Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Friday, July 16, 2004

Martha's new look
So Martha Stewart, the doyenne of decor, will be sentenced today at around 16:00 our time. Not that I'm awaiting the results with baited breath, but everybody loves to see celebrities fall and especially a person with such a reportedly horrible demeanour. The irony is fantastic, Martha Stewart, the epitome of the 'American soccer mom done good', the queen of home style and interior design, facing the prospect of a little time in a concrete six-by-four without a yard of fabric or touch of colour in sight. Apparently the judge overseeing the case, Judge Cedarbaum, is no fan of Stewart, and yesterday threw out a last minute appeal by her lawyers to have the federal sentencing guidelines that call for a 10- to 16-month prison term set aside. "Martha Stewart Living" could have a whole new ring to it, and most likely a string of B-Grade documentaries too...