What! Patti Chong is calling it quits over at The Verdict, her blog at WA Today. For realsies!
In true Chongstyle, her farewell post is a self indulgent essay packed with swipes at her detractors.
She starts off by quoting at length a sycophantic email from… some Notre Dame law student called Clarence?
…I am a university student at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle. Throughout my course, I have noticed many issues in our legal and political system, which seems quite unjust and rigid…
I would just like to say that the things you have achieved and have fought for are indeed amazing. You have inspired me to tackle situations where the legislation appears unjust. As a Notre Dame law student, social justice has always been a common theme throughout my time at university. It may not count for much but I just want to congratulate you on your philanthropy and kind-heartedness throughout the legal and social realm (especially on Nova radio!). It may not seem like it, but you are indeed an inspiration to many law students.
Blerg. Give it a rest, “Clarence Paul”. There’s less humiliating ways to find a job. Honest.
Of course, Patti’s extended whinge about her meanie-pants critics is the real gold:
While I did not expect all readers to agree with my views or support the issues which are most passionate to me, I did not expect the vitriol and vilification from some of my detractors.
Issues can be passionate now? She goes on:
Some of the attacks on me personally, remarks about my children and my estranged husband were uncalled for, unjustified and bordered on the extreme.
While we’re on the subject of “bordering on the extreme”:
In my years of prosecuting some of the more notorious and not so notorious criminal elements of our community, they seem to be more balanced and displayed more redeeming features than some of the people who have posted comments.
I bet this one is for Skink, who’s been irritating Patti like a bad case of the crabs for yonks now. But, that aside, Lots Of Love for this! Internet commentors are the worst! They have less redeeming features than the notorious criminal elements of our community. You know, like people who abuse children.
It’s not all just a big whinge, though. Patti has some well-worn advice for the haters:
My beloved mother used to tell me that if we have nothing positive to say about anybody or anything, then silence is golden.
And from mixed metaphors to Shakespeare:
If I am able to inspire just one person or change something positively by my pieces, then I suppose it has been worthwhile to have suffered the slings and arrows.
That’s a motiviational poster, right there: