Delta Gamma’s Real Life Mean Girl


Social Media has been lit on fire this week by the ranting letter of University of Maryland’s Rebecca Martinson.   Perhaps you heard about Martinson admist the continued news of the Boston bombers and the lame news of Congress making sure their flights home were not interrupted by their own stupidity?

Martinson wrote a very nasty email to her sorority sisters at Delta Gamma, chiding, no… berating… them for being so socially lame. Apparently Little Miz Sunshine was upset that her sorority sisters weren’t perky enough for the frat brothers and Rebecca was worried about being associated with girls that boys considered boring or uninteresting.

So she lit into her Delta Gamma sisters with a rage-infused rant filled with so many F-bombs you’d think she was raised in a prison yard.

If Rebecca Martinson is this generation’s idea of Emily Post we all are in a world of hurt. If I were Rebecca’s parent I would yank her out of college so quick her head would spin faster than demon-possessed Linda Blair.

Martinson’s profanity-laced rant has earned her numerous headlines including The Daily Beast, Deadspin and Good Morning America. Along with a host of spoofs on YouTube.

Apparently the first word Rebecca learned to say started with an F and ends in a K. It is her ability as a pretty girl to be so profane that has earned her a place alongside America’s most notable and forgettable. 

Her fame won’t last two minutes.

But while it’s true that the rant reads like 50-ways to use the F-word, that’s not what is so very profane about Little Miss Sunshine’s letter.

At least not to me.

Here’s the part where I wanted to yank  her forty-ways to Sunday:

Are you people fucking retarded? That’s not a rhetorical question, I LITERALLY want you to email me back telling me if you’re mentally slow so I can make sure you don’t go to anymore night time events.

Little Miss Martinson then asks her sorority sisters if they are “blind” in the same breath as she threatens them: I WILL FUCKING ASSAULT YOU.  (her caps, not mine.) 

What I find most disturbing is that everyone, from the hosts at Good Morning America to the YouTube spoofers find humor in Miz Martinson’s letter.

What, pray tell, is so funny about a young woman being so arrogant, so vile, so full of rage and so callous? Not only to those she lives among but to the disabled – those she refers to as “retarded” or “mentally slow”?

Rebecca Martinson ought to be required to get anger management therapy. She ought to be required to work community service hours with the mentally disabled.

It is always disheartening when people like her make headlines for their bad behaviors. There are so many wonderful university students doing good on behalf of others. 

What is obvious is that Miz Martinson needs to be in college — she apparently learned nothing growing up at home.



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  • RickM

    Here’s why it’s funny: she’s out-of-touch with the reality beyond her sorority, to an extreme degree. She sends out an incredibly bullying email and her own words reveal her to be foolish and unhinged. Just as people find the humor in a football coach who screams until he froths at the mouth, or a golfer who gets so angry he breaks his clubs and throws them in a pond, so too do we find humor in a shallow college girl who feels it important that she perpetuate the worst stereotype of college Greeks and does so in an over-the-top email. Thank heavens one of the recipients decided to share it rather than keeping all of this stuff secret where it has more power. By exposing this absurdity it loses its power. That’s a good thing.

    • You bring up a good point. Her rant is bullying — I WILL ASSAULT YOU — so why would a generation who has seen the awful of effects of bullying consider this funny in any form or fashion?

      • RickM

        It would be less funny if she actually hit the Megans and Brittanies in her little sorority. But since she only screamed at them online, it’s hard to think anyone was actually physically hurt. I assume the other girls just laughed at her for being a petty tyrant.

  • Folks are not laughing with her, they are laughing AT her, and I suspect that any liberal arts values from college are lost on her (the Sorority system has already skewed the significance of her education beyond repair). How she will fair at the massive public derision is an interesting question.

    • Daniel: I wish they were laughing at her. But I have done a bit of research and I can tell you that many, many find her particular brand of hatefulness funny. That’s what troubles me so.

    • TheodoreSeeber

      Liberal arts majors have values? I thought moral relativism was the order of the day- and this young lady is pretty much the result of that.

  • Steve T

    Yeah Karen … bet you won’t get 70 comments here. Maybe if she were gay. Then our brothers and sisters might have something to say. But with this vile, hateful, run-of-the-mill sin, well, we’ll just move on to the next page. Probably someone trying to take our guns over there. Lord, lord.

  • MainlineP

    The anger might be partly explained by her discomfort at going to that school when the really bright suburban princesses with Anglicized surnames go to far more prestigious places. When her parents gather around the pool or the family table, and some relative says, “Where does Rebecca go to college, again?” and there’s a clearing of throats. Well it explains a lot.