Wow, I stepped away from the blogosphere for the week and I return today to see the aftermath of a war.  Peter Getty, who is famous for you know, being a Getty and little else, has a new job writing a blog for SFGate with Billy Getty.  The first blog post was an entry titled “What the Butler Didn’t See,” which includes wonderful vomit-inducing prose like this:

“By the way: there are slews of people richer than we are, just in this neighborhood. We’re more famous for being rich than we really are rich. But we have enough to belong to the leisure class, meaning we get to spend very little of our time doing anything we don’t feel like, and we have means to sample, if not to gorge on, pleasures that most people, sad to say, won’t likely ever share in — things like yacht trips and safaris, ludicrously expensive wine, and private jet travel. You can be richer than we are, but you can’t live a whole lot better without mere ostentation.”

SFist wrote about Peter’s post and now Peter is upset that his reflections of self aren’t more well received by the commenters on the site.  He is so upset that he responded to the SFist post and has been trolling the comments section of SFist posting defensive missives about anyone that dares criticize his views on being rich.

I am sure all of the members of high society remember fondly those days when publishing required a lot of paper, ink, and expensive printing presses that the poors could not afford.  Ah, those were the days when only the opinions of the rich really mattered.  I don’t know the Gettys and don’t know what could have inspired Peter (and Billy) to want to open themselves to criticism in this way.  But it sure is fun to watch.  I wonder how long Pedro’s blog campaign will continue.


  1. Just came across your post as I was delving into dirt on the Getty’s ridiculous xmas/birthday affair held few days ago (it no doubt afforded Stanlee Gatti a down payment on a slightly used Gulfstream).

    As for J. Paul’s progeny, they’d seem harmless enough if only they were antiquarian shopkeepers, hairstylists or red neck car mechanics — but billionaires? Is this universe devoid of justice, or is it just the cosmic joker having a little laugh on a short-lived species called humanity?

    Keep the nuggets coming, and, please – more sarcasm on the idle clueless.

    #1 by p. joseph potocki — December 18, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

  2. I miss Aerofoil, Sweet Thing. :(

    #2 by Patricia — March 8, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

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