first let me say, i don't know Kristina at all..can't say i've even seen her lo's before, so i'm not judging her based on some predisposed notion of who she is or her work. In following this saga, i've tried to weigh this whole thing from both sides and imagine i was in her situation. What would i have done? Well i can never for sure say 100% what i would do, noone can until they are faced with the situation themselves but i'd like to think i would have handled it way better than she did. I also think if Kristina had taken a little time to empathize and put herself in the other contestants shoes, she may have posted a little differently. Again, i don't know her but i imagine, if she was an HM and it was someone else who won and had not followed the rules, she might also feel as some of these other contestants do.
I do understand to a point her blog post, after all if you were being personally attacked and "smacked" for more than a week straight, you might be tempted to come out with your gloves up as well. I think Kristina's biggest error at this point was going on the defensive against this. I honestly am disgusted by her blog post, but i am guessing that it was directed more at those who have been using this controversy as an excuse to personally attack her. And she as a person has a right to be angry and retaliate if that is what she chooses.
However, I think Kristina should have taken more time to honestly and sincerely apologize to the other contestants for any problems her error caused. She should have sincerely acknowledged that those people have a legitimate cause to be upset that her entry, which was clearly against the rules, won, regardless of whose fault it was. Instead her blog post barely addresses those other contestants. In reading and rereading her blog entry, i saw only one line that could possibly address the other contestants "But in all seriousness, to those of you who's feeling are hurt b/c of this, i am sorry." Personally, i consider that to be a pretty hollow apology given the context and tone of the remainder of her entry.
I also don't think her first paragraph where she explains the cause for the error was very nice to the other contestants
"Here's the deal. I absolutely did use Nisa's headshot in my entry. When I made my pages, I was simultaneously working on Dare book stuff and didn't even think twice (or fully read) about the rules (I was WAY more worried about assembling my entry and how to show all the pages of my minibook attached to a piece of black bazzill by a ball chain). Anyway. I never imagined I would actually win, so there was no moral dilemma or thought out plan. I made pages I liked. I sent them in. I didn't expect to win. Period." to me by saying she didn't really give the contest her full attention sounds arrogant. Why enter a contest for the title/prize/recognition if you can't be bothered to give it due attention? For many this contest was not just some other random contest. If it means/meant so little to her, she perhaps should not have entered.
I sincerely believe that no matter how CK and Kristina handled this, some would still not be satisfied, but all parties definitely could've handled this with a little more grace, empathy and courtesy. Acknowledge the error, sincerely apogize and offer to make ammends.
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