Scenes from a Sorority
Rants and Raves
The saga of the great Greek freak-out continues, as the University of Maryland’s Delta Gamma chapter continues to recieve intense scrutiny after one of its members channeled her inner Carrie in an email sent to the entire sorority.
Today, the official word came down from Delta Gamma’s HQ, located in Columbus, Ohio in case you were interested in filling their position of a full-time, in-house attorney. (Interested applicants can apply here.)
It’s the standard boilerplate you’d expect from an organization doing damage control–”this letter in no way reflected the values of Delta Gamma,” etc., etc.– though it is worth noting that the international fraternity seems to promise some sort of secret, Greek-dealt justice for Ms. Martinson’s breach in ladylike conduct, on top of all the public shaming she is currently undergoing. Anyone who has ever been a pledge (or has watched a movie involving a pledge scene) can only shudder at the implications and recall Ms. Martinson’s own prescient words, “It’s going to a rough fucking ride.”
On Thursday, University of Maryland student Rebecca Martinson, a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, achieved a level of Internet infamy after a private letter she had sent to her sisters was circulated around the campus and eventually sent to Gawker. Some were quick to call Ms. Martinson “psycho” and refer to her email as “insane” due to its rambling, incoherent and frankly confusingly venemous content (as far as we can tell, this was sent because some sisters were “being fucking WEIRD at sports”); ironically, it would take a sorority member or at least someone in a mean girl’s high school clique to truly appreciate the quick and effective destruction of a life with just one click of a forward button.
But we’re not here to pass judgement on Ms. Martinson or her colleagues. We’re here to watch two dramatic readings of the email: the first by Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon– which truly does bring to mind the actor’s role as a hallucinating schizophrenic in Bug–and the latter by a Barbie doll.