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0Joan Smith & articolul despre pantofii doamnei Udrea – part2

Joan Smith & articolul despre pantofii doamnei Udrea – part2

corespondenta mea cu doamna Joan Smith autoarea unui articol in care lauda initiativa doamnei Udrea de a darui pantofi cu toc femeilor din satul Saucesti, afectat grav de inundatii, a continuat dupa cum urmeaza:

Dear Joan,

Thanks for your answer. I’m sorry that you had to confront with impolite comments from my compatriots and I don’t want to be rude insisting on this topic.

As a journalist woman who has written for 5 years a column about lifestyle for a national newspaper, I can understand your opinion: “it’s better to offer shoes than asking women to wear the niqab or

What I don’t understand is why you didn’t look for farther facts, in this specific case.

It would have been very easy to discover (in TV features for instance) Romanian women from that village crying and saying: “What can I to do with these shoes?”. The reality is that for most of them, this kind of present was in fact an insult. Stiletto shoes were inutile in that specific moment and all Romanian TV stations have showed that.

I can assure you that in spite your actual conviction, we have quite a lively & robust press. And, even if it doesn’t look like it, we also have journalists who write after a good reporting.

I have to admit that I was wondering if, in this case, you were paid for a positive PR article. Please tell me it’s not true, because I have a huge respect for British journalism.


Cristina Bazavan


Dear Cristina

Your suggestion of payment is as bonkers as it is insulting. It’s also defamatory.

What a shame that you aren’t able to read something you disagree with without attacking the author in this childish way.

Joan Smith

si cu asta am incheiat conversatia:)

0de ce a scris Joan Smith articolul despre pantofii doamnei Udrea

de ce a scris Joan Smith articolul despre pantofii doamnei Udrea

i-am scris autoarei opiniei din The Independent despre darurile Elenei Udrea catre sinistratii din Saucesti.
vroiam sa stiu cum si unde s-a informat despre eveniment… mai jos corespondenta dintre noi.


I’m Cristina Bazavan, editor in chief of Tabu Magazine – one of the most famous women magazines in Romania.

I’m writing you concerning the column about our minister of tourism, Elena Udrea and the now famous stilettos offered to the women of Saucesti.

I would be very interested in finding out how you did your research for this article, especially because Romania is not often a subject of the foreign media. Thus, I would be very thankful if you would answer me a couple of questions: How did you find about this event? And why did you decide to write about it? How did you do your research about your opinion? What do you know about Saucesti, the little village you wrote about? To whom from Romania did you speak?

I’m curios about this also because in Romania, people are having fun about your article: Saucesti is a very pour village; the women there did not wear or see a pair of stilettos in their entire life. They
are, generally, very old & poor and they have no social life like in a big city; for them to socialize means going to the church – and there, according to our culture, stilettos are not something appropriate to wear.

Our magazine, a glossy one, had a cover with Elena Udrea, two years

Thank you for your answer.


Dear Cristina

Thanks for your message. Yours is one of the few responses I’ve had from Romania that isn’t obscene or threatening – I’ve had a number along the lines of ‘fuck off, you fucking bitch’ and accusing me of being in the pay of the Romanian secret police.

It’s an unusual and disturbing response. I write columns every week, they are my opinions and in the tradition of robust politcial and social comment that we have in the UK. Columns aren’t factual, they aren’t news reports or features. They’re opinion, prompted by things that have been reported in the
British and international press in the previous week.

In this instance, Elena Udrea’s remarks were reported in the British press, including the Daily Telegraph. You may have noticed that most of my column wasn’t about her, it was about the pressing problem we have in this country of how to deal with extreme forms of religious dress.

I was under the impression that Romania had a lively and robust press, but from this intemperate and abusive reaction it seems I was wrong.


Joan Smith

nu-mi raspunde la intrebari, stiu. e un raspuns PRistic, mult prea PR-istic, dar cred ca oricum a fost agresata de mesajele pe care le-a primit. fara sa vrea (sau fara sa stie ce consecinte va avea) s-a bagat in groapa cu lei.


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