In 2007, a dude named Chris Crocker got his 15 minutes of fame by crying through a video defense of Britney Spears called “Leave Britney Alone.” Now I’ve done a “Leave Hillary Clinton Alone” video, but I did it without weeping. Dang! My 15 minutes of viral fame might have to wait until I can manage an on-camera breakdown.
Hillary (and Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin) came up during an interview I did with the Washington Post’s Holly Thomas for the Post’s “On Leadership” series. Holly and I discussed queens, the politics of fashion and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. I compared Zuckerberg’s leadership failings to those of the 12th century’s Empress Matilda. While Matilda had her flaws, she’s still one of my favorite royal ladies so I hope Zuckerberg won’t yank down my Facebook fan page in a fit of pique. I’m already having flashbacks to the time my blog was frozen after I criticized a search-engine company whose name is two letters away from “poodle.”
Thanks to Holly, Andrea Useem, Liz Tenety and Madeline Marshall for producing the video and telling me I look like Brittany Murphy “in a good way.” Thanks also to Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti for including me in a series that’s featured an admiral, a general, a college president, numerous billionaires and Rudy Giuliani.
Here’s “On Leadership: Wendy Brandes on why fashion ‘torments’ women leaders.” The transcript is here. Don’t forget to “like” it on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg would want you to!