Oh, the dark side of self-promotion.
When yoga teacher and friend of IAYB Rainbeau Mars asked her publicist to contact the Huffington Post to inform them that Mars requested guests do a three-week cleanse leading up to her July 2 marriage to Hollywood business manager Michael Karlin, she probably didn’t expect an internet backlash. But that’s exactly what happened.
In just a few days, the article received over 800 comments, most of them calling her “controlling,” “arrogant” and a Bridezilla. More than a few commenters made fun of her name. Cosmopolitan, The Frisky and the Daily Mail also picked up on the story, reporting it with a similar derisive tone.
In classic Rainbeau Mars style, she came to her own defense in the comments section, telling HuffPo readers, “The invitation was not a demand or a requirement and I am sorry if any of you were offended because of this thought. However… your giving me a great idea… what if I really had made it a requirement…that will have to be the next one. JOKING! 🙂 Hope you’ll all give our fall cleanse a try. I think we could all use a little more love and support around here.”
IAYB, for once, isn’t going to join in the ridicule and instead wishes Rainbeau a beautiful marriage. It’s YOUR Big Day, girlfriend, so do whatever you want! The internet is full of haters, and hopefully your previous experience with IAYB commenters helped thicken your skin a little.
PS, in the unlikely event that IAYB should ever get married, I’m going to INSIST that my wedding guests participate in a bacon + red wine cleanse. No excuses, I want everyone to show up feeling puffy and ready to rock.