Austin Armacost, one of the cast members of Logo’s The A-List: New York, left a hilarious voice mail message for a TV critic to demand an apology for being referred to as D-list and “the most obnoxious star” of the show, even though that was probably a really kind and generous description.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen has the full story of what happened after he tried to interview Austin and posted a blurb about the reality star’s appearance in Pittsburgh. That post called Austin “D-list” in its headline and “The most obnoxious star” of the show in its lead; a follow-up elaborates and explains that, first, a publicist trying to coordinate an interview said that “the only way to call Austin was to dial an international long distance number,” and then Austin failed to respond to e.mailed questions to promote his appearance.
For sure, a reality star has no obligation to respond to a journalist, just as a journalist has no obligation to promote an appearance for that reality star. But after being on a show that’s pretty much about being ridiculed for your ridiculous behavior, you’d imagine someone would have a thicker skin about something that, at its worst, is a misunderstanding.
But no. Instead, Austin responded to the blog post with a hilarious message that Rob Owen has transcribed in full, except for something about a family emergency. Here’s an excerpt:
“…First off, I would like to say that this article is very disrespectful and degratory (sic) to me because my personality and the kind of person that I am because it is completely untrue.
… I think that you jumped the gun writing this article by not getting the whole details. And I think it’s a very childish and cowardly thing to do not to just give me a ring and ask me why the questions weren’t answered and go through a third party.
You know what, if that’s the kind of person you are, I think that’s pretty sad and itâ€™s pretty pathetic that you needed to write negative things about someone else, that someone being me, because you don’t have a full sack.
And I would have appreciated a phone call. And if you are a man, I would also appreciate you a) taking down the blog, or b) at least giving a full apology because you don’t know the full details and this is very upsetting to me.”
… I am very upset with the things you are writing about me. It’s um, they are not just true. I actually have the highest viewing demographic of any character on ‘The A-List New York.’ But you know you are a journalist and I am sure you did your homework on that.But obviously you didn’t because this article is totally the opposite of the truth. And I just want to let you know it’s very disrespectful towards me. And I think you need to grow up a little bit before you just start writing down bullshit in your blog. Thanks.”