Much ado has been made of Gwyneth’s appearance at Authors Night 2013–mostly from the McInerney and Oxenberg camps and the press’s rabid fascination with the possibility of a smackdown of the polarizing actress.
McInerney tweeted his displeasure over being “hijacked by movie stars with ghost-written cookbooks” and Oxenberg wrote a blog post about Gwyneth’s brute body guards and annoying fans, whom she calls “worshippers,” and how she retaliated by bringing “sloppy hamburgers” and “stinky steak sandwiches” to the table to eat next to the vegan actress.
Yes, Gwyneth’s presence caused a huge stir but frankly I’ve seem similar reactions every year when the “big name” arrives at this event. I didn’t hear Melissa Bank (author of “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing” and “The Wonder Spot”) or Bryant Batt (author of “Big, Easy Style” and better known for his turn on “Mad Men”) sniping about sitting next to Alec Baldwin a few years ago when he was promoting his book.
Is it hard on the ego to be upstaged in such a grand way? Sure. Is there just a teeny weeny bit of jealousy because nobody’s making that big of a fuss over you? I’d imagine so.
Hey, that’s life.
Both McInerney and Oxenberg have had their moments in the sun. And right now I’m sure they are both enjoying at least some of the perks of being in the spotlight (though I’d prefer to be known for my writing ability and not being snarky, as I’m sure they’d both agree)–and with the added bonus of selling a few more books.
Let’s keep in mind that this is a charity event that raises significant money for the East Hampton Library and it also boosts the profiles of many a writer. I’m all for both of those causes.
Lastly, and I hate to sound mean, but I want to say that McInerney and Oxenberg should be counting their lucky stars that Teresa Giudice (the, ahem, author of A LOT of hugely popular cookbooks and a controversial RHONJ cast member–who I interviewed last year before an East End appearance) didn’t show up. That would have been absolute mayhem.