Ashley Dupre – from infamy to fame
Real life seems to mimic far-fetched SNL sketches more often these days. There have been so many outrageous media occurrences that we are involuntarily thrown into. They create an overloaded reality-show atmosphere to daily living. I can't help but be simultaneously amused and disturbed.
Case in point: Ashley Dupre becomes the NY Post's latest hire as 'advice columnist'. For those unfamiliar with her story, Ms. Dupre is the high class escort that was a key player in toppling former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer. Ironically, Mr. Spitzer's career was built on a holier-than-thou platform that included prosecuting individuals who operated adult prostitution businesses. The theory of glass houses took him crashing down hard and fast, with little sympathy from a public he was not all that popular with from the onset. Ms. Dupre, on the other hand, peaked their interest. She became a pseudo celebrity.
Although her climb to fame was on the ladder of infamy, the end result is still a sweet job with the NY Post. My first reaction to this news was one of disgust. With media outlets laying off droves of quality journalists on a daily basis, it is hard to swallow the likes of a high priced hooker on the payroll in a writing capacity.
But hey, who better to give advice on such topics as "How do I know if my daughter is getting in trouble?" and "Are there telltale signs a man isn't happy in his marriage?" than a women who has walked in her spike-heeled shoes? Think about it for a moment. She is authentic. So I decided to be open-minded and give her a chance.
Her first column appeared this week complete with a terrible sexy librarian style photo and a poorly produced, equally awfully acted video soliciting questions. Not a great start. I went on to read her column and was surprised that the answers to most of the questions were well thought out, solid advice with both a sensible and sensitive voice. I have my doubts about whether she is actually writing this column, it surely does not seem to be written by a teenage runaway turned paid sexual companion, but that is not my focus here.Continued on the next page