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miss c: it's because every time i've questioned gala directly she has either ignored me or deleted my comments. with so many people into her i really did wonder if any others question her blog/behaviour too, so it was a bit of a relief to know i wasn't the only one! yes i did call some comments "immature" etc, but you'll notice that a lot of the comments here by gala's fans contain swearing and direct personal attacks. and about my hanna montana comment, i guess sarcasm doesn't translate well over the internet. and you are a very cheeky lady! ;)
liz: YES. i am very familiar with US immigration laws and you hit the nail right on the head. gala cannot "hire" an intern - firstly because interns work for free, and because if her intern is say, a journalism student, he or she would need approval from their college, and gala does not have an accredited, established business in the united states. she is going to london soon, conveniently around the 3 month mark.
lily: there is no such thing as an artist's visa.
tierra: i'm not going to say she's not pretty because everyone is beautiful. i think she is far from being a "fashionista" but that is the extent of my criticism with her appearance. and i've mentioned in a few comments here that i commend her for being an inspiration on the lives of so many and that is a GOOD thing. my issue with gala is she is presenting ideals and a magical life in a way that makes it look easy to obtain, when in reality it is very far from it, and that she also avoids questions and deletes comments and bans readers, which is pretty ironic when one of the most important elements of writing is free speech.
i think i've said all i need to say here...but if you want see which blog inspires ME, go here -- http://www.luxirare.com/ -- have a good day everyone! xx
tana: because we've finally found somewhere we can discuss this without being censored. if you don't like that then don't read the comments, just like gala's fans tell us over and over again not to read her blog if we don't like it. btw it is not "understandable" for the quality of a writer's work to go downhill just because they are doing other projects. if the writer is professional and good at what they do then that quality will always transcend, not decline. but you got it in one - gala is just a person with a blog.
poo: buh bye!
poo: it is utterly hilarious that you come in here and DEMAND that i tell you personal information about myself (which aint gonna happen). you weren't even at that school when i was so you wouldn't know who i am even if i told you. so you can drop your thinly-veiled, and failed attempt at reverse psychology. it is also hilarious that you have the audacity to call ME "rude & unhelpful" when you're the one bitching and swearing and name calling. i don't feed trolls so don't bother with your interrogation because i have nothing more to say to you, except go to http://www.dictionary.com and look up the word "hypocrite", then go "pour your energy into a positive cause".
poo: if it's so boring then leave and spread YOUR gospel elsewhere.
poo: thank you for your insightful analysis.
leah: you are just saying exactly the same thing as gala's followers, word for word. we've heard it all before. just because we have an issue with someone/thing it doesn't make us bad people who leave negative lives, and we aren't here swearing or calling people names like gala fans are doing to us. until i read the comments here i had no idea other people have the same opinions i do because gala puts a lot of time and energy into making sure they're not expressed on her site. so it's good to know others think the same way, in a forum where we are not censored. so instead of coming here and bitching about how bitchy WE supposedly are, how about you "pour your energy" into "a cause that really matters" and inspire others the way gala inspires you. :)
miss c: gala is in america on a tourist visa, no one can intern for her. & here you go, knock yourself out with enlightenment -- http://galadarling.com/article/your-first-perfume -- http://galadarling.com/article/i-was-a-teenage-goth -- it took me less than 2 minutes to find those links, which you could've easily done yourself instead of coming here with your "like omg totally!!1" hanna montana vocabulary and swearing like a banshee, once again defending someone you have never met. btw, having a PhD or any form of higher education is an "automatic win" in every aspect of life. you should try it sometime. xx
joanne: it's here - http://galadarling.com/article/commenting-policy
joanne - wow i just read the commenting policy for the first time, and she actually does welcome criticism! "Iâ€™m a big girl, & I welcome constructive criticism & suggestions." see? but realistically, "welcome" means ignore, defend, delete, or block. she doesn't crave criticism, she craves attention, validation, and ego boosting. unless your comment says "omg i love you gala you're such an inspiration", don't bother. and yes, this bothers me more than where her money comes from.
my name is maddy. and i don't believe you did, so don't even bother. xx
elizabeth - you're entitled to your opinion just as much as we are, but i'm glad you find inspiration from gala's blog. many people find it hard to get inspired and motivated by anything, so if gala does that for you then that's really great! however it's not the same for everyone. also i have met her more than once, i went to high school with her so i know what she's like... it's not as though i saw her in person for 5 minutes and she didn't talk to me now i'm on an internet tirade to talk shit about her. and in regard to meeting your idol comment, i don't know about anyone else but in the past when i've met some of my favourite bands, some of them turned out to be utter snobs, which totally put me off their music.
