By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, yes, the imitation, it is the sincerest form of the flattering, but The Rahulio?

P.S. Ayyyy!

The Manolo he steps away for the day and the people they savage the poor Rahulio. Yes, the blog of the Ruhulio it is the bit derivative, but the Manolo he is most flattered with this homage. Indeed he believes that the site of the Ruhulio it is worth the reading, and it is funny when the Rihulio is writing in his own voice. The topic of celebrity jewelry it is the good one.

At the same of the time, the Manolo he is most gratified that the many internet friends of the Manolo they would rush to his defense. This it has warmed the heart of the Manolo.

So, in the conclusion, please be kind to our internet friends. The sphere of the blogs it is big enough for all.


42 Responses to “Flattery”

  1. oh navel Says:

    That is so weak.

  2. e Says:

    this needs an Ayyyyy! tag.

  3. a5 Says:

    they may try to imitate but they all fall short… are you at least flattered?

  4. Annalucia Says:

    The Annalucia seconds the comments of Oh Navel and E, and adds an Ayyy! at the sight of Woody Allen and Scarlett Johanssen in the same photo. She hopes the Scarlett will carry a small blackjack in case the aging satyr attempts to put the moves on her.

  5. Luella Says:

    The Rahulio is just the Manolo knockoff.

  6. Evie Says:

    Fear not, Manolo…this pretender is but a second-rate imitation. The Rahulio is The Monkees to your Beatles, the Crash Bandicoot to your Sonic the Hedgehog, perhaps even the Lagerfeld to your Coco Chanel. Accept the homage and think no more of it.

  7. Amy Says:

    A flash in the pan. It will soon be gone.

  8. dimestore lipstick Says:

    The knock-off, made-in-China shoes of the flea-market, next to Manolo’s Prada quality.

  9. blackbird Says:

    Manolo! Tuvalans cannot even SEE the…the…who?
    We love you!

  10. JayKay Says:

    I’ve got a story…gather ’round, childrens…
    Once upon a time, in a land of fog, freaks and gorgeous sunsets, there lived our hero of this story, who we’ll call JC. He ran a *wonderful* netradio with catchy tunes, witty DJs and a spiffy chat board. Hoards of followers flocked to JC’s netradio daily to get their fix of music and chat banter.
    One day, the villian, who we’ll call Brian (oops…did I forget to give him a nickname?!) ripped JC’s site for all it was worth…stole the design, the exclusive music and even tried to steal the bandwidth from our hero, JC. He started his own half-assed site and has a whopping *40* maximum listeners. To this day, Brian’s site remains in the shadow of JC’s and it forever will.
    Moral of the story: When you lack originality, you will always be compared to (and loathed by) the person from whom you got all your ideas and tried to pass them off as your own.
    Incidentally, JC was *never* flattered. Biters tend to piss people off, not flatter them.

  11. Sandy T. Says:

    Ha! He even spells the name wrong, because it is an obvious cop from an old Lynda J. Barry comic about Rahoolio the Latin Lovar (I swear, this is from 1982 or something).

    Weak, indeed (but Lynda’s comic is funny).

  12. e Says:

    speaking of which, who is THIS “e”? Who are you, e?


  13. Mimi Says:

    Watch out–next, this guy will be featuring shoes from the Wal-Mart!

  14. Karen Says:

    There is no comparison. The Manolo embodies the simplicity and the elegance like no other.

  15. Sibyl Says:

    Your defenders appear to have rallied, sir. This Rahulio will soon learn that it is unwise to “flatter” without acknowledging the imitation, as this is called “theft,” which is unappreciated by the super fantastic.

  16. JessicaMelusine Says:

    You are classic, original and high quality; this fellow is none of these. I’ll be staying with you to start my mornings (yes, I do read your blog *before* the news; better to start the day smiling!)

    For me, his questionable imitation only makes you shine brighter.

  17. tres francaise Says:

    The Manolo is most gracious to post the link to that pathetic pseudosite, thereby giving to the Rahulio the nanosecond of internet fame. The nanosecond is now over.

