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This will no doubt be the most post-modern ‘meta’ post I’ve ever written. This is a comment to a comment left on Thursday by Seema Kalia, whose trials and tribulations I commented on in an earlier post. The Daily Beast has also commented on this combustion of comments with two words: “No comment.” This post itself will no doubt draw further comment, perhaps even some fire from Seema in the form of a frivolous lawsuit.
I should sue myself for not only having posted this image in an earlier story, but having Photoshopped it. However, I’m in America, snuggled under a blanket called the First Amendment, unlike John Galliano, who is facing prosecution in France for expressing himself.
Why frivolous? Because the basis of Seema’s complaint against me, as well as The Daily Beast, is defamation, which as any TV legal drama will tell you is extremely difficult to prove in this country. However, despite having a Juris Doctor degree that should teach her better, or perhaps because of it, Seema has limitless resources and seems to be keen to use them to tidy up her image.
As the old ad campaign goes, there are some things money cannot buy.