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.
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 at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.