  18. cris Says:

    The Rahulio is actually well known. He followed the Grateful Dead back in the 80s, making shoes from love beads and leftover grilled cheese sandwiches.
    He powers his blog with static electricity he generates by shuffling his feet back and forth on the orange shag rug in his living room.
    IN 1998 he studied syntax under Arianna Huffington, where he picked up a few tips on opportunism from the notorious carpet baggage.

  19. deb Says:

    No comparison, dear Manolo…no comparison at all :)

  20. Bruja Says:

    There is now a link to The Manolo, I don’t know when it was put there, but now it is.

  21. Fausta Says:

    The Manolo, he’s the one, he’s the only!

  22. Designer Ella Says:

    Is Rahulio even a name of some fantastic jewelry crafter? Anyway..

    I like the story-sharing. So here, I go. I once had a very successful graphic design website (and thus I know that the Internet fame, peoples, it can sometimes be hard on a person). This young lady stole many ideas from my beloved “layout” and created her own. She claimed it was “100% copyrighted” and such and such. I was very upset.

    Anyway, it is a shame that this person chose the unoriginal path, because I like his idea of showing us celebrity’s jewelry.

    I tried to make a neutral comment on his site, because I feel so bad, everybody is hating on him. So the fame Manolo gives, it is not a gift to this poor Rahulio.

    (Yeah, couldn’t “he” be Tiffany, or something? He he.)

  23. Jill Smith Says:

    Bravo to the Manolo for having a big heart and a generous spirit. A marvelous example to the rest of the sphere of the blog.

  24. Maggi Says:

    The poster Jill Smith said exactly what I was thinking. The Manolo, he is not only the man of fashion, but the man of graciousness and generosity.

  25. Starphuck Says:

    Sandy T – perhaps it is spelled incorrectly intentionally. Rahulio wouldn’t want to steal the name of someone else now would he?

    Manolo – you are an example to those who have stooped so low as to attack this “Rahulio.” I can’t imagine you were threatened by that other website as some people have alluded to. I certainly have enough brain cells to read both your blog and his (altho while I may glance at his only on occassion, I am here every day).

  26. Gio Says:

    I attack “The Ruhilio” because he is offensive, like reposada is when compared to anejo. The Manolo has driven me into debt, as he has engendered within me the love of the superfantastic (and superexpensive) shoes. But The Manolo, he has also made me feel as though I *value* myself. The shoes, they look good on *me*, not the other way around. THAT is The Manolo. I feel no such thing from this cheap rhinestone Ruhilio.

  27. Gio Says:

    Okay, so I spelled Rahulio’s name wrong. Do we really care? Pish.

  28. good grief! Says:

    I don’t understand why everyone’s getting riled up – every day the comments left on this blog are written in the style of “the Manolo” – even the fan who calls himself Gio, (who’s apparently offended the most) chose to ‘attack the Rahulio’ in the Manolo lingo. eeesh!!

  29. Ninotchka Says:

    You are a class act all the way Manolo!

  30. BridalBeer Says:

    It was generous of the Manalo to lend him (or it) some web traffic. It is indeed the super-unfantastic.

  31. Carol Says:

    The Manolo he demonstrates the kind and generous spirit. Truly superfantastic, and a lesson to us all! The celebrities they do indeed have the heads of the bone and will provide plenty of fodder for the blogosphere.

  32. Christie Says:

    Thank you for adding to your post. I can’t believe that people left such mean remarks his site. I appreciate the fact that you have tact and grace and are an example of proper behavior and apprication for your fellow bloggers.

  33. elayne Says:

    I second what “good grief!” said. It always weirds me out just a little when I see the Manolo’s speech-style echoed so pervasively in comments here. I mean, it’s a GOOD style, and I’m not ragging on those who choose to flatter Manolo by so doing – after all, when in Rome and all that – but.. it DOES seem odd to me that people’d rag so hard on this other guy, when so many of the regular commentors here do the same thing.

