I would like to give Martha Stewart a big nod of approval for the graceful way she has handled herself upon completing her prison sentence.
Martha has been the "Queen Mother" of thrifty home projects, food and beverage recipes, gardening tips, and on and on. Besides being a smart business person, Martha has inspired millions of people to do home projects to look at detail and to enjoy a quality of life with simple means or much means.
I forgive Martha for her mistake. I believe she was given a rather harsh treatment by the court. I look forward to enjoying more of what Martha will share with us.
How do you feel about Martha?
Did she do wrong wth the lies, yes. Men business "tycoons" have been ruthless since time began. A woman who does the same is labeled a "Bitch". She did wrong, paid for it, now let her go on with life. May her male counterparts get the same punishments. Face it, the average person would have taken advantage of that insider info too. We are all flawed in one way or another. (03/06/2005)
I agree with you about Martha Stewart. Never liked her before but now I'm her biggest fan. I think someone was out to get her and the only thing they could find was a lie. There are CEO's out there that have cheated the common working man out of their retirement money and are still walking free. (03/06/2005)
I am in support of Martha going back to a real prison for the crime she did and not some fancy hotel with bars. I think she should stay longer and maybe people will catch on "if you do the crime, you do the time". (03/06/2005)
She wouldn't spit on any of her supporters if they were on fire. It's only about the money. When she was standing outside the court building, after she was convicted did she say thank you so much for my supporters who have bought my stuff and are backing me now? No, she said, buy my stuff. When will people who speak out for rich and famous people realize they wouldn't hand them a dime if they were losing their houses. Are the normal public ever invited to their houses or parties. How ridiculous. How hard is it to realize it's all about them and their money/fame. We could drop dead or starve to death and they couldn't care less. (03/06/2005)
I am not a Martha Stewart fan. She lied and was money hungry and traded her stock illegally. That stock was in other people's portfolios and they lost money. The ideas she has are not her own. I refuse to buy "any" of her products. She deserved more jail time. (03/06/2005)
Literally hundreds of people go to prison for "white collar" crimes. They do the time because they have to. Martha is no better than any of the others. She
messed up and had to pay for it. The only difference is she had the $ to keep her home, have
her business run and plus all the press. Most others
have to find new jobs and basically start over from scratch. Fair? I think the whole case shows us there is a "rich man's" justice and a "poor man's" justice. (03/06/2005)
By Rhonda K
What happened to Martha, could have happened to any one of us. I feel the courts were hard on her because she is a celebrity. I like her, and don't feel any different about her now than I did before she did her jail time. (03/06/2005)
I don't care if she's guilty or innocent of insider trading. In my opinion, she's NOT thrifty, many of her ideas are ridiculous and I have no desire to spend my hard earned dollars on anything with "Martha Stewart's " name on it. Martha Stewart is a marketing gimmick, pure and simple. And what you see on TV is carefully edited and programmed to be just what she wants you to see. (03/06/2005)
What is this thread about?
Martha Stewart was convicted of insider trading. I don't know if she was guilty or not, I haven't heard the evidence. No one here seems to suggest she wasn't. She was convicted and spent time in prison.
Some people seem to suggest she was treated more harshly because she was a celebrity or because she was a woman. Hello!? The judicial system is not fair, anyone who thinks it is should look at the disproportionate amount of poor male African Americans in prison, or in Australia, Aboriginal people. Those with money can always afford better legal representation than those without. Just imagine the sentence she would have gotten if she was poor and black!
The fact that she appeared to accept her punishment with 'grace', 'dignity', or 'class' means what? Many thousands of people, not in the public eye, are put in prison every year and have no choice, but to accept it. If she accepted her guilt surely she should have pleaded guilty, with grace. She had no choice, but to accept her punishment.
As for saying she must be innocent because she had no reason to lie, perhaps being found guilty of a crime and imprisoned may be a good reason to defend yourself with lies.
At the end of all this discussion no one knows whether she guilty, how she accepted being sent to prison, or not. All the general public knows is what they are told by the media and how reliable/truthful are they?
What it comes down to is, are Martha Stewart's products good? Do you prefer them to anyone elses? If so buy them, if not don't. Your personal opinions are meaningless in her business empire; all that matters to her is the bottom line, will you buy her products? If you are a friend/personal acquaintance of her's I'm sure your kind feelings will comfort her, if you are a stranger she won't know/won't care.
If you feel your judicial system is allowing white collar/executive crime to go unpunished, lobby your politicians, get out on the streets and protest, make your votes count! Martha Stewart, and your opinion about her conduct/punishment is an irrelevance in this much larger situation.
By Jo B
Martha Stewart did the crime but I don't feel she did the time! A prison is not supposed to be a country club! You are there to be punished not made comfortable! I think it's a sad state of affairs in this country when someone can go to prison and then come out actually MORE popular than they were before they went in! As for saying she got a raw deal, there has to be some truth in the conviction she received otherwise there would have been no evidence at all against her! (03/07/2005)
By Mrs B.
I am sorry, but I do not support Martha Stewart at all. She is a smart woman, and she knew what she was doing, along with what could happen if she ever were caught. I do not believe it to be a mistake of any sort because a woman as deeply involved in the industry as she is had to know these things. I felt her actions said she is above other people, and that the rules that apply to us all, don't apply to her. I do not think she got what she deserved. I think she deserved more. Had it been you or I, we would have been given just that. (03/08/2005)
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