Magazine article Newsweek

The Ugly Truth about That Poor Little Rich Girls Blog

Magazine article Newsweek

The Ugly Truth about That Poor Little Rich Girls Blog

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Byline: Tony Dokoupil

It was billed as a blog and support group for Wall Street's saddest cases: the once pampered young women forced to adjust to life without bottle service, Bergdorf Goodman accounts and boom-time sex--the collateral damage caused by thousands of points vanishing in a blink from the Dow. Last month, Dating a Banker Anonymous broke out as the hated, irresistible Website du jour, and it has earned its self-pitying, gold-digging authors some national press, not to mention promises from Hollywood agents of a "Real Housewives"-style media franchise. But hold on a minute--are the DABA girls even for real?

Not exactly. DABA cofounder Laney Crowell tells NEWSWEEK that what The New York Times and many other outlets portrayed as a serious Web site is, in fact, a full-blown parody by Crowell and her sidekick Megan Petrus, a Manhattan lawyer. There are no DABA meetings. There is no support group. Crowell and Petrus fill the blog with a liberal mix of their own experiences, anecdotes from girls they meet out on the town and stories from people who e-mail the site, which they make no effort to verify. Often the DABA girls invent fresh details for maximum satirical effect.

"That isn't my life," says Crowell, 27, from a coffee shop near her apartment in New York's West Village. Dressed modestly in jeans and a pullover, Crowell describes her DABA identity as an online "character" and admits that she doesn't actually know anyone with a boyfriend-backed credit card or a slashed department-store allowance. …

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