wyn j. - she's deleted my comment and blocked my IP too. one post that sticks out in my mind is this: http://galadarling.com/article/dali-atomicus read all the comments, especially the last one. she deleted a lot of them and disabled the comment feature after her final comment. her response/excuse was pathetic, avoidant, and very unprofessional. whenever someone calls her out on her bullshit she has no defense whatsoever and backpedals about "the purpose of her website". so many people strongly voiced how wrong that picture is and how wrong gala is but most of those comments conveniently disappeared. she's proven time and time again she is not mature and intelligent enough to handle and respond to criticism, hiding it under the guise of her site being a magical pink fantasy land void of negativity. there's nothing wrong with not wanting negativity in your life but there is plenty wrong with having a public blog that relies heavily on its readers' interaction but not allowing any form of subjectivity. deleting comments is silencing someone's right to free speech.
it also bothers me how she used to be goth but now that she's grown out of it she continues to openly diss the gothic lifestyle & asthetic, which totally contradicts her "dress up, love everyone, wear what you feel comfortable in, be daring" motto, don't you think?
elizabeth - maybe you should've taken the time to read the other comments first? a few people who know/have known gala have given examples why she's fake through their personal experience(s) with her.
miss c: i really doubt gala isn't here because "she doesn't have time to prove herself" - she isn't here because there's no way she would ever answer the questions and doubts that are posed in this discussion.
ah it's funny that the pro-gala commenters here are the ones being immature and catty, have no substance to their argument, and trying to defend someone they have never met. here's the college candy article for those interested: http://collegecandy.com/2008/02/14/pink-hair-success-gala-darling/#more-7072 i'd also like to point out that i could care less how much money gala has; i'm not after a number, i'm after an explanation. it also irks me a lot that gala is a self-proclaimed "international playgirl". there's an episode of sex & the city where carrie meets up with an old friend (i forget her name) who lives a life of glamour and parties and travel by leeching off rich men who pay for her lifestyle. gala is so immersed in narcissism, approval, and attention seeking that she has created this faux-persona for herself without even realising just how bad an example she is setting - carrie's friend isn't an international playgirl, she's an international hooker.
oh & i just had a look around, and this is a really cool site!
whoever said gala isn't reading these comments, well, funny how "break the speed limit" on that "50 things a girl should do in her lifetime" has now been changed to "drive quickly". i also just noticed "forgive your parents for whatever they did wrong". man, is this girl on crack? her naivety never ceases to astound me - what if your parent(s) are sexually/physically/emotionally/mentally abusive? yes, forgive them!! the universe will blow you kisses! jesus, she needs to actually start thinking before she types, which, you know, GOOD writers do.
ohh i missed that whole part about me being a "stalker". jennoe/sarah/whatever your fake name is, i don't know how you came to that conclusion when gala constantly posts links to every blogging/social networking site she's on (twitter, facebook, myspace, livejournal, blogger, digg, flickr, etc), but being a gala fan i'm sure you check those sites religiously, which kinda makes you more of a stalker than the rest of us.
jane g: thank you! that is a perfect analogy....for people who DON'T consider university a "waste of time"...but for argument's sake, let's replace hitler with paris hilton. you know, because anyone who's ever said a bad word about paris is, according to gala's fans' redundant theory, a "jealous, bitter person with no life". well if gala doesn't want to be criticised, or can't accept criticism (which she's proven countless times over the years (grow a thicker skin, honey)), then she should not put herself in the spotlight TO be criticised. it's not rocket science... but then again you need a uni degree to understand rocket science anyway.
lol @ "losing sleep over the fact she doesnt have a job as boring as yours". firstly, i didnt realise she even had a job? more importantly, you don't even know what any of us do for a living, so how would you know if it's boring? oh wait, you don't, just like all the other pro-galas who sing the same old song that any and all negative comments about her come from "bitter, jealous, miserable people with no life". *yawn*
emily: just because we don't ride the gala bandwagon doesn't mean we don't make positive changes and contributions in our lives/workplace/whatever. you don't know any of us or anything about our lives yet you assume we don't do anything positive. i'm sorry, and what exactly do YOU do? (defending someone you've never met doesn't count.)
jennoe: after reading your insightful, intelligent comment the only thing one can discern is that the "catty loser" here is you. why on earth would i need to "see a counsellor" just because i don't agree with you/gala? that's the funniest thing i've read since gala suggested making hats out of vegetables.
wynn: i loled so hard @ "break the speed limit" being on that list. i can see it now - girl endangers her life (and others) by speeding, cop pulls her over, girl says "but gala told me to!" ...just like bills being "a gift from the universe"!
veronica: i noticed she deleted all the old posts on her other blog, but livejournal must've slipped her mind: http://galadarling.livejournal.com entries go back to 2005. some very interesting reading right there.
