Martha Stewart Said What?

The media mogul came, saw, and tasted Indy for a day and a half—but what she said about press coverage of her prison time provided some food for thought.


“After you’re exposed, like I was in the press so terribly in 2001 and 2002, I went through my own 9/11, a personal tsunami. You learn that it’s okay. It’s okay to really, really be yourself, because nothing—nothing—you do [otherwise] will really make a difference.”

—Martha Stewart, speaking in Indianapolis on Nov. 5

It’s now three days since the dust settled on the grand Martha Takes Indy event of 2013. (And what would she say about that dust?) But so far, there’s been little outrage over the above quote, which Stewart gave during her address at the first-ever Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women, according to the closing paragraph of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s write-up about her visit.

Stewart’s comments about her time in prison for criminal activity involving insider trading are even more startling considering the fact that she herself is a New Yorker. Of course, this isn’t the first time she’s said something inflammatory about her so-called tribulation: Stewart previously lamented that she lost “a fortune” by spending five months in prison, and before she entered it compared herself to Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon, saying “many, many great people have gone to prison.”

Indy dwellers swelled with anticipation and then all but literally frothed at the mouth over the Queen of Living’s main appearance this week, not to mention her forays around town to the likes of local staples Napolese, Long’s Bakery, and Cafe Patachou (in that order) and the relative fledgling Thirsty Scholar. IM definitely played its role in that here and here.

We expected. She delivered. So help me blog, she even penned her own dispatch to the world at large about her time in Indy. But what to make of Tuesday’s comments, comparing her personal strife to a mass tragedy? Sorry, Martha—that’s not “a good thing.”

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  • gchu

    Kudos to Martha Stewart for speaking truth to power! Before the audience, she stood in triumph over evil. She should have said her personal tsunamai was a human rights violation that should never happen to any American as “some food for thought.” Why wasn’t the event covered by Indianapolis Monthly?

    There was no justification for the abuse and misuse of the criminal justice system on Martha Stewart, the colossal waste of taxpayer resources, and the unconscionable wasting of her own resources. She did nothing wrong.

    Her small personal, legal sale of 3,928 shares of almost 8 million ImClone shares traded has no relevance to “criminal activity involving insider trading,” and “her time in prison” resulted solely from bad legal representation. All of the charges in her case related to the time period AFTER her legal stock sale, which equates NOT with “criminal activity” or “insider trading” in this Ameican democracy with economic freedom.

  • gchu


    Martha Stewart’s personal, legal sale of stock that she bought with her honest, hard-earned funds was nobody’s business; no basis existed for the trumped-up charges, including the big-time charge with a 10-year prison term and a $2 mllion fine that assailed the Constitution and was thrown out in court as baseless.

    Her “press coverage” was freedom of the press unleashed in a modern-day mob rule by the propagandist media, which recklessly destroyed the jobs of Americans with brainwashing mendacity, such as the diatribe of “Martha Stewart Said What?” Certainly, “that’s not a ‘good thing'” as a blot on American democracy.