New York’s reigning society arbiter speak honestly about someone who gets her way by terrorizing people. It won’t change Ms. Siegal—she has skin like a crocodile’s—but maybe it will embolden others to emulate the martyr in Tiananmen Square who stood up in front of the bulldozer.