Sharon Stone is a Nanny’s Nightmare
Allegedly. It’s all allegedly, but Sharon Stone is being sued for basically being a cheap hag. TMZ has the details. Click here for more.
Among the claims by her former Filipino nanny: she was not allowed to read the bible in her room and was criticized for going to church, and Sharon constantly derided her race and food. Here’s the kicker (for me at least): the nanny was told not to speak to the children because Stone didn’t want them to “talk like you.” So she’s responsible for your children’s care and safety but she’s not allowed to speak to them. Interesting. And of course there’s the overtime, legit overtime, that the nanny expected to paid. So many of these celebrity staffer lawsuits stem from unpaid overtime, you’d think they would learn.
First of all, Filipino food is delicious, let’s just get that out of the way.
And really, I can’t tell you how gross I think this is. Especially growing up with parents who have accents and don’t speak English that, well, it’s a real sore spot for me. But you see it and you hear it all the time among a certain set of women. A white nanny can be a status symbol (I guess to go with the white Range Rover?). I’ve heard moms at events (I go to a lot of events for my job) talk about how their foreign nannies don’t “appreciate” their easy new Canadian life (“all she has to do is take care of my kids and prep dinner and do light laundry and then she has the whole night off in her room!”) and how it’s so hard to, like, teach them how to use the dishwasher.
These women are taking care of your children. And sometimes leaving their own families behind to do so. Do you think they give a f-ck about your Miele dishwasher? That they should be grateful to work for room and board and a couple of bucks over minimum wage? “Help” can bring out the ugly in people, fast.
On the flip side, I know parents who treat their nannies like family. I’m extremely lucky to have lots of family help and one kid, which makes for easy logistics. If I had to find childcare I’d probably be a playground poacher or I’d be the knowing-est know-it-all about every daycare in my area—not that it would help me get a spot.
Sharon as yet hasn’t responded, but consider this quote from her, Cannes 2008, when asked about the massive Chinese earthquake:
"You know, it was very interesting because at first I am not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans, because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else, and so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that because I don't like that. Then I have been concerned about, oh, how shall we deal with the Olympics? Because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine. And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened and I thought, 'Is that karma, when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?'"
68,000 people died in that earthquake. Dior dropped her from its Chinese ads shortly after. Then she apologized and pledged to help.
So do I see it being a stretch that she would tell her nanny she doesn’t like the smell of her cooking? No, I don’t. And Sharon, don’t forget your “good friend the Dalai Lama” has an accent too.