to the those who keep saying why gala should answer questions about where all her magical money comes when people are nasty and rude about it, well i've seen many times on her blog people genuinely and politely asking the same questions only to have gala respond exactly the same way: "umm, like, it's like, none of yr business, mmkay?!" so whether you're nice or rude she'll still try and brush you off like the lying spoilt brat she is...call her out on something and she'll delete your comment(s). oh and a big fat LOL to the girl on her blog who said "it is illegal to post untruths about someone" - if that was true then gossip mags wouldn't exist, but hey it just goes to show that a lot of gala's readers are as clueless as she is.
if people want a REAL style/fashion/intelligent role model they should go read nubby's blog. that girl is pure class, resourceful, grounded, and don't need an ego boost 5000 times a day from 12 year olds. nubby is style; gala is just..bleugh..vile.
cat v. - "bills are a blessing because they are a sign the Universe trusts in your ability to pay them!" hahahah i had completely forgotten about that. what an absolute JOKE. such an easy thing to say for someone that's probably never paid a bill in their life because they've mooched off everyone else. ahh i have an overdue electricity bill...maybe if i eat a raw carrot then tap my head and elbows it will magically go away?
joanne m. - if she was upfront and honest about it instead of lying and trying to always cover it up, people really wouldn't give a shit. and i don't know about the other commenters here but i 'screech' about plenty of worthwhile causes - PETA being one of them (though you'll never see me posing for photos wearing fur, unlike some people).
also, after she announced her new (& insanely overpriced) podcast, many people voiced that they simply could not afford it. so instead of listening to her readers (who according to her, are her employers too) and lowering her price, she defended and tried to justify why the price was so high. and then she went on to gloat about her latest shoes and accessories and other things than young girls simply cannot afford, especially now with the recession going on. many of her readers comment saying "wow those shoes are so pretty but i could never afford them" and what does gala do? boasts about how she got them or who she knows who got them for her blah blah blah...instead of compiling an article on how to look good and wear what you want on a tight budget...which clearly says that her blog is about HER, not her readers. what a shame.
wyn j. - in the eyes of many she can do no wrong, but when anyone says anything negative about her it automatically makes them 'an insecure, unhappy person'. if you're going to put yourself out there then be prepared for negative comments and criticism, and just because someone doesn't like what you do or say it does not mean there is something wrong in their life. i hate the way a lot of laws and politics are run and how my government lies about its funding etc, but that doesn't make me insecure or unhappy, it just means im not content in sitting silent while something is clearly wrong and people are clearly covering things up. to a much lesser extent this applies to gala. what if a professional journalist interviewed her and asked about her income? is she just gonna giggle and say "none of your business" and "not my issue!"? she has as much professionalism as paris hilton does intelligence, and if gala's naive theory of people's insecurity and/or personal issues leading them to criticise her, there would be no film/food/wine/book/fashion critics, or even an opposition party to your country's government. she's an insecure, self-absorbed trust fund baby who goes crying to her underage fans whenever someone says anything negative and relies on them to defend her and stroke her ego and give her reassurance... evident by her 'other blog'. she is a scam, a phony, a fake. anyone with half a brain can figure that out, and you don't need to be dr phil to see how insecure and desperate she is for attention.
i'd also like to point out that gala saying that her parents don't give her anything and that she is "entirely self-funded" is the biggest lie since the bill clinton denied having sexual relations with that woman. her parents are extremely wealthy and own a very successful business in NZ. she is very close with her family so her parents not giving her anything is just bullshit. think about it...there is NO way anyone can live that lifestyle in NYC merely on the income of a few site ads and podcasts. wake up.
I also agree with the other comments. iCiNG is full of fluff, shout-outs, celebrity name dropping, links, and syntax akin to that of a French language drop-out crossed with an underage hood-rat. her "writing" is filler and nowhere near a professional level, with appalling grammar and punctuation that make English lit Masters rip their hair out. everything about her is a farce (even her name); she claims to be unique and original but she is self-admittedly a carbon copy of carrie bradshaw. she supports a raw/vegan diet yet goes out and eats steak. she hates fur in fashion but wears it anyway. she is a walking, talking, blogging hypocrite and there is absolutely nothing unique about her. the only reason she's successful is because teenage girls lap up everything she says and does because they are naive and impressionable. i do commend her for being a positive influence in the lives of many, but she can't expect people to be true to themselves when she isn't, because everything she is and has built is a farce. she would not and has not survived a second in the real publishing world (cosmo didn't fire her for nothing) because her site rarely contains anything of substance that would permit it to generate the insane amounts of money required to fund her excessive lifestyle. and the fact she avoids any questions about her financial status and deletes comments on her blog that challenge or question her shows nothing but sheer unprofessionalism and covering up lies. if you are in the spotlight for whatever reason then expect to be asked personal questions about everything...answering "it's none of your business" is bullshit and only shows you have something to hide. the public have a right to know because apparently they are the ones generating this magical full-time income. and before more people step up for defend their precious faux-idol, yes, she does have a trust fund. and her real name is amy. we were friends in high school.