'Mean rich girl' sets off firestorm over essay - New York News

'Mean rich girl' sets off firestorm over essay

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She’s right on the money when she says she’s a spoiled brat. A local college student penned a sophomoric essay online entitled “I’m not going to pretend that I’m poor to be accepted by you” — and it’s touched off a firestorm on the Web.

“I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me,” she wrote for ThoughtCatalog.com. “I am sorry I don’t have to go to a state school to save my parents money. What do you want from me?”

The daughter of a prominent fertility doctor in Maryland, Rachael Sacks says she refuses to apologize for her wealth — and even bragged outside her Christopher Street apartment that she enjoys being daddy’s little rich girl.

“Maybe I didn’t frame it in the right way because people are missing the point: Which is no one should have to pretend they are what they aren’t,” she said on her quaint, tree-lined Greenwich Village block.

“I’m a spoiled brat, like, that’s what I am. ”

Since the essay was published on Thursday, her Twitter account has been bombarded with seething messages.

Sacks, whose schooling costs $39,000 a year, said she didn’t expect her work to be taken so seriously, but she’s not taking back one word: “I’m not repenting or regretting.”

“I didn’t think anyone would take this seriously. This is surreal — and exciting,” said Sacks, a Bethesda, Md., native. “I’ve been getting some fantastic terrible responses. ”

Then with the world’s smallest violin playing in the background, Sacks added: “People have been very mean to me. But people have been mean to me my whole life, so what. They think I’m a spoiled brat, and I am.”

Sacks then took shots at her critics and said the meanest thing a 20-year-old could spew to a ­reporter — “You’re old.”

“All the people being mean to me are in their 30s and 40s. The criticism is stupid,” Sacks sneered. “Like, stop reading my dumb article and get back to work!”

In her not-so-thoughtful, money-loving essay, Sacks described a scene at a local Gristedes, when a customer and cashier turned their noses up at her wealth.

She said they spotted her large Mulberry shopping bag — the contents of which she got for 70 percent off — and concluded that she was a despicable ne’er-do-well.

“The girl says to the cashier, ‘I went in-state to save my parents money for school,’ ” Sacks wrote.

“The cashier then replies, ‘That’s smart.’ They then both glare at me with my shopping bag and my Coco Lite snack cakes and Diet Coke as if to say here’s daddy’s little princess wasting money.”

Sacks has been taking heat on social media.

One Tweeter @KeepCrackinWise wrote to her “you’re really good at being . . . a c-word,” while @GSElevator characterized her as “an elitist.”

Among the few non-expletive-filled rants, Mattan Ingram sarcastically tweeted at Sacks that “blind privilege and narcissism is real lovable.”

Sticks and stones, said the New School student, who appeared to covet every word of online vitriol.

She tweeted: “Being young, dumb, and hated is super fun.”

Sacks, the daughter of a fertility-specialist doctor, said she hopes to write novels for a living.


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