Della Femina Loses Diners Over Poor Taste In Editorial

Ad man Jerry Della Femina owns a restaurant and a free weekly newspaper in The Hamptons.
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According to Newsday, his newspaper is causing trouble for his restaurant.

A recent column about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in a free weekly owned by Hamptons luminary Jerry Della Femina so infuriated members of the East End Gay Organization that they canceled a fundraiser in Della Femina’s restaurant, leaders of the group said Friday.
Ken Allan, co-chair of the gay organization, said the language about Clinton in Rick Murphy’s “Low Tidings” column of Jan. 16 could not be ignored. “Terms were used such as ‘bull — — on steroids’ and ‘steely-eyed lesbo — — from hell.’ There was no reason to put homophobic slurs in that article,” Allan said.
“Oh, my God. We wrote that?” Della Femina said. “I’m in Manhattan. I didn’t read that.”

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.