We spoke to Charlsie about what happened to her intern blog, January in the City, in which she wrote, among other things, her (mostly benign) experiences being a NS intern. (You’ll recall we posted about it a while back and it was picked up by Gawker.)
Here’s what she told us what went down that day:
After calling the producer, Megan Alagna (who is such a sweet person, utterly fantastic!), about my blog being featured on Gawker and the reblogging sites, she told me to not worry about it and that the girls encourage people to write blogs — so it wasn’t a big deal. About an hour after I had that phone call, Mary called me while she was in LA asking me (aka yelling) how I could be stupid to write that stuff in a public blog and how I would write what she called “a nanny diary.” I asked if she read it, and she said no, but that was besides the point. She told me to immediately take it down.
As I started saving my posts, the entire tumblr disappeared. I had no permission to access it. I could sign it, but I couldn’t see any posts or do anything with the account. That lasted for a couple of days. I even e-mailed Tumblr telling them it was bullshit, and they responded saying they would never touch anyone’s tumblr because someone else told them too. I sure didn’t touch it, and all my entries were gone. There is no doubt in my mind that NonSociety had it removed. Eventually though, it was put back up … just all the posts were removed, so it was a clean slate.
We were a little confused, so we asked to clarify: “So you basically lost ALL your content from that blog?” To which she responded:
Yes, I lost ALL my content from the blog, even just pictures of my boyfriend and me. It was all removed.
Julia apparently wanted to have an “end of the internship” conversation, but her e-mails showed her being upset about the blog. So, I just thought I would ignore her. She continued to call me (11:30pm at night on like a Thursday) and texting me at 2:20am in the morning telling me I had to talk to her. I even received an e-mail saying my internship form (which was turned in) wouldn’t be sent until I spoke to Julia. After receiving a not so professional (at least in my book) voicemail from her, I sent her an e-mail telling her there would be no conversation and that I needed my form sent and everything handled appropriately in a timely and professional manner. I haven’t had any contact with her since then, just the producer.
You can share this. I honestly don’t care at this point. It is so disappointing when I paid for myself to go to NYC for the month only to run errands and then be treated like utter shit because I wrote the truth. I also think it is funny how they got so mad at me for writing what I did. What I think is sad is how they fail to look at themselves and see that they have so many haters who look for dirt like the stuff I wrote. The problem is them, not me or what I wrote — however, they will never see it that way.
And this is the email she received from Tumblr support regarding her inquiry:
Hi, Charlsie. It would be my guess that you clicked the Leave This Group button in the Members area for that tumblelog. That would have made you leave the group tumblelog and if you were the only Member/Admin it would have also deleted the group tumblelog. No one at Tumblr did anything to that tumblelog in any way.
The tumblelog is now restored. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. Thanks for using Tumblr!
There is no way in hell I clicked the Leave This Group button. Such a bullshit e-mail.
Honestly, this is such a crappy situation, and we feel pretty bad about the whole thing. She was just an intern doing her job, and she got shit on. Don’t worry too much, C, just work hard and improve your writing, and if you still want to enter this profession that is sort of dying by the minute, you’ll be fine.