    For the record, it’s not just Manolo – for instance, I get the same weirded-out feeling when I read TomatoNation’s advice column, The Vine, and see people describe their problems as “blah blah whatever-cakes.” That’s a Sars-ism, and I alway wonder if she doesn’t roll her eyes a little bit when everyone else is copying it. I’m just not as gracious or generous a soul as The Manolo or Sars and other people are, I guess, because although I think it’s flattering to do the occasional one-off in homage, I’d go nuts if I had to see it as consistently as they do.

    I’m delighted to see that our Manolo is as large-spirited and classy as I’ve always suspected – you’re a true gentleman, and an asset to the blogging community and to the world at large. “Muchos besos,” indeed.

  34. The Scarlett Says:

    On the one hand The Scarlett has indeed echoed the speech-style of the Manolo here on this very site. Why? Because it is fun and The Manolo is all about fun! But on the other hand, The Scarlett does not do so on The Scarlett’s own blog; she uses her own voice there. Why? Because she knows the difference between homage (using the speech-style here) and offensive (stealing someone else’s trademark). On the third, non-existent hand, The Scarlett thinks that the celebrity jewelry is a really fun arena in which to delve; she agrees that The Rahulio writes better when not copying syntax. On the fourth hand (borrowed from her darling hubby), The Scarlett thinks that The Manolo is even more generous than she ever imagined.

  35. Gio Says:

    I apologize. I have neither the taste nor discretion of The Manolo. He is truly a gentleman. However, people have the right to express their opinions, as I have mine and you have yours. I am sure The Manolo would forgive me, and hope his admirers would do the same. Everyone has moments of weakness, and I beg forgiveness of those more restrained. Thanks.

  36. JessicaMelusine Says:

    You have taught me a lesson about grace and civility, which may even outrank your shoe wisdom. Thank you.

  37. enygma Says:

    Did none of you notice that there are actually two writers on the other blog? Those who exhort Rahulio to write naturally are actually saying that the other writer is the better one.

  38. The Rahulio Says:

    The Rahulio posted this on the site of his:

    I am loving the Manolo! The Manolo, he is like, my hero! The Rahulio would build a statue in a nice park with the trees to honorize the Manolo, but sadly, the Rahulio is not a mayor or even a city councillor. If the Manolo he is angry with the Rahulio, the Rahulio he will cry and feel so so no magnifico. But the Rahulio, he is hoping that the Manolo can be Manolo the Magnanimous and be kind to the Rahulio who is admitting to be just a pale imitation of the greatness.

    The Manolo is indeed super fantastic! The Rahulio always acknowledged his debt to the Manolo (The Rahulio always linked to the Manolo from the begining and always told his friends to go visit the Manolo), but not at all to Lynda J. Barry’s comic about Rahoolio the Latin Lovar – Sandy T, she is very astute and Lynda J. Barry she is also super fantastic! Some mean ugly people might say that the Lynda J. Barry’s Rahoolio character pre-dated the Manolo, but I say, please! We will not nit pick!

    No nit picking!

    The Manolo, I bow down to his super fantasticness. The Rahulio, he is awed and humbled by the Manolo. Thank you for visiting, please now tell your friends to stop make me crying.

  39. Moledog Says:

    Rahulio’s OK. Gosh some of y’all are vindictive! May I recommend some non-indoor social activities or a good wank. Manolo, you’re all class baby.

  40. ereed Says:

    sorry other e. i really don’t know why i didn’t put my “full” nickname. i did not mean to step on the toes of your nice shoes. apologies.

  41. Mimi Says:

    Don’t cry, Rahulio. There are more big-hearted people here than you might imagine, who will embrace you as part of the community of the blog of the Manolo. Yes, people here (me included) will sometimes make the sharp remark. Sometimes these remarks are deserved and sometimes they are not. But the spirit is generally lighthearted, and life in the blog (and elsewhere) goes on.

  42. The Rahulio Says:

    The Mimi! You are too kind. But the Rahulio knows very well how super fantastic the Manolo community is, as the Rahulio has been visiting the Manolo’s page of the Web for a long time. Still, the Rahulio is touched in special places by how overwhelmingly super fantastic everyone has been and if you ask, yes, the earth it did move for me. The Rahulio, he say thank you! You are all so, so fantastico!

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